Best Things To Do in Taipei, Taiwan
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Things To Do In Taipei: Complete Taipei City Guide
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a vibrant city that offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. From towering skyscrapers to ancient temples, Taipei has something for everyone. Here are some of the best things to do in Taipei:
Admire the rarities at the National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is home to over 700,000 ancient imperial artifacts from both China and Taiwan. You’ll find plenty of rarities from China - the museum has close connections with the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City, and many of the exhibits were originally displayed there.
The museum is especially popular with art fans, who flock here to admire the enormous collections of decorative carvings, enamelware, ceramics, lacquerware, and ceremonial bronzes. Don’t miss the beautifully carved jade cabbage exhibit - it’s a must-see!
Take a hike in the wilderness surrounding the city
Taipei is surrounded by forested mountains and reaching the lush tracts of wilderness from the city center is surprisingly easy.
The Jinmianshan Trail is a spectacular route that starts just a short walk from Xihu Station and connects with a large number of other trails.
You can opt to hike for as little or as long as you like. But the most popular hiking route has to be the Xiangshan Trail weaving up the side of Elephant Mountain, which nudges right up against the city center.
It’s a one-hour circular route and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the city and of the Taipei 101 tower.
Check out Taipei’s beautiful temples
Taipei lays claim to some of Asia’s most beautiful temples, many of which subscribe to the Southern Chinese style of Qing Dynasty architecture - a style you’ll probably recognize if you’ve been to Singapore.
Most Taipei temples pay nods to Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, while a smaller number are dedicated entirely to Buddhism.
To see the best ones, head to Taipei’s oldest neighborhoods such as Wanhua. This is where you’ll find Bangka Longshan Temple which dates back to 1738 and Qingshan Temple where you’ll find a statue of Zhang Gun - a Taoist deity whose eyes are said to follow visitors as they move around the temple.
Marvel at the views from one of the world’s tallest buildings
Taipei 101 was once the tallest building in the world until it was surpassed by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in 2010.
However, it remains an iconic landmark in Taipei and offers breathtaking views over the city from its observation deck on the 89th floor. You can also take a high-speed elevator that whisks you up to this floor in just 37 seconds!
Go shopping at a night market
Taipei is famous for its night markets where you can find everything from street food to clothing and electronics. The Shilin Night Market is one of Taipei’s largest and most popular night markets.
It’s open every day from late afternoon until midnight and offers an incredible array of food stalls selling everything from stinky tofu to bubble tea.
Eat at Din Tai Fung - Taipei’s best dumpling restaurant
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant chain that specializes in xiaolongbao (soup dumplings).
It was founded in Taipei in 1958 and has since expanded globally with locations all over Asia as well as in Australia, Europe, and North America. The original location in Xinyi District remains one of Taipei’s most popular restaurants.
Tour Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument that was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek - former President of China who relocated his government to Taiwan after losing control of mainland China to Mao Zedong’s Communist forces in 1949.
The memorial hall is located in Zhongzheng District and features an enormous statue of Chiang Kai-shek as well as an exhibition hall that showcases his life and achievements.
Visit National Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
The National Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is another national monument located in Xinyi District that was built in memory of Dr Sun Yat-Sen - founding father of modern China who played an instrumental role in overthrowing China’s last imperial dynasty and establishing the Republic of China.
The memorial hall features an enormous statue of Dr Sun Yat-Sen as well as an exhibition hall that showcases his life and achievements.
These are just some of the best things to do in Taipei! Whether you’re interested in history, culture or food - there’s something for everyone here.
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