In the early morning, have a traditional breakfast in Dadaocheng and then wander into the hundred-year-old street to unveil an emerging cultural and creative industry. In the afternoon, set foot on the trails of Yangmingshan to enjoy the greatness of nature; or visit Chifeng shopping district to experience the outbursts of trends and arts. When the METRO drives from the twilight dusk into the neon lights in darkness, it’s time to stop by at the night market to enjoy the local delicacies; and deeper into the night, why not pick an exquisite bar lounge and toast the sleepless city!
These are a few of the many ways to experience Taipei. Spending some time on knowing about Taipei before the journey will lessen your panic and anxiety when you reach this metropolis, enabling you to enjoy your time here. Instead of saying “ni hao, Taipei” (“hello, Taipei”, literally means “you good, Taipei”), you can also enjoy the “hao Taipei” (great Taipei)!
Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station is the largest transfer hub in Taipei. METRO, train, THSR, intercity coach and bus, with an array of transportation tools at your choice, you will be able to reach any corner of Taiwan therefrom. The nearby shopping districts also provide a variety of merchandise from delicious and inexpensive delicacies to mid- and high-end fashionable products thanks to the convenience of the transportation hub!
Xinyi/ Taipei 101
The prime area of Taipei is definitely Xinyi District. Known as the prime business district of Taiwan, Xinyi District features towering buildings and international business people travelling in and out. It is also a shopping area on the cutting edge of trends: Taipei 101, an important landmark of Taiwan; department stores, showcasing the latest global fashions; and the art market of Four Four South Village, which is renovated from an old military dependents' village and offers DIY activities from time to time!
You must not be a stranger to Shilin, as Taipei’s biggest tourist night market is located here. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon, stall-keepers will start to run their businesses. Apart from the convergence of delicacies from across Taiwan, many branded stores are also stationed in this area, providing you with a variety of foods and services! Shilin is near Yuanshan Station. You can also schedule your trip to visit the famous National Palace Museum, the Grand Hotel Taipei, or the cultural and creative market in the Taipei Expo Park!
Dadaocheng/ Dihua Street
Where will you find old Taipei? Dadaocheng is a place you must not miss! Formerly an important and major trading port, it is still the top choice for local people to buy dried foods and raw materials today. This area also preserved a number of hundred-year-old buildings, which have been renovated for rent. Today, Dadaocheng has become an emerging cultural and creative incubation center of Taipei! Explore the old streets of Dadaocheng to experience the surprising collision of new and old cultures.
The Chifeng shopping district of Zhongshan has already become the name of Taipei trends. In this area, you will find alley stores selling fashionable clothing and accessories from other countries, emitting the youthful vitality of Taipei. Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, independent book stores and large department stores also bring together the diverse facets of Zhongshan.
Dongmen / Kang-Qing-Long
Collectively known as Kang-Qing-Long, Yongkang Street, Qingtian Street and Longquan Street represent the famous Yongkang shopping district here in Dongmen. Located in a culture and education district, this area is also full of cultural and artistic vibes! Many international travelers often visit Yongkang shopping district because an internationally known steamed dumpling store is located herein, subsequently attracting different types of stores to also open in this area. Although products here are sold with slightly higher prices compared to other regions, their quality surely satisfies all buyers.
Looking for Taipei street fashion? Let’s go to Ximending! This long-lasting shopping district is young people’s favorite place for digging treasures: from delicacies, clothing to daily necessities, you can find various merchandise here with relatively cheaper prices. You will also see the street culture of Taipei, such as graffiti and street dancing. Ximen is definitely one of the representative areas of Taipei.
Wanhua is Taipei’s earliest developed area. Although not as flourishing as it was before, it has preserved the “authentic culture” of Taipei. Its faith center, Longshan Temple, is known for its efficacious fulfillment of wishes and exquisite temple architecture; therefore attracting many foreign tourists to visit!
Around the Temple, you will also find many traditional delicacies and old stores. We welcome you to experience another facet of Taipei!
The East District of Taipei is the norm of fashion. Not only are large boutique brands stationed here, but there are also countless personal brands hidden in the alleys, making it the No. 1 area for Taiwanese performing artists to procure clothes. Along the same METRO line, you will also find Huashan 1914 Creative Park, the leisure and art exhibition center transformed from old factory warehouses, as well as Guanghua Digital New Plaza that sells all types of electrical and electronic products with affordable prices.
Fujin Street – Nearby Songshan International Airport
Surrounded by greenery and a range of shops, Fujin Street is often the first stop for foreign travelers due to its location near the airport! With an extraordinary atmosphere, Fujin Street not only provides good functions for living and shopping, but also leisure too. There are also many cool cafés, perfect for a fine afternoon tea and coffee break!
Super Convenient Transportation: Taipei - All You Can Travel
Apart from driving or taking a taxi, a variety of Taipei’s public transportation tools will facilitate your trip to keep it enjoyable!
The service network of Taipei metro covers almost the entire City; most of the areas can be further reached by bus! Taipei Metro also offers passes based on travelers’ needs, making it the most convenient transportation system!
Wenhu Line: Nangang Exhibition Center ⇌ Taipei Zoo
Tamsui-Xinyi Line: Tamsui ⇌Xiangshan
Songshan-Xindian Line: Songshan ⇌ Xindian
Zhonghe-Xinlu Line: Luzhou / Huilong ⇌ Nanshijiao
Bannan Line: Dingpu ⇌ Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
About Taipei Metro (MRT)
Taipei also has a rather dense bus network. Although sometimes bus fares are charged when getting on the bus and sometimes when alighting from the bus, passengers will see the indication as soon as they get on the bus. IC cards, such as EasyCard and iPASS, are also allowed (need to be swept both getting on and off the bus).
About bus routes
Have you ever been troubled by the awkward moving distance in a trip? U-bike will help fix your problem! With an EasyCard or iPASS, you will be able to register via the electronic post next to U-bike parking lots. You can also use APP to check the U-bike parking locations and the number of remaining bikes!
About U-bike Stations (map)
Renting a U-bike
Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus
Taipei is the first city in Taiwan that has launched the double-decker sightseeing bus. The route covers the mainstream sightseeing spots. A variety of tickets are offered to satisfy travelers’ needs or packaged with activities offered by tourism companies. For example, travelers can tour the City with a guide to make their trip even easier and informative!
About the double-decker sightseeing bus
Taipei’s Transportation IC Cards
EasyCard is something that you must have when traveling in Taipei! With the top-up and payment functions, EasyCard can be used at the metro station, on the bus or in convenience stores or some supermarkets. There are also package tickets for travelers to make their trip in Taiwan easy and fun!
Featuring functions similar to EasyCard, iPASS is also a good helper when you travel in Taiwan! You can top-up money therein to pay for your transport or small payments. It is suggested that travelers compare the discounts offered by these two cards and decide which one is the best IC card for you.
A Multivariate City with Splendid Sceneries throughout the Seasons
Taipei does not undergo significant variation between seasons. It is however hot and humid in summer, and cold and wet in winter. So, be well-prepared to keep your trip enjoyable!
Source: Central Weather Bureau
More details about the weather
Walk into Suburbs to Enrich Your Journey
With special sightseeing spots, suburbs nearby Taipei can make your trip different!
Jiufen is one of the most popular attractions located in the suburb of Taipei. The town built along the mountain slope is beautiful in the day, at night and even on a rainy day! When you come to Jiufen, do not forget to go into the meandering old street to taste local delicacies or sit down and have a relaxing moment in the tea house!
Pingxi little train offers travelers a special traveling experience in the suburb of Taipei. You can change to Pingxi Line at Ruifang Station, and take time to stop by some of the stations along the line. These stations, including Shifen and Qingtong, were once prosperous due to the mining industry. Today, they still retain their charm and will definitely make your day filled with wonderful experiences!