In the early morning, have a traditional breakfast in Dadaocheng and then walk into the hundred-year-old street to unveil emerging cultural and creative industry. In the afternoon, set foot on trails of Yangming Mountain to enjoy the great nature; or visit Chifeng shopping district to experience the outburst 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 delicacy. A little later, let’s push the exquisite door of bar lounge and toast to the sleepless city!
These are few of many ways to experience Taipei. Spend some time on knowing Taipei before the journey will lessen your panic and anxiety when you reach this land, enabling you to enjoy your time in this metropolis. Instead of saying “ni hao, Taipei” (“hello, Taipei”, literally means “you good, Taipei”), you can also enjoy the “hao Taipei” (great Taipei)!
Taipei Station is the biggest transfer point in Taipei. METRO, train, THSR, intercity coach and bus – with a transportation tool at your choice, you will be able to reach any corners of Taiwan therefrom. The nearby shopping district also provides a variety of merchandise from delicious and cheap delicacy to mid- and high-end fashionable products thanks to its location at a transportation hub!
Xinyi/ Taipei 101
The prime area of Taipei is definitely Xinyi District. Known as the prime business area of Taiwan, this district has 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; domestic and international department stores; and the art market of Four Four South Village, which is renovated from an old military dependents' village, also opens the door to all visitors!
You must not be strange with Shilin as Taipei’s biggest tourist night market is located here. About 4 o’clock in the evening, stall-keepers will start to run their business. Apart from the delicacy of northern and southern Taiwan, many branded stores are also stationed in this area, providing you a variety of food and services! Shilin is nearby Yuanshan Station. You can also stop thereby to visit the famous National Palace Museum, Grand Hotel of Taipei and the cultural and creative market renovated from Flora Exposition Site!
Dadaocheng/ Dihua Street
Where will you find the old Taipei? Dadaocheng is a place you must not miss! Previously known as an area collecting and selling groceries, it is still the top choice for local people to buy dried food and raw materials. 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! Let’s walk into the old streets of Dadaocheng to experience the surprising collision of new and old culture.
The Chifeng shopping district of Zhongshan has already become the name of Taipei trends. In this area, you will find alley stores selling fashion clothing and accessories from other countries, showing the young vitality of Taipei. Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, independent book stores and large department stores are bringing us the diverse facets of Zhongshan.
Collectively known as Kang-Cing-Long, Yongkang Street, Cingtian Street and Longcyuan 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 atmosphere! Many international travelers often visit Yongkang shopping district because an internationally known steamed dumpling store is located herein. This is the reason that different types of stores gradually opened in this area. Although their products are offered with slightly higher price comparing with other regions, the quality thereof surely satisfies all travelers.
Looking for street fashion of Taipei? Let’s go to Ximending! This long-lasting shopping district is young people’s favorite area for digging out treasures: from delicacy, clothing to daily necessities, you can purchase various merchandises here with relatively cheap price. You will also find the street culture of Taipei, such as graffiti and street dancing. Ximen is definitely one of the representative areas of Taipei.
Wanhua is the area that has been developed the earliest in Taipei. Although it is not as popular as it was today, it has preserved the “authentic culture” of Taipei. Besides, its faith center – Lungshan Temple – is known for efficacious fulfillment of wishes and exquisite temple architecture; and has attracted many foreign tourists to visit!
Around the temple, you will also find many traditional delicacy 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 also some personal brands are hidden in alleys thereof. Taiwanese performance artists often visit the place to purchase clothes. Along the same METRO line, you will also find the leisure and art exhibition center transformed from old factories – Huashan 1914 Creative Park – and Guanhua commercial zone that sells all types of electrical and electronic products with budget price.
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 nearby the airport! With an extraordinary atmosphere, Fujin Street not only provides good functions for living and shopping, but also gives a leisure atmosphere. There are many characteristics café. Let’s choose an afternoon to experience the great atmosphere of Fujin Street!
Convenient to Travel, The Door of Taipei is open to You
Apart from driving and 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; and most of the areas can be reached by bus! Taipei Metro also offers tickets in common use based on travelers’ demand, 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 intensive bus network. Although the bus ticket price varies on the route, travelers can usually see an indication therefor as soon as they get on the bus. Besides, electronic ticket payment, such as icash and iPASS, is allowed.
About bus lines
Have you ever been troubled by the undetermined moving distance in a trip? U-bike will help you to fix your problem! With only an icash or iPASS, you will be able to register yourself via the electronic machine 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 that has launched the double-decker sightseeing bus in Taiwan. The route thereof is designed based on conventional sightseeing spots. A variety of tickets are offered to satisfy travelers’ demand or packaged with activities offered by tourist companies. For example, travelers can tour the City together with guide to easily facilitate their trip!
About the double-decker sightseeing bus
The Transportation Ticket of Taipei
EasyCard is something that you must have when traveling in Taipei! With the saving and payment functions, EasyCard can be used at the metro station, on the bus or in the convenience stores or some supermarkets. Besides, package tickets are also offered to travelers, making 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 save money therein to pay for your transport or small amount of purchase. It is suggested that travelers can compare the discounts offered by these two cards and decide which one is the best e-ticket for you.
A Multivariate City with Splendid Views throughout the Seasons
There is no significant difference between seasons herein Taipei. It is hot and wet in summer; and cold and wet in winter. Let’s 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 sightseeing spots located in suburbs of Taipei. The village built along the mountain is beautiful in day, at night and even in a rainy day! When you come to Jiufen, do not forget to walk into the meandering old street to taste local delicacy or leisurely drink tea in the tea house!
Pingxi little train offers travelers a special traveling experience in suburb of Taipei. By changing your train to Pingxi Line in Ruifang, you will be able to stop by some of the stations along the line. These stations, such as Shifen and Jingtong, were once prosperous due to the mining industry. Today, they still retain their charm and will definitely make your day wonderful!