Taipei

The capital of Taiwan is a marvel in its own right. The hub of economy, finance, tourism and even fashion, life is ever-changing and ever-quickening in Taipei. The booming metropolitan embraces modernity like two peas in a pod, yet fiercely preserving its traditional values passed down through generations. The skyline is built to impress, but as you venture through the exciting city, you will find little delights in its splendid natural beauty or in the locals' charmingly warm hospitality.

Top 5 Must Do's

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

The icon of Taipei, and the prominent centre of the city, the skyscraper is the tallest green building in the world. The post-modernistic structure boasts 101 floors of shopping, conference centres, offices, restaurants and both outdoor and indoor observatories. Head to the top for a stunning and unobstructed view of Taipei City!



Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market

There is a plethora of night markets in Taipei, but the most famous one of all is the Shilin Night Market. Food hunters crowd over for its many food vendors and small eateries especially amongst the 539 stalls in the food court. After dinner, the many attractions such as movie theatres, video arcades, shops and karaoke stores will have you staying till the wee closing hours.



Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Another famous landmark of Taipei, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built in memory of the former president of the Republic of China. The hall and square is now the hub for cultural events, and the National Concert Hall and National Theatre are in the vicinity as well, housing performances from the likes of Yo-yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and even the late Luciano Pavarotti himself.



Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

A 2-hour train ride from Taipei is the beautiful Taroko Gorge. Located within the Taroko National Park, the gorge is known for its magnificent natural beauty and its abundant supply of marble. Visitors can get in touch with nature as they explore the many sights around, such as the Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Buluowan Village and many others.



Wufenpu

Wufenpu

Shopaholics will be happily satiated in Taipei's main wholesale garment market, offering the latest fashion and trends at enormous bargain prices. The shops open from morning till midnight every single day, and haggling is a gift that will be a blessing in disguise that will take you far when you’re roaming the streets of Wufenpu.


To and from Taoyuan International Airport

Transportation To Journey Fare
Bus 1819 Taipei Main Station 55 minutes NT$125
2061 CitiAir
West Bus
Sheraton Hotel 80 minutes NT$90
2060 CitiAir
East Bus
Grand Hyatt Taipei 70 minutes NT$145
High Speed Rail
(via shuttle bus to THSR Taoyuan station)
THSR Taipei Station 20 minutes NT$155
Taxi Taipei Main Station 40 minutes Starts from NT$1000

 


 
Quick Facts

Currency
New Taiwan Dollar (NTD)

Electricity/Socket Adaptor
220V AC 50Hz

Language
Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, English

Time zone
UTC +8

Tel code
+886

Religion
Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity


Weather

JUN - AUG

Summer - hot and rainy
24°C - 38°C
Drink plenty of water and bring an umbrella.


SEP - NOV

Autumn - warm and pleasant
19°C - 27°C
Travel light and bring a camera!


DEC - FEB

Winter - dry and windy
13°C - 19°C
It'll get really chilly, so make sure you bring a thick winter jacket.


MAR - MAY

Spring - sunny and clear
15°C - 19°C
Best time for sight-seeing and shopping!