Planning to visit Taipei?
Then you are surely going to have a mind-blowing trip with lots of fun and enjoying activities. Where you are planning a one-day visit or a two day or an entire week trip, Taipei is worth spending the days over there. Taipei has a rich heritage and culture along with its closeness to nature. Taipei has different lives for different people visiting in day time or night time. Here are some must do things in Taipei to have a look.
#1. Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf:
Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is the most scenic place in the city of Taipei. Many people visit this place to witness the beauty of the sunset. It serves major two attractions: fishing and sightseeing. Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is considered as one of the must-visit places in Taipei for tourists visiting Taipei. The Lover’s Bridge is another must-see spot of the wharf, and visitors may see the changes of light projecting on the bridge at night. Tourists are fond to relax and enjoy at Wharf. Many performances and concerts are arranged here very frequently and people and enjoy it for free. Around 2-4 hours are needed to explore. Click as many pictures as you want There are many seafood restaurants and coffee shops for visitors to have some food while enjoying the scenic beauty of the sunset. You can take 20 mins Bus from Tamsui MRT to reach the wharf. Evening time is the best time to witness sunset there.
Opening hours: 7 am-7 pm (Monday- Friday); 7 am- 8 pm (Saturday- Sunday)
#2. Trek to the top of Fort San Domingo
San Domingo is one of the rarest historical sites in Taiwan with a great mix of foreign culture. The entrance on the left of the fort, also known as “South Gate”, is the only Chinese architectural element of the fort. It is now the main entrance of Fort San Domingo. There are old cannons on the northeast and southwest corners. It has the structure made up of majestic red bricks which are surrounded by the greenery of grass. Anyone visiting Taipei must experience the trek to this fort and get rewarded by the scenic beauty. 1-2 hours of time is enough to spend there if you are not going to trek to the top instead spend time in the garden.
Opening hours: 9:30 am – 10 pm (After 6 pm; only the outdoor garden and coffee garden are open to the public) Tuesday to Sunday.
3. Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park is one of the 9 national parks in Taiwan but it is most popular in Taiwan as once upon a time it was known as “Grass mountain”. There are quite a few scenic spots in the park, and visiting them all in a day would take a lot of effort so it is recommended to have a car for convenience.
It can take around a whole day to see each and every part of this park. The main important thing to take a note about this park is, it has no entry fees. Spring can be considered the best time to visit this park as lots of cherry trees blossom during this time. You can take the MRT to Jiantan Station, continue by Bus Red-5 to Yangmingshan stop.
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm
4. Sunset at Danshui
Whenever you visit Taipei always remember to take out some time to enjoy the beauty of sunset at Danshui. Any tourist visiting Taipei won’t like to miss out this mesmerizing beauty of the sunset. It is near the old street so whenever you go to catch out this sunset don’t forget to walk down the old street and get some food or coffee for you to enjoy along with the scenic beauty of the sunset.
Evening times are always best suited to witness this beauty. Just prefer to reach 1-2 hours prior to the sunset if you want to click some very nice pictures. It is around 40 minutes trip from Taipei station. Take the MRT Red Line to the northern terminus station Tamsui. Exit the station and turn left, then walk along the waterfront and enjoy the view of surroundings. The time of sunset differs from period to period. Have a look at weather report of Taipei to know the actual time of sunset.
5. Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zoo is a zoological garden in Taipei. It is also referred to as Muzha zoo. It is the largest zoo in Asia and a home for Yun Zai Panda. Yun Zai is known as a giant panda. You will find many lazy pandas there rolling on the ground. The zoo has different sections for Pandas, Penguins, Reptiles and amphibians, insectarium, Education sector, library, animal art workshop, eco-house, African animal area, tropical forest area, children’s zoo. All the sectors remain closed on successive Monday of every month respectively. This zoo has something for all people of all the ages. Around 3-4 hours of time is sufficient to spend at Taipei Zoo.
Entry Fee: NT60$.
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm
6. Rock Climbing at Long Dong
Rock climbing at dragon cave is must do for adventure lovers. This place is about 40 km away from the city. One can take a car to go there. On this adventure trip, one can experience the absolute scenic beauty of Taiwan coasts. From these heights, one can have a gaze down at the bluest water of Taiwan. This place can be visited at any period of the year. Price per person per day is around 250 USD. However, there can be a discount of price for groups of people visiting for rock climbing.
Opening hours: 8 am – 4.30 pm
7. Taipei’s National Palace Museum
This museum has the world’s largest Chinese art collection having nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts. This collection covers treasures in paintings, statuary, calligraphy, bronze, ceramics and many more. To reach the museum from Shilin MRT station, head out exit 1 to Zhongzheng Rd and catch R30 (red 30), minibus 18 or 19, or bus 255, 304 or 815. It’s about 15 minutes to the museum.
Entry Fee: NT$250.
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm and 8:30 am – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Not only day time scenic spots but also Taipei has adventurous nightlife for the locals as well as visitors to enjoy and cherish. Taipei has lots of night markets, pubs, concerts any many more places to visit at night. Few of them are:
8. Shilin Night Market
Food lovers?? This place is exclusively heaven for food lovers. Shilin night market is one of the largest and popular markets in Taipei, Taiwan and also a popular point of Taipei’s nightlife among visitors in respect to food. Two major elements of the Shilin market are General merchandise and local cuisine. It has an underground food court where many traditional foods of Taiwan can be bought at a reasonable price. The most popular and most recommended food of Shilin night market is Oyster’s omelet. Although the market usually begins every day in the late evening and doesn’t stop until past midnight, most food vendors will have left by midnight.
So, if you want to get a taste of this unique dish, you have to go there early. This market has Taiwan’s culture with a great atmosphere and friendly shopkeepers that one can easily enjoy the food without any hesitation and issue.
9. Shi-da Night Market
Taiwan is very famous for its night markets and Shi-da market in another attraction point of Taipei’s nightlife with its unique food and shopping environment. It is located near National Taiwan Normal University. It is well known for its unique styles. There are various rock bars, cafes and many more other restaurants. This market is very popular for its trendy retail shops, especially for women. Apart from tasty traditional food, this market has various shops for apparel, accessories, bags, sandals especially designed by new emerging young designers.
Opening hours: 8 am – 10 pm (Everyday)
This market lasts open from noon to late midnight on weekends and holidays.
10. Longshan Temple
Longshan temple is a Chinese folk religious temple in Taipei. It is a place where Chinese settlers gather together to worship. This temple is located in the old part of Taipei but is ultimately the best place to acquire peace. Longshan temple is the largest and oldest temple in Taiwan. There is no entry fee for this temple. The architectures and carvings of this temple are worth visiting it. Being the oldest temple of Taiwan, it still retains its incredibility. No matter how many days you visit Taipei, Longshan is the must-visit in the list of all visitors.
Opening hours: 6 am – 10 pm
11. National Memorial to Chaing Kai-Shek
Chaing Kai-Shek memorial hall is the most historic landmark in Taiwan. Chaing Kai- Shek was opened by the former president of Republic China as a part of the national park. It is an octagon shaped white building covered with blue tiles having a height of 76 meters. The eight sides of this building are the symbol of Chinese culture. There is a flag of China echoing at the top of Chaing Kai- Shek.
You can visit this place at any time between 9 am to 6 pm.
Taipei has been a point of attraction for people of all age groups. Visiting Taipei always is already in the to-do list of lots of people. Whatever time you choose, Taipei has sources of entertainment for you people at that time. So, gear up, book your tickets, take your bucket list and visit Taipei because Taipei is actually a motherland of entertainment for all.