Although Taipei is known as a shopper’s paradise, there are plenty of other activities to fill your days with. The city is gifted with a great array of natural wonders to behold, historic traditions to enjoy and man-made marvels to see. The city authorities have poured a lot of time and resources into building up first-class facilities for recreation and enjoying the fresh air around the city and many of our list of the 10 Best Activities in Taipei can be enjoyed by using those facilities.
Most of the activities on our list are family-friendly, require no special skills and have a broad appeal. They can mostly be enjoyed regardless of the weather and at any time of the year. In some surprising cases, they can also be enjoyed at any time of the day as Taipei really is a city that never sleeps. Trying out any one of these options is sure to make your stay in the city a memorable and enjoyable one.
Tea Ceremony in Maokong
The Maokong region is slightly to the south of Taipei and is renowned as a tea-growing area and is home to a large number of traditional tea houses. Found at the end of the Maokong Gondola. It is where you can experience the Taiwanese tea ceremony, this is perhaps the best place to experience the Taiwanese tea ceremony.
The complicated and intricate process involves several pots and pours in order to infuse the hot water with the fresh tea leaves. It creates a great brew, which is best enjoyed as a group and while drinking in the fantastic mountain views. While there are many to choose from, the Yao-Yue Tea House comes highly recommended.
- Location: No. 6, Lane 40, Section 3, Zhinan Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2939 2025
Ride the Miramar Ferris Wheel
The brightly-lit Miramar Ferris Wheel sits on the roof of the entertainment park of the same name and, at 70 metres, is the tallest in Taipei. With it being positioned on the roof of a shopping mall, you actually reach a height of 100 metres above the ground when your carriage is at the top of the wheel, giving you a great view across the northern part of the city and across the river towards Taipei Songshan Airport. There are 48 carriages, each capable of carrying 6 passengers, which take about 17 minutes to do a full rotation.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm (till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)
- Location: No. 20, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City 10491, Taiwan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2175 3456
The Taiwanese are passionate about their karaoke – KTV, as they call it – and you should certainly not miss out on experiencing it. There are several major KTV chains in Taipei, the biggest of which is Partyworld, where you can sing along to western and Chinese tunes at any time of the day or night. NT$400 (more on weekends) will buy you 3 hours in a private room and access to the all-you-can-eat buffet. The facilities are first-rate and well-maintained, ensuring that you will have great time singing your heart out.
Cycle by the riverside
There are several cycle routes to enjoy in Taipei, particularly alongside the river running around Taipei Songshan Airport. Bicycles can be rented either with the EasyPass public transport system or from official rental shops close to specified cycling areas.
The routes take full advantage of the more scenic parts of Taipei and are completely car-free, making them very safe for the whole family. There is more than 100 km of riverside path to choose from around Taipei, so it will take you quite a long time to get bored.
Tai Chi in the park
The relaxing morning exercise-cum-martial art of Tai Chi is practised in many of the parks around Taipei, but most notably at 2/28 Peace Park. Here, you will often find groups of residents going through the gentle motions early in the day. You are generally welcome to join in and there are even Tai Chi courses you can sign up for which will guide you through the moves.
If you look around this and other parks, you might also find the popular pastime of ballroom dancing being practised! Parks in Taipei can be very busy places, particularly early in the morning.
- Location: 2/28 Peace Park, Xiangyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Tantric Foot Massage
Tantric foot massages are a holistic treatment based on the principle that each part of the sole of your foot is connected to another part of your body. For example, your head can be healed by stimulating the big toe and working on your heel with treat haemorrhoids.
This ancient Chinese treatment is popular in Taipei and there are many foot massage parlours to choose from, with the 6 Star Foot Massage Center being among the best. Even if you don’t believe in the holistic properties, the treatments are a good way to bring worn-out feet back to life.