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Taipei Activities and Leisure

What to Do in Taipei

With so many activities in Taipei, you certainly won’t get bored if you’re visiting the city on holiday. The Chinese traditions you can experience are many and varied, matched only by the methods of enjoying the beautiful city and its even more stunning natural surroundings. Easily the most famous of these is Yangmingshan National Park to the north of the city and the Beitou Hot Springs which emerge from that volcanic region, which have been attracting visitors for a century.

The southern parts of the city also have their attractions, not least of which is found in the tea-growing region around Maokong. One of the top Taipei activities is to experience the traditional Taiwanese tea ceremony, which will make you appreciate a simple cuppa like never before! There are plenty of other options between these two cardinal extremes. Just check out these pages to get some ideas of things to do in Taipei.

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In the hinterland of Taipei you will find the land of sleeping volcanoes. Parasailing, paragliding and hiking are popular sports here.

Children's Recreation Centre of Taipei

This centre was built keeping in mind the needs and demands of children. It is an educational recreation centre with a zoo and an amusement park and is classified into three sections; the cultural past, present and future. Taipei’s past showcases the rich culture; its present is full of fun loving and contented people whereas the future of Taipei features advancement in technology.

  • Tel: +886 2 2593 2211
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Confucius Temple in Taipei

The Confucius Temple of Taipei was primarily a school and a Taiwan Prefecture college. The government has successfully restored this place as it was in ruins not long ago. Many ceremonies and customs are performed on the grounds of Confucius temple to retain its ancient religions.

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Cultural Activity

Taipei city boasts a rich culture in the form of many beautiful temples and museums representing the breathtaking heritage and work of artisans. Taipei culture is a blend of traditional and modern artwork, partly because the Japanese occupiers of the Sino-Japanese War favoured western art.

Cycling

Cycling is very healthy way to explore the beautiful city of Taipei and it is way better than being stuck in a car during the peak traffic hours of the city.

Farmosa Wonder World

Farmosa Wonder World amusement park is located near the West Coastal Highway and has five water slides with one, the Jet Stream, the longest slide in Taipei – it takes a total of 20 minutes for the ride to finish!

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Hiking in Taipei

Seven Star Mountain is the highest peak in Taipei and attracts many hikers. Nearby Yangmingshan National Park is a beautiful place for nature lovers. You can park your vehicle here and head for the many nearby summits to get better views of the hills. It’s also possible to go horse riding. Read More...

Karaoke 24/7

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 three 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.

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: No. 55, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2361 9898
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Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple was built in the 18th century and so far it has survived many natural calamities like tremors, bomb blasts and typhoons. The people of Taipei regularly restored this iconic monument. This temple depicts the religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Matsu. The hall of Longshan temple has many Buddha images and a belief was spread by the ancient monks of China, that if you light a candle in Longshan Temple, you will live a long and happy life free from any diseases.

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Martyr's Shrine

Martyr's Shrine was built in 1969 in memory of the patriots who dedicated their lives for the love of their country. This shrine is built on a large piece of land and its front gate, named Bei An, is always guarded by two soldiers.

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Religious Activities

Ostensibly a secular nation, the Taiwanese follow the path of Buddhism but are also tolerant of other religions. The temples of Taipei are beautiful and are decorated with Buddha images, Chinese folk religion icons and Tao statues. Longshan Temple was built in 1798 and is situated in the Wanhua district. The ‘Road to Heaven’ is the second name of Xinsheng South Road as it is full of shrines, temples, mosques and churches. Boan Temple located at Dalongdong is a landmark. The Taipei Confucius Temple was built in 1879 during the Qing dynasty.

Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market is a favourite destination for food enthusiasts and kids head here straight after school as it is famous for its street food, serving nachos, momos and various kinds of noodle dishes. This place is crowded on weekends and some shops stay open even after midnight.

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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 228 Peace Memorial 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: 228 Peace Memorial Park, Zhongzheng
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Tantric Foot Massage

Tantric foot massages work on the principles of holistic medicine, which states that each part of the sole of your foot is connected to a part of the rest 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 rated as among the best. Even if you don’t believe in the holistic properties, the treatments are a good way to bring warn-out feet back to life.

NOTE: Some care needs to be taken when choosing a parlour as ‘massage’ is commonly used as a euphemism for more adult-only treatments too.

Six Star Foot Massage Center (3 branches).

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: No. 76, Section 5, Nanjing E. Road, Songshan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2762 2166
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Tea Ceremony in Maokong

The Maokong region is slightly to the south of Taipei and is found at the end of the Maokong Gondola. It is renowned as a tea-growing area and is home to a large number of traditional tea houses where you can 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.

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: No. 6. Lane 40, Section 3, Zhinan Road, Wenshan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2939 2025
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Youth Park

Youth Park is a pretty popular hangout zone for the youth of Taipei City. It is situated near the Xing Dian River (a very peaceful place which is full of greenery). It has a swimming pool, a skating rink, tennis courts and a basketball court. This place is fit to spend those lazy afternoons and evenings and a perfect place for picnics and a stroll but on weekends it gets crowded.

  • Tel: +886 2303 2451
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