What to See in Taipei
The choice of Taipei attractions is large and diverse, ranging from the largest collection of ancient Chinese artefacts on the planet at the National Palace Museum to the ultra-modern Taipei 101, which once held the title of the world’s tallest building. Thanks to the city’s placement in the Taipei Basin, with the Keelung and Xindian rivers running through it and the volcanic Yangmingshan National Park to the north, there are plenty of natural attractions nearby as well as architectural wonders, excellent museums and fun experiences within the city.
Make sure that you leave plenty of time during your holiday to stop by as many of these must-see places in Taipei as possible. You can find the best things to do in the city here, sorted by area, listed alphabetically or in order of which you really cannot miss on a trip to the Taiwanese capital.Read More
- Grand Island Tour
- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching Tour
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flight of the Gibbon™ Zipline Tour
- Flight of the Gibbon™ Chonburi Zipline Tour
- Private Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat Tour
- Small-Group Halong Bay Day Cruise
- Small-Group Saigon Night Tour & Dinner Cruise
- Local Flavors Food Walking Tour
- Small-Group Full-Day Mekong Delta Cruise
The most famous of what are known as the “Four Beasts Mountains”, Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan, in Chinese) is popular for the fantastic view it offers of the city’s financial heart, including the iconic Taipei 101. The 183m-high summit is easily reached along the Nangang District Hiking Trail, which is the most accessible in the city, making it also the most popular. The path is very clear and well maintained and, while the seemingly endless flights of stone steps may be intimidating, you don’t need to be a mountaineer to reach the top – it fact, it generally takes between 20 and 40 minutes. Read More...
- Location: Trailhead on Alley 342, Lane 150, Sec. 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi
Situated near Yuanshan, this five-star hotel inaugurated in 1952 is famous for its Pavilions and restaurants. Rated as one of the world’s top ten hotels by the US Fortune Magazine, this hotel redefines luxury and is a crown jewel in Taiwan’s tourism industry. Read More...
- Address: 1,Chung Shan N. Road, Section 4, Taipei, Taiwan, 104.R.O.C.
Hot springs are a major attraction in Taipei, ranging from basic to spas at five-star hotels. Features such as Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath and also private and family rooms are available at every spa. The main places where you can take a dip are Beitou, Wulai and Yangmingshan National Park. Read More...
Longshan Temple was founded in 1738 by Chinese settlers, making it the oldest of its kind in Taipei and one of the most important temples in Taiwan. It is dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy (Kuan-in, in Chinese), though history has not been merciful to it! It has been the victim of earthquakes, fires and even aerial bombing during World War II, which destroyed irreplaceable artworks and artefacts. However, the devoted Taipei residents have rebuilt it each time (with the last total rebuild being in 1924), maintaining its intricate design, making it a fine example of Taiwanese classical architecture. The temple grounds still house many beautiful artefacts, each with Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 221, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2302 5162
Opening for operation on 4 July 2007, the Maokong Gondola is a 4.3 km cable car system running between Taipei Zoo and the small town of Maokong, on the southern outskirts of the city. Along the way, it passes through beautiful, verdant mountains and stops off at Zhinan Temple, with Sanxuan Temple close to the terminus in Maokong. Taking between 17 and 37 minutes (depending on what speed the system is running that day), the gondola is both a great way to get to the traditional tea houses and plantations south of the city and offers fantastic views along the way. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2181 2345
The National Palace Museum in Shilin houses the world's most extraordinary collection of Chinese historical artifacts and antiquities. The Taipei Fine Arts Museum with over 3,000 artworks was the first museum in Taiwan to be dedicated to modern art. Built during the Japanese rule, the National Taiwan Museum is the oldest museum in Taiwan. It was built to commemorate the inauguration of the North-South Railway.
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall commemorates the life and career of one of the Republic of China’s most prominent and world-renowned figures. The dramatic white marble structure contains an extensive library and museum as well as a spacious hall with a large statue of the man himself and a regular guard-mounting ceremony, making it a popular tourist attraction for domestic and international visitors. Read More...
The National Palace Museum is the home of over 696,000 ancient Imperial Chinese artefacts and artworks, making it the largest collection of its type in the world and among the top 10 most popular museums on the planet. Compared to the artefacts - some of which are from over 1,000 years ago – the large, appropriately palatial buildings date from just 1965, with several major expansions in the following decades to make room for the permanent exhibition. You will not find a more complete picture of China’s long and fascinating history. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 08:30 – 18:30, Fri – Sat 08:30 – 21:00
- Location: No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Road, Shilin
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2881 2021
Built on a green hillside overlooking the Keelung River, the Martyrs’ Shrine is dedicated to the war dead of the Republic of China. There are nearly 390,000 spirit tables for those who fell during the Xinhai Revolution, the Second World War, the Chinese Civil War and other engagements. The statue-like military police guards at the extravagant main gates and the guard-changing ceremony are major attractions of this serene, solemn place, which is set in the middle of over 33,000 sqm of grassland. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: No. 139, Bei’an Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2885 4162
The National Theatre and Concert hall is located at Taipei’s Liberty Square and showcases a number of attractive events and performances from artists all over the globe. Zhongshan Hall and Sun Yet Sen Memorial Hall are also located near Taipei 101. Taipei Performing Arts Centre will open in 2013. It will be situated near Shilin Night Market and promises three theatres showcasing a number of movies and theatrical works.
- Location: Near Shilin Night Market
Dr Sun Yat-sen is generally known as the ‘Father of the Nation’, and this hall is a memorial to his work. Sun was the first president of the Republic of China in 1912, after the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. The 29,464 sqm building is situated in the decorative Chung-shan Park and houses displays on Sun’s life and the birth of the Republic of China. It is also an important cultural centre in the city. The changing of the guard ceremony is a major attraction for this memorial. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: No. 505, Section 4, Ren-ai Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2758 8008
At one time Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building but the Burj Khalifa of Dubai now holds that honour. The Taipei Financial Centre (as it is also known) opened in 2004 for public viewing. It is earthquake and typhoon-resistant and commands astonishing views. Taipei 101 also previously won the title of having the world’s fastest elevator but again the title has gone to Burj Khalifa. This landmark has won innumerable awards and accolades and it has an attached mall, a basement supermarket and cafes but the view of the city from the 89th floor observation deck alone makes it worth the trip. The firework show here on New Year’s Eve Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 22:00
- Location: In the Xinyi District of Taipei
The most famous residents of Tapei Zoo are Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan – the giant pandas who arrived in 2008 – along with Yuan Zai – the first panda cub born in Taiwan. They join over 12,000 birds, a popular children’s zoo (housing domestic animals), an insectarium, amphibian and reptile house, penguins, koalas and nocturnal animals in the 165-hectare grounds. There is also an area for the native wildlife of Taiwan, including wild boar, crab-eating mongooses, clouded leopards, Reeves’s muntjacs and more. The zoo is highly regarded for its entertaining displays and healthy animals. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: No. 30, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2938 2300
Taipei is a city with an extensive collection of Buddhist, Taoist, Chinese temples. The Longshan Temple in Wanhua District is an architectural marvel influenced by southern Chinese architecture.
The ‘Road to Heaven’ or the Xinsheng South Road gets its name due to its large number of temples, churches, mosques and shrines. Other famous temples include the Baoan Temple, Xiahai City God Temple and Confucius Temple, all dating back to ancient times.