Why sum up Taiwan Travel Information with just 6 things to do in Taipei? Well, in Chinese numerology, 6 is said to be a fortunate number. Given the fact that my most recent trip to Taiwan was the result of winning a prize, I’d say that it was pretty darn fortunate! While the number of things to do and see in Taipei are actually quite numerous, this list will serve as a great base for anyone interest in Taiwan travel information or in the initial planning stages of a trip to Taiwan.
The two best markets in my opinion are: Shilin Night Market and Huaxi Street Night Market, aka Snake Alley.
While the latter is much smaller, the adventurous traveler can dine on many exotic variations of snake dishes there. For those less inclined to indulge in a serpentine snack, you can get a great buzz from alcohol that includes snake venom and snake blood!
Shilin Night Market, on the other hand, was by far the most complete market I visited. Whether you are a foodie or shopper, whatever your needs may be can be found there.
Although I’m a huge fan of fitcations, for those not willing to go out and spend hours on a trail, this is perfect. It was less than 30 minutes from base to top, and that includes multiple stops along the way. The location is also ideal. The numerous lookouts give a great vantage point for beautiful shots of the city and it’s iconic building, Taipei 101.
Also, located just a stone’s thrown from said building, it provides the perfect position to pop over and ride the world’s fastest elevator of what was once the world’s tallest building!
While I won’t list all of Taiwan’s over 15,000 temples, there were two that stood apart from the others in Taipei. Xingtian Temple is a striking, centrally-located temple that provides a true centerpiece for the city. Given its location and beauty, it is no surprise that this temple ranks as one of the most popular in Northern Taiwan.
Mengjia Longshan Temple, on the other hand, is a stunning structure that was so nice I had to visit twice. Once during daylight and once at night. Although it was packed with visitors on both occasions, the contrast of colors in the different lighting is a must-see.
This massive compound was erected in memory of the former Chinese president, Chiang Kai Shek. The statue housed in the memorial hall stands much like its American equivalent, The Lincoln Monument, in Washington DC. While guard-changing ceremonies take place hourly, the serenity of the sprawling courtyard is what truly make a visit there memorable.
Confession—I did not actually visit The Red House. I mention it; however, because the surrounding streets of this arts district are just so quirky and cool that they are the perfect place to explore and spend several hours getting lost in—which I did! For anyone who has ever visited and enjoyed the areas of Myeong-dong in Seoul, South Korea or Amemura in Osaka, Japan…this section of the city is right up your alley!
Located just 30 minutes from central Taipei by metro, this city oasis feels thousands of miles away. There’s no better way to end, or begin a day, than by relaxing in the warm, therapeutic waters of the Beitou Hot Springs.
Have you ever visited this island? Based on the Taiwan travel information provided above, comment below and let me know if it seems like a destination you’d like to visit and which of the 6 things to do in Taipei you’d like to experience most!