Welcome to Taipei

Historical Journey

In many ways this 300-year-old city is like a living museum. The Taoist temples buzz with the prayers of the hopeful; the wooden boards of Japanese-era mansions creak under the feet of visitors; while the treasures in the National Palace Museum date back 5000 years. Merchant villas to military barracks have been restored, reworked and now live again as a museum or a shopfront. From the heirlooms of a tea merchant to the memories of a cemetery for the victims of the White Terror, Taipei is a city that takes great pride in celebrating its history – the triumphant and the tragic.

The Weird and Wonderful

Taipei's oddness is one of its charms. It may be inspired by the kawaii (cutesy) culture of Japan, but there's a lot of home-grown humour in there, too. In the puppet museum you will find a strip-tease marionette; the idea of chocolate sauce on a steak is nothing out of the ordinary; themed restaurants transport you to a world where hotpot is slurped from a toilet bowl; a park installation invites you to cycle a stationary bike whose pedals power an eerie-sounding pipe organ; and one of the top souvenir items from the city is a larger-than-life cock-shaped pineapple sponge cake.

Having Fun with Food

Dining out is so popular that many studio apartments in Taipei don't have kitchens: eating out is cheap, casual and tasty and many families do that or get takeaway most nights of the week. Indeed dining out is the best way to understand the Taiwanese. Whether you're getting your fingers greasy sampling snacks at one of the night markets or sharing dishes at a Taiwanese rèchǎo (stir-fried) joint, the defining characteristic is the element of fun. Yes, that is an invitation to try stinky tofu. While you're at it, you might as well have some Taiwan Beer, too!

People-first Taipei

With its lanes of blackened walk-ups and countless shopfronts, the city may look like it was thrown together in a hurry, but look again. Great care has been taken to make it a truly liveable place for people: public transport grids the city well and is fast, reliable and cheap; every few blocks there's a park with a generous supply of benches, shelters and flowers; good (and often great) coffee is available everywhere; the MRT has courtesy umbrellas free for rainy days; and a clean and free public toilet is never far away.

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Taipei Sightseeing Tour with Taipei 101, Longshan Temple

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Longshan Temple, Wanhua, TaipeiDiscover Longshan Temple, one of Taiwan's most visited religious sites.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum, Zhongshan District, TaipeiVisit the traditional southern Fujianise courtyard-style Lin An Tai Historical HomeDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Beitou Hot Spring Museum, Beitou, TaipeiExperience the geothermal Beitou hot spring areaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: National Palace Museum, Shilin, TaipeiSample 5000 years of Chinese art, history and culture at the National Palace MuseumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park, Zhongzheng District, TaipeiCapital's must-see spotsDuration: 30 minutes

$145 Day Trips & Excursions

Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

You'll be picked up from your Taipei hotel at 6am to travel by train on your own to Hualien. This full-day guided tour will take you to the Taroko Gorge, a 20-kilometer section of the highway that runs from Taroko to Tiansiang.The stunning gorge is famous for its marble cliffs, deep, winding tunnels and the Liwu River, which flows through its craggy landscape. Travel through Swallows Grotto, where the section of the highway runs through tunnels carved into the gorge.Then, see the Eternal Spring Shrine, one of the most photographed scenes around the gorge. These little temples were built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the construction of the central cross-island highway.Afterward, break for lunch at a local restaurant. Appetites sated, continue to the Chi-Hsing Beach and Hualien Stone Sculpture Park and visit a marble factory before returning to Taipei by express train.

$582.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Taiwan from Taipei 5-Day Tour: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge

Start your 5-day round-island tour of Taiwan with hotel pickup in Taipei. Drive south into the lofty mountains to visit Sun Moon Lake, where you’ll stop at several temples like Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. At Fo Guang Shan Monastery, one of the most famous Buddhist sites in southern Taiwan, take a walking tour and interact with monks and nuns.The next day, head to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan. Pass Love River (Ai River) and stroll through Lio Ho Night Market.In southern Taiwan’s Kenting National Park the following day, admire 37 miles (60 km) of coral-rimmed shoreline and explore the forest recreation area. On your fourth day, continue your journey through Taiwan’s scenic landscapes with a visit to Taitung’s East Coast National Scenic Area, where unspoiled land stretches for miles down the coast. See incredible land formations created by years of erosion.Then, in Hualien, marvel at the exceptional beauty of Taroko National Park’s Taroko Gorge, whose marble formations are split by a road that looms under forested peaks and towering cliffs.You’ll end your journey back in Taipei. All entrance fees, transportation, accommodation and daily breakfasts are included, and for lunch and dinner, your guide will be happy to recommend great places for you to enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine.For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.

$10.80 Transfers & Ground Transport

Taipei Airport Private Transfer: Taoyuan Airport to Hotel

When making a booking, please provide the following information. • Arrival Flight Details • Taipei Accommodation Details According to the address of your accommodation, please select the correct pricing option. Failing to select the correct one might incur additional charge. • Area A: Yangmingshan National Park • Area B: Beitou District • Area C: Other Districts in Taipei City Vehicles used: • 1 Toyota Camry 2.0 or equivalent (1 to 2 people) • 1 Volkswagen T-5 or equivalent (3 to 6 people) Baggage Allowance:  1 Check-in Luggage and 1 Carry-on Luggage Waiting Time: 1.5 hour after the flight touches down. If you don’t show up after 1.5 hours waiting time, the booking will be considered as “No-Show.” There is no refund on this. Arrival Instructions:After baggage claim, there is only one exit. Driver will hold a sign board with lead traveler's name near exit in the arrival hall. If you have trouble locating the driver, please proceed to Tourist Service Center and call our operation hotline: +886-2-25634621 or +886-2-25635313

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pingxi, Jiufen Day Trip with Sky Lantern Release From Taipei

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jinguashi 13 Ruins, Ruifang, New TaipeiLearn about the history of JinguashiDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Yinyang Sea, Ruifang, New TaipeiSee the unique “Yin-Yang Sea” of the Shuinandong AreaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Shifen Old Street, Pingxi, New TaipeiCreate and release sky lanterns in Shifen, watching your wishes float skyward.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gold Waterfall, Ruifang, New TaipeiVisit the spectacular Golden WaterfallDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Ruifang, New TaipeiExploring Jiufen (lunch at guest's expense)Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$45 Day Trips & Excursions

Jiufen Village (Chiufen), Nanya, and Pitou Cape from Taipai

You'll be picked up from your Taipei city hotel at 1:00pm, drive along the northeast coast of Taiwan to the National Scenic Area, popular location with the locals. The northeast coast scenic area is noted for its numerous capes and bays backed by green mountains. Visit Pitou Cape, tall abrasion caves and platforms and other eroded landforms which can be clearly seen on the cape's hanging cliff. The tour continues to Nanya, a coastline filled with amazing rock formations, a sea-eroded coral shore. The patterned stone is unique in Taiwan and formed through the weathering of the sandstone that lines the shore. The oxidation of iron ore within the stone gives it a beautiful striped pattern. Travel to the quaint little village of Chiufen Village (Jiufen), once the gold mining center of Taiwan. The gold is gone, but Chiufen (Jiufen) built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continue to offer enchanting scenery, unique teahouses and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Tour Highlights • Chiufen Village (Jiufen) • Pass by Chinkuashin Village • Pitou Cape • Nanya Rock Formations • Bay of Two Colors