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How to Spend 1 Day in Taipei

How to Spend 1 Day in Taipei

The seamless blending of energy, people, history, culture, and cuisine in Taipei offers enough to entertain and educate visitors for weeks. Yet if you’re pressed for time and have only one day in the Taiwanese capital, here are some ideas for how to make the most of your time.

Morning: City Tour

The 300-year-old city of Taipei is a busy mishmash of cultural influences. Get your bearings by starting your day with a sightseeing tour, taking in key attractions like the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Martyr’s Shrine, and Taipei 101. Alternately, take a self-guided tour at your own pace aboard the hop-on hop-off bus, which stops at more than 20 points of interest around the city. Onboard audio commentary gives you additional insight into what you’re seeing as you go. After working up an appetite, grab lunch at one of Taipei’s many authentic dumpling houses for some xiao long bao soup dumplings.

Afternoon: National Palace Museum

Taipei’s National Palace Museum houses one of the world’s best collections of Chinese art and historical artifacts, many of them smuggled out of China to be protected during the Cultural Revolution. It’s well worth setting aside an afternoon to escape the heat and explore the museum’s treasures on your own or with a guide. If museums aren’t your thing, make your way to Beitou Hot Springs instead for an afternoon enjoying a Taiwanese pastime: soaking in the outdoor pools. Swing by the Beitou Hot Springs Museum to learn more about the history of these popular Japanese-style baths.

Night: Night Markets

No trip to Taipei would be complete without a visit to one of its many lively night markets. While it’s possible to shop for clothes, souvenirs, and household items at many of them, they’re best known as culinary playgrounds where you can sample an array of local specialties. Make sure you find the best bites by joining a guided food tour; sample oyster pancakes and pork leg rice at Ningxia Night Market, bubble tea and grilled octopus at Shilin Night Market, or fried dumplings at Shida Night Market.

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Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket

Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket

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Spend a morning or afternoon exploring Taipei’s urban and historic highlights on this half-day sightseeing tour. Your savvy guide escorts you to key attractions such as Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs's Shrine, and the National Palace Museum. Hear interesting commentary as you wind through vibrant neighborhoods and see examples of Ming Dynasty architecture. Admission tickets and round-trip transfers from downtown Taipei hotels are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.00
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Taipei at Night: Din Tai Fung Dinner & Raohe Street Night Market Guided Tour

Taipei at Night: Din Tai Fung Dinner & Raohe Street Night Market Guided Tour

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Discover the bustling city of Taipei as it starts to come alive during this evening tour. Start at the Longshan Temple and learn about its significance; walk through the Huaxi Street night market; tantalize your tastebuds with a delicious dinner at the famous Din Tai Fung; and cap it off with a visit to Taipei 101 where you can see the skyline shimmering from the clouds. Catch the highlights of Taipei—ideal for those with limited time.
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  • 4 hours
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$52.00
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Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

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Pack in a full day of Taipei sightseeing at multiple must-see attractions in the capital, accompanied by an informative local guide. Make stops at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Longshan Temple; tour exhibits at the National Palace Museum; drive through; visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum; and learn about Taiwan's history at the Lin An Tai Historical House.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$120.00
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Private Custom Tour: Taipei in a Day

Private Custom Tour: Taipei in a Day

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While in bustling Taipei, treat yourself to a full-day private custom tour of the city’s best sites! Your personal driver will help you design the perfect 8-hour itinerary, escorting you to key attractions such as Longshan Temple, Taipei 101 and Beitou Hot Springs. Travel at your own pace, and stop to snap photos, grab a souvenir or explore. Taipei City and the northeast coast is at your fingertips on this private tour!
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  • 8 hours
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Taipei in Motion: City Day Tour by Bike, Metro and Walking

Taipei in Motion: City Day Tour by Bike, Metro and Walking

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Experience Taipei like a local, using public transportation to traverse the capital with a knowledgeable guide. Get an insider’s perspective of the city as you’re accompanied by MRT, bus and bike to metropolitan highlights on this comprehensive tour. Pedal through Daan Forest Park to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, take the Xiangshan Hiking Trail up Elephant Mountain, and ride a bus to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring personalized attention.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Tour: Beitou Hot Springs and National Palace Museum in Taipei

Private Tour: Beitou Hot Springs and National Palace Museum in Taipei

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Dip into the delights of Beitou on this private full-day tour that includes a luxurious soak in the outdoor hot springs. You’ll learn about the history of the region’s Japanese baths at the Beitou Hot Springs Museum and, back in Taipei, enjoy an independent tour of the collections at the National Palace Museum. This personalized itinerary includes your choice of a standard lunch in a Taiwanese food court or a 9-course meal at the elegant Silks Palace restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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$166.67
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Taipei City Bike Tour with Night Market Experience

Taipei City Bike Tour with Night Market Experience

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With its glittering illuminations and buzzing night markets, Taipei is at its most atmospheric after dark. On this tour, travel like a local using the city’s U-bike bike-share network, visit sights such as CKS Memorial Hall, Yongkang Street and then sample tasty street foods and bubble tea at Shida Night Market.
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  • 2 hours
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$25.65
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