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Welcome to Taipei

Taiwan’s capital city is a living, breathing museum where monuments pay testament to both the triumphs and turbulence of Taipei’s past. Vestiges of the Dutch rule and Japanese occupation are present in architecture and cuisine, while Taoist temples and modern skyscrapers epitomise the current cultural climate of Taipei city. Monumental highlights include Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, built to commemorate the former president of China; Longshan Temple; Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers; and the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine. In-the-know travelers check off all of these sights and more with half- or full-day sightseeing tours and prebooked or skip-the-line tickets. Taiwan’s relatively small size means visitors can use Taipei as a base for visiting farther-flung attractions on day trips: Top draws include the Taroko Gorge National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Asia; Sun Moon Lake; Jiufen Village (Chiufen), characterized by houses clinging to steep mountainsides; and Yehliu National Park, known for its spectacular sandstone formations. By night, Taipei erupts with life, and must-do evening activities include feasting on xiaochi (Chinese tapas) on a tour of Shilin Night Market, bagging tickets to a Chinese Opera show at TaipeiEYE, and sipping cold beer or iced tea at lively Taiwanese bars.

Top 10 attractions in Taipei

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Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu Geopark

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Yehliu Geopark, home to the iconic Queen’s Head rock formation, looks more like a landscape from Mars than the northern coast of Taiwan. With its otherworldly natural structures, all of which have alluring names such as the Fairy Shoe and Sea Candles, the park makes for an enriching day trip from Taipei.More
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Shifen Waterfall

Shifen Waterfall

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Horseshoe-shaped Shifen Waterfall is one of the most famous falls in Taiwan. Torrents of water plunge into a deep pool and raise a shroud of mist that creates a rainbow effect on sunny days. With a width of more than 131 feet (40 meters), Taiwan’s Little Niagra isn't quite as big as Niagara Falls but its shape is similar.More
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Taipei 101

Taipei 101

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At a soaring 1,667 feet (508 meters), Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building when it was completed in 2004—Dubai’s Burj Khalifa overtook it in 2010. A landmark in Taipei, it houses offices, restaurants, and a multilevel shopping complex, as well as indoor and outdoor observatories offering stunning panoramic views of Taipei.More
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is one of the most prominent landmarks and popular attractions in Taipei, and sees thousands of visitors daily. Learn about the life of Chiang Kai-Shek and the history of Taiwan inside this impressive building set within a 62-acre (25-hectare) memorial park with gardens, pools, and walkways.More
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Taipei National Palace Museum

Taipei National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum in Taipei is home to one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world, and covers more than 8,000 years of Chinese history and culture. Featuring some 690,000 pieces, it covers all areas of Chinese art, including antiquities, painting, calligraphy, bronzes, jade, ceramics, and sculpture.More
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Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Fo Guang Shan Monastery

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As one of the largest Buddhist temples in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery is a must-see destination for first-time visitors. Home to a 100-meter (328-foot) statue of a golden Buddha, as well as 500 smaller versions of the religious deity, the complex promises epic photographs and scenic views of the nearby Gaoping River.More
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Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple

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The oldest temple in Taiwan, Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by immigrants from Fujian, China. The ornate and exquisite structure has been damaged by war and natural disasters, but also rebuilt, expanded, and improved over the years. Today is remains a center of religious life and a bastion of local culture in Taipei.More
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Yilan

Yilan

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Located in northeast Taiwan, Yilan is a popular day trip and weekend destination from Taipei. Set on a lush plain, with the ocean on one side and mountains on the others, the district offers plenty of natural beauty, a variety of outdoor activities, as well as historic towns, and a wealth of cultural and other attractions.More
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Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market

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Once the sun sets, the Shilin district comes alive with hundreds of stalls selling souvenirs and Taiwanese fare. As the most famous of Taipei’s night markets, Shilin Night Market draws large crowds of adventurous eaters, who want to be the first in line to try delicacies such as stinky tofu and braised pork intestines.More
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Yangmingshan National Park

Yangmingshan National Park

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Located on the northern edge of Taiwan, just a quick trip from Taipei, Yangmingshan National Park offers a dose of nature for city-dwellers and those touring the bustling capital. Visit Yangmingshan to hike through its volcanic scenery and rolling hills, soak in its hot springs, and, in the spring, see the cherry blossoms in bloom.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Taipei

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A day well spent
Markus_K, Mar 2020
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
After mostly being in Taipei our guide Roger drive us to the Geo Park, the golden waterfall, jiufen, shifen waterfall and elephant mountain.
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Great Experience
Jeanne_P, Feb 2020
Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei
We had a great time - lovely scenery and a chance to see the countryside outside of Taipei.
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Taipei adventure
Jan_O, Feb 2020
Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
We had an excellent guide who spoke perfect english.
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Hike up Mt. Qixing a Taipei must
lisakadane, Feb 2020
Small Group Hiking Day Tour On Qixing Mountain from Taipei
Afterwards, a soak in the hot springs was a perfect way to end the day.
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Day in Taipei and Northern Taiwan
Jeff_D, Feb 2020
Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour
By choice we traveled north to see the Oceanside, waterfalls, cat village and a coal town, but still had time for traditional sites in Taipei.
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First class tour
David_M, Jan 2020
Full-Day Private Custom Keelung Shore Excursions
Wonderful English speaker , great sense of humour and someone who made our tour of Taipei memorable .
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PRIVATE TOUR FULL DAY
157eugenel, Jan 2020
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
Great Guide and gave us get suggestions on places to visit in Taipei.
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Fantastic experience!
BL_Y, Nov 2019
Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience
We also have one of the very best English speaking tour guide , Claire , very helpful and ofcause knowledgeable.
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Biking/Walking (half a day) in Taipei
Gal C, Oct 2019
Taipei in Motion: City Day Tour by Bike, Metro and Walking
A nice way to see Taipei in half a day.
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Excellent and enjoyable tour
kevjanle, Oct 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Tarako Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
It would have been nicer to extend the stay in the hot springs hotels longer (2 nights vs.
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Jack’s Taipei
Lucy G, Oct 2019
Private Custom Taipei Airport Layover Tour
He was very friendly and spoke and understood English very well.
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Excellent tour and tour guide!
Derek_T, Oct 2019
1-day Tour to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei by High Speed Rail
A little on the pricey side, but Phoebe was a fun English speaking tour guide.
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Recommended layover tour
Daniel_E, Sep 2019
Private Custom Taipei Airport Layover Tour
Possibility to go to the top of Taipei 101 for 600 NTD and to visit the famous night market.
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First time Taipei tour with Viator Jack Chou
ye1232019, Aug 2019
Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour
We take several break under shade without loosing tour sport to visit.
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Taipei City Half Day Tour
craigmnz2019, Aug 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
Totally recommend this tour if your time is short and you just want a overview of some of the main attractions in Taipei.
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Taipei in a Day Review
Darrin C, Jul 2018
Private Custom Tour: Taipei in a Day
Great way to spend a day to see the major sites in Taipei.
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Very effective
Jorn49, Feb 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
With just little time in Taipei, this was a perfect introduction to the various attractions.
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5 day best of Taiwan
masumit2018, Jan 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Tarako Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
Excellent hotels; 2 of the 4 hotels had natural hot springs in the room.
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Great tour to one of Taiwan's real...
Antony_S, Jan 2018
Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei
We got plenty of time to see this magnificent town and take in a lot of its cultural touchstones, even with the morning free to explore Taipei.
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This was a great tour.. perfect if...
Mihnea P, Oct 2017
Private Night Tour of Taipei
perfect if you only have 1 night to see as much as possible and take in some beautiful sights of Taipei as well as some great facts and history!!
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What is Taipei famous for?

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and is also among the country's largest and most dynamic cities. Its most famous landmarks include Taipei 101 (with an 89th-floor observation deck) and the National Palace Museum (home to thousands of ancient Chinese artifacts), as well as ever-vibrant night markets.

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How many days should I spend in Taipei?

With a minimum of three days you can discover many of Taipei's highlights (Taipei 101), museums (the National Palace Museum), historical landmarks (Longshan Temple), and night markets (Shilin Night Market). But if you can, it's worth spending a week or more in this vibrant capital.

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What is cool in Taipei?

Taipei has a thriving cultural scene, as evidenced by the Huashan 1914 Creative Park and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Writers and artists also frequent its historical teahouses and third-wave coffee shops, and well-dressed hipsters browse vintage boutiques in the Zhongshan district. Don't miss its vibrant nightlife scene.

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What do locals do in Taipei?

After dark, you'll find Taipei locals at the city's night markets. By day, they'll be lounging in tearooms, or taking advantage of the city's street food offerings. Those looking for tranquility also go to Beitou for a hot spring soak, or to nearby Yangmingshan National Park for a green escape.

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Is Taipei expensive?

No. Taipei is not an especially expensive city to visit, especially compared to other East Asian hubs like Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, or Seoul. Most museums and historical landmarks have cost-effective rates, and the city's street food options, casual eateries, and night markets offer wallet-friendly dining choices.

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Is Taipei safe for tourists?

Yes. Taipei is a very safe city for tourists, and crime is generally low. That said, petty crimes like pickpocketing can occur, and it's still worth being aware and taking precautions, especially after dark. Note that typhoon season is from May to November and can cause disruptions.

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