Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and the most frequently visited city by foreigners. below is the must-see attractions in Taipei, delicious Taipei food, and unique local activities in Taiwan. Let’s explore Taipei’s temples, history, and natural landscapes, from fine-dining food to night market snacks!
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Surrounded by a park, stands at the east end of Memorial Hall Square. It is flanked on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall. In addition to the special and historical meaning of the building, the standstill gendarmerie is also very interesting.
Standing at 1,666 feet, Taipei 101 is now the 11th tallest building in the world. It combines offices, landscapes, boutiques, and restaurants. Just like when we talk about the Eiffel Tower, we think of Paris; when we talk about Big Ben, we think of London, Taipei 101 is the most representative building in Taipei. This building was officially classified as the world’s tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2009 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
The National Sun Yat-sen was built to commemorate Sun Yat-sen, the father of the country. besides commemorating the revolutionary story of the founding father, a Taipei attraction, it also integrates performance spaces, museums, and often holds educational arts and cultural activities to provide Chinese and foreign tourists with an in-depth understanding of Taiwan’s history and culture.
Lungshan Temple is a religious temple in Wanhua District, Taipei. It was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers. The wood carvings and paintings in the temple are unique, it’s definitely worth-visiting !
Bopiliao Historical Block
Bopiliao Old Block is an area developed in the early days of Taipei City, where all kinds of groceries, traditional Chinese medicine shops, rice shops, and gold paper shops are assembled. These historical red brick houses, which have become exhibition spaces, contain rich local culture waiting for you to explore!
National Palace Museum
The Palace Museum is one of the world’s most renowned cultural heritage sites. As the largest and the best-preserved wooden imperial architecture complex in the world, it served as the home of 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, with a Collection of more than 600,000 cultural relics covering nearly 5,000 years of Chinese history.
Tamsui Old Street
Tamsui Old Street developed alongside the Tamsui Harbor, which was opened in 1860 during the Qing Dynasty, the place was colonized by the Spanish and the Dutch people, and after the First Sino-Japanese War, Taiwan was taken over by the Japanese. Due to its favorable geographical location, the small fishing village of Tamsui was positioned as an important port in northern Taiwan by the colonists at that time, and thus developed vigorously. These colonial histories have made Tamsui a mixed culture. When you come to Tamsui, you can see the Little White House, the Red Hair City, etc…
Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park has different flowers all year round, among which the calla lily season, the hydrangea season and the cherry blossom season always attract a large number of tourists. In addition to enjoying the flowers, Yangmingshan is also a good place for hot springs and night views in Taipei. There are also various landscape restaurants on the mountain, which make Yangmingshan a popular dating hotspot for young people in Taipei.
Grand Hotel Taipei
Established in 1952, the Grand Hotel is a 14-story palatial building towering on the hillside of Yuanshan and surrounded by Keelung River. The traditional architectural , good service and delicious meals make the hotel a best place in Taiwan to host foreign VIPs and celebrities.
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also known as Elephant Mountain or Mount Elephant, is one of the best place to enjoy the beautiful night view of Taipei. Start climbing from the entrance of the mountain. It takes less than 40 minutes to reach the top of Xiangshan. The glittering Taipei City and Skyscraper 101 can be seen from the top of the mountain. In addition to being a must-see attraction in Taipei recommended for foreigners, the activity of climbing Xiangshan at night is also very popular among Taipei people.
A landscape of honeycomb and mushroom rocks eroded by the sea. Well-known formations named for their shapes include the Queen’s Head and Dragon’s Head, After seeing the natural beauty of Yehliu, you can also visit Yehliu Ocean Park nearby.
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Shi Lin Night Market
Shilin Market was built as early as in 1899 and the market is famous for various snacks and eatery. The night market culture in Taiwan is very unique. Cheap and delicious snacks, clothing, and amusement vendors can be seen everywhere in the night market. Don’t miss the bubble milk tea, oysters, stinky tofu, fried chicken, sweet potato balls, etc….
The Pingxi Sky Lantern
The Sky Lantern has been held since 1999. With joint public-private efforts, the sky lanterns have attracted positive recognition throughout the world for Taiwan. Putting down sky lanterns symbolizes “praying for peace and blessings”.
Taiwan is known for their beef noodles, Probably the best one in Taipei. The pig ears is spicy, chewy, sweet and adds a nice nuance to the beef noodle soup. It has also been included in the 2018 Taipei Michelin Guide. If you come to Taipei to visit, come here to taste the taste.
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant chain that specializes in Chinese Huaiyang cuisine, known for the best dumplings in the world. It’s Din Tai Fung that perfected the art, the science of the perfect soup dumpling. That’s why this family-owned dynasty now attracts long lines at their locations around the world.
Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle
Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodles is one of the most famous food stands in Taipei. What makes it special is that everyone can only eat it standing up, and there is no seating provided. Every time you go to Ximending, you will see a group of people with Ay-Chung noodles tasting at the door of the store.
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