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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 15 attractions in Taipei

Yehliu Geopark

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

Taipei 101

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

Shifen Waterfall

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

Taipei National Palace Museum

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

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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

Longshan Temple

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

Fo Guang Shan Monastery

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

Yangmingshan National Park

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


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

Dihua Street

This street that once served as Taipei’s major commercial center during the late Qing Dynasty still caters to more traditional tastes, giving visitors a glimpse at what the city was like in decades past. The market stalls and Chinese medicine shops sell a variety of teas, herbs, dried mushrooms, sweets, and other dried goods.More

National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine

Built in 1969, the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine is dedicated to the 390,000 soldiers who died in the Chinese Civil War. Today, the striking landmark is popular for its hourly Changing of the Guard ceremony. Located on the slopes of Mt. Chingshan on the Keelung River, the shrine was inspired by the Forbidden City’s Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing.More

Taroko National Park (Taroko Gorge)

Taroko National Park, home to the Taroko Gorge, is one of Taiwan’s foremost tourist attractions. Highlights of this diverse landscape include the looming Qingshui Cliff, the twisting vistas of the Tunnel of Nine Turns, and the dramatic hanging bridges of Swallow Grotto. Then there’s the Eternal Springs Shrine, which hugs a lush green hillside next to its namesake springs.More

Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan)

Don’t be deterred by the name Elephant Mountain. A relatively easy climb takes you to the top of a hill that affords panoramic views of Taipei. Nestled among other rolling green hills, Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan Hiking Trail) is indisputably the best place in Taipei to enjoy a sunset over the capital’s skyline.More

Shilin Night Market

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

Bao'an Temple

Bao’an Temple, one of the most popular and significant religious sites in Taipei, dates back to 1760 when immigrants from Southern China built the original wooden temple. Dedicated to the emperor-deity Paosheng, god of medicine and healing, Bao’an in its current form has stood since 1805 after more than 25 years of construction.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Taipei

Thank you Phoebe for a great day.
Yana_W, Jan 2023
Taipei Day Tour including Taipei 101, Din Tai Fung and Hot Spring Experience
Thank you Phoebe for a great day, the hot springs was the perfect start to 2023.
Great two day experience
Paul_S, Jan 2023
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
Nicolas’s English was easy for our “old” ears… He was very friendly and accommodated everything we requested….
Fantastic Tour with Phyllis
Nicola_P, Jan 2023
Taipei day tour
First I launched a sky lantern at Shifen and saw the Shifen waterfall.
Nice afternoon tour outside of Taipei
Doranne_K, Dec 2022
Yehliu Geopark and Keelung Harbor Guided Tour from Taipei
Our guide Jenny speaks excellent English and gave us a lot of background information on each stop.
5 Stars
Patrick_M, Jan 2023
Charlie's Chartered-Private Tour Guide
He picked us up at our hotel in Taipei and took us on drive to Yehliu Geopark, Jioufen old town, Shifen old street where we did the lantern lighting, and Shifen waterfall.
Beautiful park + knowledgeable guide = excellent tour!
Ryan_B, Dec 2022
Taroko Gorge Day Tour from Taipei by Train
If you're looking to get out of Taipei for a day to visit a new region of Taiwan, and have a knack for the outdoors (but not excessive physical activity), highly recommend this tour.
Amazing tour of Taipei
Sabrina_S, Dec 2022
Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour
Jack's English is perfect and he did a great job educating me on the history and culture of Taiwan.
Well worth the long drive seeing Sun Moon Lake in a day
Stefan_B, Dec 2022
One-day Sun Moon Lake Tour Package
Highly, recommend this tour uf you want to see nature away from the big city of Taipei and New Taipei.
All about tea in a day
Stefan_B, Nov 2022
Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing
Well, it was raining and very cloudy so not much to see around.
Don't miss this trip and ask for Joseph as a tour guide
Sherry_T, Oct 2022
Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei
Our tour guide, Joseph, was a wonderful driver, spoke excellent English, and truly went above and beyond to make sure we all enjoyed the trip.
Amazing short tour, would definitely recommend!
Ben_I, Aug 2022
Private Night Tour of Taipei
Brilliant tour for anyone with limited time to see some of Taipei's attractions.
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.
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.
Taipei adventure
Jan_O, Feb 2020
Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
We had an excellent guide who spoke perfect english.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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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People Also Ask

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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