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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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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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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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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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Beitou Hot Spring Museum

Beitou Hot Spring Museum

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Originally built as a bathhouse by the Japanese Colonial Government in 1913, today’s Beitou Hot Spring Museum was the largest bathhouse in East Asia at the time, and the first public bathhouse in Taiwan. Abandoned after World War II, it was renovated and reopened in 1998 as a museum documenting Beitou’s hot spring history and culture.More
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Beitou Hot Spring

Beitou Hot Spring

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Located just 30 minutes north of central Taipei, Beitou is a mountainous area full of natural hot springs and supporting spas, hotels, teahouses, and parks. It’s a popular destination for locals and visitors looking to escape the city and enjoy a soak in warm, mineral-rich waters surrounded by lush forests and beautiful scenery.More
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Alishan National Scenic Area

Alishan National Scenic Area

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Watching the sunrise over the Alishan National Scenic Area feels like being in a dream—thick white clouds cover the valley below and towering mountaintops look like tiny islands in an endless ocean. It’s worth visiting during the day too, with treetop boardwalks, forests, and temples making for incredible photos.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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Yilan can be reached in less than an hour from Taipei, thanks to Asia’s second longest highway tunnel – the mighty Hsuehshan Tunnel. Yilan is located in a unique setting, looking out towards the sea along Taiwan's northeast coast on one side and surrounded by rugged mountains on all others. Known for its natural beauty and sweeping views, there’s plenty here to attract visitors, who either visit on day trips from Taipei or choose to stop and linger for a while staying in the area’s many hotels and rustic guest houses.Located in the center of the Lanyang Plain, hot and cold springs and plenty of scenic nature trails make up the rural landscape around Yilan. Streams and rivers provide a constant source of replenishment for the nutrients in the soil here, making it a rich and fertile landscape. Meanwhile, the ocean provides some scenic coastal walks, along with an array of recreational activities, including the popular whale and dolphin watching trips.Of Yilan’s many highlights, the Qilan Sacred Trees Garden is perhaps its most fascinating. Home to around a hundred indigenous trees that are said to be over a millennium old, it’s a unique attraction and a haven of tranquillity, particularly for those who have just arrived from the bustling metropolis 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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Top activities in Taipei

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

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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
5-Hour Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation Scenery Tour
We had a great time - lovely scenery and a chance to see the countryside outside of Taipei.
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Taipei adventure
jotten20, 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
jaduke56, 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, 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!
BoonYeo, 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, Taroko 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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Great
Louise G, Oct 2019
Yangmingshan National Park and Hot-Spring Half-Day Tour from Taipei
Very easy way to see this part of Taipei.
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Excellent tour and tour guide!
bigdtam, 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
Voyager07684812549, 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 Half-Day City Tour
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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5 day best of Taiwan
masumit2018, Jan 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
Excellent hotels; 2 of the 4 hotels had natural hot springs in the room.
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Very effective
Jorn49, Feb 2019
Taipei Half-Day City Tour
With just little time in Taipei, this was a perfect introduction to the various attractions.
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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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