If you have just one day to spend in Taipei, this ultimate city sightseeing tour covers the highlights. Your full-day itinerary begins with hotel pickup and transport to the the ornately designed Longshan Temple.
Visiting the facade of the Presidential Office Building for a few photo ops. Next up is Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, where you can walk up the 89 steps to the bronze statue commemorating the former President of the Republic of China. Followed by an hour of free time at Taipei 101, the world’s second tallest skyscraper. If you wish, ride the elevator to the 89th floor observatory or purchase lunch (admission and meal are your own expense).
Visit the Lin An Tai Historical House, a Southern Fujianese-style house, and the Grand Hotel, a Chinese Palace-style architecture.
Continue on with a drive through Yangmingshan National Park and stop at a scenic overlook (weather depending) for views of Mt Qixing (Seven Star Mountain) and Taipei city below. Then spend about an hour exploring the Thermal Valley, including the Beitou Hot Spring Museum to learn about the region’s bubbling springs.
Afterward, enjoy a 1- to 1.5-hour guided tour of the National Palace Museum, which includes painting, calligraphy, ceramics and bronzes along with Tang and Ming dynasty treasures on exhibit. Your guide points out the famous jadeite cabbage, meat-shaped stone (created from banded jasper) and the Cauldron of Duke Mao.
Finish up at the bustling Shilin Night Market with plentiful food and shopping options to satisfy any appetite. Stay as long as you like before making your own way back to your hotel or next sightseeing destination, with the Jiantan MRT Station conveniently located nearby.