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December 3, 2015

Things to Do and See in Taipei Taiwan

National Concert Hall Taipei Taiwan
National Concert Hall Taipei 

Visited Taipei in November 2015, arrived on an early morning China Airline Flight from Los Angeles to Taoyuan Airport in Taiwan. Got to say was happy with the leg room and service on China Airlines

In Taiwan, Immigration is quick and easy, and after that headed to the tourist office at the airport. to get bus info to my hotel and get a map of the mass rapid transit  (MRT), there is also an ATM next to the Tourist office.

Hotel: Stayed a mile from Taipei 101, close to lot of tourist attractions, MRT train station and Night Markets. There is also an Airport Shuttle that has a stop nearby.

Tip: Public transportation is very good in Taipei, I bought a 24 hour MRT pass, good on all subway trains.

Weather: November is hot and you'll need an AC at night, clear days and no rain.

Things to Do in Taipei Taiwan:

Taipei 101 Observatory

If you staying downtown or visiting, you cannot miss Taipei 101, there is also a subway stop for Taipei 101. The entrance to the the tower is through the mall.

Go there early to avoid long lines, the cost is about 15 US$ for the observation deck, has great views of Taipei. There is a large indoor and a small outdoor observation.

The ticket to the 101 is only good for 1 visit, wanted to go to the Observatory at night for some photography, was told a new ticket would be needed.

Above 2 pictures are Guinness World Record breaking high speed elevator info and the Super Big Wind Damper that keeps the building stable during high winds and earthquakes. Below a evening photo of Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Visited the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial twice, once during the day and once during the night for some night photography

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

Take the Metro from Taipei 101 to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station, once outside the station you'll see the Memorial Hall, wear some good walking shoes and give yourself a good hour to see the whole place.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

There is Memorial hall on the upper floor and shops on the lower floor, there was an art exhibition there when I visited

Night Markets

Night Markets are basically Street Markets with mostly food vendors, there also other vendors selling clothes, books, toys ect. There are several Night Markets through out Taipei, they can be busy and its an experience in itself, while in Taipei its a must see, and try the foods.

While in Taipei, one can get by with English, at the night market I bought fruit from a vendor who didn't speak any English, still managed to buy some delicious Fruits.

Night Markets Taipei

Longshan Temple

Another must see sight in Taipei, take the MRT to Longshan Temple station.

The temple itself is not very big, the architecture is very impressive. Lots of locals come there to pray. There is also a night market nearby.

Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple

For some great food Visit Din Tai Fung

Located in the Taipei 101, you'll have to go to the mall towards the MRT and you'll see it outside the food court. Amazing Dumplings. During the day with lots of tourists, it was busy, I went there during the evening and it was no so full, maybe cause it was a Monday Night.

Din Tai Fung

The dumplings are amazing

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  1. Do you know if they still hold that Guiness Record? I wonder if it was not taken over by the Burj Khalifa elevator ;)

    1. I visited Burj khalifa a year or so before Taipei 101, there was no signs at Burj about Guinness World Record breaking high speed elevator.

  2. Taipei sounds like a wonderful and really beautiful place. My list of place to visit keeps growing bigger. I think l would enjoy the observation deck and food a lot :-)

  3. Those markets look amazing! I've never been to a night market (there aren't such things in Europe). What was your favorite food in Taipei?

    1. Being a vegetarian, my favorite food was a delicious fruit salad

  4. Thanks for sharing these valuable tips. Love the night market scene and would love to explore them myself. :)

  5. Taiwan looks like it is full of history and culture. Great post.

  6. I really enjoyed Taipei, such a great city!

  7. Taipei is a great city. My next door neighbor is from Taiwan. Such nice people, in my opinion. I have had the pleasure of enjoying authentic food from Taipei courtesy of our neighbor. Hopefully 1 day I will visit Taipei. Until then I will enjoy reading this post.

  8. It is my home country! Did you enjoy it? What food did you try at the night market?

    1. I loved it, at the night Market I had a delicious fruit salad


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