An incredible escape to Taipei

A throwback :

Flashing back to my Taiwan trip 5 years ago, I had so much fun in Taipei despite the disastrous weather. In fact I have been to many warm places in Asia but I don’t think I have been in a country that is more humid than Taiwan, everything went well though. One day I got a promotion email from a low-budged flight company and found out a cheap flight to Taipei and there was nothing that could stop me going.

I stayed in Taipei for 6 days and it was more than enough to get to know this city. People are super kind, no matter which person you choose to ask a question. I picked a pretty nice backpacker hostel in the city center of Taipei and I had no complaints about everything that I was provided.

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Thanks for welcoming me, Taipei airport!


Where to go

1.Ximending

It’s the busiest and youngest area in Taipei where you can do everything you want, from shopping to having some really nice cuisines. For those who already have been to Tokyo, I’d say it’s more or less like Shinjuku or Shibuya.

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This area also often offers street performances which can be interesting. In addition, if you are looking for some nice bars where young people come by, Ximending would be a perfect place for you.

2.Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

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Chiang Kai-shek is the most significant person for Taiwanese people and as of 1975 after he passed away, this place was decided to build a memorial in his honor.
Note – It’s closed after 18:00

3.Taipei 101

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It used to be the tallest building in Asia until 2010. It provides you amazing views from the top and you will realize how beautiful Taipei can be at night. I totally loved this place and I’m pretty sure you will love it as well.

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Open at 09:00 until 22:00
Admission : Observatory deck: NT$500 adults, NT$450 children under 12, free children under 115cm, Fast Pass NT$1,000

4.Shilin Night Market

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By the time you get hungry in the evening then take a metro and go to Shilin Night Market, unless you are not fond of street food. If you are, don’t miss the chance to try Taiwanese street food. There’s one specific food I didn’t really like, I mean it tasted fine but smiled awful. You can also attempt the Taiwanese bubble tea.

5.National Palace Museum

This museum offers you a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world.

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6.Beitou Public Hot Springs

Kinda complex to make it to this place but It was definitely worth. A perfect spot for refreshing your daily life, especially if you are exhausted.

7.Jiufen

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Gotta love this place and I strongly recommend you to visit this one, while in Taipei! It’s a mountain town in northeastern Taiwan, east of Taipei. It’s known for the narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with teahouses, street-food shacks and souvenir shops.

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A couple of well known series or movies were filmed here, if it makes you more excited. I had a really nice ice coffee there and that belongs to my bucket list for next time I visit this place.

8.Tamsui & Bali

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It was the warmest day ever in my whole life

I met an American girl from Chicago in my hostel when I was making a little plan where to go next day, she said Tamsui and Bali islands are totally worth going and coming back in the evening. Then I immediately decided to go and googled it, then saw a few beautiful pictures of the islands. I’m sure once you see a picture, you wouldn’t have a hard time to decide.

9.Keelung

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It’s a port city near Taipei, in northern Taiwan. Surrounded by mountains, it’s known for its sheltered harbor. Near the waterfront, street-food stalls at Miaokou Night Market offer traditional snacks and seafood. Several forts around the area include hilltop Ershawan Fort, with cannons and a Chinese-style gate. Both Gongzi Liao Fort and Dawulun Fort offer views over the harbor and ocean.

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Got to visit Heping Island Park

10.Bitan

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Only 40 minutes away from the central station of Taipei. It could be a great getaway spot for the weekend and lots of young Taiwanese couples come by for a date.

11.228 peace memorial park

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One of the most important places in terms of history in Taipei, in my opinion. By having a look deeply at what the museum provides, you will slowly see the dark side of Taiwanese history.

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I’m a history person, so I couldn’t have bothered to skip this significant museum.

12.Taipei national university

If you are interested in meeting young people this place is a win. I was curious to see how the biggest Taiwanese university runs and it was worth visiting. I rented a bike there and it was a pretty wise decision.

How do you enjoy Taipei?

1.Use the metro

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Taipei’s metro (MRT) is really easy to use, cheap and clean. As far as I know it’s not allowed to bring drinks and foods which makes everything cleaner. If the massive weather bothers you, don’t worry, every metro in the city has an air conditioner. Also, don’t forget to take an Easy card, it will make your life easier in Taipei.

2.Avoid July or August

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The hairband was much more helpful than I ever thought, man sweating can be really annoying at times

It’s the warmest (hottest) season over the whole year. Hence, unless you are a summer person enjoy humidity & sweating, avoiding summer season could be a nice idea.

3.Try spa

Not as much as what Japan is famous for, however Taiwan also has very nice and cozy spas you can simply try.

4.Don’t worry about language barrier

Young people in Taipei are pretty good at English, at least they were in 2012, so I expect it to be better by now. Obviously they will love you even more if you speak Chinese there, which I don’t, but I still felt welcomed anywhere I went to, thankfully.

5.Eat a lot!

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Taiwanese foods are mostly very healthy and delicious, also affordably cheap for travelers. If you ask me, my favorite is “Taiwanese styled Gyoja”.

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A tea time by myself is definitely a must after a long exploration of the city

Where to stay in Taipei

There are a load of nice and backpacker friendly hostels / hotels in Taipei, also according to a friend of mine who has been to Taipei a couple of months ago claimed that getting a host through Couchsurfing or AirBnB could be a great adventure. I stayed at the Taipei Backpackers Hostel, price is always up to the period and date but 5 years ago I paid 80$ for 5 nights which was extremely cheap.

Address : 3F. No. 56, Section 2, Hankou Street, Wanhua District, 10842 Taipei, Taiwan

Have you been to Taipei? What is your favorite taste of Taiwanese bubble tea? 😉

All the love,
Felix

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Hello world, I'm a treasure hunter of life experiences. I'm curious minded with a strong force for discovery and adventure. These days I spend most of my time living out of a backpack, traveling from one country to the next.

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