Escape to the Wonder of Taipei
Taiwan's capital city offers travelers a number of exquisite experiences to feed the senses. Taipei tours attract visitors from every corner of the map because of the extraordinary energy, welcoming atmosphere, and timeless beauty the city has to offer. Taipei is the cultural center of Taiwan and a global hub of commerce, art, and culture.
Top 50 Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan
Escape to the Wonder of Taipei
After you’re picked up from your hotel, make your way to the Longshan Temple, which was built in 1738 and houses Buddhist and Taoist relics. From there, learn about Taiwan’s political past with a visit to the Presidential Office Building, constructed during a period of Japanese occupation in a combination of Baroque, Neo-Classical, and Renaissance architectural styles.
At the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, climb the 89 steps to see a bronze statue of the former president, admiring the white walls, blue-tiled roof, and red flowers representing the colors of the Taiwanese flag. From there, continue to Taipei 101, enjoying an hour of free time to stroll around, grab lunch, or visit the 89th-floor observation deck.
Next, travel back in time with a visit to the centuries-old Lin An Tai Historical House, with its Fujianese-style courtyard, before making your way into Yangmingshan National Park. Stop at a scenic viewpoint overlooking the entire city, snap photos of Qixing Mountain, and arrive in the beautiful Beitou Thermal Valley to see a former Japanese bathhouse and visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum.
Make your way to the National Palace Museum for an hour-long guided tour, getting up-close looks at relics from the Tang and Ming dynasties and treasures like the jadeite cabbage and the meat-shaped stone. Your final stop is the Shilin Night Market, where you can spend as much time as you’d like shopping, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, and seeking out delicious Taiwanese cuisine. Read More close
After meeting your English-speaking tour guide at your hotel, take a 2-hour journey to Taichung and stop at CMP Block Museum of Arts, a unique outdoor art gallery facing the scenic Calligraphy Greenway. Relax on the lawn at the Art Garden and Park Lane, have lunch, and try local delicacies like rice cake and rice wine. Then head to Sun Moon Lake for a hike up Mt. Maolan, offering great views of the lake and plenty of photo opportunities.
Take a boat trip across Sun Moon Lake or ride a bicycle on the lakeside path, on one of the top-rated bike routes in the world. As you admire the scenery, it’s easy to see why the lake was a summer getaway for late president Chiang Kai-shek as well as an inspiration to many artists.
At Taomi Eco-Village stop by the well-known Paper Dome, constructed using 58 5-foot (5-m) cardboard columns, and learn how the Paper Dome is a memorial to both Taiwan’s devastating 921 Earthquake in 1999 and the Great Hanshin Earthquake that ravaged the city of Kobe, Japan, in 1995. Visit a paper factory in Puli to get an up-close look at the traditional way of making paper before returning to Taipei. Read More close
Leave Taipei for a tour of King Car Whisky Distillery to learn about the distillation process and taste Kavalan Whisky. Back on the road, admire the Pacific and pass the 13-mile (21-km) stretch of the Cingshuei Cliffs before check-in at your Hualien hotel and try your hand at night shrimp fishing in the stream, followed by a barbecue shrimp dinner on the riverbank.
Head to Mukumugi (the Mugua River Valley) for a 4-hour hike along the crystal-clear river featuring plenty of prime swimming spots where you can climb down to the water. Bring a waterproof camera to record your adventure or just enjoy the view. Visit a well-protected ecological park and an aboriginal settlement to learn about the history and customs of the valley’s indigenous inhabitants.
Your final stop is Liyu Lake, the largest lake in Hualien County. Hop on a bike to ride around the serene lake, following your English-speaking tour guide past paddleboats and forested hills along the 2-mile (3-km) paved path. Perhaps walk along the wooden walkway to a 3-story lookout tower for the views.
After breakfast in Hualien, prepare for an active day in Taroko National Park. Take a gentle hike along the 1-mile (2-km) Baiyang Waterfall Trail, built as a road for engineers assessing the potential for hydroelectric power before Taroko Gorge was a national park.
Walk through 7 tunnels to reach the Water Curtain Tunnel and watch cascades of water splashing into the tunnel or dare to walk inside for a soak. Listen to the Chinese fairy tale about the site and drive through the world’s largest marble canyon, surrounded by the spectacular mountains and gorges of Taroko National Park, before returning to Taipei.
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Day 1: Qingshui Cliff & Taroko National Park
A private car carries you from your hotel to Qingshui Cliff, where you can get some photos of the towering coastal bluffs before you head into Taroko National Park. With 355 square miles (920 sq km) of high mountains and steep gorges, the park gives you a look at spectacular sights like the Taroko Gorge and the scenic beauty of the Liwu River.
During your journey through the park, you get a look at sights like the clifftop retreat of Eternal Spring Shrine, the unique rock formations of Swallow Grotto, and the huge overhanging cliffs around the Tunnel of 9 Turns. Check out the diverse forms of plant and animal life, and learn about the native Taroko people, for a sense of the rich environment around you.
Day 2: Cingjing Veterans Farm
Head east through towering gorges and lush forests to immerse yourself in the fresh air and wild greenery of Cingjing Farm. The park was developed by soldiers and guerillas from southern China who escaped the mainland after the civil war in 1949, and you can find its produce including peaches, pears, plums, and kiwi fruit amid the spectacular scenery, 5,740 feet (1,750 m) above sea level.
Day 3: Puli & Chung Tai Chan Monastery
After breakfast, head to the township of Puli, where you get a look at a local paper workshop before you visit the grand Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Admire the modern Buddhist temple, with a design by famous Chinese architect C. Y. Lee that merges Chinese and Western styles, before you begin the ride back to Taipei. Read More close
Day 1: City Center, Puli & Sun Moon Lake
After pickup from your hotel, proceed to the heart of Taiwan and make a photo stop at the Sanyi woodcarving village. Continue to the lush, green landscapes of Puli, where you visit a paper workshop before heading to Sun Moon Lake. Drive along this serene lake's coast to the Wen Wu Temple for some spectacular views before arriving at your hotel for the night.
Day 2: Chikan Tower, Confucius Temple & Kaohsiung
Grab breakfast, and then drive south to the coastal city of Tainan for visits to Chikan Tower and Confucius Temple. Take a walking tour of the area before proceeding to Kaohsiung, the biggest city in the southern Taiwan. Visit the towering Dragon & Tiger Pagoda and the Spring and Autumn Pavilions before settling into your hotel.
Day 3: Foguanshan Monastery, Great Buddha Land & Chihpen
See the Foguanshan Monastery and visit Main Shrine, Buddhist Museum and Great Buddha Land for an immersion into Buddhist culture. Arrive at Chihpen and check into a hot springs hotel, where you can soak and relax before settling down for the night.
Day 4: Siaoyeliou, Dulan & Sansientai
Drive north along the east coast and see Siaoyeliou, the artistic center in Dulan, the Tunghe Bridge, and Sansientai. Arrive in scenic, coastal Hualien County and check into your hotel—the rest of your day is free to explore at your leisure.
Day 5: Taroko National Park, Eternal Spring Shrine & Chingshui Cliffs
Take a guided tour of Taroko National Park, named for the Taroko Gorge. Explore this sprawling park and visit natural attractions like Swallow Grotto and Eternal Spring Shrine, nestled at the top of a waterfall. Stop at the Chingshui Cliffs for photos on your way back to Taipei. Read More close
Pass Qingshui Cliff on the coastal Suhua Highway, more than 3,280 feet (1,000 m) above the Pacific, on the drive to Taroko National Park. As you explore Taroko Gorge, a world-class natural wonder with towering mountains, canyons, and streams, admire the Eternal Spring Shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Then hike the Baiyang Trail to the Baiyang Waterfall and trek through the Water Curtain Tunnel.
Cross the Central Mountain Range on the Central Cross-Island Highway, pass the Bilu Sacred Tree, a Formosan Chinese fir more than 3,200 years old, and drive to the highest point of Taiwan’s highways—Wuling, at 10,645 feet (3,275 m). Then at Sun Moon Lake, try traditional indigenous cuisine at Ita Thao Village.
Welcome the morning at Sun Moon Lake and take in splendid views from Wenwu Temple. During a day at the lake, ride a boat from Ita Thao Wharf to Xuanguang Temple, go cycling on one of the world’s best bike routes, and snap a few photos.
On your way to Alishan National Scenic Area, one Taiwan’s best mountain areas, stop at the town of Jiji to explore Checheng Old Street and enjoy a premium traditional boxed lunch at Fenqihu just as local lumberjacks did in the past.
Early in the morning, take the Alishan Mountain Railway to Zhushan Station and witness one of the area’s famous sunrises at an exclusive spot away from the crowds. Then go for a walk in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area and admire thousand-year-old cypress trees before driving back to Taipei. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel and join the crowd in the heart of Taipei, arguably Asia's hottest night scene. Get your dancing shoes ready and dance the night away as there are plenty of opportunities to hit the floors at 3 of the most popular clubs in town.
These clubs, handpicked to offer a range of experiences, show you the night out you've wanted to have in Taipei. Chat with the locals and join in fun drinking games which bring you closer to fellow bar hoppers who also seek a great time.
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After you are picked up from your hotel, travel north to Beitou, famous for its hot springs. Along your journey, take in wonderful sights of the mountainous scenery, volcanic terrain, and lush natural greenery.
Arrive at Beitou and take a dip in a hot spring at one of the famous bathhouses. Unwind, let your worries melt away, and feel reinvigorated as the tranquil spring water relieves your stressed muscles and tired joints. After a refreshing soak, head to Beitou Hot Spring Museum, once the main public bath in Beitou. Marvel at the intricate Euro-Japanese architecture and learn interesting facts about Beitou's hot spring culture and history.
Your last stop is the ancient Thermal Valley, a volcanic crater filled with steaming hot, natural sulfuric water. With temperatures reaching 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 C), feel the spring's waves of hot air that earned it the nickname "Hell Valley. "
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Get acquainted with your friendly English-speaking tour guide at Daan Park MRT Station, get equipped, and start your journey by bike. As you cycle through gorgeous Daan Forest Park, take in scenic views of the green surroundings. Arrive at quaint Qingtian Street and marvel at the rustic buildings from the Japanese-occupation era.
Continue pedaling and reach historic Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, erected in memory of the former President of the Republic of China. If you're lucky, watch the changing of the guards ceremony that happens every hour.
Afterward, ride on the MRT to Xiangshan Station and continue your tour on foot. Hike up the famous Xiangshan Hiking Trail to Elephant Mountain. At the top, wonder at the sight of the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper and the spectacular cityscape from 453 feet (138 m) above sea level.
Take time to absorb this remarkable sight before hopping on a bus to your last stop, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, dubbed as Taipei's creative hub. Here, admire displays, artwork, and exhibitions showcasing Taipei's best talents.
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Since it emerged as a center of trade for tea exports during the Qing Dynasty, Dadaocheng has been at the heart of business and culture in Taiwan. As you join your guide for a walk through Dihua North Street, get a look at the eclectic neighborhood, with Boan 84, a traditional Chinese medicine clinic remodeled into a coffee shop, standing next to a Starbucks and around the corner from the Ta Tao Cheng Presbyterian Church and the historic Chi-Shing Temple.
In the evening, enjoy the beautiful sunset view at port of Dadaocheng before you head to the Ningxia Night Market. Here, you can find an abundance of traditional Taiwanese snacks and satisfy your appetite with some favorite local eats before your guide brings you back to your meeting point to bring the tour to an end. Read More close
Embark on your comfortable coach and make your first stop to admire the Yin-Yang Sea, where the water displays a striking yellow and blue hue. Next, visit the spectacular Golden Waterfalls and marvel at the spectacular network of channels and cascades. Enjoy lunch and a breezy stroll along the narrow streets and steep steps of this charming town while you admire the breathtaking views.
Later, take in the impressive sight of the Shifen Waterfall, the widest fall in Taiwan, and then make your way to the village of Pingxi for the annual Sky Lantern festival. Here, you have the chance to write out your wishes on a lantern and release it to float into the sky.
Conclude your tour as the rail line from the old town of Shifen to Jingtong takes you on your journey back to your hotel. Read More close
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Start your trip in the evening with a ride from your hotel to one of Taipei's famous spa retreats. Indulge in a revitalizing foot bath infused with herbal remedies. Be treated by a well-trained and skilled therapist who provides delicate, professional service and attentive responses that cater to your needs. Alternatively, choose from a variety of neck and back massages at an additional cost.
After a rejuvenating session, satisfy your hunger pangs at award-winning Din Tai Fung. Watch as the chefs skillfully prepare their world-famous xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings) in front of you. Then, feast on a selection of steamed pork dumplings, chicken soup, and xiaochi (mung bean noodle). Read More close
After morning pickup from your Taipei hotel, journey to the former mining town of Pingxi, the location of one of the most popular sky lantern festivals in the world. Discard the old and bring in the new by writing your wishes on a lantern and sending it aloft into the sunny skies. Listen as your guide shares the multiple stories of this ritual's origin.
Next, explore charming Shifen, a famous stop on the Pingxi Rail Line. Hear the rumble of a locomotive's approach as you shop the souvenir shops and food vendors of Old Street. Feel the whoosh as the train passes just feet away—no matter which side of the tracks you're shopping on. Then it's time to head out on a light trek to the waterfall. Feel the cool mist as you enjoy the stunning scenery.
Hike back to town and visit Shifen Station. Learn the fascinating history of the Pingxi Rail Line—from its coal-transporting days to when it became a world-renowned tourist railway. After, amble across the nearby Jingan Suspension Bridge. Originally made to transport coal, it is now one of the best preserved suspension pedestrian bridges in Taiwan. Enjoy scenic views of the town and mountain landscape before heading back to your bus for your return trip to Taipei. Read More close
Get picked up from your hotel in a minivan, and travel to Yilan, where you can meet local bee farmers and their buzzing buddies, visit a whiskey distillery to sample glasses of locally produced spirits, and then grab lunch at the Bajia Fish Farm.
Admire the forested mountains around Meihua Lake on a leisurely hour-long bike ride, and then hop off your 2-wheeled ride to check out Luodong Night Market, where you can choose from a plethora of local specialties including savory soups and noodle bowls sure to satisfy your appetite before you check into your hotel for the night.
Eat breakfast before traveling to the Luodong Forest District for a pleasant woodland stroll to the tumbling cascades of the Shipan Waterfall, where you might catch resident wildlife grabbing a drink. For a hands-on lunch, learn the complex techniques used to prepare a traditional Taiwanese kiln-roasted chicken.
In the afternoon, head to the National Center for Traditional Arts, built to showcase the workings of a traditional Taiwanese village. Browse frozen-in-time markets and restaurants, catch a water puppet show, and see how artisan crafts are created before you hop back in comfortable transportation and return to your Taipei hotel. Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel, make your way to Nanzhuang Old Street to visit the Sweet Osmanthus Alley lined with tasty eateries and famous shops. Get an inside look at the creation of homemade desserts at the Flying Cow Ranch and spend time among the gentle cows that produce the milk. End your day at the Fengjia Night Market to browse a range of everything from food to clothes.
Start your day at the famed Sun Moon Lake for a view of calming blue waters and majestic mountains. Break for a lunch of Itathao aboriginal cuisine including rice cooked in bamboo, salt roasted shrimp, and tribal millet wine. Next travel north to the Wen Wu Temple, built in 1938, and admire the guardian lion statues at the entrance before you retire to your hotel.
Tour the Paper Factory to learn the wood-to-paper process and head to Bagua Mountain to see the 72-foot (22-m) Buddha statue. Next, stop at the Lukang Folk Arts Museum for a look at Ming and Ching dynasty artifacts including vintage photos, porcelain, and carved stones. Spend some time wandering around the township of Lukang and perhaps buy some Lukang ox tongue cake as a souvenir. Read More close
Your journey begins at the stunning Linmei Shipan Trail. Follow the beaten track and immerse yourself in the beautiful stream and mini waterfalls. Then, enjoy a backdrop of verdant mountains as you cycle around the tranquil Meihua Lake. After a break for a scrumptious lunch, continue to the Luodong Night Market and look out for local foods for dinner during your stroll through the cozy market.
As you make your way to the magnificent Taroko National Park, travel along the majestic Qingshui Cliff, rising over 2,620 feet (800 m) from the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, spot the gorgeous waterfalls, cliffs, and canyons that stretch along the Liwu River. Then savor an aboriginal lunch and head to Taroko Gorge. While you drive along the impressive 11-mile (19-km) gorge, admire the spectacular mountains and marble canyons along the way.
Arrive at Pine Garden and see a dozen aged pine trees surrounding the Japanese military camp from the occupation in 1895. Then visit the Chinghsiu Temple, featuring Japanese architecture, before you see Seven Star Bay, a pebble beach with an elegant arch shape at Qixingtan. Conclude your tour with a stop at Nanfang’ao, one of the largest and busiest fishing towns in Taiwan. Read More close
Start your family-friendly adventure with a trip to Flying Cow Ranch to feed farm animals and make your own ice cream. At Rainbow Village snap photos of the colorful paintings adorning the buildings and head to Taichung to explore Fengjia Night Market home to the seemingly endless snack foods and shops.
Visit Sun Moon Lake and sightsee by boat or cable car. Choose to take a boat from Ita-Thao Wharf to Xuanguang Temple and make your own tea or ride on the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway to admire bird’s-eye views of the lake and visit Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Later, stop at Small Swiss Garden, get a break for dinner at Qingjing Farm, and enjoy an evening at a cozy guesthouse as you gaze at the stars of the night sky.
Watch the sheep-shearing show at Qingjing Farm before walking on the mountain view trail and then get a taste of farm life as you pick and eat mouthwatering seasonal fruit. Back in Taipei try local Taiwanese cuisine on Yongkang Street, offering snacks, famous dishes, and plenty of eateries.
Choose to visit Jiufen or Yeliu Geopark. If you like, venture to the mountain village of Jiufen and Golden Waterfall or see the famed "Queen's Head" and "Mushroom Rocks” formations at Yeliu Geopark. Later, get a chance to release sky lanterns in Pingxi and experience the magic as the illuminated lanterns slowly float upward before you relax at the hot spring resort of Jiaoxi in Yilan.
On a trip to Taroko National Park marvel at the amazing scenery of one of the world’s most impressive gorges and admire the marble walls of Swallow Grotto. As you travel back to Taipei by rail, take in stunning coastal views. Read More close
After pickup at your hotel, make your way past the scenic countryside to the quaint Flying Cow Ranch. Here, spend time with the gentle cattle and admire the lush greens. At night, visit the Fengjia Night Market and try anything from ice cream to charbroiled pepper bread before you retire to your hotel.
After breakfast, visit one of the largest bodies of water in Taiwan—Sun Moon Lake—and take in the view of the mountains and clear blue waters. Enjoy a delicious aboriginal lunch and opt to take a boat or bicycle around the lake. Upon finishing dinner, retire for the night.
Spend the day learning about pottery at the Shuili Snake Kiln which produces beautifully colored pieces. After lunch, at the Paper Factory see production methods from start to finish. Retire to your room after a delicious dinner.
Make your way to the Alishan National Scenic Area and soak in the lush mountain greenery snaking along the antique Alishan Forest Railway during your train ride. Then retire at an Alishan resort after dinner.
On the way back from Alishan after breakfast, stop by Fenchihu Old Street for a chance to shop and have a local lunch. Your tour ends as you arrive at your Taipei hotel. Read More close
Start your afternoon at the Nanjing Sanmin MRT station, where you can meet up with your guide and make the quick walk to BabyBoss City. When you arrive, help your kids pick out their dream job, like firefighter or chef, and watch as they're immersed in an imaginative world with costumes, props, and role-playing games dedicated to their pretend profession.
When it's quitting time, turn in the costumes and hop aboard an MRT train, letting your guide pickup the tickets as you ride to the Wufenpu Garment District. Chat about this textile-laden area's history as you ride and then spend some time browsing the stunning suits and dresses on offer with a bit of window shopping.
Afterward, make your way to the Raohe Night Market to fill up on steaming plates of Taiwainese street food. Get tips from your guide on the best vendors and dishes to try before you part ways and take the rest of the evening to explore this vibrant pocket of the city on your own. Read More close
Meet up with your guide direction outside your Taipei hotel and cruise to the gates of the Taipei Children's Amusement Park. When you arrive, head inside and grab a map to help plan out your day. You might start in the Fantasy Forests, getting bird's-eye views of the park from the Ferris Wheel or scoping out park sights from the smooth-riding monorail.
Head to Gourmet Street when you're ready to recharge and chow down on local specialties including dumplings and ramen, or grab something more familiar for picky eaters like hot slices of pizza. Nearby, satisfy your sweet tooth and your cooking creativity with the chance to make your own pineapple cake. As you whip up the ingredients, find out how pineapple cakes became the city's signature sweet and get the chance to try your creation before you head back to your hotel.
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Choose to explore the city, exploring monuments including the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Presidential Building, and the Longshan Temple. Peruse galleries at the National Palace Museum, explore tiny wonders at the Miniature Museum of Taiwan, ride the Ferris wheel, and see animals at the Taipei Zoo.
Alternatively, get out of the city and take a scenic trip along Taiwan's northeast coast. Explore rocky shores and enjoy sea breezes, capturing fantastic photographs while you marvel at the region's majesty.
Decide the pace of the tour and how many places you'd like to stop. After you've seen everything you want, your tour guide returns you to your hotel. Read More close
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Meet your guide at Daan Park Station, which is considered one of the most beautiful MRT stations in the city. Travel via public transit to Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper located in the Xinyi District, and ascend to this magnificent building's 89th floor. Enjoy panoramic views of the city that stretch as far as the eye can see, and be sure to ask your guide any questions you may have.
Visit a department store located within Taipei 101 before enjoying lunch at Din Tai Fong, a Michelin-rated restaurant. Next, move on to Forty-four South Village, a former military community that's been transformed into an epicenter of culture and creativity. End your tour with free time at Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, which CNN described in 2015 as one of the "world's coolest bookstores. "
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Meet up with your guide outside the Songshan metro station and take the short walk to the entrance of the bustling Raohe Night Market. Enter past the vivid lights of flashing advertisements and pick your way through crowds of hungry locals looking to pickup a snack to get their night started. Follow your guide to the area's most beloved vendors and enjoy 5 samples of typical Taipei fare that might include delicate braised beef and steaming bowls of soup.
Use your included MRT EasyCard to cruise from the market to Wufenpu, where tailors, fashion moguls, and textile distributors come together to create a massive garment district. Browse shops filled with everything from suits to bolts of fascinating fabrics as you listen to your guide share stories about the origins of this clothing-centric corner of the city. End your tour here, getting tips from your guide on other places to check out before you part ways and head out to explore more on your own. Read More close
Meet up with your guide outside the gates of the Daan Park MRT metro station and set a course for the nearby Jianguo Holiday Flower Market. Weave through stalls packed with colorful arrangements of exotic flowers and saturate your senses in the aromas of fresh blooms. Hop on the MRT for the quick trip toward the city center, where you can disembark at a station close to the Tonghua Night Market.
Illuminated in neon-lights, this hive of activity is an ideal place to expand you palate and try a wide range of Taiwanese specialties. Follow your guide as you pop between vendors offering everything from braised beef, savory noodle bowls, and pan-fried buns. Grab samples along the way and get tips on other foodie destinations around the city before you part ways with your guide and continue exploring the market on your own. Read More close
Your private tour begins as you make your way to the Taipei Confucius Temple. While you wander the grounds of the 19th-century temple, built in the Qing Dynasty and modeled after the original Confucius Temple in China, stop to see the beautiful Fujian-style ceramics.
Next, take an elevator 101 floors up to the top of one of the world's tallest skyscrapers—Taipei 101—designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. Take in the impressive view from 1,667 feet (508 m) for a bird's-eye view of the city. Break for lunch at Din Tai Fung, one of the most renowned restaurants in the world, and savor the signature dumplings and xiaolongpao (bread rolls) that earned this restaurant a Michelin star.
Continue to the famous Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, built in memory of the former President of China, and then admire its blue octagonal roof and browse the history of Taipei at the museum on the ground floor. Then at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalongdong Baoan Temple, built more than 200 years ago, marvel at the ornate roof as well as beautiful stone and wood carvings of lions and dragons before you return to your hotel. Read More close
Start your trip with pickup from your hotel and journey 25 miles (40 km) west to Jiufen. Along the way, take in the breathtaking view of the mountains and scenic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, walk along the historical Jiufen Old Street, a market street that stretches through most of the village, and discover the retro blend of Chinese and Japanese architecture on cafés, tea houses, and souvenir shops.
Continue your adventure at Heping Island Park. While here, take out your camera and snap photos of the famous 'bean-curd rock' as well as pedestal rocks formed by wave erosion and crustal movement. Then head to the Golden Waterfall, which earned its nickname from its yellow hue caused by the combination of regular rainfall in the mining area and abundant heavy metal elements deposited in the riverbed.
Later, stop at Keelung Miaokou Night Market, nation-wide and well-known for its great diversity and tasty local delicacies. Meander through the lanes and alleys before your transfer takes you back to your hotel. Read More close
Meet with a friendly and knowledgeable guide, and set out on a walking tour of Taipei, uncovering its cultural diversity. With influences from Japan, the United States, and ancient China, Taipei is truly a unique city. Become a witness to history as you walk from street to street, uncovering the traces of Taiwan's history. Discover Taipei's foreign influences when you visit Japanese Street and U. S. A. Street in Ximending District.
After walking around the Ximending area, take MRT to Longshan Temple. Briefly visit the temple, an interesting example of Chinese folk religion which was imported by early Chinese settlers. Next, take MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, a national monument and one of the most important representations of Chinese architecture, and where the tour concludes. Read More close
Meet your guide at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station and begin your walking tour by watching the changing of the guard ceremony at the Memorial Hall. Visit the Nanmen Market and see friendly locals gathering fresh, flavorful ingredients to prepare their daily meals.
Make your way to the Ximending District on the MRT and marvel at the neighborhood's dynamic mix of subcultures. Enjoy an opportunity to visit the Redhouse, an impressive structure that stands as Taiwan's first public market. During just a half-day of exploration on foot and public transportation, you discover an intriguing marriage of modernity and tradition, all showcased within this small and culturally rich district.
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Meet your guide at MRT Beimen Station, and begin your walk through the Datong District—the oldest part of the city—known for its blend of European and Japanese-style architecture. Admire ancient architecture and listen as your guide describes the cultural fusion reflected by the diversity in architecture. Afterward, learn about the history of Taipei at the URS 44 Story House.
Choose to make a wish at the century-old Xiahai City-God Temple, host to representations of the City God and his wife—a Chinese matchmaking spirit—and 600 other deities. Travel to the Yongle Fabric Market, a significant hotspot for professional designers and the textile industry. Make a stop at Taipei Chien-Cheng Circle, the perfect place to enjoy traditional Taiwanese snacks, before concluding your tour at MRT Zhongshen Station. Read More close
Once you leave your hotel, get to know your guide along the way to the Bitou Cape Trail. Step out for a magnificent view of the coastline with rocky shores, sandy beaches, algae, and wildlife including hermit crabs and sea cucumbers. After a break for a delicious Taiwanese lunch, head to the Pingxi Railway for views of early Taiwan and learn the history of the Pingxi miners while you admire the rustic scenery.
Next, head over to the Niagara Falls of Taiwan, Shifen Waterfall. Relax and unwind at the scenic and powerful waterfall while you watch the cascades from 66 feet (20 m) above. Marvel at this natural wonder and the rock formations shaping the falls like a horseshoe.
Wrap up your day by writing a wish on a paper lantern and letting it loose into the sky. If you visit during the Lantern Festival, marvel at the sky as it glimmers with the many floating wishes of the festival participants before you return to your hotel. Read More close
Meet your English-speaking tour guide at Zhishan Station and embark on a gastronomic adventure through the city. At your first stop, the local Shidong market, familiarize yourself with the fresh ingredients such as vegetables, herbs, and spices that you use in your cooking lesson.
Next, start your cooking experience and learn the secrets of preparing delicious Taiwanese dishes such as hot and sour soup, fried dumplings, and the famous Kung Pao chicken. Expert chefs are on hand to provide guidance and assistance throughout the class.
Interact with your fellow cooks and discover handy techniques as you prepare your simple, healthy dishes. After your informative lesson, sit down and enjoy a satisfying Taiwanese meal—in addition to your culinary creation.
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Your day begins with convenient pick up at your hotel. Climb aboard your private vehicle and head to Yehliu National Geopark along the Great Ocean Road that offers stunning views of the lush Taiwanese countryside.
Once you arrive at the park, get out and walk along this rocky site which overlooks the expansive bay. Learn how intense winds and waves have shaped the environment and carved the large rocks into many interesting shapes. The most well-known formation is the Queen's Head rock, which resembles an elegant long-necked woman wearing an extravagant crown.
Make your way to Jiufen, a former gold-mining town that inspired the Oscar-winning animated feature Spirited Away. Enjoy a seafood lunch at the harbor, and go for a walk past cozy teahouses lining the cobblestones of Jiufen Old Street.
Check out the long and narrow street market which stretches throughout the entire town. Here you can find crafts, food, tea, and snacks. Taste local specialties which include sweet taro balls, rice cakes, and grilled squid. As your day comes to an end, return to Taipei. Read More close
Your tour begins in Keelung where you depart onboard a comfortable vessel to make your way toward Yangmingshan National Park, a renowned paradise that boasts Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano, cherry blossoms, hiking trails, and hot springs. Once you reach the port, take a short drive through the verdant foliage and head to the Cal La Young Garden Resort. Here you can soak in the warm waters and let your cares slip away. Enjoy a cup of delicious afternoon tea once you get out to dry off, and take pleasure in a satisfying lunch of locally grown vegetables and Taiwanese specialties.
Next, make your way to Yehliu Geopark to see numerous rock formations that have been carved by the sea. Be sure to check out some of the most famous boulders, which include the Queen's Head, the Fairy Shoe, the Beehive, and the Sea Candles. Return to Keelung and explore the city as your guide teaches you the history of this busy seaport, before your tour comes to an end. Read More close
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Meet up with your savvy guide for the day just outside the Zhongxiao Xinsheng metro station. Chat about the types of things you're interested in picking up as you stroll to Guanghua Market, where computer connoisseurs gather to pick up the latest laptops, phones, tablets, and accessories. Let your guide lead you between multiple floors of electronics-packed shops, helping you navigate tricky language barriers as you search for the best deals.
Afterward, rest with a walk through the winery-turned-creative-center of Huashan Park and look for temporary exhibitions from local sculptors, painters, and abstract artists who use this sprawling green space to host their work. Tuck into a steaming bowl of beef noodles at a beloved restaurant and then head to Hankou Street to check out deals on cameras, lenses, lighting, and other high-end photography equipment.
Let your guide grab a few final metro tickets for your ride to Q Square Mall and wind your day to a close here, parting ways with your guide after getting a few tips on the best shops to check out in this sprawling mall filled with everything from clothes and housewares to jewelry and cosmetics. Read More close
Your day begins with convenient pickup from your Taipei hotel before you journey north to the mountains. Disembark at the Neidong National Forest Recreation Area, where the land is covered with thin towering trees, and follow the sound of crashing water to admire the magnificent 3-tiered waterfall spilling the blue-green waters of the Nanshi River.
Next continue to the Wulai Atayal Museum and learn about the history of the third-largest aboriginal tribe in Taiwan. View the traditional bamboo and wooden house replicas as well as numerous informative displays about hunting, farming, religion, facial tattooing, and headhunting.
Break for a delicious Taiwanese lunch to refuel before your next destination. Afterward, head over to the Wulai Waterfall nearby and witness the 262-foot (80-m) cascades from above like a white sheet falling from the sky. Complete your tour at the famed Bitan, literally meaning green lake, a beautiful area that many people flock to see. Admire the lush trees, rocks, and old temples that adorn the lake surroundings. Read More close
Depart from your hotel and enjoy an hour-long scenic ride to Yangmingshan National Park. Upon arrival, take photos of this breathtaking park with gorgeous crater lakes and sulfur fumaroles. Your first stop is Chung-Shan Building, which is featured on the reverse of the New Taiwan $100 bill and was designed by a female architect. Here, marvel at its white walls and green tiles styled after the traditional Chinese court.
Break for a delicious lunch before making your way to the Thermal Valley, a remnant of the park's former volcanic activity, where the spring's waves of hot air and a cool breeze make you feel like you are in a sauna. Then head to the verdant Qingtiangang Meadow, also known as the Valley of the Sun. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you take a relaxing walk with views of sunshine-filled grassy meadows and cattle grazing in the pastures.
From here, head to Beitou Hot Spring Museum, one of the largest public baths in East Asia. Be mesmerized at its Victorian-style building with red bricks, wooden weatherboard, and black tile roof set perfectly against the surrounding greenery. While here, learn about Beitou's hot spring culture and history before your transfer takes you back to your hotel.
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Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Taipei and drive 1 hour northwest to Yehliu Geopark, a national park. Admire the magnificent scenic views of the coastline and upon arrival, be mesmerized at the remarkable rocky promontory overlooking the bay. Enjoy photo opportunities of the many distinctive hoodoo stones with unique names such as Queen's Head, Fairy Shoe, and Ginger Rocks.
Break for a tasty lunch before making your way to Fort San Domingo, Taiwan's most prominent structure with foreign involvement. Originally built by the Spanish in 1629, the fort was reconstructed by the Dutch to incorporate a red brick veranda and red roof tiles, which helped earn the fort's nickname, Fort of the Red Heads.
Then, head to the historical Tamsui district and walk on Tamsui Old Street along the riverbank. Get a closer look at the traditional red brick buildings before strolling to the market. Take the chance to sample Tamsui's most famous and authentic dish, ah gei—fried tofu with noodles and spicy sauce—and notable snacks like fish dumplings and grilled squid. Before your tour takes you to your hotel, lean against the fence of Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy the breeze and sights at the Tamsui River's mouth. Read More close
Meet your tour guide at the Jiantan MRT Station and then board a bus to Yangmingshan, where Qixing Mountain is located. Follow your guide through the entrance of the national park where the mountain lies, near a water fountain and bubbling streams that run alongside the nearby trees and bushes.
Next, it's time to begin your trek upward, as the trail is a rather steep climb to the top. The mountainside has both dense forests and grassy fields, filled with colorful lizards and chirping birds. Natural fumaroles emit pillars of smoke that rise from cracks in the mountain, creating an eerie beauty that's a pleasure to witness.
Once you arrive at the peak, you can see the 7 other nearby mountains rising towards the heavens, the skyscrapers of Taipei in the distance, and even the blue waters of the ocean. Having scaled the peak, head down past Lengshuikeng, a lake created by the volcano whose water has a thick, milky look. Get a look at the area's many hot springs, lined by rustic, Japanese-style wooden bathhouses, on your way back to the bus. Read More close
Your adventure begins once you're picked up at your hotel and brought to your first destination as your guide explains the day's activities. This tour functions like a scavenger hunt, so make your way from temples to palatial houses, sample local culinary specialties along the way, and get a picture of each location to share on your Instagram or Facebook page.
Attractions include the Longshan Temple, a center of worship for Chinese folk religion; Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in Taiwan; and the Red House, a large market building constructed in 1908 that is home to tea houses, numerous food stalls, and theaters. Your tour ends after stops that include Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dalongdong Baoan Temple, and the Grand Hotel, and you can feel proud that you've seen so much of the city in a single afternoon. Read More close
On the hour-long drive from Keelung Harbor, listen to your guide’s informative commentary before reaching the heart of Taipei—home to bustling streets and sky-high buildings. Your English-speaking guide points out interesting sights before you visit the National Palace Museum to see a vast collection of historical treasures including bronzes, Chinese paintings, jade pieces, and ceramics amassed by past emperors.
Next snap a photo of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 101 floors above ground, and check out the stores in the adjoining shopping mall. After having succulent beef noodle soup for lunch, pass the Baroque-style Presidential Office Building—a red-brick structure built in 1919 as a seat for the occupying Japanese government.
Visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, constructed in honor of the late president of the Republic of China. Admire its blue tile roof and white walls, and time permitting, see the changing of the guards before you pass the National Theater and National Concert Hall. Venture to Longshan Temple, one of Taiwan’s oldest temples, featuring intricately carved wooden structures and ornamental dragons, before riding back to Keelung Harbor. Read More close
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8 hours 30 minutes
Be picked up from your hotel in the evening and make your way to an indoor shrimp fishing site. Watch and listen as your English-speaking tour guide demonstrates the art of shrimp fishing before you grab a fishing pole and cast your line. Catch as many shrimp as you like, have them cleaned and tossed on the grill, and then savor your shrimp paired with a selection of chilled Taiwanese beer or a non-alcoholic beverage.
After a delightful experience, head over to a nearby karaoke venue popular with the locals and belt your heart out. Choose from a medley of classic, pop, and English rock songs or challenge yourself to a contemporary Taiwanese ballad. Read More close
Delve deep into the cultural crown of Taipei and explore the wonders of Tamsui. Start by discovering the community's origins as a floating village and see structures that resemble villages throughout Southeast Asia. Look out for the former British Merchant Warehouse, which was set up during the colonial era.
Continue to a local market and gain insight into the trading life of the local farmers. In the center of the market is Tamsui Longshan Temple, a popular place of worship for Tamsui's people. Nearby you can also visit Cingshuai Temple, home to many fine delicate carvings and statues dedicated to the ancient Master Chingshui.
Next, it's time to appreciate the city's heritage at Old Street, boasting a wealth of historical red brick buildings. Learn about the transformation of the city as you visit Little White House and Fort San Domingo. Your guide gives you an overview of the buildings and explains the evolution and different ages of Tamsui.
Head to a local restaurant, where your tour ends with a dinner of ah gei, the famed local fishball soup. Settle in and enjoy local snacks such as grilled squid, biscuits, and a range of desserts. Read More close
With your expert guide, head into the bustling Ningxia Night Market, renowned for its delicious snacks and mouthwatering traditional dishes. From exotic vegetarian dishes and traditional meat meals to fresh seafood and sweet puddings, you are sure to find a stall to satisfy your palate.
As you weave through the crowd, let the wafting aroma of fried yam balls, tender pork leg, juicy oysters, or sugar-infused taro balls lead you to a myriad of delicious food stalls and street cafes.
Your local guide introduces you to some of the best-selling vendors in the market and tells you about the origin and background of Taiwanese cuisine. Take the opportunity to chat with vendors and learn about the market's local connection before choosing 3 favorite dishes to indulge in.
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Hop in a trusted taxi and meet your local guide—the driver—for a truly unique day tour of the city full of spontaneous encounters. Take your seat in the passenger side and drive through the capital, getting to see the city through a local's eyes. Observe the daily lives of Taiwanese people commuting to and fro, chat with the locals, listen to their personal stories, and learn about the culture as you pick up hailing passengers along the way.
Your taxi driver may not speak the best English, but you'll probably pass through totally new areas and meet people you never thought you'd meet—all contributing to the unique and spontaneous nature of this experience. Read More close
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After pickup from your Taipei hotel, visit Sun Moon Lake in style and enjoy lunch before boarding a boat for a leisurely cruise across Taiwan’s largest body of water. Known for its hiking and biking trails—and named one of the world’s top cycling destinations by CNN—Sun Moon Lake attracts millions of visitors each year.
Led by your knowledgeable local English-speaking tour guide stop by Xiangshan Visitor Center, known for its futuristic architectural design, and admire historically and culturally rich temples and pagodas. See why poets and artists have attempted to capture the beauty of the area as you take in the serenity of Sun Moon Lake, a summer getaway of late president Chiang Kai-shek, before you ride back to Taipei. Read More close
Get acquainted with your local guide at the meeting point and greet the friendly "sweet potato mamas. " Take time to interact with the ladies and understand more about their daily lives. Hear about the foundation's origins and objectives, which aim to help raise the living standards of these Taiwanese women by giving them a way to make an independent living.
Then experience what they do every day. Help them clean, cut, and process the yams by roasting them in a portable, traditionally styled oven. Afterward, push your portable oven to the streets of Taipei and sell your warm sweet potatoes to hungry passers-by. Read More close
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Begin your day trip with a ride on a gondola and be swept away by the spectacular surroundings of the Maokong mountains. As you descend, have a chance to visit the Chih Nan Temple and later walk along the Old Street and see age-old structures like arched red brick hallways, traditional columns, and ancient wooden plaques along alleys and arcades.
Next, make your way to the Bagua Tea Plantation, one of the largest and most photographed tea plantations in Taiwan. Marvel at the grandeur of emerald green tea gardens amid fresh mountain air. On the way back to your hotel, admire the majestic Qiando Lake (Thousand Island Lake), a man-made lake noted for its crystal water, peculiar-looking caves, and verdurous mountains, and finally stop at Taipei's Pinglin Tea Museum to learn and get a first-hand look at how tea is processed. Read More close
The Pinglin area is surrounded by verdant mountains and forests and is renowned for its many tea plantations, the most well known being the Bagua Tea Plantation. Stop here for a tour as well as a view of the gorgeous Thousand Island Lake, also known as Qiandao Lake. Observe from above how the many lush, fertile hills encircling it gives the illusion that there are countless islands floating in the water.
Explore this area that is very popular with mountain climbers, hikers, and campers from metropolitan Taipei, which is only an hour's drive away. Learn how the hilly terrain and rainy climate make it an ideal place for growing high-quality tea. This area is the main growing region for the popular Pouchon, or Baozhong, oolong tea—the most important economic resource in the region. More than 80% of the local residents are part of the tea industry.
Enter the Pinglin Tea Museum through its Fujian-style red-brick courtyard. Here, learn about the history and culture of tea making while also enjoying numerous delicious tea offerings in the museum's tea house, which is located in its lovely Chinese garden. Buy some to take home with you, and then prepare for your return to your hotel in Taipei. Read More close
Make your way to TaipeiEYE, located in the old cultural epicenter of Taipei. Sit back in your reserved seat and ready yourself for a spectacular performance. The show's diverse scenes display stunning acrobatics, exciting combat, and colorful settings. Watch in amazement as the expert cast seamlessly incorporates martial arts, legend, and puppetry.
Notice the fine detail in the makeup, costumes, and props, their vibrant colors invigorating your senses. As the show progresses, discover folktales of romance, comedy, and action that date back to the dynasties of emperors past, intermingling with Taiwanese dance and song.
Before and after the show and during intermission, interact with the artists, peek into an open makeup room, or gather for a photo opportunity as costumed performers bustle in the foyer. Read More close
Start your day trip in the morning with pickup from your hotel, and travel northeast to the bizarre and intriguing Yehliu Geopark, famed for its sea-eroded landscapes and hoodoo stones. Bring your camera to capture the sight of the iconic stones called Queen’s Head, Mushroom Rocks, and other spectacular formations.
Between May and October, head to the beautiful Pacific Green Bay for a fun-filled day. As you arrive, be amazed by its vast white-sand beaches and crystal-clear blue water. Take time to relax on the beach, snooze in the sun, or swim. Alternatively, try out a variety of water activities available at your own expense.
During the winter, November through April, relax and unwind in the soothing baths of Bayan Hot Spring Resort, popular with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy stunning mountain views and breathe in the fresh air as you soak in the mineral-rich water. At your last stop, Keelung—Taiwan’s second largest seaport—shop for handmade crafts and local delicacies at a bustling night market before returning to Taipei. Read More close
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9 hours 30 minutes