Taipei is Taiwan’s capital and the most famous city. You’ve probably heard a lot about Taipei and it being a shopping heaven. That’s why I’m going to show you a different side of Taipei, a place that’s rich in history, culture and romance. Here’s the Top 4 things must do in Taipei, which will make you see Taipei from a different light.
Top 4 Things Must Do in Taipei
National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (中正纪念堂)
Taipei has a very extensive MRT (subway) network, so it is very convenient to travel around just by train. And your first destination should be National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. The hall was erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
With the tall white wall and blue roof, the hall looks really sacred and solemn. Two sets of white stairs, each with 89 steps to represent Chiang’s age at the time of his death, lead to the main entrance.
The ground level of the memorial houses a library and museum documenting Chiang Kai-shek’s life and career. The upper level is the main hall, in which a large statue of Chiang Kai-shek is located.
A guard mounting ceremony takes place every hourly and I highly recommend you to go and check it out! It was really impressive to see the guards performed the ceremony with such precision and strength!
In addition to the Memorial Hall, the National Opera House and the National Concert Hall were also built on the same site. Taking a picture from the Memorial Hall will give a very good view of the Freedom Square.
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Yehliu Geopark (野柳地质公园)
Yehliu Geopark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape. Around an hour drive from Taipei city, it’s renowned for its fascinating rock formations composed of a mixed sedimentary sandstone and shale sculpted by the wind and water, the 1700 meter long coast is one of the most famous wonders of the world.
If you are going there in Summer time like July, do bear in mind that the heat can be unbearable at times!
The coastline is very gorgeous. You can enjoy standing next to the coastline as the sea breeze may make you forget about the scorching heat for a while.
Jiufen is an ancient town which has preserved most of its old architecture and maintained the unique atmosphere of a mountain city. It is one of my favorite destinations in Taipei. It is so beautiful, peaceful and magical, especially during the sunset hour.
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When you are there, take your time to explore Jiufen Old Street (九份老街).nThere are many unique tea-houses located along the area. If you are a fan of Japanese anime, you may actually find this old street familiar. Scenes from “Spirited Away” written and directed by Japanese animation master Miyazaki Hayao were referenced from the mysterious Jiufen Old Street.
One of the local delights that you must try in the old street is Taro Ball Iced Dessert. The taro balls use freshly-picked taros that are finely pureed, thus maintaining the natural sweetness of the taro. They are so soft and chewy, I just can’t get enough of them!
Another dessert you should try is Burning Snow. This impressive-sounding snack is a crepe comprising of grounded peanuts, malt sugar, ice cream and celery leaves.
As you’re savouring the dessert, the sun has start setting without you realizing. It’s time to look up and enjoy the most peaceful moment in life.
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At night, take MRT to Tamsui and explore the most romantic town in Taipei. It is a relatively small and quiet town. Everything there is very relaxing and slow paced. So if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city, Tamsui is perfect for you!
Like the many Old Streets in Taiwan, you can find many stores selling souvenirs, handicraft and local delights. You can also stroll along the river bank. There are a lot of restaurants and bars nearby, so you can have some drinks at a restaurant by the river. Watching the sun set with a glass of wine in your hands, what a perfect way to end your night.
Itinerary at a glance:
- Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Free Admission)
- Yeh Liu Geopark (80TWD per pax)
- Jiufen Old Street (Free Admission)
- Tamsui Old Street (Free Admission)
- We rented a car in Taipei and cost us around 1000 TWD a day. The reason why we decided to go for a car as we will be exploring to different parts of Taiwan, so renting a car was the most convenient way. But if you are planning to explore Taipei and nearby only, public transportation is a better choice as it’s cheaper and you don’t have to worry about parking. FYI, parking in Jiufen is crazily expensive! It cost us 500 TWD for just 2 hours. T..T