Blending ultra-modern skyscrapers and a thriving tech scene with ancient shrines, temples and dozens of traditional night markets, Taipei is a thrilling place to visit.
The capital of Taiwan, Taipei is naturally beautiful, with waterfalls, hot springs and mountains to discover, but you might also enjoy the impressive modern architecture – including the second highest building on Earth, the Taipei 101 Tower.
What to See in Taipei
A relatively un-touristy destination, Taipei’s charms are still largely unknown for most Western visitors. But a trip to Taipei is rewarding if you enjoy exploring its fascinating history and culture, delicious street food, vast shopping malls and quirky markets.
Steeped in a turbulent history with centuries of invasions from the Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, Taipei has traces of its past in its historic temples, forts and shrines, and now those relics stand alongside skyscrapers and modern shopping malls.
Hotels in Taipei
Hotels in Taipei range from full-service luxury mountain spas and high-end business hotels to simple inns and guesthouses in the commercial district and funky capsule hotels. Although you can find major international-brand hotels, the vast majority of accommodation is independently owned.
Discover the Different Sides of Taipei
In Taipei’s twelve central districts, you can go from the suburbs of Beitou, famous for its hot springs and Yangmingshan National Park to and Shilin, where you’ll find one of the city’s largest night markets and plenty of museums, including the National Palace Museum, which has the world’s best collection of Chinese artefacts and antiquities.
Take time also to visit the downtown commercial areas of Xinyi, home to the Taipei 101 Tower, and Zhongzheng, which has the cultural draw of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. An incredibly safe city, with a low crime rate, Taipei offers a warm welcome and has locals keen to practice their English wherever you go.
Taipei’s Main Attractions
Despite many of Taipei’s attractions being spread across the city, you’ll have no problem getting around as the public transport system is cheap, well-run and covers everywhere you could want to go.
You can’t visit Taipei without a trip to the Taipei 101 Tower to see the view from the observation deck 89 floors above the ground. Stay for a drink or meal at one of the restaurants and check out the adjoining shopping mall.
Head to the leafy mountains of Wenshan to visit the Taipei zoo and its pandas. One of the most fun ways to get there is on the Maokong Gondola, which runs between the zoo and the town of Maokong with a stop along the way at the Chi Nan Temple. If you’re feeling brave wait for one of the Crystal Cabin gondolas, which have a glass bottom so you can see all the way down.
Whether you want a cheap Taipei B&B near the airport for an overnight stay, or a luxury hotel with views over Taipei and its mountains, search Expedia to find what you’re looking for.