Taipei Things to Do
Taipei is well-known for its food, culture, and lively atmosphere. When you visit this beautiful capital, you’ll soon discover there’s almost no end of things to do. Here are the top attractions in Taipei.
Taipei 101 Light Shows
The light shows from the top of the famous skyscraper Taipei 101 are one of the top attractions to see in Taipei. The skyscraper itself offers some of the best views of city, even while the crowds and wait times can be a hassle, the experience of visiting Taipei 101 is well worth it.
Night Markets in Taipei
Shilin night market is northwest of the main train station in Taipei, and this is where you’ll find vendors of all varieties selling their wares. Hitting the Shilin night market is a great way to sample the food and drinks of the nation, or just to browse for unique souvenirs.
There’s another market at Snake Alley, where you’ll find vendors alongside restaurants that serve reptiles in different dishes. Watch out for the smell, though, as sometimes the food sellers have limited options for food waste disposal.
Beitou Hot Springs
The Hot Springs Museum, which is actually in an old Japanese bathhouse, is a unique place to visit in Taipei. Not only will you learn more about how the waters and steam were harnessed for the benefit of the people, you’ll also be able to view the springs with a walking tour. Immerse yourself in the gardens and greenery surrounding this beautiful spot in Beitou as you walk toward the geothermal area that supplied the springs. While it may be a little on the expensive side because it attracts so many tourists, it’s a definitely recommended if you appreciate natural scenery as well as the city.
The Memorial of Chiang Kai-Shek
This memorial commemorates the Chinese leader who was revered for his military and political strategy. The temple is notable for its unique architecture, which incorporates symbolism in numbers and shapes. Understanding who Chiang Kai-Shek was can help you learn more about the people of Taipei and the values they hold.
The National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum houses roughly 700,000 ancient artifacts from China, as well as internationally renowned artwork. You’ll find, for example, a beautifully crafted cabbage made of jadeite, complete with insects crawling over it. Just be prepared to wait a while for the very best works. The museum offers English tours, making it easier to absorb and remember the information.
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Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Taipei things to do.