Taipei is known for its night markets, exotic food, and diverse shopping options. Steeped in Chinese culture, Taipei is a convenient and tourist-friendly city with excellent public transportation service, making it easy to explore and discover. Here’s an overview of the top five tourist destinations in the city.
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Taipei 101 is the second tallest building in the world and easily the most famous building in the country, ranked among its top five tourist destinations. Towering over Taipei, with 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors below, Taipei 101 is visible from all parts of the city. There’s a large shopping center attached to it, as well as observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors. Taipei 101 is especially proud of their innovative engineering feat, the Tuned Mass Damper which is effectively a giant pendulum weighing 660 tonnes, near the top of the building that protects this very tall building against typhoons and earthquakes. Together with the extra stable foundations, the mass damper helps make Taipei 101 one of the most stable buildings in the country despite the incredible height! They’re so proud of it that the mass damper is the mascot of the Taipei 101 (I’m serious). If you’re a foodie, don’t miss the extremely popular Japanese restaurant on the 86th floor. The best place to take photos of Taipei 101 (like the one above) is from nearby Elephant Hill.
National Palace Museum
The Taipei National Palace Museum is home to an impressive collection of invaluable treasures belonging to the royal family, including both ancient and modern Chinese relics. Resembling a Chinese palace, the museum holds the largest collection of Chinese artifacts and artwork in the world. Balance all the shopping and eating you’re sure to be doing in Taipei with this cultural eye-opener, which beautifully showcases China’s artistic and cultural achievements over 5,000 years of history.
The heart of Taipei’s youth culture, Ximending is overflowing with stores selling clothes, fast food, sunglasses, gadgets, and almost anything else imaginable. If it’s trendy and fashionable, you’ll find it here. The pedestrian streets are the epicenter, but don’t forget to explore the small alleys for a complete Ximending experience. The streets are usually busy round-the-clock, with weekends and nights drawing even more crowds. It’s also a popular setting for music and other performances, particularly on holidays and weekends.
Shilin Night Market
The Shilin Night Market is the biggest and most famous night market in Taipei. Located around Yangming Theater and Cicheng Temple, the market dates back to the 19th century and continues to be known for its amazing food. The market is a veritable carnival that offers everything from furniture and clothing stalls, to cinemas and karaoke bars to keep you entertained. The area is a little quiet during the day, but comes alive as darkness falls.
Beitou Hot Springs
Beitou Hot Springs is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Taiwan, known for its beautiful museums, temples, and gardens. Recently named one of the top 10 small tourist towns by the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau, Beitou Hot Springs is an excellent place to escape the crowds in Taipei’s business districts, home to one of the highest concentrations of hot springs in the world and centuries-old architectural attractions.
Accommodations in Taipei
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