City Guide Taipei, Taiwan

Visiting Taipei

With a population of approximately 2.6 million people, Taipei is not just the capital of Taiwan but also one of China’s provincial capital cities. It is a peculiar mix of old and new. On one part of town you can visit ancient temples whereas other parts are gleaming with neon lights.

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Taipei City Reviews

  • 70%


    Great place to visit, but don't go in the height of summer!

    Taipei was AMAZING. It was cheap, there was plenty to see, and it was very easy to get around with no Chinese (thanks Google Maps!). The only downside was the heat and humidity...I'd never go in the summer time again. Top sights: Taipei 101, Taipei Zoo, Maokong (cable car ride to the top of the mountain from Taipei Zoo, MUST SEE at sunset and for the amazing tea houses), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, Sun Yat-sen Memorial, Xingtian Temple, night markets.

    Insider Tip:If you're a vegetarian like me (or vegan), be sure to get your fix at Loving Hut! They're all over the city and offer cheap and delicious vegan food. For transport, definitely get the metro transport card!

  • 80%


    Taiwanese/ Mandarin collision

    Taipei was relaxed, big enough that there is plenty to see and night markets to try but I found it hard to find the good eats in English. I met some great Taiwanese friends and they showed me some of the best places but couldn't have found them on my own. Plenty of shopping and good street food in Ximen. Also all the illegal carts scurry when the motorcycle cops come in Ximen at night and is quite fun to observe.

    Insider Tip:Best Pineapple Cakes at a bakery known as Chia Te. They have a website and usually a waiting line outside the bakery! Everything is fresh with no preservatives. Brought some back for friends and family in the US.

  • 100%


    Dingy City

    Loved the zoo and Taipei 101. The nearby temples were also nice to visit...the city though, seems to be covered in soot.

  • 90%


    A place that i will go over and over again and will never get tired of

    I've been to Taipei many times and I never get tired of it. There are loads of places to explore within Taipei city and even more to explore on the outskirts of Taipei. It is a place where traditional meets technology because in the heartlands you are able to find places where they still speak their local tongues. I love the night markets too and I can never get tired of it. Taipei is also a very friendly place and you will definitely feel at home when you are there.

    Insider Tip:Will be good to visit the tourist information office to find out more about where to explore when it is your first time there. If you are looking at getting mobile data, do make sure you bring your passport and identity card when you travel there.

  • 100%


    Taiwan is beautiful

    I love Taiwan, transportation is convenient, perfect blend of old and new, Chinese and western culture and cuisine. People are so friendly and helpful. They all speak perfect English.

    Insider Tip:Visit Chin Jin farm up in the mountains.

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