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Things to do in Taipei City

Our most recommended things to do in Taipei City

TPE Taiwan Taoyuan Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

1. TPE Taiwan Taoyuan Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

Relax and refresh before your departure or in between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, located in the international departure area of terminal 1 and terminal 2. Facilities include comfortable seats, complimentary Wi-Fi, charging stations, and a wide range of food and beverage options. The signature Taiwanese beef noodle soup is definitely a must-try in the lounge. Choose from a 3-hour, 6-hour, or 12-hour package to suit your schedule. You can also enjoy a shower in selected lounges.

Best of Taiwan 5-Day Tour

2. Best of Taiwan 5-Day Tour

Explore the natural wonders of Taiwan on a 5-day tour from Taipei. Visit Sun Moon Lake, walk with Buddhist monks at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, drive along the Maopitou Coastal Scenic Area, and more. Enjoy accommodation in 5-star hotels. Day 1: Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, and Natural Hot Spring Following hotel pickup, drive to Sun Moon Lake, located in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan, 2,500 feet (762 meters) above sea level. Stop at the Wenwu Temple (Literature Warrior Temple), dedicated to Confucius as the Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as the Master of Sword. Continue your sightseeing tour to the Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda, then proceed to your hotel for check-in. Stay overnight at the Fleur De Chine at Sun Moon Lake (or a similar hotel). Day 2: Sun Moon Lake, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and Kaohisung After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a walk around the Xiangshan Visitor Center before driving to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous Buddhist sacred site in southern Taiwan. Learn about Buddhism during a monastery walking tour and taste Buddhist vegetarian lunch (cost not included). Talk with some of the monks and nuns during a visit to the Main Shrine and Great Buddha Land, the site of a huge Buddha statue. Continue to Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, and visit Liuhe Tourist Night Market. Stay overnight at Kaohsiung in the Grand Hi Lai Hotel (or similar). Day 3: Kaohsung, Kenting, and Taitung Join a morning tour of Kenting National Park, located at Taiwan’s southern tip. Travel past 37 miles of coral-rimmed shoreline and along 3 sides of the park to see its main attractions. Stop at the Eluanpi Lighthouse and Maopitou Coastal Scenic Area (Maopitou Park). Continue to Taitung via the Southern Link Highway. Stay overnight at the Royal Hotel Chihpen in Taitung (or similar). Day 4: Taitung, East Coast National Scenic Area, and Hualien After breakfast, enjoy an exciting East Coast National Scenic Area tour. The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as Taiwan's last unspoiled land, stretches for approximately 100 miles (170 kilometers) down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms. Your tour will stop at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, and the Stone Steps. By late afternoon, head to Hualien for an overnight stay at the Silks Place Taroko (or similar). Day 5: Hualien, Taroko Gorge, Taipei Spend a full day at Taroko National Park. Go to Taroko Gorge, a beautiful, narrow ravine created by the Liwu River, cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. Travel along a road that's been carved into sheer walls of rock, winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs, towering thousands of feet above it. Hundreds of feet below, the river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stop at Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang, and a marble factory before driving back to Taipei via the Su-Hwa Highway. Ride through the 8-mile-long Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel before arriving back in the city.

Taipei: Taipei 101 Observatory Deck Ticket

3. Taipei: Taipei 101 Observatory Deck Ticket

Take an extremely fast elevator into the sky as you ascend Taipei's iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper. Once the world's tallest building, a 37 second ride to the 89th floor is a must for all those wanting to tick this feat off their bucket list. See for miles from the observation decks on the 87th and 88th floors and the rooftop – a heart-stopping moment not to be forgotten.  Dominating the skyline, the Taipei 101 stands over Downtown Taipei at a staggering 509 meters. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of the surrounding buildings with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas at your disposal. By day or night, the experience is picture-perfect. Learn all there is to know about the spectacular bamboo architecture and technology behind this Taiwanese icon while feasting your eyes on live, historic, and night views of the city with one of the deck's telescopes. Watch and take a photo with the giant 660-tonne tuned mass damper (TMD), located between the 87th and 91st floors, which stabilizes the tower against movements caused by high winds.

Taipei 101: Skip-the-Line Observatory Deck Ticket

4. Taipei 101: Skip-the-Line Observatory Deck Ticket

Save time waiting for the elevator up to the Observatory Deck of Taipei 101, the most popular attraction in Taipei City. Take a rapid elevator into the sky as you ascend Taipei's iconic skyscraper. Once the world's tallest building, Taipei 101's 37-second ride to the 89th floor is a must for all those wanting to tick this signature item off their bucket list. See for miles around from the observation decks on the 87th and 88th floors and the rooftop. Dominating the skyline, the Taipei 101 stands over downtown Taipei at a staggering 509 meters. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of the surrounding buildings with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas at your disposal. By day or night, the experience is picture-perfect. Learn all there is to know about the spectacular bamboo architecture and technology behind this Taiwanese icon while enjoying the best views of the city with one of the deck's telescopes. Take a photo with the giant 660-tonne tuned mass damper (TMD), located between the 87th and 91st floors, which stabilizes the tower against movements caused by high winds.

From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

5. From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Day Tour from Taipei

6. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Day Tour from Taipei

Meet your tour guide at Taipei Main Station, East Exit 2, then hit the road and enjoy a joyful ride before the event starts. This year, Taiwan Lantern Festival will encompass areas along five MRT stations including Zhongxiao Fuxing, Zhongxiao Dunhua, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101, illuminating the whole Eastern District of Taipei for 15 days. In addition to the venues of Taiwan Lantern Festival such as Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101, during the ride, you will also pass by Taipei's iconic attractions such as Taipei City Wall-North Gate (Cheng'en Gate), Ximending, Presidential Office Building, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, etc. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the window, while your tour guide tells the stories behind the attractions and share some interest facts about them. Through the interesting and informative commentary by your tour guide, you will have a good understanding of Taiwan's history and Taiwanese people. Your tour continues with a visit to Shifen in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, where the tradition of releasing sky lantern in Taiwan originated. Nowadays, the lantern is used as a symbol of peace and good fortune. Shifen Old Street is built along the train track, and lined with souvenir shops, eateries and sky lantern shops. The coexistence of the old street and railway track creates a unique scene of "train passing by doorways”. When you shop for souvenirs or food, don’t forget to keep an ear out for the train whistle! You may have a chance to see the train rolling through the street. Finally, it is time for the much anticipated Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival was hailed by Discovery Channel as “the second-biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the world”, and also recommended by CNN Travel as one of the “52 things to do”. A stunning visual feast of hundreds of sky lanterns flying into the night sky is definitely worth traveling a long way to Taiwan and experiences it yourself. Keep calm and hold your excitement for a few minutes, you will need to follow the event staffs’ instructions before you release the sky lantern. 4-6 people will share one lantern, each person can write down a message on one side of the lantern, then light it up carefully and let it fly. And then, it's time to enjoy the tranquil moment, watch them float and fade out in the night sky. After the amazing experience of flying the sky lantern,  you need to follow the event staffs’ instructions to take the bus back to Taipei. You may choose to disembark at Raohe St. Night Market to explore Taipei's lively nightlife, or return to Taipei Main Station, marking the end of this unforgettable journey.

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

7. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

Explore some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery on this full-day tour to Taroko National Park departing from Taipei. Ramble through the trails in the gorge and enjoy the stunning view of the soaring marble cliffs. Meet your guide in the early morning, and enjoy a cozy ride to Hualien. Take a break at TCC DAKA Park, an ecological recycling factory and photo hotspot. Through the exhibition and installations in the factory, visitors can have a good understanding about recycling and upcycling. Your epic journey to Taroko National Park starts from the Archway of Taroko Gorge. From the entry to Tianxiang, this 20km section of Central Cross-Island Highway winding through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will blow you away. Walk along Shakadang Trail, with the rivers gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meander along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above. Head through the tunnels of Swallow Grotto, where the potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. Stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), an H-shape hanging bridge built of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo. Take a short break at a recreational area and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the park. Head to Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. See the meander running through the deep and spectacular canyons from high above. Get a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. End with a visual feast of the amazing Qingshui Cliff, one of the island's "Eight Wonders". Enjoy a sweeping view of a 21 kilometer stretch from the viewing platform before traveling back to Taipei Main Station.

From Taipei: Private Tour of Taroko

8. From Taipei: Private Tour of Taroko

This private Taroko tour is specifically designed for visitors wanting to optimize their time at Taiwan’s must-see attractions. Enjoy round-trip transfer in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle from Taipei City to Taiwan's most iconic, scenic spots, including the largest marble canyon in the world. Admire the marble walls and the winding river that runs through the deep Taroko Gorge. Your route will take you through a total of 38 tunnels, including the Baiyang Trail, the Shakadang Trail, and the Marble Bridge of Motherly Devotion. Walk in the world of nature and culture along the Swallow Grotto Trail, taking in views of the Indian Chieftain’s Profile Rock and potholes along the cliff face, while watching spring swallows darting in and out of their nests. Walking through a total of 38 tunnels, reach Chimu Bridge, which is famous for its signature marble railings and Chinese lion statues. Benefit from the perks of a private tour by customizing your own itinerary with your private guide.

Taipei: Din Tai Fung Restaurant Voucher

9. Taipei: Din Tai Fung Restaurant Voucher

Din Tai Fung is the world-famous Taiwanese Cuisine Restaurant. It is famed for its gourmet steamed dumpling which has been awarded a one star by Michelin Guide for years. It was also included as part of Michelin’s “simple shop serving local food” in 2016. This coupon allows you to enjoy high-end traditional Taiwanese food for an affordable price. Whether the classic steamed dumpling in a variety of flavors or the richly flavored fried rice with seasonal vegetable and sweet and sour soup, you will be able to enjoy any Taiwanese food you want in Din Tai Fung Restaurant. A Course Set Menu- • 4 Xiao Long Bao • 1 Shrimp and pork dumpling • 1 Vegetable and pork dumpling • 1 Fish dumpling • 1 Egg fried rice (Shared with others) • 1 Seasonal vegetable (shared with others) • 1 Hot and sour soup (Shared with others) • 1 Steamed red bean dumpling B Course Set Menu • 4 Xiaolongbao • 1 Chicken Xiao Long Bao • 1 Veg.& Mush. Steamed Dumpling • 1 Fish Steamed Dumpling • 1 Shrimp and Pork Shumai • 1 Stir-fried Veg. Dish(Shared Dish) • 1 Shrimp&Pork Fried Rice (with egg)(Shared) • 1 Hot and Sour Soup(Shared) • 1 Taro Xiaolongbao

Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

10. Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Explore Taipei and the surrounding area on an 8-hour private car charter. Discover iconic sights and beauty spots in northern Taiwan without the hassle of public transportation. Choose from a number of itineraries or create your own. Check out the natural beauty of Yangmingshan and Jiufen. See the amazing coastal rock formations at Yehliu, or perhaps enjoy a drive to Pingxi.

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What people are saying about Taipei City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,085 reviews

Joseph was my tour guide and he was amazing! He was really helpful and knowledgeable with the history of the places. He also accommodated to our likes and made the tour around the things that we liked. Amazing tour and tour guide, letting us know what are the must eat and must try! Was able to book him again for the city tour! Would totally go for the tours again:)

The tour guide and driver is really good. I highly recommend Ms. Jenny Chang and Mr. Samuel, they are very kind and easy to approach. They share well history of places here in Taiwan. Thanks to them we learned a lot here in Taiwan, probably we will come back soon. Thank you so much.

The food was good, especially the plant-based meatballs. Great taste experience! Drinks were in sufficient selection. The shower was very clean and well equipped. From comb to toothbrush, a nice basic equipment. We enjoyed the stay.

The tour was amazing! I got to know wonderful places in Taiwan, delicious food, spectacular 5-star hotels, Erick our guide was very kind, kind and knowledgeable about the island, I recommend it 100%

A very good option for me, but it's good before you know how much internet traffic you need. I had enough 5 GB for 11 days (1.5 GB google maps, 1 GB Safari, 500 MB whatsapp...).