Things to Do in Taipei
The Bustling City
On one hand this city is known for its iconic Taipei 101, and on the other, the museums as old as 5000 years which make their presence felt. Taipei is the capital city of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan). Taipei, which is officially known as Taipei city, is a 300-year-old city that has witnessed ethnic amalgamations over the years. This diverse city is best-known for its buzzing nightlife and historic laneways.
This little city that celebrates its history and bloody past, is a great combination of Chinese culture with Japanese, Southeast-Asian and American influences. It will not be wrong to call Taipei as one of the hidden jewels of Asia. While the ones traveling to Taipei expect the most from its bustling night-life and rich heritage, here’s a list of top things to do in Taipei that will help you explore this vibrant city.
National Palace Museum – House of Artifacts
The museum can be called a house of artifacts as it houses the single largest collection of artifacts. You got to visit the National Palace Museum and see for yourself to believe that the museum is the house to nearly 700,000 artifacts. These artifacts that are a part of the 10,000 years of Chinese history can interestingly be found in Taipei and not in China. The visit to the museum comes cheap at NT $250 and can be visited anytime throughout the year.
Taipei 101 is one such attraction that features on every traveler’s list of things to do in Taipei. It is known not only as one of the tallest building in the world but also known for its unique design that houses a mall, a movie-theater and a number of restaurants offering lip smacking dishes. As the name suggests, this gigantic building has 101 floors above the ground and five basement levels. Don't forget to visit the top floor of Taipei 101 to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The sight of grandeur of this monument will leave you awestruck. The memorial hall has been built in the remembrance of Chiang Kai-shek- the former President of the Republic of China. The massive courtyard, the blue-roof and a series of 89 steps that lead to the main hall are an example of the neoclassical style of architecture. The 89 steps to the entrance, leading to the main hall, actually marks the age of Chiang when he died. Do include this in your things to do in Taipei list to witness the hourly changing of the honor guard at the memorial.
Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)
Now that your date with the history and the artifacts is over, it's time for some thrilling physical activity. The second best option to experience the best view of Taipei City is hiking up the 'Elephant Mountain'. The best time to do that is late afternoon as this will also let you have watch the sunset along with the daytime view and the night-time view of this little city. Make it a point to include this on your things to do in Taipei list and visit it preferably on a weekday as the path tends to get crowded during the weekend. Be prepared to spare at least 2-3 hours for the hiking experience at Elephant Mountain.
After a tiring and enriching time at the Elephant Mountain, it’s time to grab a window seat and indulge into a rejuvenating cup of coffee. The Logou Cafe is the one stop destination if you are looking for the finest coffee-blends, sitting in a picturesque heritage building. Not just coffee, you can also experience an occasional theater performance there.
Let yourself immerse in a wonderful spiritual aura and receive blessings at the famous Guandu Temple. This is a primary attraction on the things to do in Taipei list. The Guandu Temple is one the oldest temple in Taipei. The temple that dates back to 1661 is built right into the side of a mountain. The temple also has a 100-meter tunnel. For outsiders i.e. the travelers, The Guandu Temple is a house of worship, carnival venue and an art-house, all in one.
A 24-hour teahouse with great views and reasonably priced delicacies is all you would need at the end of the day. Start from the 'Maokong Station' and walk for 20 to 30 minutes to reach this place.
Museum of World Religions
This museum was founded by Buddhist order but doesn't aim to promote the religion. Instead, the museum includes models of holy sites of major religions like Islam, Sikhism and Christianity. Plan your visit to this museum any day between Tuesday and Sunday, as the museum remains closed on every Monday. Don't forget to add this to your things to do in Taipei list to have a look inside the detailed religious models.