Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, and is one of the most visited cities in Asia. The city is filled with culture, typical foods, historical places, and many other attractions. If you’re looking for the best places to visit while you’re in Taipei, below are some recommendations for you.
- Taipei 101, which was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a skyscraper building with 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. It’s located in the Xinyi District of Taipei. The building looks like a bamboo stick with greenish color. At the 1st to 3rd floors you can shop fashion brands, global watch brands, cosmetics, fashion boutiques, restaurants, bookstores, and many others. In this building, there is also an indoor and outdoor observatory floor, which is located on the 89th to 91st To get into this observatory floor, you need to go to the 5th floor and buy a ticket. Ticket prices range from NT$600 (general admission), NT$540 (student), and free for children under 115cm. The 89th floor is an indoor observatory from which you can see the 360-degree view of Taipei. And from the 89th floor you can go to the 91st floor by stairs. Here you’ll find the outdoor observatory, where you can view the spire at the 508-meter-high apex. But please note that 91st floor is only open on days with favorable weather conditions. To go to this place, you can take the red line number 2 (Xiangshan train) to the Taipei 101 station.
- Shilin Night Market is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan. It’s located at Lane 101, Wenlin Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111. After enjoying Taipei in the daylight, you can enjoy the night in Taipei by visiting the Shilin Night Market. At the market you can try shopping and food, or just enjoy the night atmosphere of Taipei. To go to this market, you can take the MRT-Danshui line to MRT Jiantan station on the red line and it will take about 10 minutes. The market is open from Monday to Sunday at 11am to 2am.
- National Palace Museum is the right place to visit for those who like Chinese culture and historical places. The museum was originally founded within the Beijing Forbidden City in 1925, but it has now moved to Taipei at the Shilin district. The National Palace Museum has many collections, including around 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks. The museum is open daily from 8.30am to 6.30pm, and there are also extension hours on Friday and Saturday nights: 6.30pm to 9pm. To enter this museum, you need to pay the admission fee which costs NT$250, or for students (must show ID) NT$150. The admission also includes access to the Zhishan Garden which is open from April to October at 8.30am to 6.30pm and in November at 8.30am to 5.30pm.
- Taipei Zoo is the most famous zoological garden in Taiwan, and the largest zoo in Asia. Located at No. 30, Section 2, Xinguang Rd, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116. For animal lovers or those who are visiting Taipei with children, this zoo is a must-see to be visited. Besides Taiwan’s typical animal, you can also find many kinds of exotic animals including giant pandas, koalas, and various African animals. The zoo opens every day except Chinese New Year’s Eve from 9am to 5pm (no entry after 4pm). And animal exhibits open from 9am to 4.30pm. The admission is NT$60 for general, NT$30 for student (with ID) and free for preschool, handicapped or ARC.
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