Welcome to my little Taiwan Travel Guide. As stated above, my guide is totally devoid of any practical information, but I promise if you stick with me, you’ll get some really cool Instagram pictures of of it.
Exchange student in Taiwan for a semester? Just moved here to teach English? Already live here? Bored & rich? Below you’ll find a list of places I think are worth visiting on the isle formosa (er, Taiwan); with my comments & a link to a blog or two that will supply all the practical trip-planning deets. Have fun, explorers!
(Of course, this is in no way a comprehensive guide, and reflects my opinions and viewpoints only)
The best view of the city (Taipei 101 looms so close!) to reward a short but steep hike. Bring mozzie repellant.
Taipei Botanical Gardens
An underrated gem of the city, tucked into an old district. Perfect for an afternoon date, especially when the pond of water lilies is in bloom.
Life of Pi, anyone? Cheap, well-maintained, with a extensive array of exhibits. Oh, and they have giraffes and pandas. ‘Nuff said.
Da’an Forest Park
Like people watching? Here’s your heaven. In the morning you’ll find grandpas practicing taichi; in the afternoon, see an array of Taipei-ers from all walks of life come out for their dose of green.
Artyard & Bopiliao Old Street
Retro Taipei, in its sleekest & most accessible form. Artyard provides a renovated space to enjoy a coffee & browse through the (don’t miss inBloom);
Simple Market + Good Cho’s
Huashan Cultural & Creative Park
Songshan Cultural Park
Zhongshan Area + SPOT Film House
National Palace Museum
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei//Cafes + Shopping
National Taiwan University
Shin Kong Mistukoshi
VVG Something + the Dunhua alleys
Beitou (Beitou Library)
Raohe Night Market
Shida Night Market (shopping only)
The Blah List (aka things you will be told you should see, but will ultimately suck)
Taipei 101 (hint: the only thing worth seeing from up high is Taipei 101, so if you go to the top of 101…you obviously can’t see it), Neihu in general (unless you like sucky Ferris Wheel rides or unimpressive half-moon shaped bridges), Ximending (once, I braved the crowds of pimply teens & unbelievably tacky stores and never will I again), Danshui (eh), Maokong Gondola (eh, if you’re five years old, it’s cool), Wufenpu (even at 100NT for a shirt, it’s a lot to pay for all the ugly, not to mention all the time you’ll waste) Bitan/Xindian (just plain ugly), Shilin Night Market (they remodelled it, and ruined it, basically), Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Hall (…just go to CKS Memorial Hall, but even that isn’t too interesting), Tonghua & Ningxia Night Market (eh, go to Raohe).