Taipei Travel Tips

Taipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
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Taipei (臺北) is the capital of the Republic of China on Taiwan. It is the central city in the Taipei metropolitan area which includes Taipei City, New Taipei and Keelung, with a total population of 6.8 million people.

Taipei City (臺北市) covers 271.79 sq km (104.9 sq mi) on the northeastern part of Taiwan. It has a population of 2.6 million people. It is surrounded by New Taipei City, the most populous city in Taiwan. New Taipei City is a newly created (on 25 December, 2010) administrative entity which was formerly Taipei County. Initially called Xinbei City, it was written New Taipei City in the official English rendering. New Taipei City covers 2,052.57 sq km (792.5 sq mi) and has a population of 3.9 million people. Located north of New Taipei City is the port city of Keelung, also within the Taipei Metropolitan Area.

Chiang Kai-Shek MemorialChiang Kai-Shek Memorial
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The city of Taipei is the political, economic and cultural nerve-center of Taiwan. It is home to a number of imminent institutions including the National Taiwan University and the National Palace Museum.

Taipei was founded in the early 18th century. It was first made the capital of Taiwan Prefecture when the Qing Dynasty government of China relocated the prefectural capital from Tainan in 1886.

Following the First Sino-Japanese War in 1895, Taiwan was occupied by the Japanese. Taipei was kept as the island capital, a position it retained when the Republic of China took over Taiwan following the defeat of the Japanese in World War II in 1945. After losing mainland China to the Chinese Communist Party, the Kuomintang party fled to Taiwan, where they continued to run the government of the Republic of China and proclaimed Taipei as a provisional capital.

Today Taipei is considered a developed city with an excellent transport infrastructure of highways, high-speed rail, mass-transit rail, airport and bus lines.

Taipei 101, TaiwanTaipei 101, Taiwan
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Going to Taipei

By Plane
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, or by its former name, Chiang Kai Shek International Airport, is the main airport for Taiwan. The airport is located about 30 km to the southwest of Taipei. Arriving at the airport, you can take the Airport buses to downtown Taipei for between NT$120 to NT$150. There are also public buses going to the Taipei Main Railway Station and the Yuanshan MRT Station. Taxis from airport to downtown costs around NT$1,000 to NT$1,200.

By Train
The Taipei Railway Station on Zhongxiao West Road Sec 1 is the main station served by all the inter-city trains and the Taiwan High Speed Rail. The MRT also pass through here.

By Bus
The Taipei Bus Terminal is behind the Taipei Main Railway Station, on Chengde Road. There are intercity buses connecting Taipei with all the major cities of Taiwan.

Taiwan High-Speed RailTaiwan High-Speed Rail
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Places of Interest in Taipei

Sights within Taipei
  1. 2-28 Memorial Peace Park
  2. Botanical Garden
  3. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
  4. Confucius Temple
  5. East Gate
  6. Grand Hotel
  7. Hsiahai City God Temple
  8. Hsimenting
  9. Hsingtien Temple
  10. Hsinyi
  11. Jaoho Night Market
  12. Kuangchou Road
  13. Kuofu Lishih Chinientang
  14. Lin An Tai Homestead
  15. Lungshan Temple
  16. Mangka Church
  17. Martyrs' Shrine
  18. Municipal Children's Entertainment Center
  19. National Concert Hall
  20. National Museum of History
  21. National Taiwan Museum
  22. National Theater
  23. Paoan Temple
  24. Peimen
  25. Postal Museum
  26. Presidential Office Building
  27. Second-Hand Goods Market
  28. Shihlin Night Market
  29. Shihta
  30. Shin Kong Life Tower
  31. Snake Alley
  32. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
  33. Ta-an Forest Park
  34. Taipei 101
  35. Taipei Fine Arts Museum
  36. Taipei Grand Mosque
  37. Taipei Holiday Flower Market
  38. Taipei Holiday Jade Market
  39. Taipei Main Railway Station
  40. Taipei World Trade Center
  41. Taipei Story House
  42. Tihua Street
  43. Tunghua Street
  44. Wanhua
Sights in the Vicinity of Taipei
  1. Chen Memorial Garden
  2. Chihnan Temple
  3. Chihshan Yuan Chinese Garden
  4. Four Animals Mountain
  5. Hell Valley (Tijih Ku)
  6. Hsingtien Temple
  7. Monastery of Central Harmony
  8. National Palace Museum
  9. Peitou
  10. Peitou Hot Spring Museum
  11. Shihlin Official Residence
  12. Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines
  13. Taipei Astronomical Museum
  14. Taipei Fins Seaworld
  15. Taipei Tea Promotion Center
  16. Taipei Zoo
Sights to the South of Taipei
  1. Hsinchu
  2. Kuanhsi Hakka Village
  3. Leofoo Safari Park (Liufu Leyuan)
  4. Sanhsia
  5. Shihmen Reservoir
  6. Shihtoushan
  7. Tahsi
  8. Tzu Hu (Lake Mercy)
  9. Window on China (Hsiaojen Kuo)
  10. Wulai
  11. Yingko

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