This first thing in this Taipei Itinerary is to get up early to hike the Elephant Mountain Trail for a view of the city! There are also Taipei Bike, Metro and Walking Tours if you prefer to have someone to bring you around the city.
Directions: Alight at Xiangshan Station. Take exit 2 from the station and find signs pointing to the hiking trailhead. (Alternatively, just follow where google maps brings you).
11am – Taipei 101 & Lunch with a View
Next on the Taipei Itinerary, head over to Taipei 101 and take the fastest escalator up to the 89th floor to see Taipei from the highest building in the city. For lower-priced admission tickets, book in advance on KLOOK here (NT $540). The cost of purchasing tickets at the entrance are NT $600.
Reserve a lunch or afternoon tea set at Dingxian Restaurant to have a meal at the 89th floor, with a panoramic view of Taipei.
Directions: From Xiangshan Sation, get on the red line (towards Tamsui Station) and alight after 1 stop at Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station.
2pm – Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
After a good meal, head over to Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall to learn about the life of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. There are also half-day Taipei City Tours which include guided visits to Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Presidential Office, Martyrs’ Shrine, National Palace Museum, The Grand Hotel and Xingtian Temple.
Entrance Fee: Free How to get there: From Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station, take the red line (towards Tamsui Station) and alight after 5 stops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station.
4pm – Ximending Shopping District & Night Market
After spending about 2h at the memorial hall, head to Ximending Shopping District for your retail therapy. Some popular shops in Taiwan include: For Fashion – ABC-Mart, JUICE, NET Clothing Store, Fufa Shoes For Cosmetics – COSMED!
Directions: From Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station, take the green line (towards Songshan Station) and alight after 2 stops at Ximen Station.
6pm – Dinner at Modern Toilet Restaurant
As you spend some time walking about in Ximending Shopping District, you can head for dinner at the Modern Toilet Restaurant when you get hungry.
Address: 2f, No. 7號, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 Opening Hours: Everyday, 11.30am – 9pm
Average duration: 3-4 h Ticket Fees:NT$80 for adults; NT $40 for students and children between 6-12; free for disabled & children under 6. Directions (recommended option): From Kuo-Kuang Bus Taipei Terminal (near Taipei Main Station), take Bus No. 1815 (bound for Jinshan Youth Activity Center). Alight at Yehliu Stop. This will take you about 1.5h and cost you NT$100-150.
12pm – Keelung Food Market
After a good trek at Yehliu Geopark, head over to Keelung Food Market to grab some lunch or to do some shopping. Things to taste at the street stalls include Braised Pork Rice (滷肉饭), Glutinous Rice (糯米飯), Douhua (豆花), Dumplings (餃子) and many more!
If you want to take walk after all the eating , you can then go over to Zhongzheng Park for a quiet stroll.
Directions to Keelung Food Market – Head back to the bus stop you alighted from when you came from Taipei. At theopposite bus stop, take bus 862 or 790 (towards Keelung Train Station) and alight at Zhongsi Rd Bus Stop. The journey will take about 2 hours, priced at NT $30.
4pm – Graffiti Lane @ Ximending
Finish up touring Keelung before journeying back to Taipei. You can either go the the Graffiti Lane at Ximending District for a photoshoot or maybe take a rest at your hotel if you’re feeling tired. Address: No. 19, Kangding Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
How to get there: From Keelung Station, take the train 129 towards Fangliao. Alight after 5 Stops at Taipei Station. Change to the blue metro line (towards Dingpu Station) and alight after 1 stop at Ximen Station (Journey will take an hour).
6pm – Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market is one of the biggest night markets in Taipei. Here, another round of shopping and eating awaits! Some popular local snacks to try would include: Friend Chicken, Sweet Potato Balls, Fried/Grilled Squid, Taro Balls, Friend Fishballs and Hot Plate Beef.
On Day 3 of your Taipei Itinerary, get up early to play at Taipei Zoo! The compound is huge and you can actually spend 1 whole day here. However, we decided to just see the main attractions such as the Giant Panda House, the Red Panda and the Lions to make the best use of our time.
Location: No. 30號, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11656. How to get there: 6 minutes walk from Taipei Zoo Station Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm Entrance Fee: NT $60 for adults; NT$30 for students; Free for children under 6 years old (Purchase tickets at Zoo entrance or pre-book online).
12pm – Wulai District
Have lunch at Taipei Zoo before heading over to Wulai District. Here, you can either use their FREE public hot springs by Nanshi River or private hot springs. Other things to do would include eating local delicacies, and visiting Wulai Waterfall.
Directions to Wulai District: From Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station, take bus 739 (towards Shulin Station) and alight after 15 stops at Baoqiao and Zhongxing Rd. Intersection (Carrefour). From Baoqiao Rd Bus Stop, take bus 849 (towards Wulai Terminal Station) and alight after 44 stops at Tourism Bridge Bus Stop. The total journey will take you 2.5h and cost NT$45.
You will arrive at Wulai District between 2-3 pm if you leave Taipei Zoo by 12pm. After soaking in the hot springs and viewing Wulai Waterfall, have dinner at Wulai Old Street before heading back to Taipei.
Set off early to reach Jiufen at before 9.30am. Here, stroll around Jiufen Old Street to try their famous Douhua and Taro Ball Soup.
Next, visit the famous A-Mei Tea House where you can get panoramic views of the village. You can alsorent a Qipao (Cheongsam) to wear – a traditional Chinese outfit for a photoshoot.
Directions to Jiufen Old Street: Take the metro line to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station Exit 1, then take bus 1062 (timetable) to Jiufen Old Street Station. The journey will take you about 1.5 hours and cost around NT $110.
12pm – Shifen Old Street & Shifen Waterfall
Many come to Shifen Railway to write their wishes on a lantern. You can get a lantern from one of the street vendors for NT $100-150.
How to get from Jiufen to Shifen Old Street: Take the line 1062 bus or busses 188 or 956 to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang Train Station, board the 4728 train to Jingtong, alight after 4 stops at Shifen Station. Directions to Shifen Waterfall: From Shifen Old Street, walk 1.4 km up along Shifen Street.
4pm – Head to Raohe Night Market
After visiting Shifen, head back to Taipei at around 4pm. How to get from Shifen to Raohe Night Market: From Shifen Station, take the train (4725 to Badouzi) back to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang Station, take the 175 train to Chaozhou, alight after 2 stops at Songshan Station. Roahe Night Market is located outside of the station. The journey will take you about 1.5h and cost around NT $80.
Day 5 – Tamshui Area & Yangming Shan National Park
8am – Tamshui District
Tamsui district is the BEST place to eat seafood. First, walk along Tamsui Golden Anchor (located 350m from Tamsui Station) to grab some grilled squid (or other food) for breakfast.
After which, head over to Lover’s Bridge & Fisherman’s Wharf. You can do so by either thaking bus R26 (NT $15) at the nearest bus stop OR take a ferry from Tamsui Ferryboat Wharf (NT $60 one-way adult ticket).
11pm – Head to Yangmingshan National Park
You should be done with Tamshui District by 11pm. Head over to Yangmingshan National Park to hike up Qingxi Mountain. I’d recommend you just taking a taxi to reach the park. It will save you a lot of time to leave more time for the hike. The hike will take you approximately 2-3 hours.
How to get to Qingxi Mountain Trail Head: I found a good article that will guide you on how to find the trail head – you can read it here.
7pm – Dinner at Elixir Health Pot (Wu Lao Guo – 無老鍋)
After all the trekking, I’m sure you’ll be excited for some comfort food at a comfortable meal setting. Head over to Elixir Health Pot for some Hot Pot dinner! Their Layered Tofu and Spicy Wulao are the must-try broths at the restaurant. Make a reservation in advance here to secure your seats. Address: No. 143號, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Day 6 – Day Trip to Shiding Thousand Islands Lake
9am – Thousand Islands Lake & Tea Plantation
End your Taipei Itinerary with incredible views at Thousand Islands Lake. Travelling to Thousand Islands Lake by public transportation can be inconvenient due to the lack of bus frequency. You can consider to either rent your own vehicle (NT$ 1,399 per day), or book a half-day tour (NT $1,380 per pax) to visit the area.
Best views of Shiding Thousand Islands Lake can be found at the Crocodile Island Viewing Platform, along Yongan Mt. Trail and Tushitou Lookout. While you’re there, remember to visit Bagua Tea Garden and Shiding Ancient Town as well. Bagua Tea Plantation Address: 八卦茶園 (type this in google maps)
5pm – Ningxia Night Market
After spending either a day or half at Shiding area, you can head back to your hotel to rest before visiting the last night market for your trip – Ningxia Night Market. The market has over 40 food stalls for you to choose from and you can also find the time to grab some last minute souvenirs.
How to get here:ShuanglianStation and the Zhongshan Station are the closest to the Ningxia Night Market. At Shuanglian, take Exit 1 and head down Minsheng Road until you reach Ning Xia Road. For Zhongshan Station, head to Nanjing West Road until you reach Ningxia. Take a right to enter the night market.
Taipei Itinerary: Where is the Best Place to Stay in Taipei, Taiwan?
For this Taipei Itinerary, we chose to stay at Walker Hotel Ximen during our time in Taipei as it was located right outside of Ximen Station. For 6 nights, it was priced at just SGD 270 (NT $5,637). Cheap and good 🙂
Alternatively you may also use the following map widget below to book your accommodation. The best places to stay in Taipei would be at Central Taipei area which is either Zhongzheng District or Wanhua District. Be sure you choose an accomodation that is walking distance from the MRT as well.