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Taipei

 The city and the countryside, the old and the new, high culture and the downright dirty! Whatever you’re looking for, Taipei has everything today’s discerning traveller could wish for. Set in a natural basin amongst lush green mountains, the city is just a-stones-throw away from unspoiled beaches and wild coastline. The city itself has all the distractions a modern metropolis can offer, while at the same time providing a glimpse into its ancient past. If it’s the variety of choices you’re looking for then Taipei has it all!

currency

New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
NT$10 ~ US$0,33

phone

Police: 110
Ambulance: 119

newspaper

Taipei Times

hours

Office hours for most government agencies are from 08.30-17.30 weekdays. Banking hours are from 09.00-15.30 Monday to Friday. Private companies are usually more flexible with their working hours. Most stores stay open until late both on weekdays and weekends and there are plenty of 24-hour convenience stores throughout the city.

population

3,9 million

info

No.3, Beiping W. Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Open Hours : 08.00 - 20.00 daily

Phone: +886 2 2312 3256

Taipei

The City

If you’re looking for a taste of old Taipei, then head for the Wan Hua district. Located on the Dan Shui River, Wan Hua was an important Chinese trading post and the prosperity of the period is reflected in its ornate temples, one of which is the Lungshan temple. Another historic part of the city is the Da Tong (Tatung) district. Among the winding alleys you will find European style colonial buildings standing beside intricate Chinese temples.

Take a stroll down Di Hua Street, which is lined with traditional shops selling all manner of potions and cure-alls! The Shi Lin (Shihlin) district is renowned for its bustling night market, whilst Taipei’s vibrant night scene bumps and grinds until the early hours in nearby Da An (Ta An). In the bustle of modern Taipei, Zhong Shan (Chungshan) the former commercial centre is now known for its shops, bars and cultural sights, which include the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. The current hub of commercial activities, Song Shan (Sungshan) is also one of the most cosmopolitan districts and packed with foreign restaurants. Zhong Zheng (Chungcheng), the political centre, is home to municipal parks and museums, of which the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is the most renowned.

Girl in Taipei

Do & See

Taipei has so much to offer, lots to see and experience. There is everything from ancient temples to night markets to keep both first-time and return visitors occupied. There are also plenty of museums to visit, like the National Palace Museum, and abundant green parks to stroll around.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Lungshan Temple

National Palace Museum

Taipei 101

Dan Shui Riverside Cycle Path

The Yangmingshan National Park

Taipei Zoo

Taipei Eye - Show

National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine

Sanxia Old Street

Fine Arts Museum

Maokong Gondola

Spa Treatment

Xingtian Temple

Daan Forest Park

Baby Boss

Cycling Tours

Museum Of Contemporary Arts

Taiwanese dish

Dining

The regional cuisine is a mix of Chinese, Japanese and aboriginal Hakka styles. It is also influenced by its island geography and the scarcity of arable land. Fish and poultry, therefore, play a large part in local cooking. However, the base of all dishes is made up of seasoning varieties particular to Asian cooking, such as soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil, supplemented with black beans, peanuts, chilli peppers and a local variety of basil.

Tainan Tan-Tsu-Mien

Ji Pin Restaurant

Flavors Restaurant

ShinYeh Original Restaurant

Din Tai Feng

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Addiction Aquatic Development

La Caja de Musica

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Yen Chinese Restaurant

Saffron Fine Indian Cuisine

The Kitchen Table

Minder Vegetarian

Man in cafe

Cafes

After a long day of city sightseeing or shopping, there is nothing better than to relax with a cup of coffee at a cafe. Taipei has a great cafe culture, and you will find plenty of coffee shops around the city. Many of them offer fresh coffee, tea and if you happen to be craving something sweet they have tasty desserts.

Coffee Alley

Florida Bakery

Smith & Hsu

Ariel Le Cafe

Fuhang Soy Milk

OPA Greek Taverna

Night city Taipei

Bars & Nightlife

As the sun sets on another day of trading, the city turns its attention to the serious business of fun. Under the shimmer of the neon-lit sky, the city’s bars come alive to the sound of laughter and the shouts of "Gan Bei" (dry the cup!). If you still have the energy after the day’s exertions and are looking to shake it off, then head off to one of Taipei’s nightclubs. The pace is frantic and the atmosphere charged as crowds groove until the early hours.

Ounce

Woobar

Frank Taipei

Shaka

Party World

WAX Night Club

Lava Club

Night market

Shopping

Taipei is a shopping extravaganza that caters to every budget. For those who are looking for an authentic Taipei shopping experience and like a bargain, the night markets are the places to head for. At Shi lin (Jiantan MRT) you can find everything from clothes to traditional regional foods.

Stop for a bite to eat at one of the roadside food vendors, whose specialities include oyster omelettes. Looking for souvenirs? Then try the Chinese handicraft market (1 Syujhou Road), or Lin-Tien Bucket Shop, the only handmade wooden bucket shop in Taipei (108 Zhongshan N. Rd), or visit the Zau Ho Market where you will find the Shandong Hsiaomo Sesame Oil Shop, which has been trading for nearly 150 years and sells all manner of cooking oils.

If it’s a more up-market shopping experience you’re looking for then head towards (Taipei City Station MRT) and the Living Mall (Core Pacific City). These stock the usual brand name goods.

Taipei 101

Tonghua Night Market

Yongle Fabric Market

Herb Alley

Snake Alley

Lin Hua Tai Tea Company

Taipei street

Essential Information

Passport/Visa

Nationals of many countries are eligible for a visa exemption program, provided they fulfil a number of requirements: passport validity for at least 6 months following the date of entry, along with a confirmed return ticket or confirmed ticket to the following destination.

The list of countries whose nationals are eligible for the visa exemption program is continuously updated, and varying periods of stay are allowed to different nationalities (consult the Taiwan Consular Affairs website for current information). Nationals of other countries will need to apply for a visa; individual requirements vary by nationality.

Website: www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1443&ctNode=779&mp=2

Best Time to Visit

To avoid the hot and humid temperatures of the summer, it's best a trip to Taipei (and more generally, Taiwan) is planned for either autumn (October - November), or March - April. It can get crowded around Chinese New Year (February), as many come for the festivities.

Airport

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is located 40 km southwest of Taipei.

There are several busses to choose from between the airport and Taipei. The bus number 1819 goes to Taipei Main Station and the journey time is 55 minutes. It departs from the airport every 15-20 minutes between 05.40-01.30 (03.00 additional departure). Tickets are sold at bus counters. There is also the bus number 5201 that runs between the airport and to Taipei City every 15-20 minutes. Further routes available. www.taiwanbus.tw

The most efficient transport from the airport to Taipei is the high-speed train, which takes around 22 minutes. Frequent shuttle busses (leave every 15-20 minutes) transport passengers between the high speed train station and the airport from 06.20 to 23:15.
Tickets must be purchased ahead for each journey. Tickets are sold at the
Taoyuan Airport: UBUS service counters at Arrivals Lobby of Terminals 1 and 2. www.thsrc.com.tw

At the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport taxis are located at the north side of the Terminal 1's Arrivals Lobby and the south side of the Terminal 2's Arrivals Lobby. Taxi fare is based on the meter plus a 15% surcharge.

Address: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taoyuan

Phone: +886 3 398 3728

Website: www.taoyuan-airport.com

Public Transport

Subway (MRT) is easy and fast to use around the city. You can buy your ticket from the machines located in every MRT station (coins and bills are accepted). MRT day passes (TaipeiPass) without limits on journeys, distance and can be used on all routes. You can also get the transportation card EasyCard at any stations and convenience stores.

Hours 06:00-24.00.

The bus network in Taipei is frequent and efficient. There are several bus lines operating around the city and most of them have English signs. At the bus stop make sure to flag the bus down when you see it. Easy Card is accepted by all busses. Main transfer hub is Taipei main Station and operating hours for the busses are 05.30-23.00.

Phone: +886 2 218 12345

Website: www.trtc.com.tw

Taxi

Toll Free Taxi Hotline: 0800-055850.

Taiwan Taxi
www.taiwantaxi.com.tw
Service hotline: 55688 by cell phone
405-88-888 by pay phone

Taipei Taxi Service
www.taipei-taxi.com
+886 935 998 959

Post

Taipei's central post office is located south of the train station. There is another post office in the station itself.

Red post boxes are for international mail, green - for local postings.

Address: 114 Zhongxiao West Road, Taipei

Phone: +886 2 2311 4331

Pharmacy

There are many pharmacies throughout Taipei:

Healthcare Franchise
No. 133 Déxíng East Road, Shihlin District, Taipei City
+886 2 8866 2055
www.prohealthcare.com.tw
Opening hours: 9.00 - 22.00

Far Drugstore
Nanjing West Road, Datong District, Taipei City
+886 2 2559 4835
Opening hours: 09.00 - 20.00
www.yeschain.com.tw

For all off-hours’ emergencies contact:
National Taiwan University Hospital

Address: 1 Changde Street, Taipei

Phone: +886 22312 3456

Website: www.ntuh.gov.tw

More Information: Zhongzheng District

Telephone

Country code: + 886

Area code: 02

Electricity

110V / 60Hz

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