Taipei, Taiwan: Must-see attractions

May 2, 2019

by Carina Marva

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary last January 27-30, 2018 with 4 days and 3 nights trip in Taipei, Taiwan. And we really had a great time in such amazing City. Now I am sharing to all of you all the beautiful places we have been to during our trip.

Taoyuan Airport

We arrived at Taoyuan Airport at around 10 o’clock in the morning. And since it was lunchtime when we passed the immigration interview, we decided to take our lunch at the airport before heading to Taipei where we booked our hostel. Right after lunch, we took the 1819 bus to Taipei Main Station. Since our plane landed in terminal one, we bought the tickets near the bus waiting area at B1 Arrival Hall. It is an hour ride from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station if you take the bus. If you want a faster trip, you can take the train which will only take you around 30 minutes to reach Taipei Main Station. In our case, we took the bus.

Yangmingshan National Park

Yangmingshan National Park is a very huge park. If you love to unwind and breathe some fresh air then it is perfect for you. We saw some cherry blossoms that were beginning to bloom because winter was about to end and spring was about to start when we came to Taiwan at that time. We ate stinky tofu and another Taiwanese dish. Stinky tofu because it’s pretty much obvious by the smell of it.  It was my first time to taste stinky tofu and I loved it! Surely it would not be the first time that I would be eating such. Stinky tofu is a very famous dish in Taiwan.

We spent around 2-3 hours in Yangmingshan and headed back to Taipei at 6 o’clock in the evening.

Shilin Night Market

We arrived at Shilin Night Market around 7 o’clock and grabbed some dinner. We enjoyed the food, merchandises, drinks and even some entertainments in Shilin. We tried their milk tea too since Taiwan is known to be the birthplace of Milk Tea.

Hop on Hop off Double Decker Bus

We booked ahead a hop on hop off tour and Taipei 101 observatory tickets via KLOOK so that we won’t need to worry on what to do for our second day in Taiwan.

Hop on hop off tour offers 23 stop tours which will start at Taipei Main Station then travel to Ximen, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and then you choose what line you would like to take first because it would be split into 2 routes, the blue and red lines. I suggest that you get the unlimited one-day pass or even get an extension for the following day so you can do both the blue and red lines. In our case, we got the unlimited one-day pass and yet we were not able to cover the whole 23 stop tours due to time constraints and bad weather.

So, we started our trip at 10 o’clock in the morning. Quite late but still manageable. We just passed by their City Hall and decided to hop off first in Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall was built in honor of the former President of the Republic of China, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. The place is large and beautiful. There were also students practicing or doing some activities. Exhibits were also found inside the Main Hall. CKS Memorial Hall has also built a National Theater and Concert Hall inside the premises.

National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon, we decided to go to our next destination, the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. It’s not as big as CKS but it’s fascinating too. You could clearly see the Taipei 101 building outside Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. So, I bet when you would go there, you could not get inside right away because you would be taking pictures with the Taipei 101 building and the front face of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall just like we did. Around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, we were so lucky to witness the change of guards which lasted for more than 10 minutes. I had goosebumps watching the ceremony. It was so real, so traditional. You could feel the respect and the love not only for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen but also for their country and culture. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen is referred to as the Father of the Republic of China, or commonly the Father of Taiwan. You would see relics inside the Memorial Hall and the life story of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and his legacies.

 

Taipei 101 Observatory

It was time to go at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon since our Taipei 101 observatory schedule was at 6 o’clock in the evening. At exactly 6 o’clock in the evening, we boarded their bullet elevator which travels at 60.6 km/h and would take you to the 89th floor in just 37 seconds. The elevator is pressurized so that you would not feel any discomfort during the ride. It was held the world’s fastest passenger elevator from 2004-2015.

And! We were at the top. Taipei 101 observatory takes at the 89th floor and from there you would see the lovely aerial view of the whole Taipei area. The lights were lovely but I would want to try it again in the morning or late in the afternoon. You would also see a huge mass damper located between the 87th to the 91st floor. The mass damper stabilizes the building and protects it from earthquakes and typhoons. From there, you would pass by a Jade store which features really amazing products. From small to huge designs.

Yehliu Geopark

For our third day in Taipei, we decided to do a DIY tour to Yehliu Geopark and Jiufen.

It was around 11 o’clock in the morning when we boarded the Kuo Kuang Bus #1815 at Taipei Main Station East Gate. The bus has a direct route from Taipei Main Station up to Yehliu’s stopover station. The ride took us 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. From Yehliu’s stopover, we walked around 15 minutes to reach Yehliu Geopark. It was indeed a worthy trip because the place was breathtaking. Even though it was raining hard when we arrived, it did not stop us to check out the beautiful place. We found a lot of pretty rock formations in Yehliu and saw the iconic “Queen’s Head” which is the most famous among all of the rock formations found inside the geopark. The coast’s view was amazing too. The sound of water just calmed our minds amidst the bad weather. Photos of this place were really underrated; you need to take a trip to Yehliu and see it for yourself.

Jiufen

We left Yehliu Geopark at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and walked again to where we made our stopover when we arrived. We were then bound to Jiufen, another town in northeastern Taiwan which is mountainous in nature. Across the street, we boarded a bus to Keelung City where we can ride another bus to Jiufen. Since the weather was really bad during our tour, it really took us a long while to reach Jiufen. We reached Juifen at 7 o’clock in the evening and it was raining really hard. We were able to visit their temples but they were already closed so we just took some pictures outside for our own souvenirs. Sadly, the photos we took were not really that good since it was already dark and there were not really so many lights outside the temples. We then headed to Jiufen Old Street where food stores and souvenir shops are found. It was a fun place. We found not only shops but also tourists. A lot of tourists. A scene we did not expect. I enjoyed the market since many will offer you a free taste of their food and so many street foods to try too. You will never go hungry in Jiufen Old Street. I promise you that. So, we took our dinner, it was like a strolling dinner since we just bought street food and ate it while walking. We saw a milk tea shop and decided to chill a bit. Anyhow getting a milk tea anywhere in Taiwan is always a good idea. And after a very long day, we went back to Taipei. We walked around 5 minutes to get to the bus station located at the top of Jiufen Old Street. We took a bus to Keelung again and switched to another bus from Keelung to Taipei Main Station.

There are still so many places to go to Taiwan and we would really love to go back. And if we go back to Taiwan I will surely make documentation again. But for now, this has been our 4 days and 3 nights anniversary trip in Taiwan.

 

 

 

 

Carina Marva

By Carina Marva

I am a banker for ten years now. And a traveler at the same time. I love sharing my experiences to everyone hoping that I could inspire them. I love telling stories whether it is about my travel, work, fashion, movies, series, books etc. I strive to be a better person everyday and live with a purpose.

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Leave a Comment...

Frances

May 3, 2019

Nice write up! Very helpful for our next trip

Wendy

May 3, 2019

This is helpful for 1st time travellers. .
This makes me go to Taiwan even more. .

Daryl

May 3, 2019

Wow...that was nice...xoxo

Kerstine

May 10, 2019

Very informative article :)

Cath

May 10, 2019

Nice! Sounds like I should be going there soon ?

Mae

May 10, 2019

Love it!!! ?

Ann Meracap

May 10, 2019

Been thinking of travelling outside of the country. This is a great reference for our future trip. ????

Ellen Grace V Grengia

May 10, 2019

Nice one Carina. Well written and inspiring. Cheers to more articles from you.

Rain Bides

May 10, 2019

Makes me want to book a flight to Taiwan

Jenny

May 10, 2019

I\'d love to go places and make documentaries like you. Congrats carina. Thumbs up!!!

greta u. garcia

May 10, 2019

The story gives a vivid picture of the fun & excitement from a traveller\'s point .
Congratulations

Ann

May 10, 2019

Great blog, so inviting!!