jueves, diciembre 22, 2011

Taipei City : 7 Days Travel Itinerary


Taipei City : 7 Days Trip Suggested Travel Itinerary

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Taipei is one of my favorite cities. Can’t really explain why, but it was love at first sight and what got me hooked up on wanting to live in Taiwan and get to know more about Taiwanese culture. Over the years, I’ve been to most of what people would consider the top tourist attractions, with many of those more than once, and so it’s time that I sit down and write a tribute suggested itinerary for those lucky to stop by and have a chance to explore the city.

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The following is based on an itinerary I created for my mother when she came to visit Taiwan, followed by some recommendations I’ve sent friends over the years. Most of those places are linked with posts I wrote or information on Taiwanderful that would give you further information. I’ll start off with detailed descriptions, and as the days progress it will become more generalized.

If you’re looking for accommodation options for Taipei, Taiwanderful has a comprehensive accommodation guide of hotels and hostels.

Day 1 : National Palace Museum, Taipei Eye, Shilin Night Market

09:00 – Meet at the airport. Head out to Taipei.

11:00 – Arrival in Taipei, settle down in hotel, have a Taiwanese lunch.

12:30 – head out to Shilin (MRT to Shilin, bus or taxi to National Palace Museum).

Check out the Shung Ye Museum Formosan Aborigines (If you’re there on a weekend, 2pm offers a guided tour )

15:00 – National Palace Museum (English guided tour – sign up at the entrance. Open on Saturdays till 8:30PM,)

Have tea break with light food and cake to get us going till dinner.
See the Chih-shan Gardens.

Take taxi to…

19:30 – Taipei Eye 台北市中山區建國北路二段66號‎

(Bring camera, can take photos with actors dressing up and putting make up.)

20:00 – Taipei Eye traditional Chinese opera performance.

Book 2 tickets – 02 2517 7060‎, need to pick up and pay on location (880NT$ adult, ~700NT$ for students)

First part : Taiwanese Acrobatics
Second part : Joys of Peking Opera

21:30 – Taxi to Shilin night market. Late Dinner. Walk around.

23:00 or when we get tired – Head back to hotel by MRT or taxi.

Food recommendations for lunch: Xiao Long Bao based or a hotpot. Dinner : Taste everything you can at the night market.

Taipei City : 7 Days Trip Suggested Travel Itinerary itineraries

Day 2 : Art Museum, Temples the Taipei 101 area

09:00 – Wake up, have breakfast.

10:00 – Take MRT to YuanShan MRT station.

10:45 – Taipei Story House + Tea break.

11:00 – Taipei Fine Arts Museum .

Address:181, ZhongShan N. Road, Sec. 3, Taipei 104, Taiwan
General Telephone:+886 2 25957656
Museum Hours:Tuesday-Sunday 09:30 to 17:30. Open on national holidays.
Arrange tour with : 02-2586034 300, Viser

12:00 – Two nearby temples

Bao An Daoist Temple
Confucius Temple

My post on this part : Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Story House, Bao-An and Confucius Temples

13:00 – Lunch somewhere nearby.

14:00 – Take MRT to SYSMH MRT Station.

15:00 – Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and/or Taipei City Hall about Taipei . Walk around shopping malls?

16:30 – Go up Taipei 101. Sunset is at 17:10. Have coffee&cake ontop of the world.

18:00 – Dinner at Taipei 101 food court (first floor) or many of the Warner Bros restaurants.

19:00 – Some live music in one of the jazz clubs in Warner bros.

When tired – Head back to hotel/airport.

My posts on this part :

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Warner Village and Taipei 101
Beautiful Taipei city from the top of Taipei 101

Day 3 : Museums, Parks, Temples and Shopping

Head over to Taipei Main Station, browse the large food court and grab something to eat.

Walk south through the busy street and visit the following attractions, all within walking distance from one another:

National Taiwan Museum
Taipei 228 Memorial Museum 台北二二八紀念館
My post : 228 Peace Memorial Park-Museum & Formosa Betrayed
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei Botanical Gardens and the National Museum of History 國立歷史博物館 (a brief visit is enough)
Longshan Temple 龍山寺
(my post : Temple action in Taiwan – Longshan Taipei and Confucius Tainan).
Since you’re already there visit the nearby tourist trap Snake Alley.
Ximending area at dark or the Shida night market and the lively Gongguan area.

Taipei City : 7 Days Trip Suggested Travel Itinerary itineraries

Day 4 : Hotsprings, Mountains and Danshui

Soak on some hotsprings in Beitou. Be sure to catch the Ghost Lake: Beitou’s Thermal Valley.

Visit the nearby Yangmingshan. My posts : Touring Taipei-Taiwan : Yang Ming Shan national park ; Revisiting Yang Ming Shan

Visit Danshui (my quick post: Chinese New Year 2009 – Danshui)

Day 5 : Muzha and the Gondola

Take the MTR all the way to Taipei Zoo.

Take the Maokong Gondola (my posts : Maokong Gondola : Cable Car & Lion Dance ; Taipei’s Maokong Gondola : Traveling through clouds)

Be sure to stop by Zhinan Temple (my post: Zhi Nan Temple : Taipei

Take the Gondola all the way up to Muzha’s tea houses with a great view of Taipei (my post – Maokong Tea Houses – Muzha)

Taipei City : 7 Days Trip Suggested Travel Itinerary itineraries

Day 6 – Daytrip East, the Keelung side : Jiufen, Jinguashi, and He Ping island

Touring Keelung – An Aboriginal Overlook
Touring Keelung – He Ping Island
Jinguashi–Gold Ecological Park
Jiufen’s Tea Houses
The Alleys of Jiu-Fen : Taipei County
Views from Magical Jiufen : Taipei County

Day 7 – Choose one of the following

Day Trips – Option 1

Sanxia 三峽 (Sanxia : Old Street & Zushi Temple)


Yingge 鶯歌 (Yingge Old Street : Taipei County)

Day Trips – Option 2
Wulai 烏來
Xiao Wulai waterfall 小烏來瀑布

Option 3

Relax, eat well, and try to fit it any combination of the smaller attractions:

Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art 台北當代藝術館
Miniatures Museum of Taiwan @Taipei
Taiwan’s Storyland at Taipei
Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum 林柳新紀念偶戲博物館
Miramar Ferris Wheel 美麗華摩天輪

Day 8+

Still have time? there’s more …

Bali 八里
Beitou 北投
Dharma Drum Mountain 法鼓山
Guandu 關度
Northeast coast
Pinglin 坪林
Sanzhi 三芝
Shenkeng 深坑
Yuandao Guan Yin Temple 緣道觀音廟
Yuantong Chan Temple 圓通禪寺
Lin Family Gardens
Nanya Night Market
Opium Fenyuan
Viewing deck at Taipei County Government building
Chengtian Chan Temple
Hiking trail to Tianshang Shan
Qingshui Zushi Temple

(photo credits: Prince Turtle ; Zehawk ; Jaboney ; Dear Nicola)


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