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About Taipei

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan where different cultures, abundant historical relics and diverse city view co-exist. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era.

The polarities of Taipei are vividly present with the joining of the urban and natural worlds. Just a few minutes away from the heart of the city you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral-rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin. And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks, and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.

 

Travelling to Taipei

There are two international airports in Taiwan serving travelers coming to Taipei:

  1. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
    This is the main gateway of Taiwan and can be accessed via over 190 non-stop and direct flights from 56 major cities.
    More information can be found at the website: http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Index/
  1. Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA)
    Situated in Metropolitan Taipei, the Taipei International Airport serves international flights mainly to Japan and China.
    www.tsa.gov.tw/tsa/en/home.aspx

 

Transport between Taiwan Taoyuan (TTY) International Airport and Taipei

*By Airport MRT

The fastest way to travel to Taipei from the Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is the Taoyuan International Airport MRT, with express service taking 35 minutes from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to the Taipei Main Station. Two types of train service are available for riders: express service from Taipei Main Station to the airport takes 35 minutes, and commuter service stops at all stations. Express and commuter trains alternate with a 5 minute interval until midnight. The ticket fare from the airport to Taipei is NT$ 160 (USD 5.50), and may be paid by cash at the ticket machine or booth.

 

For more information please visit: http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/taoyuan_metro

 

*By Taxi

A one-way taxi fare between the airport and Taipei will cost at the minimum NT$ 900 (generally NT$ 1000-NT$ 1200 from the airport).

 

*By Bus

Express airport buses cost between NT$ 120 and NT$ 150 depending on the bus company, and there are stops at both terminals. Most Taipei routes are divided into West and East, with each company operating a service every ten to fifteen minutes on each route. The most common route is the Kuo Kuang 1819 which costs NT$ 125 each way. An advantage of this route over the Airport MRT is that the stop in Taipei is much closer to the Taipei MRT station.

 

Getting Around Taipei

*By MRT

Ranked one of the most reliable public transportation systems in the world, Taipei MRT is probably the easiest way to get around the city. The metro system operates from 6 am to midnight daily. Clean and air-conditioned trains arrive every five minutes. A “Single-journey Ticket” costs between NT$20 to NT$65 depends on distance. Smoking, eating, drinking or gum chewing are strictly prohibited on all MRT trains.

For more information, please visit: http://english.metro.taipei/

 

*By taxi

The standard yellow cabs scour roads looking for potential riders. It is possible but generally unnecessary to phone for a taxi. To hail one, simply place your hand in front of you parallel to the ground. Not all drivers can converse in English or read westernized addresses. Have the hotel desk or a Taiwanese associate write out your destination in Chinese, and also take a business card from the hotel. Show the driver the Taiwanese writing of where you are going. Taxis are visibly metered, and cab drivers are strictly forbidden from taking tips.

Taipei’s Top Attractions

 

*Taipei 101

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World famous landmark Taipei 101 is the tallest “green” building in the world and it’s located near the Taipei International Convention Center. Taipei 101 has several restaurants and plenty of shopping. On the 89th floor there is an observatory with 360 degree views of the Taipei skyline. Plan ahead and order your tickets for the observatory here.

For more information on this world famous landmark, visit Taipei-101.com

 

*Hot Springs

Beitou is the most convenient area for travelers visiting Taipei to enjoy thermal hot springs. It is around XinBeitou MRT Station that was developed as a hot spring resort during the Japanese era. The area around Xinbeitou station is filled with various public and private baths. Each bath may have different etiquette and general rules, so be sure to first check the rules before entering the bath. Private hot springs in the Beitou area are very popular, so it is recommended to book a private room in advance for convenience while travelling. The three common types of hot springs include green sulfur (slightly green colored and only found in Beitou and Akita, Japan), white sulfur (a milky colored spring which make up the majority of springs in the area), and iron sulfur (transparent springs found around the Ding Beitou area).

For more information, check out the website: https://www.travel.taipei/en/attraction/all-regions/hot-spring

 

* Jiufen Old Street (and Sky Lantern at Shifen Old Street)

Until the 1950's, Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town. The town went into sharp decline when mining was discontinued. The quaint streets, tea houses and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean saved it from becoming yet another anonymous mining ghost town. Jiufen is now a popular tourist destination for Taipeites eager to relive scenes from the past. It has provided the setting for several period movies. For example, Hou Hsiao-hsien's film A City of Sadness (which won the Golden Lion award at the 1989 Venice Film Festival) and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. (WikiTravel)
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Located in the Pingxi area (平溪), Shifen Old Streets is a collection of lanes and alleys in and around the Shifen railway station area. The train station, originally built for transporting coal, was built right alongside the Shifen Old Streets, and today stands as a reminder of Taiwan's history and culture.

Events such as the Sky Lantern Festival draw visitors year round to the Pingxi area to create a sky lantern with a wish written on it to set into the sky.

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