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No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
When Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China for Taiwan, he took with him many of the treasures that at one time were featured in Beijing’s Palace Museum. Among the items are relics and antiques reflecting 8,000 years of Chinese history. Today the...
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A fellow named Rihang owns a guest house near the bottom of the gorge that runs a fantastic program for visitors: Rihang will rent you a room, help you apply for hiking permits (when necessary), and then will drive you to the trailhead of your...
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Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan 605
Alishan is likely the most famous, and most visited, mountain because of the incomparable tea grown there, its relatively easy access from major cities, and its association with the historic Taiwan Railroad. The best way to see Alishan is to hike...
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The Guanziling Hot Springs (關子嶺) are located in the foothills of the mountains of Taiwan, about 70 km northeast of Tainan City. These hot springs produce a fine, silty mud which is found in only three places in the world. It's said to be...
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732, Taiwan, Tainan City, Baihe District, 關仔嶺風景區
The flames on top of this pool of water are said to have been burning for more than 300 years, and were started by and earthquake that opened a fissure in the earth releasing natural gas into the bottom of the pool. The phenomenon is definitely...
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No. 2, Nanmen Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
This historical site was Taiwan's first academy, built in 1655, for the purpose of continuing classical Chinese teachings and training civil servants on the island, which was at political odds with Mainland China. The building is prized for it's...
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972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村283-3號
If you pass through Taroko, the Eternal Spring Shrine is one of the places you have to stop. This unique shrine built into the mountainside over a waterfall can be seen from the highway, and it's a just a short walk through a cave-like trail...
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This broad, flat trail meanders along the riverside for several kilometres. With only a slight slope, it's one of the easiest and most scenic hikes in Taroko Gorge. If you follow the trail far enough you will come to some azure swimming holes,...
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Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 929
Xiao Liuqiu is basically a fishing village, and is known throughout Taiwan for its seafood. The main street is lined with seafood restaurants with the catch of the day sitting out front on ice in glass cases. You can always tell which is the...
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The Huaxi Night Market ((華西街觀光夜市), also known as 'Snake Alley' is famous for selling various snake-based goods such as medicine, soup, and wine. It's best known, however, for the shots of snake blood that one can take. Pictured, from left to...
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Alley 342, Lane 150, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
The base of Elephant Mountain is just a short walk from the base of Taipei 101 and offers one of the most accessible and stunning views of the city—except, perhaps, from the top of the tower itself. The hike up the mountain is steep, but can be...
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No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
The art of making the perfect xiao long bao, or soup dumpling, is something the Taiwanese take very, very seriously. Maybe that’s why so many food experts say that the best dumplings in the world can be found in Taipei at the classic restaurant...
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Section 1, Jianguo South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Every weekend thousands descend on this normally boring stretch of Taipei for one of the most impressive markets in town: the Jianguo Flower Market. Vendors from around the city and region display amazing examples of flowers and plants, many of...
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No. 199號, Shuiyuan Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
To see life in Taipei at its fastest pace, be sure to spend some time walking through the always pulsing Ximending Pedestrian Zone. This famous part of town is the center of Taipei’s pop, fashion, and alternative cultures. You will see everything—...
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No. 8, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
If you are looking for the latest electronic gadgets and gizmos at affordable prices, then be sure to stop by the Guang Hua Market. This six-story testament to high-tech worship has everything you could want, or even imagine you could want, all...
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No. 98, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A favorite cultural activity of mine is to visit bookstores wherever I go. Even if I can’t understand the language, I can usually get a sense for the themes of the most popular books. Luckily, the massive bookstore Eslite has a great...
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No. 113, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Chinese culture has had a tremendous influence on modern Taiwan, from language to customs to art. The mission of the TaipeiEye Foundation is to recognize this influence and to expose foreign guests to some of the more dramatic forms of Chinese...
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No. 18, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
This beautiful 1920s colonial-style home was once home to the American consulate and later embassy until diplomatic ties were severed in 1979. The stately residence has been revived though and today is home to one of the most innovative theaters...
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10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 台北市中山區建國北路一段96號
After first seeing examples of fine jade art in the National Palace Museum, Burmese master craftsman Sofeen Hu decided that this art form shouldn’t be just for ancient Chinese masters. With this in mind, he created some of the most intricate and...
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No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Located in the heart of Taipei is the massive Memorial Hall Square complex that includes the National Theater, National Concert Hall, and, of course, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. While Chiang Kai-shek is an incredibly divisive figure, there...
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Taroko National Park near Hualien City is a lush landscape full of scenic hiking and biking trails. It’s full of waterfalls, gorges, valleys and aerial views, as well as traditional restaurants and accommodations. Make your way along the Swallows...
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253, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Shimen District, 下員坑路33之6號
Located in the Guanyinshuan National Scenic Area in New Taipei, Taiwan's Yehlio Geopark showcases an otherworldly landscape that is not to be missed. It is the only place in the world where you can see the geological features present in this park,...
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Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
In 2012 CNN News named Sun Moon Lake on the world’s “10 Breathing Cycling Rides.” The lake is Taiwan’s largest alpine lake, and visitors have the opportunity to cycle around the 29-kilometer perimeter of the shimmering turquoise waters. You can...
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No. 218, Chenggong Street, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
Located north of Hualien on Highway 9 right passed the airport, the Cisingan Scenic Area allows you to cycle along the Pacific Ocean. You'll be immersed in palm tree and beach scenery while also riding passed public art and peaceful parks. There...
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No. 99-11號, Deyang Road, Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 262
Jiaosi is about an hour's bus ride from Taipei and makes for an easy day trip, but one could certainly spend more time here. The area is known for its numerous natural hot springs and nature trails, of which you should take full advantage. But...
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No. 18, Zhongbu Cross-island highway, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972
These beautiful hot springs are located several kilometres into the gorge. To get there you must drive or cycle to the parking lot and then walk down a long wooden staircase built into the cliffside. At the bottom you'll find a quaint...
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No. 39, Chang'an West Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
When my mountain biking plans were rained out, I had to find something else to do, so I decided to check out Taipei's Museum of Contemporary Art. I was surprised by the variety of the artwork there. They have everything from paintings to...
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Jinshan District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 208
Jinshan is one of the oldest and most consistent surf spots in Taiwan. Located just outside of the town of Jinshan on the north coast just an hour's drive from Taipei, the highway in front of the beach is lined with numerous surf shops and a...
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Taipei, Taiwan
Hot or cold, salty or sweet, food is a healthy obsession in Taiwan—and one that you can feed around the clock. Taiwan is famous for its night markets, which top 300 at last count. These gatherings are your opportunity to sample fresh tropical...
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Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 929
Xiao Liuchiu is a beautiful island, but the best spot has to be the iconic Vase Rock. This spot is located near the downtown area and ferry dock. There's a wooden walkway where you can walk along the coast and watch the sun set over the Taiwan...
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No. 167-3, Gangdong Road, Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 207
Yehliu is a cape northeast of Taipei City with a geopark featuring bizarre hoodoo stones jutting up out of the smooth brown stone surface that were formed by the shearing of wind and water. It looks like the surface of an alien planet. The...
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929, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Liuqiu Township, 屏東縣琉球鄉
Black Dwarf Cave (also known as Black Ghost Cave) is located on Xiao Liuchiu's west coast. It's more of a walkway through a maze of precipitous lava rock formations than a tunnel into a cliff like one normally expects of a cave. The cave has a...
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No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Calling all lovers of food: Shilin Night Market is the largest of many night markets in Taipei. It is easily accessible by MRT and has endless stalls of restaurants/stands as well as shops. Bring a friend so you can share and experience more of...
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Tainan City, Taiwan
Golden Beach is the largest beach within Tainan City limits in the southwest of the city. It's a popular place for beach activities, recreational anglers and swimmers, and is home to the Tainan Kite Surfing Club. The beach is around 50 meters wide...
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Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251
If you're ever in Taipei and looking for something to do on the weekend, paying a visit to Danshui is a great option. The small city of Danshui lies to the north of Taipei. It was once the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan, and it...
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Wulai District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 233
Wulai is a pretty little town in Taipei county. It's picturesque and famous for its hot springs (they are wonderful!) and its aboriginal history. Many locals and tourists alike flock to Wulai to bathe in the springs and take a dip in waterfalls...
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If you're ever visiting Taipei and feel a bit overwhelmed by the city, Yangmingshan National Park will provide an escape from the chaos of urban living. One of eight national parks in Taiwan, Yangmingshan offers visitors and locals alike a welcome...
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11656, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wenshan District, 新光路2段32號
Maokong 貓空 is a mountain of sorts, a tourist attraction located in Taipei's Wenshan District. It's popular with visitors due to its stunning views and fields which yield famous tea. The top of Maokong is connected with a gondola station which...
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251, Taiwan, 新北市淡水區北投
Beitou is an enchanting northern district in Taipei that lures visitors due to its beautiful scenery and famous variety of hot and cold springs. Beitou, to me, seemed magical. It lies in a valley flowing with geothermal rivers. There was a misty,...
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716, Taiwan, 台南市南化區小崙
Tourists in Tainan might go bananas for Monkey Mountain - also known as Wufonshan (Five-Peak Mountain), located on the borders of the Nanhua District in Tainan City and Neimen in Kaohsiung City. The area has become a natural reserve and is home to...
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972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村富世291號
Recently re-opened, these stunning hot springs are set in the marble canyons of Taroko Gorge.
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713, Taiwan, Tainan City, Zuozhen District, 南162鄉道
“Caoshan Moonworld is a chalky Badlands tucked in the southern part of Tainan’s Zuozhen District. This outlandish terrain of roughly eroded, razor-sharp ridges and limited vegetation is rarely mentioned in guidebooks because it is relatively hard...
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Cingshuei Cliff, Taiwan
There is an area of Taiwan, that, in my mind, will always be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The Cingshui Cliffs, located along the Su-Hua Highway in Hualien – a county in eastern Taiwan – are soul-stirring and breathtaking to behold....
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No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
I have been to many memorials, castles, and government buildings, but the entryway to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is just stunning. I just love the boldness of the colors and architecture.
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No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
Longshan is not Taipei's largest temple, but its unique beauty and proximity to the MRT have made it a very popular one. It's an awesome place to stop by at sunset when the after-work crowd comes to worship. The temple fills with people from all...
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Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is one of my favorite places to wander around or hang out to read/people watch. This particular day was beautiful, and only enhanced by the perfect soundtrack.
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972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村283-3號
The Eternal Spring Shrine located within, Taroko National Park, is a tribute to 450 workers who lost their lives building a highway in the area. To get to the monument you must take a small hike over cliff-like terrain overlooking the Liwu River....
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The Tsen Pagoda was constructed by Chaing Kai-Shek to honor his mother. The pagoda has great views of the Sun Moon Lake area and its surrounding mountains. The steps that lead up the top of the pagoda are exhausting but when you reach the top you...
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No. 3, Shuishalian Street, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
This picturesque temple, which overlooks Sun Moon Lake, is a great place to lean about the history of Tripitaka; the monk who is immortalized in the novel Journey to The West and is credited for helping spread Buddhism into China. From Taipei...
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704, Taiwan, Tainan City, North District, 台南市北區
Night markets are a quintessential Taiwan experience. Young couples, families, retirees, and swarms of teenagers descend upon these markets to graze, gossip, flirt, play, and graze some more. Lately, the ones in Taipei have been over-run by...
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224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, 九份豎崎路31號
Jiufen Old Street is a fantastic place to spend the day. The tightly packed alleys around the area are full of tea shops and food vendors selling everything from classic pork bao buns to floral flavored ice cream wrapped in a rice-like tortilla...
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Chenggong Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 961
Northeast of Chenggong in Taitung County, Taiwan, Sanxiantai is one of Taintung’s most popular attractions. Sanxiantai, which translates to the Platform of Three Immortals, received the name from a legend which tells of three immortals that came...
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No. 63, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
The Wenwu Temple is worth a stop if you're in the Sun Moon Lake area. The architecture is highly detailed and the landscaping is gorgeous. The temple has three halls and I found the first one (the lowest level) to be the most interesting. It is...
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No. 216號, Section 2, Minzu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan is known for its xiaochi or "small eats" and there are plenty of delicious and cheap snacks in this vibrant city. The standout is the slack season noodles, developed from a century-old recipe and so named because they were sold by a...
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700, Taiwan, Tainan City, West Central District, Nanmen Road, 67號2F
Though tea is the drink of choice in Taiwan, the appropriately named Narrow Door Coffee has helped put coffee on the map in the city of Tainan. Walk by the unmarked entrance and you might miss your chance to squeeze through sideways and reach the...
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Section 3, Zhongshan Road, Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 545
The small village of Puli, outside of Sun Moon Lake, is an off-the-beaten-path experience—not only a place where Japanese paper is handcrafted but also a great spot to get some authentic Hakka cuisine. This Chinese cuisine, which was brought to ...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 台北市信義區松仁路93號
This incredibly innovative Catalan-inspired restaurant is led by world renowned chef Daniel Negreira, who learned his craft under the watchful eye of Ferran Adrià at the former Number 1 restaurant in the world, elBulli. DN innovación is a great...
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Shennong Street, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan isn’t your normal city in Taiwan. Sure it’s modern and sure it’s beautiful, but there’s an artsy edge to it that makes it stand out from almost every other city in the island nation. The original capital of Taiwan, Tainan honors its past...
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No. 46, Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
It seems like there’s a market on every street in Taipei, and that’s almost true. But it’s also true that most have their own, unique focus as a way to provide shoppers with great products in an easy-to-find way. For unique, handcrafted gifts and...
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Satisfying your sweet tooth can be a challenge at times when traveling around Asia, but this bakery and sweet shop in Taipei has mastered the fine art of confections. Sure, it’s a fun cafe to spend the morning with a steaming hot beverage, but it...
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No. 96, Section 1, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Founded in 1997, the Miniatures Museum was the first of its kind in Asia, and the delicate works of art on display provide fun for the entire family. The art of creating miniatures originated in Europe as a way to teach aristocratic children....
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Section 3, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei City, Taiwan
The top souvenir from Taipei isn’t jade, electronics, or even clothing. No, it’s the king of Taiwanese desserts—the pineapple cake. In Taiwanese culture, pineapple cakes have come to symbolize wealth and even the island itself. The cakes have a...
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No. 1, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Contrary to some other capitals in Asia, Taipei is a very green city—public parks and trees line the boulevards all around town. One of the most popular parks is the 26-hectare park in the heart of the busy Da'an District of Taipei. Like many of...
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Jilin Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Do you enjoy drinking tea but really don’t know that much about it? Then be sure to stop by Ten Shang’s, which is so much more than a simple tea shop. The excellent staff here will take the time to chat with you about the differences between the...
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No. 40號, Alley 4, Lane 345, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
If you’re looking for an expertly mixed drink served by friendly and professional bartenders, then be sure to spend the evening at MOD Public Bar. Located in the Da’an District, this fashionable bar has an impressive selection to choose from,...
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No. 10, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Originally built in 1908 under Japanese rule, this redbrick octagonal building was at one time a market but lives on today as a popular cultural space. Located near the trendy Ximending Pedestrian Zone, visitors to the Red House can learn more...
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No. 68, Section 2, Chang'an East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
The Suho Paper Museum may not be one of the most well-known museums in Taipei, nor is it the largest by far, but its well-curated, educational collection and a DIY papermaking experience offered on the peaceful rooftop make it a destination worth...
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If you like hiking and are up for a little challenge, the Zhuilu Old Road (錐麓古道) hike in Taroko Gorge is for you. Starting at Swallows Grotto, the trail takes you up the mountain and to the Zhuilu Cliffs, a 500-meter stretch across the cliffs to...
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No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
You can't come to the Gongguan area of Taipei and not try two of Taiwan's most traditional snack foods: boba and guabao. Lan Jia Guabao is very well-known in the area for their guabao, which has been described (oddly) as a Taiwanese burger....
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No. 1, Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
"Pineapple Squares" is what my siblings and I called these for decades, as my uncle made them from scratch for his bakery in Tainan and they were always square shaped. As American children visiting Taiwan, these pastries were the most friendly and...
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No. 101, Pinglin Street, Pinglin District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 232
A beautiful two hour drive along winding mountain roads through little towns, wild nature and small-hold farms takes you to a small village with an old street crammed full of delicious stalls selling local specialties made with fresh regional...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 10號31樓
YEN restaurant in the W Taipei offers a modern take on traditional Chinese dishes. The sleek restaurant has a stunning view of the Xinyi district and has received praise for its carefully prepared dishes with elegant presentations. Led by Chinese...
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No. 15-1, Lane 44, Siwei Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A gathering of loved ones over dinner is called “ TUA” in Taiwan. People enjoy the companionship of friends, great food, and lively atmosphere during a TUA. TUA believes the perfect pairing between food and dining wares can enhance your dining...
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No. 115-2號, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A Book, A Cup of Coffee and A Ray of Sunlight in A Lazy Afternoon Savor the good life and savor the moment This pet-friendly, urban chic café is a café junkies favorite new addition to the city.
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No. 41, 民權東路三段60巷13弄中山區台北市 Taiwan 10491
It’s not just the delicious sandwiches that make the addiction so hard to break, it is also the restaurant’s artisan lattes, which are likely some of the richest coffees you will ever sip. In the evening, the cafe turns into a quaint bar where you...
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While A Train “leads the way to Jazz”, B-Line by A Train now “leads the way to Indie”. Rarely do you find such a low key lounge in Taipei with such focus on cocktail culture and sophistication.
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No. 14, Lane 15, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
This place is so famous among foodies in Taipei that booking requires a month in advance. After a 30-day long wait, I finally have the chance to taste the famous Peking duck Song Chu has to offer. To say it's an art is less than an exaggeration. A...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 信義路五段150巷401弄31號
For a beautiful (and free) view of Taipei, hike up Elephant Mountain, near Taipei 101. The hike is pretty easy, nothing too steep, any one in decent shape can do it. You often see elderly couples enjoying the hike, as well as small children. Both...
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No. 34號, Lane 78, Section 1, Anhe Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Don't let it fool you by its name, Cafe de Riz is more than a cafe that aimed to serve modern interpretation of Japanese seafood rice bowl. Using the best seasonal fish with premium rice imported from rural Japan, Riz is the perfect spot to enjoy...
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106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, 安和路一段102巷28號1樓
A scrumptious brunch to kick start your weekend and a savory feast for lunch and dinner. With a relaxed in door space and outdoor terrace to enjoy delicious Peruvian dishes! Try the grilled asparagus and fried egg topped with Huancaina sauce and...
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106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, 仁愛路四段151巷25號1F
Add statement pieces to your everyday wear by mixing and matching! Maison Noir Boutique is a concept accessory boutique opened by two fashionistas Janet and Daisy. Carrying ultra trendy Vita Fede jewelry, Spektre Sunglasses and selected Proenza...
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No. 172, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
This cool little underground shop will make very happy to all anime lovers, specially to the followers of the 90's anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Evangelion Taiwan Base is specialized in selling merchandising and products based on this Japanese...
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No. 297號, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Taiwanese-style shaved ice desserts (known as "bao-bing" in Chinese) consist of large bowls of finely shaved ice topped with a variety of sweets, including condensed milk, beans, jellies, and fresh fruit. For fifteen years, Ice Monster was a tiny...
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No. 13號, Alley 40, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
VVG Something is a tiny bookshop hidden in a quiet alley near the bustling Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area. Do not expect the latest best sellers in this place, but a carefully selected collection of arts and crafts, fashion, photography or cooking...
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The latest offering from Taiwan-based bookstore chain Eslite is a sleek four-story complex in Songshan Cultural Park, an arts and culture center located in a former tobacco factory in the heart of the city. Whether you’re browsing for books, home...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 10號10F
The state-of-the-art design and chic layout create an almost surreal ambiance, enhanced by a unique cocktail program and an fabulous menu. Enjoy your libations on the outdoor terrace as you take in stunning views of Xinyi district in one of...
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No. 6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Qintian 76 is housed within the perfectly preserved former home of a renowned geology professor who taught at National Taiwan University. The Japanese structure’s recent renovation follows a trend of giving the academic Qintian area's old houses...
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No. 54號, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Though the bagels here are hands down the best in Taipei, Good Cho’s is so much more than just a bagel joint. Housed in a ramshackle military veterans' housing complex tucked in the shadow of Taipei 101, the shop's quirky, DIY vibe marks a cozy...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songshou Road, 11號B2樓
While macarons, ice cream, and pastries are sinfully sweet on their own, Taiwan’s afternoon tea-crazy culture has found a way to combine these sugary staples into the ultimate dessert—honey toast. It's exactly what it sounds like, only so much...
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No. 20號, Alley 40, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
The "VVG" in the name of this charming little spot stands for "Very, Very, Good”. With its leafy terrace, open kitchen, and art-filled walls, VVG Bistro feels more like a friend’s kitchen than a coffee shop. Laze on a couch with a latte and watch...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 10號31樓
The only thing better than a room with a view is a bar with a view, and YEN Bar is undoubtedly that. Located on the top floor of the hotel, floor-to-ceiling glass walls open up onto a stunning view of Taipei 101 and the surrounding city. Compared...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 8號統一時代百貨6F
This isn’t your grandmother’s version of tea-time. The interior of each smith&hsu tea shop (there are various locations all over the city) is an ode to minimalist design, with brightly colored tins of tea providing the only pops of color. The...
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No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Lots of places to drink tea in Taipei, but Wistaria is a staple - in a historic building, a pool of calm in the middle of the bustling city. Better to phone ahead if you prefer one of the seats in the tatami rooms.
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No. 20, Lane 141, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
T. Loafer is hard to miss thanks to its colorful exterior, patched together from more than 20 salvaged window frames. Order a cup of hibiscus lemongrass tea and a pastry made with locally grown fruit. The shelves are stocked with books, regional...
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Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市) is known for its food. Aside from the typical night market offerings of oyster omelets, stinky tofu, sausages, etc., Ningxia has something I never heard of until a friend found it: mochi shaved ice. Shaved ice is a...
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No. 108, Gubao Street, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Originally an office and warehouse for the Japan Salt Company during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, after WWII the warehouse was abandoned and became overgrown with tree roots. The sight of the tree-engulfed warehouse is quite beautiful, if...
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No. 82, Guosheng Rd, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Built in the 1600s, Fort Zeelandia, now known as Anping Fort, was built by the Dutch and acted as an important site for trade. The red bricks covered in green growth make for beautiful photographs. Climb up the spiraled watchtower staircase for a...
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No. 1, Jinjiang St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Jinjiang Tea House is one of my favorite Hakka restaurants in Taipei. Everything is delicious and decently priced. The shop sells lei cha (擂茶), literally pounded tea, a traditional Hakka "tea" drink made by grounding or pounding several different...
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Orchid Island, Lanyu Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 952
Orchid Island (蘭嶼) is one of the many beautiful islands off of Taiwan's coast. Located a ferry ride away (2-3 hours) from Taitung (台東) on Taiwan's southeastern coast, Orchid island unlike its neighbor Green Island is much less touristy (there are...
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No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
If your looking for a tasty snack, stop by Lanjia Guabao (藍家割包)in Gongguan (公館) near National Taiwan University (台大). For NT$50, you can get what is often referred to as a pork belly bun or Taiwanese hamburger. Filled with your choice of braised...
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No. 20號, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
If you like ice cream, Miyahara (宮原眼科) is definitely a must. With lots of interesting and unique flavors, Miyahara is a favorite among tourists and locals a like. The inside of the Miyahara looks like an old library or book shop. If you don't like...
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Tailuge Xia, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972
A great hike for amateur hikers! This is one of the oldest trails and packs a good challenge with great sights for its 10.3km route, which takes you about 6-7hours depending on your speed. You don't need a tour group for this and can simply flag a...
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No. 13, Lane 97, Taiyuan Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Rixing typography is a two storey workshop, hidden in an arrow alley near Taipei Main Station. From this workshop, Mr. Chang's family has been handmade producing copper pieces with Chinese characters used for printing in the traditional printing...
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Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Those in the know no longer head for Shilin Night Market, which recently underwent a modernization that many think leaves it for the worse. Food savvy locals now head for Raohe Night Market, bursting with stalls selling all the delicious Taiwanese...
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Section 1, Dihua St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
The cultural fabric of Taipei is made up of distinct neighborhoods, districts and even streets, one of which is the well-known Dihua Street. Situated in one of the oldest parts of town, the buildings around Dihua Street used to be massive...
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880, Taiwan, 澎湖縣馬公市風櫃里
Feel the pounding of the waves beneath your feet and listen to the eerie sounds of the sea that are produced through the blowholes that dot the shoreline in the ancient fishing village of Fenggui. The sound is thought to resemble a Chinese organ,...
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892, Kinmen County, Jinning Township, 伯玉路一段236號
Taiwanese-administered Kinmen Island just offshore of Xiamen has three main industries: tourism, sorghum liquor, and knives. During the Taiwan Strait Crises of the 1950s, bombshells fired from the mainland rained down on little Kinmen while its...
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No. 34, Section 1, Dihua St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
The new ArtYard now has two locations on historic Dihua Street. Its shops specialize in items made by Taipei designers, such as silkscreened home textiles by In Blooom and indigo-glazed ceramics from Hakka Blue. The Leaf Eggs canister (shown) was...
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12 Zhong Xiao East Road, Sec 1 R.O.C., Taipei, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Shao Shao Ke serves delicious cuisine from China’s Shaanxi province, which is known for fried cheese and dumplings stuffed with ground pork, aromatic herbs, and piquant spices. Branch out with a side dish of battered and flash-fried mushrooms or...
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Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
If you're coming to Taiwan, you'd better like snacks. Anywhere that's described as an "old street" is basically a feast on legs - and Jiufen is the perfect example. Up in the mountains, there are great views down to the harbour. The bus stops at...
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No. 142, Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
Jiufen is a snacking-and-strolling town - the Jiufen Tea House is one of the nicest places to stop for tea when you need a break (or a different kind of snack...)