The National Palace Museum was established in 1965, and it holds one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese imperial artifacts and pieces of art, with a collection size of almost 700,000 pieces. The size of the collection is staggering and, whether you’re an art fan or not, you have to appreciate the scope of this wondrous collection. Steep yourself in Chinese history as you move through the collection at the National Palace Museum and experience the relics of the past as you remember that much of this collection was once owned by former Chinese emperors.
Travelers will find some of the best hotels in Taipei within the city limits and near some of the most popular things to do in Taipei. Known for its night markets and historic landmarks, Taipei is where the curious wanderer can discover shops with traditional herbal medicines, city parks laden with blooming flowers and buildings that pay homage to predominant figures of the past.
The Xinyi District has technically only existed since 1990. Yet in that short time, it’s developed a reputation for being one of Taipei’s premier travel destinations. You’re never too far from experiencing something cool or iconic, from the impressive TAIPEI 101 to the breathtaking Elephant Mountain. While the district is known for producing unforgettable shopping experiences at ATT-4-FUN, it’s also a place of religious reverence thanks to points of interest like Songshan Fengtian Temple. Here’s our list of the top 8 things to do in Xinyi to make your trip truly phenomenal.
The Taipei 101 is a super skyscraper in Taipei‘s business district with a building function that serves as a modern technological marvel, a tourist attraction, and office building. With metro access right beside the building’s location, Taipei 101 is an easy site to visit in Taipei and is also well-connected to the rest of the city.
No trip to the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan is complete without a visit to the famous shopping district, Ximending. With Cosplay Cafés, Tattoo parlors, street art, and more, there are lots of things to do in Ximending and many trendy places available to visit.
Located in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan the Longshan Temple is a beautiful temple that sees both local and foreign visitors. Though the current building is not the original as the Longshan Temple has been rebuilt a few times (most recently after WW2), there has been a temple in place at this location for hundreds of years, making it a special place of worship for descendants of settlers to the area.
Located in between the Zhongzheng and Daan Districts of Taipei, Taiwan, the Gongguan Night Market (公馆 in Chinese) is frequented by locals and tourists. Situated in Taipei’s business district, Gongguan also attracts university students as it is close to the National Taiwan University. Visitors who are looking for an area that has diverse attractions, including coffee shops, clothing stores, food, and bookstores, among other attractions, will enjoy exploring the Gongguan Night Market.
Visitors to the Wenshan District in Taipei, Taiwan can look forward to visiting the Taipei Zoo during their journey through the area. Animal lovers and adventure seekers are sure to enjoy the expansive location of this zoo as it is one of the largest in Asia. Dedicated to conservation, education, research, and recreation, the Taipei Zoo is a great choice for families who are looking for fun and educational activities for their kids. Sometimes called the “Muzha Zoo,” visitors can see a variety of animals and settings here, including giant pandas, and a designated children’s zoo area.
A day trip from Taipei can mean traipsing through a former gold mining town in Jiufen or photographing sun-kissed rocks at Yehliu Geopark. If a short getaway doesn’t satisfy all your cultural curiosities, book a longer bus ride to Sun Moon Lake or Taroko National Park.
AGODA EXTRA: Indigenous people make up about 1.8 percent of Taiwan’s population. The country contains 14 recognized aboriginal tribes that are believed to have occupied the island 8,000 years before the Han Chinese immigrated to the area in the 17th century.
While it’s true that Taiwanese food draws a lot of influence from central and southern China, this island nation’s most popular dishes possess distinct flavors of their own. The country’s most famous dish is beef noodle soup, but you’ll find that most Taiwanese favorites contain seafood, pork, tofu or chicken.
AGODA EXTRA: Your throne awaits at Taiwan’s most bizarrely-themed restaurant, and you’ll find nothing but good, clean fun at both branches of Modern Toilet Restaurant. Enjoy a gourmet meal while seated on an actual toilet, and flush it down with a drink served in a mini urinal. Ice cream is served in tiny squat toilets, and it’s perfectly acceptable to lick your dessert bowl completely clean! Find one branch near Shilin Night Market and another by Ximending Night Market.