Why visit Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei is Taiwan’s high-tech capital, located in the north of the country and one of the most laid-back cities in Asia. Visit it to enjoy a great mix of nightlife, shopping and restaurants, as well as a diverse mix of culture, including Japanese, Chinese and Western influences.
A fun fact about Taipei is that it has one of the highest, per capita concentrations of convenience stores on the planet!
Things to do in Taipei
The list of things to do in Taipei is very long. The city doesn’t seem to sleep, and boasts plenty of 24-hour karaoke bars, a thriving music scene, and a plethora or themed restaurants (with themes including prison, Barbie, and toilets). At night, you should also go to the city limits where there are massive lanterns which can be set free after you make a wish upon them.
Other attractions include the Taipei 101 skyscraper – a 101-storey building that provides great views of the city; the National Palace Museum, which houses close to 700,000 pieces of imperial artifacts; and the city’s night markets, where you can try local specialties such as beef noodle soup, dumplings, and shaved ice desserts. If you’d like to take in some gorgeous scenery and enjoy a dip, then head to the Beitou district and Yangmingshan National Park for hot springs and beautiful mountains.
Best time to visit Taipei
Summers in Taipei tend to be very hot and humid, so the best time to visit the city is during autumn, when the weather is cooler and rainfall is lower. Late spring, in April, can also be a great time to take a trip to Taipei.
Expect to pay
The currency in Taipei is the New Taiwan dollar.
Expect to pay about AUD$3.58, on average, for a regular-sized coffee in Taipei.
Arriving in Taipei by plane
A flight from Australia to Taipei will either land at the main Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (about 40km southwest of the city), or at Taipei Songshan Airport (which is right in the heart of downtown Taipei).
A variety of airlines operate flights from Australia to Taipei. Some of these include Air Asia, Scoot, Tigerair Australia, Philippine Airlines, Virgin Australia, China Southern, and Garuda Indonesia.
Australians visiting Taipei do not need a visa for stays up to 30 days.
Transportation to city centre
A taxi from the main Taoyuan airport into the CBD usually costs around $54 and takes around 40-50 minutes. If you’d prefer to hire a car or take a private transfer, you can go online to arrange car hire or airport transfers.
Where to stay in Taipei
In Taipei, you’ll see that the city is made up of 12 districts. Wanhua is one of the oldest in Taipei but still one of the trendiest, while Neihu is where you should go to enjoy the old and new (temples and shopping centres) side by side. Shilin is home to the National Palace Museum, while and up and coming neighbourhood is Dihua Street, which boasts an array of fascinating architectural styles, including 19th-century merchant houses and Japanese modernism.
If you’re after affordable accommodation in Taipei, you should book a hotel online.
Useful tips before you go
Note that in Taipei you should always remove your shoes before entering a home. As well, men and women typically do not shake hands upon meeting. If you exchange business cards, gifts or other items it is best to present them with both hands.
For more information and tips on visiting Taipei, head to Smart Traveller, a trusted source of travel data.
Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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