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DIY Journey Itinerary & Journey Information: Three Days in Taiwan (Taipei + Day Excursions)

Taiwan is is a shocking island nation that’s smacked proper between the international locations of Japan and the Philippines. In truth, as somebody who has grown up within the of Batanes (the northernmost place within the Philippines), Taiwan has since been a vacation spot that I’ve wished to go to. In spite of everything, we are literally nearer to its borders so our radios would usually choose up their stations; plus, our dialect (Ivatan) is even linguistically just like the Taiwanese aborigine languages — that being stated, these had been sufficient causes to pique my curiosity of Taiwan.

So it’s all due to KKday that I used to be lastly in a position to go to this 12 months! The attention-grabbing half about it…? I did it along with a fortunate reader of mine (Robelle) who gained my latest #iAndAileen Taiwan giveaway.

For positive, touring with a ‘stranger’ could be a bit unsettling, however I used to be so pleased that all the things turned out properly. We actually loved one another’s firm! However then once more, I already knew that you just guys (who learn my weblog) are superior *wink*

We solely had Three days to spare… however! We undoubtedly had a good time as we explored the bustling capital of Taipei in addition to the luxurious terrains that stuffed up the remainder of the island.

With that stated and finished, let me share with you our Three-day Taiwan itinerary! I’ll pack it along with necessary infos, suggestions, sources, and different exercise options; so go forward and duplicate, customise, shorten or lengthen the beneath information as dependent on the size of your keep or the model of touring that you’ll do.

I hope this helps! Do let me know.

*(High Picture) Taipei cityscape from Shutterstock.com

» PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

Taiwan foreign money: New Taiwan Greenback (NT)
NT $1 = USD $Zero.03~ = Php 1.60~

When is the most effective time to go to Taiwan?
Taiwan enjoys Four seasons, however they’re not as pronounced on condition that it usually has a moist subtropical local weather. The seasons are divided within the following months and it’s greatest to both go to in late spring (April to Might) or autumn (greatest in November) if you would like comfy temperatures.

  • Spring: March to Might, nice temperature / Common lows at 15ºC to 22ºC and common highs at 19ºC to 27ºC.
  • Summer season: June to September, sizzling and humid and typically very moist / Common lows at 24ºC to 28ºC and common highs at 27ºC to 31ºC
  • Autumn: October to November, cooler temperatures / Common lows at 18ºC to 27ºC and common highs at 27ºC to 30ºC
  • Winter: December to February, foggy and considerably dry / Common lows at 13ºC to 15ºC and common highs at 17ºC to 19ºC

The place to get the most effective flight promos to Taiwan?
My go-to platforms for grabbing the most effective flight offers are Momondo and Skyscanner. However in fact, it’s at all times good follow to first analysis the finances airways that exist within the nation that you just’re at the moment staying in as a result of they might have rock-bottom costs that aren’t usually seen within the above flight serps. (For instance, within the Philippines, finances airways like Cebu Pacific and AirAsia have nice offers and promos that always set ticket costs at nearly $1!)

Taiwan’s predominant worldwide getaway is Taoyuan Worldwide Airport which is 40km southwest of Taipei. It’s related to the middle through the Taoyuan Airport MRT and HSR Taoyuan Station (single journey value at not more than NT$160 / USD$5 / Php 260~). There are additionally buses linking to the airport, however in the event you somewhat need a taxi, a one-way fare can price a minimal of NT$900.

If you need utmost comfort and , particularly with out having to lug round your baggage, I recommend reserving a personal switch to your lodge for less than Php 1,00Zero+ (or $23~). This works greatest in the event you’re coming along with different folks to be able to share the fee and save extra!

How can I am going round Taiwan?
There are home flights carried out by EVA, Mandarin Airways, and UNI Air. Nevertheless, except you’re touring to the smaller islands of Taiwan, the trains are nonetheless the best choice for going across the nation in addition to in Taipei.

For top-speed trains everywhere in the island, there are 2 programs: Taiwan Excessive Velocity Rail (THSR/HSR) and Taiwan Railway Administration.

For inside Taipei, the town has an environment friendly Mass Fast Transit (MRT) system that’s additionally known as as Metro Taipei. Apart from single journery tickets, there are rechargable IC playing cards and there’s additionally the Taipei Move. I like to recommend getting this move as a result of it offers limitless rides not solely on the MRT but additionally on public buses (for Taipei Metropolis and New Taipei Metropolis).

  • 1-day move: NT$180 (NT$350 if you would like limitless rides on the Maokong Gondola)
  • 2-day move: NT$310
  • Three-day move: NT$440
  • 5-day move: NT$700

For more information concerning the Taipei Move, go right here. As for navigating via the general public transportation, use Google Maps to know how one can get from one place to a different. To remain related on-line, you’ll be able to lease a pocket wifi through Tep Wi-fi.

Ought to I get a visa to go to Taiwan?
Taiwan has numerous visa rules. Relying in your nationality, you will be certified for visa exemption, visa on arrival, eVisa, or an On-line Journey Authorization Certificates (for more information, see right here).

If you happen to’re from the Philippines, you can be eligible for visa-free entry to Taiwan for 14 days beginning this October or November 2017 (I’ll replace this part as soon as a particular date is introduced).

Useful Taiwanese Hokkien phrases
About 70% of the inhabitants speaks Taiwanese Hokkien; however Mandarin Chinese language has been declared because the official language. Relaxation assured, English is usually utilized by the locals and also you gained’t have a tough time conversing with it particularly in locations like Taipei. As you enterprise exterior of the capital although, it should grow to be tougher; however, it’s nothing that finger pointing or Google Translate can’t remedy. For a begin, listed below are some pattern phrases in Taiwanese Hokkien:

Whats up: Lee ho
Thanks: To-sha
You’re welcome: Mian keki
Sure: Si
No: M-si
Goodbye: Jaigen
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Excuse me / I’m sorry: Phai se
Is there somebody right here who speaks English?: Chia(nasal) mng, jia u lan ehiau gong Engi bo?
Assist!: Giu mia!
Cheers!: Gam bei!

Earlier than I start with the itinerary information, if in case you’re extra of a visible individual, you’ll be able to already watch my journey video/vlog beneath!

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» DAY #1 «

When you arrive within the coronary heart of Taipei, go and shortly get pleasure from its iconic landmarks in addition to its busy night time markets and colourful tradition! With that, I’ll be itemizing the highest points of interest within the metropolis; nevertheless, it might be unattainable to totally go to EVERYTHING (except you swiftly undergo each location).

That’s why, relying in your pursuits, choose the most effective locations that you just’d prefer to see throughout the day as based mostly on the descriptions that I’ll be offering beneath (my prime favorites are marked with a star ); after which, you’ll be able to go to the remaining throughout your different free time or throughout your different journey days in the event you’re staying longer than Three days in Taiwan.

Chiang Kai-shek

All about Taipei!

◘◘ Nationwide Palace Museum
That is house to the largest everlasting assortment of historic Chinese language artifacts and artworks (spanning over 700,00Zero items)! They cowl about eight,00Zero years of Chinese language artwork historical past from Neolithic to fashionable age; plus, most of them are prime quality items that had been collected by China’s emperors — which implies that a number of them had been rooted from the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden Metropolis. With such a quantity, it helps to notice although that the reveals constantly rotate as a result of solely a small quantity will be displayed at a time with a purpose to correctly protect them. Nonetheless, it’s fairly a powerful assortment that’s price visiting in the event you’re into Chinese language tradition and historical past!

Upon admission, you possibly can additionally entry the gorgeous backyard close by known as as Zhishan Backyard. Not too distant would even be the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines which might be accessed free of charge when you pay the doorway for the Nationwide Palace Museum. (TIP: The Nationwide Palace Museum holds free English excursions at 10AM and 3PM; e book on-line beforehand to order your spot. Whereas the Shung Ye options free excursions at 2PM each weekend; no reserving required).

ADMISSION: NT $250 (for college students with ID, solely NT $150)
HOURS: eight:30AM to six:30PM from Sunday to Thursday (to 9:00PM from Friday to Saturday)
PROMO: E book with KKday to buy your admission ticket on-line. Be at liberty to make use of promo code IAMAILEEN to save lots of 10% too!
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line Shilin Sation (士林)
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◘◘ Presidential Constructing
This recognizable constructing in Taipei was initially constructed to behave because the Workplace of the Governor- throughout the Japanese colonial interval, but it surely has since been renovated after it was partially destroyed throughout World Battle II. By the top of the Chinese language Civil Battle, it served because the Presidential Workplace Constructing of the Kuomintang management within the metropolis. As such, this can be a good spot to cease over if you wish to study extra concerning the nation’s previous when it comes to political improvement.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 9:00AM to :30AM from Monday to Friday
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line to NTU Hospital Station (move via Exit 1)
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◘◘  Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) Memorial Corridor
Inbuilt reminiscence of the previous President of the Republic of China, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, this monument is a outstanding historic landmark in Taiwan that was opened in 1980 as a part of the nationwide park. The sq. is definitely formally known as as Liberty Sq. however the identify was modified as a consequence of political motivations, and as a consequence of folks nonetheless generally referring to it because the CKS Memorial Corridor.

TRIVIA: The eight of the octagon-shaped constructing symbolize the quantity eight which is usually historically related to fortune and wealth as per Chinese language symbolism. In the meantime, the two units of steps symbolize Chiang Kai-shek’s age of dying (and you’ll find a bronze statue of him on the predominant corridor). One of many nice spectacles of this corridor too, is the hourly altering of the guards on both facet of the statue.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 9:00 AM to five:00PM day by day
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line or Inexperienced Line to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor Station
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◘◘ Nationwide Solar Yat-sen Memorial Corridor
That is one other memorial corridor, however this time round, it’s devoted to the founding father of the Republic of China: Dr. Solar Yat-sen. When you enter the premises, you’ll find shows displaying his accomplishments that spanned from the revolution throughout and after the autumn of the Qing Dynasty. However aside from this, the corridor can be usually used for numerous performances and exhibitions. You could possibly even benefit from the surrounding park known as as Zhongshan Park which options gardens, ornamental historic partitions, and Lake Cui or Emerald Pond that has a close-by exhibition space.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 9:00 AM to six:00PM day by day
NEAREST MRT: Blue Line to Solar Yat-sen Memorial Corridor Station
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◘◘ Martyrs’ Shrine
Formally known as because the Nationwide Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, this mainly marks the reminiscence of just about 400,00Zero troopers who died throughout the battle towards the communist in mainland China. The complicated, which was in-built 1969, is a typical instance of the northern ‘palace model’ structure that was popularised throughout Chiang Kai-shek’s reign.

For many guests, very like the CKS Memorial Corridor, the Martyrs’ Shrine’s is thought for its altering of the guards or troopers on the entrance gate. This occasion occurs each hour till 5PM and lasts for about 20 minutes. When you’re finished watching the guards, simply don’t neglect to benefit from your keep and discover the encircling structure.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 9:00 AM to five:00PM day by day
NEAREST MRT: Jiantan Station
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◘◘ Dalongdong Bao’an Temple
It is a lovely Taiwanese Taoist temple that obtained a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for each its restoration and revival qualities of temple rites and festivities. Devoted to the Taoist saint, Baosheng Dadi, this 900sqm temple is an beautiful construction that may be a nice instance of the normal ornamental arts. If you happen to time your go to from March to June, you possibly can even witness the favored Baoshen Cultural Pageant the place you’ll be able to watch parade excursions, fire-walking rituals, lion dances, Taiwanese opera performances, puppet reveals, and different cultural shows. For an correct schedule of the occasions, see the temple’s web site.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 7:00 AM to 10:00PM day by day
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line to Yuanshan Station
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◘◘  Maokong Gondola
The mountain of Maokong is the most effective spot in Taipei that gives a shocking panoramic view of the town — to not point out, additionally they have all kinds of high-quality native tea. To achieve this , you will need to take the Maokong Gondola which is a Four-km scenic cable automotive experience.With their Crystal Cabins or glass-bottom automobiles, you can be rewarded with wonderful views and angles not solely over the metropolis but additionally over the luxurious Zhinan River as you make your manner as much as Maokong (the experience spans for about 30 minutes).

ADMISSION: One-way NT$120 for adults and NT$50 for kids (FREE if you are going to buy a Taipei Move)
HOURS: Usually open from 9AM to 9PM on Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9AM to 10PM on Fridays, eight:30AM to 10PM on Saturdays and eight:30AM to 9PM on Sundays (observe that the gondola’s opening hours rely on the climate scenario)
NEAREST MRT: Brown Line to the terminus station, Taipei Zoo
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◘◘ ★ Mengjia Longshan Temple
This is among the largest and oldest well-known temples in Taiwan that’s situated within the historic Wanhua district. Stated to have been in-built 1738 by Fujian settlers as a gathering place for Chinese language settlers, Longshan Temple has since been rebuilt a number of occasions after destruction by earthquakes, typhoons and WWII bombings. In the present day, it stands as a Taiwanese worship home for a mix of Buddhist, Taoist and deities comparable to Matsu (or the goddess of the ocean).

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 6:00AM to 10:00PM (greatest occasions to go to could be at 6AM, 8AM or 5PM when crowds would collect and have interaction in hypnotic chanting)
NEAREST MRT: Blue Line to Longshan Temple
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◘◘  Taipei 101
Previously often called the Taipei World Monetary Heart, Taipei 101 was as soon as known as because the world’s tallest constructing in 2004 — till Burj Khalifa in Dubai was accomplished in 2010. Both manner, these days, it holds the very best award because the tallest and largest inexperienced constructing on the earth in response to LEED (Management in Vitality and Environmental Design). By now, I’m positive you’ve heard of this constructing earlier than; in any case, it serves as an icon of contemporary Taiwan (although it was initially constructed as an emblem of the evolution of expertise and Asian custom).

Towering at 101 tales, the bottom of the constructing homes a number of retailers and eating places (such because the well-known Din Tai Fung chain) however what most guests intention to do is to entry the observatory. To record out the highlights of the constructing:

  • 5F Taipei 101 Mall: The ground the place you should purchase tickets and take the Guinness World Report high-speed elevator to the observatory on the 89th ground (it travels at 1,Zero10 metres/min or 60.6kph, taking solely 37 seconds complete). Nevertheless, it’s greatest to buy on-line to get a reduced value — I’ll focus on this within the element within the ‘admission‘ part beneath.
  • 89F Indoor Observatory: Presents unobstructed views of Taipei. It additionally has a museum the place you’ll be able to study concerning the building of Taipei 101.
  • 88F Fantastic thing about Taiwan Multimedia Hall, Tremendous Massive Wind Damper, Treasure Sky: The spotlight of this ground is their 5.5m (in dimater) and 660 ton wind damper that’s constructed within the core of the tower. Apparently, this wonderful expertise helps hold the constructing from swaying and helps hold it stand upright. In the meantime, Treasure Sky is a spot the place you will discover jewel crafts.
  • 91F Outside Observatory: That is accessible through the steps from the 89th ground, however because the winds can get fairly robust, this ground is barely open on days when the climate is favorable. Anyhow, inside, you’ll find a small theatre that options movies concerning the annual New Years fireworks show set off from Taipei 101.

ADMISSION: Basic ticket is NT$600 (college students are charged NT$540 and youngsters below 115cm are charged free). Nevertheless, in the event you e book on-line with KKday, you’ll solely pay round NT$500! With this, you not solely get a reduction however you additionally don’t have to attend in an extended line. (Be at liberty to make use of promo code IAMAILEEN to get a further 10% off!)
HOURS: 9:00AM to 10:00PM
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line (Xiangshan prepare) to Taipei 101 station or Blue Line to Taipei Metropolis Corridor Station
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◘◘ ★ Elephant Mountain
That is one more good spot for buying nice views over Taipei — particularly in the event you’re into mountain climbing!Also referred to as the Nangang District Climbing Path and Xiangshan, the mountain climbing path as much as Elephant Mountain is discovered near the Xinyi Procuring District and Taipei 101. The entire hike takes about 15 to 20 minutes solely one-way (with numerous stairs).

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: It’s greatest to keep away from coming right here throughout weekends as a result of it might probably get crowded. For the most effective occasions to hike, will probably be throughout the late afternoon to be able to catch the daylight, sundown and nighttime views of Taipei.
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line to Xiangshan Station (or in the event you’re in Taipei 101, stroll east on Xinyi Highway till you attain Xiangshan Station for 15 minutes)
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• • • NIGHT MARKETS • • •

Raohe Street Night MarketPork Buns

Taiwan is a for foodies so when the night time begins to creep in, select from any of the night time markets beneath to stuff your self full!

◘◘  Raohe Avenue Evening Market
That is stated to be Taipei’s oldest night time market! It’s a single pedestrian lane at about 500 meters lengthy that spans alongside Raohe avenue between 2 ornate gates. In right here, you’ll discover an array of quaint retailers and stalls that serve meals, snacks, and different objects. For the must-try meals objects? Come learn my publish beneath:

Apart from consuming, you can too store for garments in the event you stroll via the close by Clothes Procuring Outlet in Wufenpu, or you possibly can additionally go to the Ciyou Temple which is on the japanese finish of the night time market.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 5:00PM to midnight
NEAREST MRT: Inexperienced Line to Songshan Station
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◘◘ Huahsi (or Huaxi) Evening Market
Additionally known as as “Snake Alley”, Huahsi is conveniently discovered subsequent to Longshan Temple, in addition to 2 different markets particularly Guangzhou and Wuzhou. There may be a variety of meals objects that you will discover right here however probably the most well-known ones could be the dishes comprised of snakes and turtles. If you happen to’re up for one thing this unique, do strive the snake soup! For one thing extra ‘regular’, strive the well-known Tainan dan-dan noodles.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Four:00PM to midnight
NEAREST MRT: Blue Line to Longshan Temple Station
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◘◘ Shilin Evening Market
This is among the largest and hottest night time market in Taiwan to vacationers. With its maze of alleyways, you will discover a wide range of native, conventional and worldwide merchandise — native cuisines , in fact! So just remember to cease by the underground foodie paradise on the western facet of the market. Among the issues to strive are: oyster vermicelli, fried pork buns, bubble tea, pungent tofu, and oyster omelet.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Four:00PM to midnight
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line to Jiantan Station
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◘◘ Tonghua Evening Market
It is a quick strolling distance from Taipei 101 and it’s the most effective night time market to go to if you would like one thing extra native and fewer touristy. Apart from clothes and different merchandises, there are meals stalls right here that promote sushi, steaks, and dumplings amongst many different issues.

ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: 6:00PM to 1:00AM
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line to Xinyi Anhe Station
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• • • MEALS • • • 

King Ping Chayu

◘◘ LUNCH: King Ping Chayu
You should NEVER depart Taiwan with out tasting the highest native fares of xiaolongbao, beef noodles soup and bubble tea! For among the finest locations to style these, head on over to King Ping Chayu. With KKday’s “Duet Course Meal” you’ll get to get pleasure from this HUGE feast for simply NT$890!

BOOK: KKday (use promo code IAMAILEEN to get 10% off!)
HOURS: 6:00PM to 1:00AM
NEAREST MRT: Purple Line to Xinyi Anhe Station
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◘◘ DINNER: Any of the night time markets
Taipei’s night time markets can simply fill you up for dinner. So go and take your choose from any of the earlier night time markets that I’ve talked about, and also you’re positive to benefit from the night time away!
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» DAY #2 «

After you had your fill of a few of Taipei’s key points of interest, it’s time to enterprise out of the town to find northern Taiwan’s wonders!

JiufenKKday Tours

To the north you go

◘◘ Day tour to Yehliu, Shifen, and Jiufen
Organized by KKday, this is among the greatest day excursions that I’ve ever skilled! For a complete day, you can be exploring the next key areas…

  • Yehliu Geopark: This lovely limestone cape has a spread of attention-grabbing rock/geological formations which were aptly named in response to their form, particularly, Fairy’s Shoe and Queen’s Head.
  • Shifen Outdated Streets and Shifen Waterfall: Present in Pingxi space, the Shifen Outdated Streets is mainly a small village that surrounds the Shifen railway station. This place is legendary not just for its picturesque prepare tracks and market, but additionally for its retailers that allow you to launch a Chinese language sky lantern in case you’ll be able to’t make it to their official Sky Lantern Pageant (held normally on the 15th day of the primary month within the lunisolar Chinese language calendar). One other close by attraction that you will discover is the 20-meter tall Shifen Waterfall which is alleged to be probably the most scenic in Taiwan.
  • Jiufen: As soon as a affluent gold mining city, Jiufen is now a well-liked vacationer vacation spot for its quaint scenes that relive scenes from the previous. In right here, you’ll find picturesque streets and tea homes adorned with purple lanterns and a few nice spots for viewing the Pacific Ocean! If you happen to’re a fan of Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, you’ll immediately see the resemblance since many of the scenes had been impressed from this place.

BOOKING: KKday (use promo code IAMAILEEN to get 10% off! If you happen to somewhat need a extra personal tour to the north of Taiwan, e book right here.)
DETAILED EXPERIENCE:
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DURATION:
 About eight hours (return time roughly 5:30PM)
MEETING POINT: eight:45AM at East Gate 1, Taipei Fundamental Station

» Need another day tour choices? Scroll down beneath to the ‘day excursions‘ part to see an inventory.

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◘◘ Ximending Youth Procuring District
Dubbed because the ‘Harajuku’ of Taipei, that is the stylish procuring and nightlife haven within the metropolis with a wide array of outlets, eating places, golf equipment and bars which are unfold all through its streets. In truth, the second that I stepped right here, it actually made me really feel like I visited Shibuya in Japan! That being stated, earlier than the day ends, go and store right here ’til you drop — or in the event you’re extra into golf equipment and bars, there’s an array of decisions for you.

HOURS: It’s open all day as much as the night time; however the most effective time to go could be ranging from 5PM up into the wee hours
NEAREST MRT: Blue or Inexperienced Line to Ximen
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• • • MEALS • • • 

Din Tai Fung◘◘ Din Tai Fung Restaurant
That is the internationally-famous Taiwanese restaurant that makes great-tasting xiaolongbao (a type of tasty soup dumpling); due to this fact, no journey to Taiwan is full with out visiting one among its branches — particularly its unique Taipei department present in Xinyi Highway. Nevertheless, the disadvantage is that there could be a very lengthy wait as a result of a number of vacationers additionally wish to get a style of this place. My recommendation? Go to within the morning to skip the road!

TIP: In case you are pressed on time and may’t dedicate hours-long of ready at Din Tai Fung, you may get some nice tasting xiaolongbao at both King Ping Chayu or Kao Chi.
NEAREST MRT: Dongmen Station
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◘◘ Different choices for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
If you need nice discounted/packaged meals in Taipei, try KKday. They’ve decisions from sizzling pots, lobster units, beef noodles, and extra! (In any other case, you can too revisit the night time markets for a meal).

BOOKING: KKday (use promo code IAMAILEEN to get 10% off!)
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» DAY #Three «

At the present time is for witnessing one more instance of Taiwan’s grandeur in the case of pure landscapes.

Alishan

Up excessive within the mountains

◘◘ Day tour to Alishan Nationwide Scenic Space
Alishan or “Mount Ali” is Taiwan’s most visited nationwide park. Resulting from its elevation, you’ll find attention-grabbing flora in its ‘Large Forest’ such because the towering 2,00Zero-year previous big Taiwanese purple cypresses. The world additionally enjoys a cooler local weather and an erratic climate sample so you’ll be able to expertise a cloudless morning with denser clouds of mist or fog within the latter a part of the day, after which adopted by a lightning storm and a few rain (so be sure that to pack an umbrella and a jacket).

If you happen to experience the well-known Alishan Mountain Railway, you can too go to a number of key areas within the nationwide park through the Sacred Line, Zhushan Line (for dawn views over the Jade Mountain), and Mianyuei Line. For hiking-lovers, there are a number of nice trails which you could undergo on this location comparable to the trail that results in the Large of Mt. Shuishan (the oldest within the park at 2,700 years previous).

On the way in which to Alishan with this hassle-free KKday tour, additionally, you will get the possibility to cease over these extra areas…

  • Fenqihu: It is a medieval mountain railroad city close to Alishan. Just be sure you go to its previous slim streets to search out attention-grabbing souvenirs to deliver again house, its previous railway museum, in addition to eat their well-known ‘Fenqihu lunch field’ on the unique restaurant that serves it (discovered beneath 7/11 on the primary street — NT$100 just for takeaway or NT$120 for consuming it on the spot).
  • Nationwide Chungcheng College: If you happen to’re a fan of the previous Taiwanese drama present known as as ‘Meteor Backyard’, this college will certainly look acquainted to you (since that is the place it was filmed in any case). Modeled after the British Cambridge College and constructed by the Taipei 101 designer (Li Zuyuan), this can be a scenic spot with a surrounding inexperienced vista accentuated by a picturesque bridge. In truth, a number of newlyweds come right here to shoot.

Relaxation assured, since this can be a personal chartered tour, you’ll be able to inform your driver concerning the locations that you just somewhat wish to go to across the space if in case the above areas don’t swimsuit you or if you wish to spend extra time in a sure place. Be at liberty to speak up your English-speaking driver too about any suggestions and greatest eating places to eat in as a result of they’re very educated of the world.

BOOKING: KKday (use promo code IAMAILEEN to get 10% off!)
DURATION:
 About eight hours (return time roughly 5:30PM)
MEETING POINT: Chiayi HSR Station (to get right here from Taipei, that you must e book an HSR prepare. E book a ticket, or you can too e book a vast move particularly in the event you’re staying longer in Taiwan and plan to go to different locations exterior of Taipei).
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: If you wish to discover Alishan by your self, when you attain Chiayi station, take the direct bus to Alishan for about NT$300 (a method) which runs between 10:00AM to 11:30AM. There are additionally non-direct buses that price NT$221 every manner. Take observe that the final bus to Alishan is at 2PM and the final bus again to Chiayi leaves at 5:10PM (discovered close to Alishan’s 7-11 retailer).

» Need another day tour choices? Scroll down beneath to the ‘day excursions‘ part to see an inventory.

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◘◘ Discover the remainder of Taipei
When you’re again in Taipei after your day tour, this may be the proper time to see the opposite historic landmarks or night time markets that you just haven’t managed to go to! (Discuss with the record I’ve made below Day #1 to see the variety of decisions).
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• • • MEALS • • • 

◘◘ Different choices for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
If you need nice discounted/packaged meals in Taipei, try KKday. They’ve decisions from sizzling pots, lobster units, beef noodles, and extra! (In any other case, you can too revisit the night time markets for a meal).

BOOKING: KKday (use promo code IAMAILEEN to get 10% off!)
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» Different Day Tour Choices «

  • Yangmingshan Nationwide Park: This is among the 9 nationwide parks in Taiwan and it’s house to quite a few parks, mountain climbing trails, flora, wildlife and sizzling springs (being an enduring Japanese affect within the space). Throughout spring’s flowering season (February to March), you’ll find lovely cherry blossoms blooming on the mountain slopes, while the autumn season (particularly in October) brings gorgeous golden and purple maple leaves. Anyhow, the summer season and winter season additionally presents attention-grabbing sceneries so that you can get pleasure from!
  • Solar Moon Lake: That is Taiwan’s largest lake and it has an attention-grabbing form whereby the west facet is lengthy and slim like a moon, and the east facet is spherical just like the solar (therefore the identify). It’s a favourite vacation spot amongst vacationers to Taiwan as a consequence of its glowing blue waters that’s backdropped by unbelievable mountains. If you happen to e book with KKday, you’ll be delivered to this place the place you’ll get to tour temples, see scenic spots (supreme for pictures fans) and expertise a yacht cruise on the lake.
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  • Wulai Atayal Aboriginal Village and Sizzling Springs: If you happen to’re taken with experiencing extra of the recent springs in Taiwan however in a location that’s nearer to Taipei, the aboriginal village of Wulai is the place to go! Inhabited by Taiwanese aboriginals (Atayal tribe), this space can be nice for studying extra concerning the indigenous tradition of Taiwan. Moreover these, you can too discover the Wulai Falls which is the biggest of the waterfalls within the Wulai Gorge.
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  • Bitoujiao Cape: If you happen to’re someplace close to, the world round Bitoujiao cape (which is among the Three northern capes in Taiwan) possesses an ideal magnificence that you shouldn’t miss. An attention-grabbing spot to take a look at would be the Bitoujiao lighthouse which presents grand views over the oceans and hills.
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  • Hualien Taroko Gorge Nationwide Park: This nationwide park is one among Taiwan’s most lovely areas given its rising mountains and tall flat partitions. Reality be advised, going to this place implies that you can be witnessing rugged coastal cliffs that slowly transition to a maze of subtropical forested canyons and ultimately to excessive elevation sub-alpine forests. So think about this: in nearly 60 kilometers, the panorama right here rises from sea degree to a tall steep peak at Three,400 meters! In brief, it’s an incredible spectacle. (Different issues that you are able to do and see listed below are temples, mountain climbing, museums, and aboriginal settlements.)
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Taiwan could also be a small nation, but it surely has greater than sufficient wonderful actions and points of interest to maintain you coming again for extra!

There’s nonetheless a lot to see in Taiwan however I consider that my information right here is a good begin — with all that stated and finished, please be at liberty to tweak this itinerary and make full use of my different exercise options with a purpose to make your journey shorter or longer and higher becoming in your journey model.

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