Taipei is in the northern part of Taiwan Island in a basin between the Yangming Mountains and the Central Mountains. With 2.6 million inhabitants, it is the fourth largest administrative area in Taiwan, just after New Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung. Taipei serves as Taiwan’s financial, cultural and governmental center.
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Best Season of Taipei Tour
Taiwan enjoy both tropical and subtropical climate. There is no severe cold in winter and no brutal summer heat. Taiwan is located in the tropical zone and there have more rain than other areas. The average amount of rainfall is about 2500 mm per year, most of which comes in the form of a typhoon. The best time to visit Taiwan is July to September, without much rain and thundershower and the weather during these months will be relatively fine.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
It will be very hot in summer and not so cold in winter; autumn and spring are cool. Take some T-shirt and skirts in summer and a jacket for the other three seasons will be okay.
Always take an umbrella with you no matter in the rainy day or the sun; it will be a good prevention from both of them during the rainy season and summer time.
Accommodation of Taipei Tour
There are various hotels for its visitors. Every city in the Island is equipped with hotels that can make the travelers satisfy. Hotel ranging from five stars to three stars are all available. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Taipei
Referring to the airport, there are about eighteen civilian airports in Taiwan and two of which are international airports, those two are Chiang Kai-shek International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. The other sixteen are all domestic airports offering flights throughout Taiwan. CKS International Airport is the airport in Taipei. The International Airports serves about ninety-seven international air routes, including America, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Airports in Hsiaokang, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Hualien, Pingtung, Ma Kung, Taitung, Kinmen and Matsu all offer flights to Taipei Songshan Airport.
Internal Transport: Taxi in Taiwan is also convenient. Most of them are equipped with a milometer. You can get a taxi easily in the city. It will be fast and convenient.
The public bus in Taiwan offers a convenient way for passengers to visit the sights in the interior parts of the island. The buses will surely leave visitors deep impression with tidy and clean carriages and quiet atmosphere.
Taipei Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Taipei and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Everyone should go to the night market with an empty belly because the food will satisfy your taste-buds there! The night brings heaven to the food-lovers, especailly around Yong Kang area in Taipei. There is typical traditional Taipei food that has been passed down through four generations, such as "the sticky rice sausage". Besides, All of China's regional culinary styles are available, from those of Beijing, Tianjing, and Shandong of the north to those of Sichuan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Taiwan in the south. You can also find restaurants in Taiwan that serve the cuisine of other countries throughout the world, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, among others.
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Taiwan has many natural and cultural resources within the Island hence it called Treasure Island. With long-term history and good location Taiwan features many specialties with unique local flavor. Famous local specialties are Stone Carvign in Hualian City, Oil-Paper Umbrella of Meinong Town, Four Treasure of Penghu Island, Ceramics in Yingge Town, Dong Ding Oolong Tea and Seaweed Carpet.
·Where to buy?
Taipei's main shopping districts are Simending, Jhongsiao and Sinyi. Theme streets such as the jade markets and computer lane found at Guanghua Commercial Plaza make shopping for one item convenient.
Travelers can buy some souvenir and unique specialties in the local shops and commercial districts listed bellow.
Taipei Zhongciao Road Commercial District (45, Sec. 4, Chung Hsiao E. Road, Taipei City)
CP City Living Mall (138, Bade Rd. Sec. 4, Taipei)
Taipei Xinyi Commercial District (12 & 19, Sung Kao Road and 11 & 9, Sung Shou Road, Taipei)
Festivals and Customs: Festivals in Taipei is similar to mainland Chinese people. They have Chinese New Year in February, Lantern Festival in February, Tomb Sweeping Day in April, Dragon Boat Festival in June, Ghost Festival in August, Mid-Autumn Festival in September and Double Ninth Day in October.
Other festivals in Taipei are Birthday of Kuan Yin in March, Birthday of Matsu in May, Buddha’s Bathing Festival in May, Birthday ofChenghuang in June, Restoration Day in October, Birthday of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in November and constitution Day in December.
Recreation in Taipei
Taipei has many public places of entertainment staying open to midnight or being open round the clock to meet the requirements of all kinds of travelers and local people. Taking a cup of tea, sitting in a club, watching a movie and singing in KTV will make you feel comfortable and relax. Night market is a good place for shopping. As a distinguishing feature of Taiwanese nightlife, the night market is always the most favored place and an ideal choice to experience the regular daily life of the locals. Eslite Bookstore (No.11 Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City) is a good place to go for books.
Must-see Attractions of Taipei Tour
Taipei’s National Palace Museum: The same with the famous Forbidden City in Beijing Taipei National Palace Museum is under the same institution in Chinese history. It is located in the outskirts of Taipei City, Taiwan. The splendid architecture of the structure is modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and incorporates elements of traditional Chinese royal design in feudal society. The museum itself has four floors. The first, second and third floors are used for exhibitions, while the fourth floor is a lounge where visitors can rest. Taipei National Palace Museum houses the largest collection of priceless Chinese artifacts and artwork in the world, including ancient bronze castings, calligraphy, scroll paintings, porcelain, jade, and rare books, many of which were possessions of the former imperial family.
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall: The Memorial Hall is located in Zhongshan Park on Ren-ai road. The building was completed in 1972 and covers an area of approximately 40,000 square meters. It is designed like a palace, towering and grand, making it a very rare building in Taiwan. Inside the memorial hall, a copper seated statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen is placed, 5.8 meters high and weighing 17 tons. It is Taiwan's leading arts and cultural activities center.
Taipei 101: Taipei 101 is the second tallest building in the world (based on data obtained as of 2010), and stands at 508 meters at its spire. The building also has the world's fastest elevators, which run at a top speed of 1010 meters per minute as well as the world's largest earthquake damper. Visitors can enjoy the night view of Taipei from the sightseeing stand on Floor 89.
Shilin Night Market: Shilin Night Market is the most famous and popular night market in Taipei. The market sells a collection of snacks on both sides of the Changjiang River. Visitors can enjoy the famous Taiwanese snacks, such as Big-head Dragon Oyster Omelette, Hanker’s Noodle Soup, Shihlin Big Sausage, Sauteed Octopus and Grog Lays Eggs. In addition to all kinds of snacks, there are also shops selling clothing, gifts, CDs and sporting goods.