Whether traveling for business or just connecting to other Asian destinations, day trips in and around Taipei are a great way for travelers with limited time to experience amazing sightseeing. Here are a few exceptional itineraries which can be done in a single day:
Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Spend a few hours exploring precious Chinese art and antiquities at the National Palace Museum. Then go next door to learn about Taiwan’s indigenous cultures at the Shunyi Aboriginal Museum. Wrap up the day exploring Chinese modern art at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
No visit to Taiwan would be complete without a visit to Chian Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a drive past the impressive Presidential Office Building and touring of the awesome architecture of the Martyrs Shrine. Finish the day at the Shilin Night Market, which gathers snacks from all over Taiwan.
Begin at the glittering Living Mall, a circular building 58 meters in diameter (the largest commercial structure of its kind), to explore many flagship stores and exclusive shops. Then venture off to the fashionable Jhongsiao commercial district, which is home to the monolith Sogo Pacific Department Store or a multitude of other stores and stalls lining the street. Be sure to check out Dunhua South Road Fashion Area filled with boutiques carrying top American and European labels.
Beitou’s Hot Spring Escape
The Beitou District is the most famous hot spring area in Taipei City. Start the day by visiting the Beitou Hot Spring Museum to learn the area’s volcanic origins and types of hot springs. Then change into your swim suit for a dip in the Beitou Hot Springs to relieve stress. Once rejuvenated, finish the day at the nearby Taiwan Folk Art Museum, dedicated to traditional Taiwanese and aboriginal culture.
Taipei Night Tour
Don’t stop yet…after an exciting day of exploration, take in a few more sights which truly come to life after dark. Take the MRT to the colorful Lungshan Temple in southwest Taipei, then go to the nearby Huahsi Night Market for dinner and souvenir shopping. Then climb aboard an elevator to the Top View Observatory at the Shin Kong Life Tower, to bask in the glow of bright city lights from the 46th floor. Still not tired? Find some friends and sing all night at one of many KTV karaoke establishments.
Yangmingshan Park is the closest national park to Taipei. It has impressive volcanic terrain and is known for its richness of butterflies and stunning floral display from February-April when cherry blossoms and azaleas are their peak. There are many tourist sites, including hiking trails in broadleaf forests, volcanic formations and fissures that spew steam from the depths of the earth and form clusters of sulfur crystals. The park also has hot springs and awesome rocky terrain.
Northern Coast Tour
The beautiful scenery along Taiwan's northern coast has made this one of the island's most popular day trips. Visit the city of Keelung, a 40-minute drive north of Taipei, to view the city's landmark – a 72-foot-tall white statue of Kuan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. From inside the statue, you can enjoy a panoramic view of bustling Keelung Harbor. The tour continues on to the rocky coast of Yehliu Park to see striking natural rock formations sculpted through the centuries by wind and wave.
Wulai Aboriginal Village Tour
Wulai is a beautiful mountainous area 11 miles south of Taipei. There you will find an aborigine village where visitors can watch or participate in the traditional dances and ceremonies of Taiwan's Atayal tribe. There a magnificent waterfall cascades through lush vegetation. Also, take a thrilling ride on a suspended cable car to the top of the falls. An amusement park called Dreamland is located at the top.
Toroko Gorge Tour
Work with tour operator and get out of the city and explore the world-famous Taroko Gorge. Depart in the morning from the Sungshan Domestic Airport in Taipei and arrive in Hualien. Take a bus to the Taroko Gorge gateway and visit the Eternal Spring Shrine. While at the national park, visit Swallow Caves, Tunnel of Nine Turns and the marble factory. Relax at Chi Hsing Beach, and visit the Hualien Stone Sculpture Park before enplaning for Taipei.
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