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Taipei - 19 best sights

Numerous temples, a beautiful skyline and a varied cuisine - Taipei has that and much more to offer. Here you will find an overview of the 19 best sights in the city.

With a population of around 3 million, Taipei is the economic, political and cultural center of Taiwan. Due to the friendly people, the modern architecture, the cultural heritage, the culinary specialties, the historical landmarks and the climate, Taipei is my absolute favorite city in Asia. I immediately felt welcome in the city and getting in touch with the locals wasn't particularly difficult. In terms of atmosphere, the city even reminded me a little of Berlin. I spent a week in Taipei and had enough time to explore the city and its surroundings. You need at least three days to see the city's main attractions and explore the city’s different neighborhoods. The city center isn't that big, so you can explore most of the neighborhoods on foot. The MRT (subway) is also a really good way to discover the city. I particularly enjoyed the following sights in Taipei.

Elephant Mountain Trail

The Elephant Mountain Trail is a hiking trail that will take you to the Elephant Mountain in around 20 to 30 minutes. From the very top you have an excellent view of the city center and the Taipei 101 skyscraper. The best time to climb the Elephant Mountain is just before sunset.

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

This popular monument to the authoritarian leader Chiang Kai-shek houses a library and an artifact museum. In the main hall you will find a large statue of Chiang Kai-shek. One of the highlights in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the hourly changing of the guard.

Bao’an temple

My favorite Taipei temple was built in 1825 and is stocked with prime examples of the traditional decorative arts.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park

This former wine factory has been converted into a center for artists, exhibitions, hip shops and markets. Today it is the heart of creative Taiwan.

Longshan Temple

Taipei's most popular temple was built in 1738 and is a mix of classical architecture with southern Chinese influences.

Taipei Expo Park

You can spend hours exploring Taipei Expo Park. The park is divided into three parts. In the first you will find Yuanshan Park with its Eco Ark, a food court and the New Fashion Pavilion. Further east you will find the Expo Hall, the Fine Arts Museum and the Taipei Story House. The third part is the Xinsheng Park with its garden labyrinth, the rose garden and the Angel Life Pavilion.

Taipei 101

This 508 meter high skyscraper was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. It is Taipei's most famous landmark. From the very top you can enjoy an excellent view over the city.

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Peace Memorial Park

The city's first European-style park opened in 1900. You will find the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum and the Taiwan National Museum there, among others.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

The memorial hall was built between 1929 and 1931 to honor Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the forerunner of the Chinese democratic revolution.

Qingshan Temple

Qingshan Temple is a small temple that was built in 1856. Its highlights include the stone work, the ceilings and the figures.

Red House

The Red House cultural center housed Taipei's first public market in earlier years. You can still find an art and design market in front of the building on Saturday and Sunday.

Tien-Ho temple

The small Tien-Ho temple was built in 1948 and looks quite inconspicuous from the outside. But it is worth taking a look inside the building.

Zhongshan Hall

This historic building was used as Taipei City Hall in the past. Nowadays it houses several auditoriums for musical performances and exhibitions.

Botanical Garden

The botanical garden was laid out by the Japanese in 1921. Its highlights include the Qing Dynasty Taiwan Provincial Administration Hall and the Lotus Pond.

National Taiwan Craft Research & Development Institute

The goal of the NTCRI is to promote Taiwanese craftsmanship by exhibiting local and international artwork. At NTCRI you can get really nice local products at an affordable price.

National Museum of History

Next to the Botanical Garden is the Japanese-style National Museum of History. The museum hosts special exhibitions and a permanent collection of artifacts and relics from China, Taiwan, and other countries.

Da’an Park

Da’an Park is one of the most popular places in the city for Taiwanese people. There you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a relaxing time in nature. I've seen Taiwanese people singing, dancing, jogging, and skateboarding.


Bopiliao Old Street is located in Wanhua District and is known for its well-preserved streets and houses from the Qing Dynasty.

Presidential palace

The Presidential Palace was built during the Japanese colonial era and houses the Taiwanese President's office.

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