The 7 Wonders of Taipei 29

The 7 Wonders of Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. It is home to various world-famous architectural or cultural landmarks. Check out the 7 Wonders of Taipei.

#1 Ximending 西門町

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Ximending Pedestrian Area is one of the most popular tourist destination in Taipei. It has more than 5000 vendors and is a very popular area for street performance and small concerts or album launch. With a dense population, Taipei has started going “downwards”, there is a wide range of underground malls located area Ximending area and is connected to Taipei Main Station.

#2 Long Shan Temple 龍山寺

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Understanding a city involves heading to their religious temple to understand the life of the locals. The Long Shan Temple was built in 1738 by Chinese settlers from Fujian. This is considered as one of the big 3 temples in Taipei, with the other 2 being the Bangka Qingshui Temple (艋舺清水巖祖師廟) and Taipei Tianhou Temple (台北天后宮).

#3 Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park 中正紀念堂

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The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park is the icon national monument of Taiwan, it is erected in memory of the founder of Kuomingtang, the former President. The Changing of Guards happened at each hour from 10am to 4pm while on Wednesday 10am to 6pm. Take the MRT to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station.

#4 National Palace Museum 国立故宫博物院

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The National Palace Museum is the Forbidden City of Taiwan, it has the same roots as the one in Beijing. It is housed to more than 700,000 ancient Chinese artefacts, that encompassed more than 10,000 years of Chinese history. The admission fee is at NT 250 per person, and to get there you would need to take the MRT to Shilin followed by the R30 bus to the National Palace Museum. English tours are provided at 10am and 3pm daily, if you are not able to make it, you can use their personalised audio tour equipment.

#5 Taipei 101 台北101

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Taipei 101 is the merlion of Singapore, the iconic landmark skyscraper of Taiwan. With 101 floors and was the World’s tallest building from 2004 to 2009. Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks near Taipei 101 and be fascinated by the awe of it. Head to Taipei 101 Observatory, tickets are free for children under 115cm, and NT 450 for students with valid ID, and NT500 for general public.

#6 Beitou Hot Spring + Museum 北投溫泉

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Beitou District is the most mountainous and highest of Taipei district. During the Japanese era, the Japanese have developed Beitou into a hot spring area. There are many private and public hot springs, if heading to a public hot spring, you might want to check out their rules and regulations before you start dipping yourself into. The three common types of hot springs include green sulphur (slightly green coloured and only found in Beitou and Akita, Japan), white sulphur (a white coloured spring which makes up the majority of springs in the area), and iron sulphur (transparent springs found around the Ding Beitou area). Take the MRT to Xinbeitou.

#7 Shilin Night Market 士林夜市

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Need me to say more? Shilin Night Market is considered to be the largest and the most famous night market in Taipei. Take the MRT to Jiantan Station.

Have you visited Taipei? What are the places that you have visited in Taipei that I have missed, that you feel should make into the list of 7 wonders?

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29 thoughts on “The 7 Wonders of Taipei

  • Akid

    Woah! Taipei 101 looks INSANE! Did you manage to go the top to get a view or did you sack it off? Interesting that you visited Taiwan though, it’s never been on my list to go and visit, but by what you described it looks like it could be right up my alley way!

  • Dani

    I have never been to tapei but it definitely looks very nice. Great series idea as well, I’m waiting to see the next wonders you’ll find 🙂

  • Tae

    I’d love to see Taipei 101 – I’m not usually a cityscraper person, but that thing is HUGE! holy toledo! Long Shan Temple looks magical as well.

  • Sheri

    My favourite picture is the one of the National Palace Museum, well and also the Taipei 101! To be able to capture this is amazing. There are so many beautiful sights to see in the world and whenever I read posts like this it confirms to me more and more the benefits of seeing the world! Taiwan is gorgeous and I think I would need a minimum of a week to visit these sites and really enjoy the city.

  • Christina

    I don’t know much about Taipei. Looks like there is a good mixture of ancient and modern sites to explore. I also wouldn’t have thought there would be so many hot springs there! Sounds like an interesting place to visit.

  • Marteen

    This is a great list! Would love to check out the Long Shan Temple. I always find religious traditions and customs fascinating and you really can tell a lot about the locals from them.

  • Stella the Travelerette

    I have never been to Taipei, but now I want to go! The hot springs and Taipei 101 both look magical in different ways. I would also like to see the Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial and learn more about the history of Taiwan. And of course a good night market is always fun!

  • Alina Popescu

    Oh, wow, these all seem amazing! I’ve never been to Taipei, but would certainly like to visit. The Forbidden City is where I’d start because it looks gorgeous and there would be so much history to explore.

  • Sher

    ooh i’ve always wanted to go to taipei! definitely on my list is the nightmarket. thanks for the other 6 recommendations as well. i can’t wait to try all the delicious food there mhmmm!

    Sher

  • Jessica Friend

    What a great post about Taipai – there’s a number of places on here I’d love to visit. We’ve really been thinking about Singapore as a honeymoon destination (either here or Bali…) It’s a close call!

  • Daniel Mercier

    I very often visit Taipei as I have an adopted son at school there. It is one of my favourite cities in the world.

    I would suggest Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. Take the MRT to the station bearing the same name.

    How about Taiwan National Museum. It is situated next to 228 Peace Park & is easily walkable from Main Station within 5-10 minutes. Or take the MRT to NTU Hospital, & walk through the park.

    Then there is Daan Park, which has its own MRT station. A peaceful & relaxing place.

    My favourite park is Dahu Park, which has its own MRT station. It has a lovely pagola above the lake & a steep bridge over the lake.

    Or take the MRT to Taipei Zoo & walk to the nearby cable car & get whisked up into the mountains. The cable car has fantastic views over the city, there are some great cafes at the top where u can enjoy fresh tea, & a good hike in the mountains to burn off the calories of the awesome food.

    River tracing is a great thing to do & is close to Taipei. Silly me wasn’t paying attention to its location as we went in my friend’s car.

    Take the MRT to Tamshui & walk along the river. There are some restaurants on the river walkway that serve awesome fresh seafood.

    Must-try foods in Taipei are stinky tofu, which is delicious if u can ignore the horrific smell, oyster omelette, Taiwanese sausages on sticks. All these foods can be easily found all over Taipei