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Best things to do in New Taipei

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Where in the world: Asia  /  Taiwan  /  New Taipei

Top 15 things to do in New Taipei

1. Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Ruifang

Stroll through mysterious Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) lined with rows of red lanterns hanging in front of quaint Chinese teahouses and inns. The narrow cobblestone street has changed little since the gold rush era of the town. Its traditional architecture, hilly surroundings, and misty weather evoke the atmosphere of the Academy-awarded anime "Spirited Away," attracting flocks of Japanese tourists and Ghibli fans. Eat your way through numerous food stalls packed with yummy traditional treats. Keep off the stairs at dusk when lanterns start to light up, or you will be trapped in the crowd of tourists trying to capture this scenic moment with cameras.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $38 › Learn more about Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

2. National Palace Museum, Shilin

Home to an unsurpassed collection of Chinese artifacts and artworks, National Palace Museum preserves nearly 10,000 years of Chinese history with some items dating back to Neolithic times. Most of its 700,000 pieces--including ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, religious sculptures, jade carvings, weapons, and Qing and Ming dynasty furniture--were collected by Chinese emperors themselves. Officially founded in the Forbidden City in 1925, the museum was moved to its present building in 1965 and then expanded on several occasions due to the sheer size of the collection. Do not miss the most popular exhibits: a skillfully carved piece of jade shaped like a cabbage with two grasshoppers hiding in its leaves, a meat-shaped stone, and a bronze bell specially made for King Li of Zhou.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about National Palace Museum

3. Taipei 101, Xinyi District

An engineering wander constructed to defy cyclones and earthquakes, Taipei 101 held the honor as the tallest building in the world for six years until 2009. The architectural features and elements of the 509 m (1,700 ft) tall tower are fueled with symbolism. Notice how its design resembles an elongated pagoda or a bamboo stick--recalling growth. The number of levels (101) indicates striving for more than perfection, and the number of segments consisting of the same number of floors (eight) stands for good fortune and prosperity. However, its most popular element is the damper that defied the strongest typhoon in history (2015). The skyscraper houses a huge shopping mall on its first five floors, along with restaurants, clubs, and two observation decks on 89th and 91st floors.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $31 › Learn more about Taipei 101

4. Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

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Ancient China, colonial Taiwan, and ultra-modern Taipei are all yours to experience with the added perk of an interactive and knowledgeable tour guide. You'll visit Taipei’s must-see attractions on this full-day tour of the capital’s traditional religious venues, historical spots, and places of scenic beauty. Highlights of this hand-crafted guided tour include a brief visit to Taipei 101, an hour's viewing of ancient Chinese art collections at the National Palace Museum, and free time to explore the bustling, exotic Shilin night market on your own. A whirlwind tour designed for business travelers or visitors looking to experience as much of Taiwan's capital as possible in one day.
Suggested duration: 8h - 9h
Tours from $140 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Lungshan Temple, Wanhua

Known by locals as a "meeting place of the gods," Lungshan Temple serves as one of the oldest and most famous temples in Taiwan. Han settlers from Fujian established the temple in 1738, dedicating it to Kuan-in, the Mother of Mercy, which is represented by a statue in the main hall. This statue was left intact after the main hall was destroyed in an air-raid near the end of World War II. Over the years, the temple suffered damage from cyclones, earthquakes, and fires, but has been restored repeatedly. See numerous Taoist deities in the back hall testifying to the tolerant nature of the Chinese religions. The name of the temple translates to "Dragon Mountain," which explains the colorful dragons on the roof and the intricately carved twirling dragons on the bronze pillars at the entrance.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Lungshan Temple

6. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Zhongzheng District

Surrounded by landscaped gardens and manicured walkways, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is dedicated to the country's former president and military leader. Better known as Jiang Zhongzheng in China, Chiang Kai-shek ruled China from Taiwan during the most of the "white terror" period from 1949 to 1987. A flight of 88 stairs--one for each year of Chiang's life--leads to the entrance of the white marble neo-classical palace. See a model of presidential office with a life-sized mannequin of Chiang and his two Cadillacs. The grandiose seated statue of the authoritarian leader in the main hall is always guarded by two soldiers, whose motionless postures make them look like statues coming alive every hour with the changing of the guard ceremony.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $31 › Learn more about Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

7. Ximending, Wanhua

A bustling pedestrian shopping and entertainment paradise in a historic district, Ximending has a huge variety of fashionable clothing outlets and cultural events. Built during Japanese colonization as a recreational district and the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan, the neighborhood features a lively mix of high-end shops, clubs and bars, street performances, and exhibits. Count yourself among the 3 million annual shoppers here, and sample authentic Taiwanese snacks and a variety of Western-style dishes. The bustling area is particularly popular with the young crowd.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $28 › Learn more about Ximending

8. Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup

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Travel to northern Taiwan's most popular tourist attractions, such as Jiufen Old Street, Yehliu Geopark or Yangmingshan National Park with your own private guide.
Suggested duration: 8h
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9. YehLiu Geopark, Wanli

Stretching some 1,700 m (5,577 ft) into the ocean, YehLiu Geopark serves as a natural exhibition area for some of the strangest tent rock formations in the world. Dotted with hoodoo stones, the promontory offers fantastic views of the distinctive geological formations created in Miocene, which pushed the Dalian Mountains out of the sea. Marvel at the rocky Queen’s Head, the rock resembling a profile of Elizabeth II Queen of England, then check out Sea Candles, Fairy’s Shoe, or Ginger Rock. You can have fun concocting your own name for some of the shapes while walking through a forest of tall mushroom-shaped rocks. This bizarre Martian-like landscape can be reached by bus 90 minutes from West Taipei station.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $38 › Learn more about YehLiu Geopark

10. Yangmingshan National Park, Beitou

Centered around Qixing Mountain, Taiwan’s highest dormant volcano, Yangmingshan National Park, features 13 hot springs and several scenic trails easily accessible from central Taipei by frequent buses. Smoking fumaroles, Taiwan blue magpies, and rhododendrons growing from andesite rocks stand out as the national park's trademark sights. Enjoy a stroll around Dream Lake and visit Grass Mountain Chateau, Chan Kai-shek’s summer residence. You can see a staggering 1,360 species of plants as you wander around the park's rolling grass hills, which were created after the government burnt forests to prevent thieves from stealing rich sulfur deposits. Covering 114.5 sq km (44.2 sq mi), the area serves as a popular weekend and holiday outing spot.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Yangmingshan National Park

11. Taipei Zoo, Wenshan

Hailed as Asia's largest zoo, Taipei Zoo holds the title as the continent's leader in research, education, and conservation of animal and plant life. Opened in 1914, the property was originally owned by a Japanese zoologist. The family-friendly zoo shelters animals from tropical rainforests, deserts, and temperate zones from all over Asia, Africa, and Australia. You can explore various habitat exhibits, such as the reptile house, insectarium, aviary, and a panda shelter.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Taipei Zoo

12. Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour

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Create a custom 8-hour itinerary in and around Taipei! No matter if you are planning your own journey or a business trip, make it easier with this convenient and customized service. See the attractions that you want to see according to your own preferences with a local guide.
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $100 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

14. Shifen Waterfall, Pingxi

Observe nature at its best at Shifen Waterfall. Surrounded by the thick forest, you can witness the power of water as it falls from the tall rocks into the green pool below. You'll have the chance to light a paper lantern and send it out into the sky--with a wish--watch as it flies over the waterfall. Wear footwear with good grip, as the path can get pretty wet around this spot. Take a break at the visitor center, where you can enjoy a meal or some liquid refreshment.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $38 › Learn more about Shifen Waterfall

15. The 10 Tastings of Taipei With Locals: Private Street Food Tour

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Eat your way through Taipei's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Tianjin Taiwanese scallion pancake and braised pork/Veggie alternative. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $72 › More about this tour at viator.com ›