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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?