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1. Posted by explorerau (Budding Member, 9 posts) 22 Apr '13 20:35

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would like help with accomodation budget style,places to visit,in taipei,and outside.arriving may/june for 10days.shopping and eating also.must see towns,villages historical significance.lakes,mountains.

2. Posted by coopster (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 8 May '13 07:54

Hi, I'm an expat living in Taiwan.

There are plenty of hostels to stay in around the country or cheap hotels/motels if you prefer.

In Taipei I would recommend Taipei 101 (second tallest building in the world). Longshan Temple, CSK Memorial Hall, The National Palace Musuem and The Gondola cable car to from Taipei Zoo area to Maokong (tea growing and producing area). There is also many famous night markets, the most famous is in Taipei is Shilin Night market. For mountains you can go to Yangmingshan mountain, there you can go to the Hot Springs. The East coast is the most beautiful but the west coast is much easier to travel as they have a high speed rail going down the west coast. I would recommend to Visit Tainan for old interesting buildings (2 hour on the high speed train from Taipei).

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3. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 291 posts) 8 May '13 10:51

I'd suggest basing yourself in Taipei. The stuff further down-country is okay but not amazing.

Sunmoon lake is a nice say trip, the cable car there is nice and high - we gave the theme park at the other end a miss and just rode the cable car back again.

Take the taipei metro to xinbeitou for hot springs frequented by the local pensioners.

From taipei zoo metro stop take the cable car over the tea plantations with a nice temple stop at the midway station.

Presidential palace tours are free.

The Chung Kai Shek monument was impressive. As was the ride up Taipei101. As was tea at the Grand Hotel.

We loved the night market at Longshan Temple, lively and not touristy.

4. Posted by explorerau (Budding Member, 9 posts) 9 May '13 15:32

thank you for your detailed replies.i was in taiwan 30 years ago so things a little vague.