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Introduction

Taipei 101 Building (2)

Taipei 101 Building (2)

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Taipei (台北 Táiběi) is the capital and largest city in Taiwan with about 10 million people living in the metropolitan area and about 2.7 million in the city proper. It is located in the most northern part of the island at the Tanshui River and is the economical heart of the country. The city is surrounded by hills and mountains and the area is prone to earthquakes as well. The city is still home to the largest skyscraper in the world, Taipei 101, but this won't be the tallest for much longer as the Burj Dubai is set to be completed soon and is already the highest unfinished skyscraper. Still, this building is a remarkable landmark in the city and represents the enormous economical growth of the city during the last decades. For travellers there is enough to see and do to keep you busy for a few days and good hotels, food and transport all make it very easy to visit as well.

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Neighbourhoods

Central Districts

  • Old Taipei (萬華-大同) - Wanhua and Datong make up the oldest parts of Taipei, home to many historic buildings, such as the Longshan Temple and the Red House Theater, although it has lost much of its economic relevance to the East District. Ximending is the "Harajuku of Taipei", a shopping neighborhood centered around teenager fashion, Japanese culture and subcultures.
  • Zhongzheng and Gongguan (中正-公館) - Zhongzheng is the political center of Taiwan and the location of the Presidential Office and important government ministries. Its prime tourist attraction is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Gongguan, on the other hand, has a youthful feel thanks to students from the Taida and Shida universities thronging the area.
  • East District (大安-信義) - Daan and Xinyi are the modern commercial and financial districts of Taipei, and can be collectively referred to as the East District. Offering department stores, plenty of fashion boutiques, lounge bars, and atmospheric restaurants, and some of the most expensive real estate in the city, it is also home to Taipei 101, the Taipei World Trade Center, and the International Convention Center.
  • Zhongshan and Songshan (中山-松山) - Zhongshan has riverside parks, the Martyrs Shrine, the Fine Arts Museum, and a large pub and bar scene. Many firms and financial institutions are located in Songshan, which is directly north of the East District. Raohe Street Night Market is one of the oldest of Taipei's famous street markets.

Suburban Districts

  • Beitou (北投) - This district is famous for hot springs and the Yangmingshan National Park.
  • Shilin (士林) - A traditional area of the city that is known for its excellent museums, including the world famous National Palace Museum. Shilin is also home to one of Taipei's largest night market and the expat enclave of Tianmu.
  • Neihu and Nangang (內湖-南港) - Located in the eastern reaches of the city, Neihu and Nangang are hubs of the IT industry in Taipei, home to many large shopping centers, and a great place for hiking and 'templing'. A mouth-watering juxtaposition of local Taiwanese culture and modern shopping malls and restaurants. A definite must-visit, Neihu is largely a secret to the tourist world.
  • Wenshan (文山) - This leafy district in the south of the city is associated with its many tea houses and plantations in Muzha and also for the Taipei Zoo.

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Sights and Activities

Taipei 101

Taipei 101 Building (2)

Taipei 101 Building (2)

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Taipei 101, officially known as the Taipei International Financial Center is one of the tallest building in the world at 508 metres above the ground level. The high skyscraper is located in the Xinyi District of Taipei and is rich in symbolism. For example, it was designed to resemble bamboo rising from the earth and bamboo happens to be a plant recognized in Asian cultures for its fast growth and flexibility. These are ideal characteristics for a financial building. On top of that, the building is also made up of eight sections and eight happens to be a number associated with prosperity in Chinese culture. The observatory in Taipei 101 consists of three sections. On the 88th floor, visitors get to see upclose the tower's wind damper that sways to offset movements in the building caused by strong gusts. The 89th floor is an indoor viewing area, while the 91st floor is an outdoor viewing area, but only open on certain occasions and weather permitting.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall recently renamed as the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall is more or less in the middle of Taipei. The grounds in front of the hall are flanked by both the Taiwan National Theatre and The National Opera House. The hall itself has a museum on the first floor and the second floor used to be the home of a large statue of Chiang Kai Shek. There is also a frequent changing of the guard that is well worth watching. If you are in Taipei visiting the hall is a must. The hall has its own subway stop so getting there is easy.

Other sights and activities

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Events and Festivals

  • Hungry Ghost Festival - Ghost Festival is a widely celebrated event every summer in Taipei; dates vary every year with festival dates coinciding with 15th night of the 7th lunar month. It is believed that during this month, ghosts and spirits come to linger in the lower realms to visit their families. During this eerie month, many spiritual rituals are performed, and a giant parade leads to the launching of thousands of lanterns into the sky. Locals take this time to burn incense and colorful paper money as offerings to please the wandering spirits.
  • Dragon Boat Festival - This famous festival is held in Taiwan every year. Thousands gather to watch the dragon boats race through the rivers and lakes. The history of the Dragon Boat Festival is just as interesting as the race itself. Cyu Yuan (circa. 340 - 277 B.C.), a famous scholar, activist, and poet, became a martyr for his political beliefs by jumping off a bridge into a river. Dragon boats were sent out to retrieve his body, and villagers threw rice wrapped in leaves into the water to feed the fish so they would not go after his body. These wrapped rice dumplings, or Zongzih, are very popular today and they're served throughout China. This festival is held on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month annually.
  • Taipei Film Festival - Occurring every November, this important film festival attracts Asia's most talented independent film communities. The festival showcases both well-known directors as well as giving a platform to the promising talents of newer filmmakers.
  • Confucius Birthday (28 Sep 2013) - In honor of Confucius's Birthday, residents of Taipei celebrate the educators and scholars of the nation for Teacher's Day. Speeches are given by government dignitaries and celebrations occur at the famous Confucius Temple. Wisdom cakes and longevity peaches are handed out during the ceremony.
  • Chinese New Year - The biggest celebration of the year in Taipei. Festivities for this event last for almost a month. Residents celebrate by launching fireworks, throwing parties and parades, and offering each other lucky money, in hopes they will experience good fortune in the New Year. Event dates change every year with the Chinese lunar calendar. The new year typically occurs in late January, early February.
  • Taipei Famous Lantern Festival - Often held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, this Lantern Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Tourists and visitors from all over Taiwan and nearby countries in the region, all gather to watch this beautiful light display. For this event, the city is illuminated in beautifully colored lanterns, parades are held, fireworks are ignited, and a special holiday food called, Tangyuan (glutenous rice dumpling), are eaten.
  • Parade of the god of Medicine - During this parade, dancers, religious leaders, and musicians march through the streets dressed in traditional costumes following floats that look like centipedes. More than 100 temples in Taiwan participate in this event annually. Worshippers of this god throw themselves on the ground in front of the parading Centipedes in hopes that they will be trampled and evil spirits will leave their bodies. This festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 3rd lunar month, which is believed to be the god of medicine's birthday.
  • Birthday of Matsu - Matsu is known as the "goddess of the sea", and is celebrated in April (date varies depending on the lunar calendar) each year. Because of the large fishing industry in Taipei, this festival is highly celebrated by locals. Those who worship Matsu, walk in procession to her many shrines around town. (Thousands complete this pilgrimage each year.) For the younger, more tech-savvy residents, respects can also be paid to Matsu through a new iPhone app.
  • Buddha's Birthday - Celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, this popularly celebrated holiday commemorates the life, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. With a large Buddhist population, Taipei holds many religious celebrations on this day. Worshipers attend temples to bring offerings and gifts to Buddha; other religious cleansing ceremonies are also performed, like the "bathing" of a Buddha statue.
  • Double Tenth National Holiday Taiwan - The 10th of October (10/10) is celebrated as the birthday of the republic of China, commemorating the uprising Wuch’ang that occurred hundreds of years ago. During this event, visitors can expect to be addressed with speeches from local leaders and politicians, military parades are held, and in the evening, there is a beautiful fireworks display.
  • Tomb Sweeping Festival - On this day (also known as "Eternal Brightness Day"), it is customary for locals to visit the tombs of deceased family members, light incense, bring offerings, and literally "sweep" the tomb clean. This festival coincides with a civic holiday to allow family members the time off to visit the grave sites.
  • Youth Day - The event takes place at the Martyr's Shrine, where the president of the Republic of China holds a lavish ceremony that honors the fallen heroes and martyrs of Taiwan's history. This festival is intended to energise Taipei's youth with stories of heroes and their accomplishments.
  • Taiwan Culinary Exhibition - Held annually in August, this Taiwanese food festival features some of the best regional food available. Critically acclaimed chefs come to prepare their best dishes for those coming to taste at this fun food event.
  • Double Ninth Festival - Held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, this festival is also called "Height Ascending Festival". This celebration includes the drinking of chrysanthemum wine, the climbing of a mountain or tower, and eating a special cake called "Chongyang".

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Weather

The weather is generally hot and humid, although winters can get cold, with temperatures occasionally around 0 °C. Still, Taipei generally has mild winter weather with temperatures normally around 20 °C during the day from December to February and around 12 °C at night. In summer, temperatures average around 30 °C (but well over 35 °C is possible) and this is also the time when the typhoons can hit the island, leaving an enormous amount of rain in some parts of the country as well. The period from October to April is a better time for a visit, compared to the hot and muggy conditions in summer.

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Getting There

By Plane

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) near the capital Taipei is the busiest in the country and therefore receives most international flights. In fact, it's in the top 15 of busiest airports in the world when it comes down to handling international passengers. Until 2006 it was called Chiang Kai-shek International Airport.

The national airline is China Airlines which has international flights to many destinations in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania. Another major international airline in Taiwan is EVA Air, serving slightly less destinations to the same continents mentioned.

To/from the airport:

  • Rail: until the Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System opens in 2013, the only option is to get a shuttle bus to the Taiwan High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station (THSR), about 8 kilometres away.
  • Bus: Frequent buses link the airport to Taipei, Taoyuan City, Jhongli, Taichung, Banqiao, Changhua, and THSR's Taoyuan Station.[37] Bus terminals are present at both terminals.
  • Taxi: available at both terminals.

By Train

Intercity Trains and Highspeed Trains arrive at and depart from Taipei Railway Station on Zhongxiao West Road, Sec 1.

Taipei Main Station is a huge facility. Ticket counters are on the first floor and platforms on B2. There is also a food court on the second floor, several underground shopping malls, and directly connects to Taipei Main Station on the Taipei Metro which is served by Tamsui (Red) line and Bannan (Blue) line. In addition to ticket counters, the first floor also has a tourist office, a post office, stores selling aboriginal handicrafts and several booths offering head and neck and full body massage (NT$100 for every ten minutes).

There are also three other train stations in Taipei city. Wanhua Station (萬華車站) is in the south-western part of the city and is within walking distance of MRT Longshan Temple Station and is only served by local trains. Songshan Station (松山車站) is close to Raohe Street Night Market and all trains operated by the Taiwan Railway Administration stop at the station. Nangang Station (南港車站) is on the eastern end of the city and is currently served by local trains and some express trains. It is directly connected to Nangang Station on Taipei Metro's Bannan (Blue) line and the Taiwan High Speed Rail is expected to operate into the station by the beginning of 2015. All train stations in Taipei city accept Easy Cards to enter the station in addition to tickets bought at the vending machines or counters.

The THSR stations and platforms are wheelchair-friendly and all trains include a wheelchair-accessible car (wider doors, ample space, accessible bathroom). Note that the official English guide for online reservations distinguishes between "senior or disabled tickets" and "handicap-friendly seats"; while it's possible to buy a ticket for the former online ("correct passenger ID" required), a ticket for the latter has to be reserved by calling the ticketing office on the phone.

By Car

Renting a car is not only unnecessary, but not recommended in Taipei unless you are planning to head out of the city. Traffic tends to be frantic, and parking spaces are expensive and difficult to find. Most of the main tourist destinations are reachable by public transport, and you should use that as your main mode of travel.

By Bus

Intercity buses arrive and depart from the Taipei Bus Terminal, which is located on Chengde Road, behind Taipei Main Station. Almost every city on the island is served, but trains are usually faster and more comfortable on the longer journeys.

Generally speaking, the buses operated by private companies are more comfortable and sport such amenities as wide reclining seats and individual game and video monitors. The government run buses are blue and white and are called guóguāng hào (國光號). All intercity buses are known as kèyùn (客運) and can be distinguished from the local city buses called gōngchē (公車) by the fact that they do not have a route number, but only the name of the destination.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxis are the most flexible way to get around, and are extremely numerous. They are expensive in comparison to mass transit, but are cheap when compared to taxis in the rest of the world. Taxis are metered, which meter starts at NT$70(an additional NT$20 is added over the meter for the taxi rates at night ). Most taxi drivers cannot speak English, and it will be necessary for non-Chinese speakers to have their destination written down in Chinese. Tipping is neither necessary nor expected.

Since 2012, all passengers are required to buckle their seatbelt. Women and/or children traveling at night are advised to use one of the reputable taxi companies. The toll free taxi hotline is 0800-055850 (maintained by Department of Transportation).

Taiwanese taxi drivers tend to be more honest than in many other countries. They are notorious for their strong opinions on politics. A large majority of them support Taiwan independence as they spend all day listening to talk radio. They will probably be unable to share any of this with you if you do not speak Chinese. Avoid any potential political discussion.

It is not advisable for lone women at night to hail a random taxi from the street - it is best to have the number of one of the bigger taxi companies and to call for a cab. Taking a taxi at night in Taipei is more dangerous than walking.

By Public Transport

Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit System (also known as MRT or Metro Taipei) provides public transport by metro/rail in the Taipei metropolitan area, mostly between 5:00am and midnight. One-way tickets are in the NT$20 and NT$65 range. Stations and trains are clearly identified in English, so even for those who cannot read Chinese, the MRT system is very accessible. All stops are announced in four languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka and English. All stations have information booth/ticket offices close to the ticket vending machines. There is no eating or drinking while in the stations or on the trains. There are priority seats. If you need a seat, there are stickers offered at the information booth that allow passengers to identify those in need.
In addition to single journey tickets, the Taipei MRT also sells value-added cards/smartcards called EasyCard or youyouka (as in 'yo-yo-ka', also 悠遊卡). These cards hold amounts up to NT$5,000, and one only needs to "touch" (sensor) them past the barrier monitor to gain entry and exit from paid areas. Value-added cards can be purchased at station ticket offices or at vending machines, and can be recharged at the stations or convenience stores. To purchase a new EasyCard you will need to pay NT$500 (including a deposit of NT$100 and NT$400 usable credit).

Additionally, buses provide efficient transport in Taipei as well. Because all buses display information (destination and the names of stops) in English, the system is very accessible to non-Chinese speaking visitors. Payment can be made by cash (NT$15) or EasyCard (see "metro" listing) for each section that the bus passes through. For local buses (all local buses have a number, so do long distance buses) the maximum will be two sections with a total cost of NT$45. The confusion, however, arises by not knowing where the section boundaries are located and the fact that there is often a buffer zone to prevent people who get on one stop before the boundary from overpayment.

By Bike

Even though motorized traffic is very heavy in Taipei, bicycles are still legitimate vehicles to get around. There are long cycle paths beside most rivers in the city. Bicycles can also be carried on the Taipei metro but only at Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays and via certain stations - bicycles aren't permitted in larger interchange stations such as Taipei Main Station and Zhongxiao Fuxing, and bicycles are only permitted in the first and last carriages. Properly packaged folded bicycles are exempt from the restrictions upon ordinary bicycles. There are not many segregated bike lanes but on some busy streets cycling on the pavement (US English: sidewalk) is permitted where signed or marked, as in Japan.

Taipei has a great bike sharing system - YouBike. It is very cheap if you register through their site - first half hour is NT$5, which is enough for most every ride you need. You use EasyCard (the same as for the subway and buses) to rent them. It's all very easy and the bikes are modern and convenient. Check each bicycle for defects before you use them; bike seats are turned backwards to signal some form of maintenance is required.

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Eat

Taipei probably has one of the highest densities of restaurants in the world. Almost every street and alley offers some kind of eatery. Of course, Chinese food (from all provinces) is well-represented. In addition, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Italian cuisines are also popular. Basically, East Taipei, especially around Dunhua and Anhe Roads, and also the expat enclave of Tianmu are where to clash chopsticks with the rich and famous, whereas West Taipei offers more smaller, homey restaurants.

Nights Markets

Several night markets (夜市) are located in each district. Some are open during daytime, and all are open until around midnight. Night markets consist of restaurants and stores at the permanent locations and little booths along the center. Every night market has a huge variety of food, so a visit to any one is a good bet for good food.

A lot of Taiwanese street food hasn't actually originated from Taipei, but any popular xiaochi (small snack) eventually makes their way up to the capital. Some of the best known night market snacks are: oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線; ô-á mī-sòa), oyster omelet (蚵仔煎; ô-á-chian), fried chicken fillet (雞排; jīpái), stinky tofu (臭豆腐; chòudòufǔ) and aiyu jelly (愛玉冰; ài-yù-bīng) among a long list of others. Because of the vast selection, the recommendation is to go with a few people and share the food. Otherwise, honestly the best way to eat is to join the longest queue in the market, or just buy whatever catches your eye! Vendor food is generally safe to eat, but use common sense though if you have a sensitive stomach.

The most famous one in Taipei is the Shilin Night Market (士林夜市). It is easily accessible via the MRT at either the Jiantan (劍潭) or Shilin (士林) stations. Locals in Taipei view Shilin as touristy, with food catering to the tastes of mainland visitors. Another excellent option is Ning Xia Night Market (寧夏夜市) in Datong located near the Taipei Circle (建成圓環) and accessible via the MRT at Zhongshan (中山) station. Raohe Street Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市) is also a viable option. It is a mere stone's throw away from the TRA-administered Songshan (松山) railway station.

Restaurants

While it might be possible to spend all your dinners at night markets, Taipei also has plenty of sit-down restaurants with more substantial dishes. For upmarket Taiwanese cuisine, which revolves around the mild yet flavorful trio of basil, garlic and chili, in addition to white rice or sweet potato congee (no wheat-based products for example), try Ching-yeh Aoba in Zhongshan or Shinyeh Table in Daan. But for more down-to-earth experiences, don't forget to go to one of the many "hot fry" (熱炒) restaurants in Taipei where the locals go to eat Taiwanese food and drink beer and kaoliang. Be prepared for a noisy atmosphere, tiny seats, lots of empty beer bottles and excellent food at a low price.

The influx of KMT migrants perhaps makes Taipei one of the easiest places to sample a quality spread of Chinese provincial cuisines. Xiaolongbao (小籠包) or soup dumplings is a Shanghainese dish made famous by Din Tai Fung, whose first storefront at Xinyi Road remains heavily patronised by fans of the world-wide franchise. They have many branches all over the city too, though their branch at Taipei 101 is also extra crowded. Around the corner from Xinyi Road is Yongkang Street, which boasts quite a mix of old and new restaurants like Kaochi or Jin Ji Yuan. Both serve xiaolongbao, along with other dishes such as fried chicken, good alternatives for when the queue to Din Tai Fung is an hour long.

Beef noodle soup is a national icon; Taipei even holds a yearly judging event every September to appraise competitors. There are two main types: hongshao (紅燒牛肉麵), a strongly flavored dish derived from Sichuan spicy bean paste and soya sauce braised beef, and qingdun (清燉牛肉麵), a clear light broth, although there are even tomato varieties popping up around the city. On Yongkang St alone, there're already two beef noodle shops, Yongkang Beef Noodle and Lao Zhang, which have their own regulars. Those more game to get to hard-to-find places can reward themselves at Lin Tung Fong in Zhongshan or the one at Taoyuan Street near Ximending.

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Drink

The nightlife in Taipei runs from boisterous night markets to equally exuberant clubs and bars, and indeed the city comes alive with glittering lights after the last rays of the sun leave the grey buildings.

Xinyi is where the biggest and most flashy clubs are, especially the ATT4FUN Building which has an excellent view of Taipei 101, while smaller shophouses around the Taida and Shida university areas host live music gigs (although lessened after noise complaints). The "Combat Zone" in Zhongshan used to be the go-to district for US soldiers in the Vietnam War and remains fairly gritty with quite the collection of dive bars. The area around Red House Theater near Ximending has a large number of outdoor bars which are generally known to be gay-friendly. Visit the Taiwan Beer Bar, also known as Taipei Brewery, in Zhongzheng if you fancy trying cheap and fresh brews of the local favorite Taiwan Beer.

While traditionally a nation of tea drinkers, in recent years the Taiwanese have really embraced the cafe culture, and all the usual chains can be found here in abundance. For cafes with more character, roam the back streets near National Taiwan University between Xinsheng South Road and Roosevelt Road in Gongguan. More cafes are located in the area around Renai Road, Section 4 and Dunhua South Road. There are also some interesting and characterful places between Yongkang Park and Chaozhou Street, and in the alleys around Shida Road. However, for a particularly impressive range of styles, visit Bitan in Xindian, where all the cafes offer restful views over the river and mountains beyond (though can be noisy during weekends).

Taiwan's speciality tea is High Mountain Oolong (高山烏龍, a fragrant, light tea) and Tieguanyin (鐵觀音, a dark, rich brew). The mountainous Maokong area of Muzha in the Wenshan district of the city has dozens upon dozens of teahouses, many of which also offer panoramic views of the city. Its especially spectacular on a clear evening. A Maokong Gondola (cable car) system services the Taipei Zoo MRT station to Maokong. The S10 bus comes up from the Wanfang Community MRT station.

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Sleep

Taipei offers an important number of various accommodations ranging from basic dorms to 5-star luxury hotels. See the districts articles to read detailed listings.

Tourists sleeping one night in Taipei might want to stay in Zhongzheng, near the Main Train Station, where many budget accommodations can be found. Hotels around the Ximending area would be convenient for those wanting to eat, shop and party all in one area. Business travelers would probably prefer to stay in Xinyi, the financial district, where many luxury hotels are located. The Grand Hotel in Zhongshan, built back when Chiang Kai-shek decided there wasn't a suitable hotel in which to welcome foreign dignitaries, may appeal to those interested in classical Chinese architecture and history. 10% service fee and 5% VAT are usually not included in the top end hotel rates.

If you're staying a bit more long-term in Taipei, do as some daily commuters do and get cheaper rooms outside city boundaries, in places such as Xindian and Yonghe, which are still somewhat accessible through the Taipei MRT network.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
BabyhomeNo.170, Shida Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)Hotel-
Chocolate Box Backpackers(2F), No.11-1, Pucheng St.Hostel-
DreamerNo3,Huayin Street Lane 71,4Flr.Hostel-
EZstay Taipei Main station15F~1, No 50, 1 Sector Zhong Xiao West Road (just in front of Taipei Main Station)HOSTEL81
Fun Taipei BackpackersNo.120, Sec.4, Chengde Rd. No.130, Jihe Rd. Shilin DistrictHOSTEL82
Harazuru Hotel122 Shuang Feng Road TaoyuanHotel-
Guest House TaiwanMex2-F No.18-1 Lane 18 Nanjing W.Guesthouse76
Hotel EclatNo.370,Sec.1 Dunhua S. RDHotel-
Hotel Eight ZoneNo.8,Sec.1, Jinshan S. RDHotel-
JV's Hostel2F., No.57, Aly. 50 Ln. 39, Tonghua St.Hostel89
Kiri's House5F, No.1, Lane 126, Sec. 1, Da-an Rd. Da-an DistrictHOSTEL84
MudanHouse196 Changji St.Hostel89
Royal Garden HotelNo.218, Sec. 1, Wunhua Rd. BanciaoHotel-
Sea Point B&B Guest HouseNo. 86 San Jan Road Juifang TownGUESTHOUSE-
SLv business HotelNo.25, Alley 52, Lane 637, Jhongjheng Rd. JhongheHotel-
Taipei BackPackers2F, #113, Kunming StreetHostel90
Taipei Backpackers Hostel2F., No.14, Lane 11, Taiyuan Rd.Hostel84
Taipei East Commercial District Hostel4F., 123, Sec. 1, Fuxing S. RdHostel-
Taipei Green House1F., No.11, Alley 12 Lane 84,Sec. 3, Roosevelt RHostel-
Taipei Green House on Shida1F., No.11, Alley 12, Lane 84,Sec. 3, Roosevelt R,Hostel-
Taipei Home Stay6F-18, No.369, Jilin Rd. Zhongshan DistrictHOSTEL-
Taipei Homestay5F.,NO.32, Lane 195, Wolong St. Da-an Dist.Hostel-
Taipei Hostel6Fl, No. 11, Lane 5 Lin Shen North RdHOSTEL86
Taipei House International Youth Hostel11F-1, No.293, SongJiang Rd.Hostel-
Taipei Main Station Hostel2F, No.12, Lane 11, Taiyuan Rd.,Hostel88
Taipei Metropolitan House4F, 31, Wanqing St.Hostel-
Taipei NTU House3F, No.18, Lane 316, Sec. 3 Roosevelt RdHostel-
Holo Family House22F~2, No. 50, Zhong Xiao W. Rd., TaipeiHOSTEL72
Taipei Ximen Zebra Apartment13 Lane 29 Xi-Chang Street Taipei CityHostel-
Taiwan Hostel Happy FamilyNo. 2,2 Floor, Lane 56 Zhong Shan North Road, Sec 1Hostel80
the Cats Pajamas1F., No.10-1, Lane 62 Taishun Street, Da-an DistrictHOSTEL-
World Scholar HouseSung Chiang Road, Lane 38, No.2, 8th Floor TaipeiHostel-
Y Hotel Taipei(YMCA)19 Xu Chang St.Hotel-
EZ Stay XimenNo79 Xi-Ning south street, Taipei 8F-14Hostel-
Taipei Night Market Hostel10F., No.198, Sec. 4 Chengde Rd., Shilin Dist.Hostel-
Taipei Homestay 13F-5, No.11, Lane 5, Linsen N. Rd., Jhongjheng District, 100 Taipei CityHostel-
Eight Elephants & Dreaming Dragon Hostel1F, No.6, Alley 4, Lane 48, JinJiang St. ShiDa,TaipeiHOSTEL90
Amigo HostelNo. 14. Lane 157. Sec. 2. Yungho RdHostel-
Sevilla Boutique HostelNo.175 Sec. 2 - Shenyang Rd Beitun DistrictHostel-
King Regency Hotel3/f, No. 21,Zhonghua Rd Section 1Hotel-
Toucheng Backpackers HostelF7. No.79, Mingfong RdHostel-
Camels' Island, Shida2F., No.137, Sec. 2 Nanchang RoadHostel-
STAR Hostel (Taipei)2F., No. 132, Sec. 1 Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan DHOSTEL-
Taipei Easy Stay Inn10F-1, No.293, Song Jiang Road, TaipeiHostel-
The Meeting Place1F, No.20, Alley1, Lane 768, Section 4, Bade Road Nangang DistrictHostel85
Your House Taipei4/F., No, 4, Alley 22, Lane 251, Nan-King E. Rd., Sec. 5,HOSTEL-
Walkers' Hostel2F., No.34, Sec. 4, Xinyi Rd.Hostel89
Flip Flop Hostel Dapinglin4F., No.16, Ln. 228, Sec. 3, Zhongxing Rd., XindiHostel-
Taipei City HostelNo.41, Sec. 2, Hankou St., Wanhua Dist.HOSTEL-
Ximen New Moon Hostel1F., No.79, Xining S. Rd., Wanhua Dist.Hostel72
Tree House HostelNo.11, Lane 11, Sector 1, Heping East Rd.,Guesthouse-
Taipei Ximen MRT Teacher Hostel2F-1, No.11, Sec. 2, Changsha St., Wanhua Dist.HOSTEL62
Taipei Ximen Leopard Garden1F No.87-1 Sec.2 Changsha Street Near XimendingHOSTEL-
Dandy Hotel-DaanNo.33, Sec.3, Sinyi Rd.Hotel-
Alex's Oceanview Stay15 Bitou St., DanshuiGuesthouse78
Yaya HostelNo. 34, Lane 43, East Hansheng Rd. Banqiao DistrictHOSTEL-
Dandy Hotel - Tianmu BranchNo.2, Lane 728, Sec. 6, Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin Dist.Hotel-
Sunny House Taipei5F., No.12, Ln. 16, Wenhua Rd., Yonghe CityHOSTEL-
Homey Hostel1F., No.7, Ln. 180, Tonghua St. Daan DistHOSTEL-
Hill Side Hostel TaipeiSiu-Shan-LuHOSTEL-
Taipei Corner - ShiDaNo.19, Jinjiang St. Zhongzheng Dist.HOSTEL-
Culture 22No.22, Wenhua Rd., Yonghe Dist. New Taipei CityHOSTEL-
Flip Flop Hostel - Taipei Main Station2F., No.25, Nanyang St. Zhongzheng Dist.HOSTEL88
I love APPLE House2F, NO.78-1 Qi-Dong StreetGUESTHOUSE-
TaipeiTaipeiNanYang St. ZhongZhang DistrictHOSTEL85
Across the OceanNo.3, Ln. 181, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd., Da’an Dist., THOSTEL-
Taipei Kunming Hostel7F.-17, No.1, Ln. 160, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist.,Hostel-
Taipei Good Hotel 121No.121, Sec. 1, Yanping N. Rd. Datong Dist.HOTEL-
City Center Taipei Ultimate convenience173 Wen Chang Street 2nd Floor Da-An District 106Guesthouse-
Dandy Hotel - TianjinNo. 70, Tianjin St., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei CityHOTEL-
JYT's Home Hostel Taipei6F, 133, Zhong Xiao East Road Section 5HOSTEL-
Mango53 Inn萬華區和平西路三段55號2樓 Wanhua DistrictHOSTEL86
AmouwalkerNo.52-3, Sec. 1, Xinsheng S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.HOSTEL-
Xi-Men Corner4F., No.10, Ln. 27, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist.,GUESTHOUSE-
Ulysses HotelNo.28, Huayin St., Zhongshan Dist.HOTEL-
Sans Frontieres Hostel8 Floor , No.246, Sec. 2, Wenhua Rd., Banqiao DistHOSTEL-
Taipei Stay-N-Share6F, No.12, MinZhu Rd, Tamsui District New TaipeiGUESTHOUSE-
Taipei Main Station CornerNo.320, Changan W. Rd. Zhongshan Dist.GUESTHOUSE-
Parachute HostelNo.148, Shida Rd. Zhongzheng Dist.HOSTEL-
Travel Talk Taipei Backpackers Hostel2F, No.96, Sec.2, Minquan E. Rd. Zhongshan District.HOSTEL89
TAIPEI MAIN STATION STUDIO APT.18F., No.50, Sec. 1, Zhongxiao W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,Apartment-
Taipei Tourguide Hostel3F-2, No. 111, Kunming St., Wanhua DistHOSTEL-
Taipei Cheeky House (TPE City Hall)#21, Alley 9, Songlong RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Odeon Guest HouseNo.11, Lane 86 , Sec. 3 , ShinSheng S. RdGUESTHOUSE-
Ximen Backpackers Home1F., No.79, Xining S. Rd. Wanhua Dist.HOSTEL-
GoSleep Hotel (Hankou)No 54, Hankou Street, Wanhua District XimendingHOTEL-
GoSleep Hotel (Xining)9F.-1, No.36, Xining S. Rd., XimendingHOTEL-
SoFun InnNo. 40, Alley 119, Lane 30, Yongji Road Xinyi DistrictGUESTHOUSE-
Taipei Cheeky House (SYS Memorial Hall )No. 248, Civil Bolevard Sec 4. Taipei 100, TaiwanGUESTHOUSE-
Banana Hostel7F.-1, No.23, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd. Zhongzheng Dist.HOSTEL-
Mr Lobster's Secret Den2F No.95-2, Guangzhou St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei CHOSTEL-
Vivian Home4F.-1, No. 765, Minzu E. Rd., Taipei, TaiwanGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Blueciel1F No.8 , Alley 2 , Lane 387 , Neihu Road. Sec.1 Neihu District.HOSTEL-
WR TaipeiHouse1F, No.35, 40 Lane An Tung StreetHOSTEL-
A Simple Place TaipeiNo.215, Xining South Road Wanhua DistrictHOTEL-
NiHao@Taipei11F-5, No.41, Sec.1, ZhongXiao W Road Jhong Jheng DistrictHOSTEL85
AM 62F., No.6, Dabei Road Shilin DistrictHOTEL-
Fun Taipei HostelNo.66, Wenlin Rd. Shilin DistrictHOSTEL-
Luxury Studio Apt @ Taipei Main StationRoom 24,18F., No.50, Sec. 1, Zhongxiao W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,Hostel-
Ezstay Taipei 2 @ Nanyang4F., No.15-6, Nanyang Street Zhongzheng DistrictHOSTEL-
Hostel M2F., No.14-4, Ln. 64, Nanjing W. Rd., Datong Dist.HOSTEL-
JV's Taipei international Home1F, No.10, Lane 40, Lin Jiang Street Da-An DistrictHOSTEL-
TaipeiFun International Guest House3F, No.96, Xinghua Road Nangang DistrictHOSTEL-
Country Cheeky House (Taipei City Hall)No.6, 52th Alley, 553 Street, Zhongxiao East RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Alice Hostel TaipeiNo. 67, Chendu Street Wanhua DistrictHOSTEL-
May Rooms Taipei2F., No.229, Sec. 1, Nangang Rd. Nangang Dist.HOSTEL85
Lucky Apartment Hotel4F-9 #141 Keelung Road Sector 1 Xinyi DistrictHOTEL-
City Bear HostelNo.10, Aly. 41, Ln. 180, Yongji Rd Xinyi Dist, TaipeiHOSTEL-
Vintage Travel & Hostel2F., No.222, Guisui Street TaipeiHOSTEL-
On My Way Taipei HostelNo 82, Guangming Road Beitou DistrictHOSTEL86
Taipei MRT HostelNo 138 Jihe Road Shilin DistrictHOSTEL-
Bachelor Apartment1F., No.17, Aly. 20, Ln. 12, Sec. 3, Bade Rd. Songshan Dist.APARTMENT-
1983 Hostel1F., No.17, Ln. 54, Taishun St., Da’an Dist. TaipeiHOSTEL-
Taipei Happy Family Hostel-ZhongShan Station2F #3,Lane 135,ZhongShan North Road Sec.1HOSTEL-
First-Stop Backpacker HostelNo.7, Ln.4, Tai’an RdHostel-
Ev8dhome Hostel5F, 611 Wu Xing RoadHOSTEL-
iTaipei Service Apartment1F., No.209, Sec. 1, Civic Blvd.(Taipei Bus StatioAPARTMENT-
Inn Cube10F., No.13, Gongyuan RdGUESTHOUSE-
Taipei City Mall Y27 Residence2F., No.7, Tacheng Street Datong DistrictHOSTEL-
Taipei Mother Xu's Home16F, Building 29, Lane 373, Fude RoadAPARTMENT-
Have Fun Suite & Budget HostelNo.76, Kunming Street Wanhua DistrictAPARTMENT-
We Hostel317 Sec. 3, Chongqing Northen Road Datong DistrictHOSTEL-
Homey Hostel Downtown7F., No.180, Chang’an W. Rd. Datong Dist.HOSTEL87
Taipei Monthly Room Rental Hostel2F, No.12, Lane 11 Taiyuan Rd.HOSTEL-
Taipei Triple Tiger Backpacker4F,No.39, Line25 KangDing RoadHOSTEL-
The Loft Hostel Taipei7F, No.107, Sec.4, Zhongxiao East RoadHOSTEL-
CU Hotel Taipei BranchNo. 198 MinSheng West RoadHOSTEL80

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Work

Teaching English (or to a lesser extent, other foreign languages) is perhaps the easiest way to work in Taiwan. Work permits will be hard to come by and will take time. Consult your local Taiwan consulate/embassy/representative as far in advance as possible.

It should be noted that anyone staying in Taiwan for an extended period of time can FIND English teaching work, albeit technically illegally. If you are staying as a student or for some other long term purpose, it should be noted that many people are teaching English (or some other language) for pay without a permit in Taipei and elsewhere in Taiwan.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are plentiful, although you may have to wander around before finding one. Rather, Internet cafes in Taiwan should be called gaming cafes. These are often found on the first or second floor of a building, and equipped with very comfortable chairs and large screens. Each hour of Internet access/game play is cheap, coming in at around $20. For free internet access in big cities, try out the local libraries. In addition, a wireless internet accessing net covering all of Taipei City is available and Kaohsiung City is currently under construction. There is also a common wifi network available at every McDonald's.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Taiwan is 886. The emergency numbers include 110 (police) 119 (medical, fire) and the standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. Numbers starting with 0800 are commercial toll-free numbers. Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent in Taiwan, with the exception of some remote mountainous areas. Among the major providers are Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone and Vibo. Taiwan has both GSM 900/1800 and 3G (UMTS/W-CDMA 2100) networks and roaming might be possible for users of such mobile phones, subject to agreements between operators. If you bring your own cellphone, buy a local SIM-card for the lowest prices and be sure your phone is unlocked.

Post

Chungwa Post is the national postal service of Taiwan. It offers fast and reliable postal services, both domestic and internationally. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 5:00pm during weekdays, though some keep longer hours or are open on Saturday (morning). Prices for sending postcards or letters (up to 20 grams) start at NT$5 within the country, while postcards by airmail to other countries start at around NT$10-12 per item, and letters are slightly more expensive. There is a wide range in prices regarding international parcel sending, and other companies like DHL, TNT, FedEx and UPS offer similar services.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 25.080441
  • Longitude: 121.564194

Accommodation in Taipei

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