New Taipei

Travel Guide Asia Taiwan New Taipei

edit

Introduction

New Taipei is officially the largest city in Taiwan and is located in the north, completely surrounding the capital Taipei and bordered by the port city of Keelung to the northeast.

Top

edit

Neighbourhoods

  • Northern Coastal Districts: Danshui, Sanzhi, Jinshan, and Wanli are famous for their coastal views and water-front cafes. They also home to a number of hot springs and unusual rock formations.
  • Southern Coastal Districts: Ruifeng and Gongliao are home to the surfing community of Fulung and the former gold mining town of Juifen.
  • Commercial Districts: Banqiao, Yonghe, and Zhonghe form the central area of New Taipei and serve as the city's business hub.
  • Former industrial Belt: Bali, Linkou, Luzhou, Sanchong, Shulin, Taishan, Tucheng, Wugu, Xinzhuang and Yingge were once known for their small industries. The majority of these factories have long since been relocated to countries with lower labor costs and the areas are now characterized by densely packed apartment complexes.
  • Western Mountain Areas: Sanxia, Xindian, and Wulai are are known for their lush mountain scenery and hot springs.
  • Eastern Mountain Areas: Pinlin, Pingxi, Shenken, Shiding. Shuangxi, and Xizhi districts are mostly mountainous regions with a low population density.

Top

edit

Sights and Activities

  • Banqiao's Lin Family Mansion and Garden is one of the best examples of Qing era Chinese architecture in Taiwan. It is free of charge and well worth a visit.
  • Danshui Fisherman's Wharf is New Taipei's most famous scenic sight.
  • Enjoy your coffee or tea beside the Bitan Lake, Xindian.
  • Jiufen is famous for gold mining. There is an excellent gold museum.
  • In Fulong, you will find a coastal district with an excellent beach. Every July, don't forget to attend the three day Ho-hai-yan Rock Festival.
  • Enjoy the aboriginal Dancing show and hot spring in Wulai.

Top

edit

Events and Festivals

Buddha Bathing Festival

The Buddha bathing festival takes place on April 8 and is a Buddhist religious ceremony celebrating the birth of the Lord Buddha. The faithful bow three times to the Lord Buddha and then pour water and flowers of a statue of the baby Buddha.

Tomb Sweeping Day

Tomb Sweeping Day usually falls in early April and is a public holiday in Taiwan. Taiwanese people pray and tend to the graves of their departed relatives. Willow branches are used to decorate graves and doors in some areas and the flying of kites, carrying of flowers, and burning of incense, paper and joss sticks is common.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is a June public holiday originating from China that is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The day is celebrated in Taiwan with dragon boat races, eating glutinous rice dumplings, drinking wine and writing spells.

Autumn Moon Festival

The Moon Festival talks place in late September or early October, on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The festival celebrates harvest time and is characterized by giving and eating moon cakes. Dragon dances, floating lanterns, fireworks and burning incense are also common.

Ghost Festival

September is Ghost Month in Taiwan with the gates of the underworld opening on the first day and closing on the last. Throughout the month, both Buddhist and Taoist religious rituals take place that include to offerings of food, drink and burnt paper money appease the dead. Many Taiwanese avoid moving house or getting married during this month.

Double Ten Day

Double Ten Day falls on the tenth of October and is the Republic of China National Day, celebrating the start of the Wuching uprising in 1911 that resulted in the defeat of the Qing Dynasty. Proceedings begin with the raising of the Republic of China flag and singing of the Republic of China national anthem. There is a Taiwanese presidential speech and celebrations include lion dances, drumming, and fireworks.

Top

edit

Weather

The climate of the city is characterized as a humid subtropical climate with seasonal monsoons with ample rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year. Seasonal variations of temperatures are noticeable although temperatures typically varies from warm to hot throughout the year, except when cold fronts strikes during the winter months when temperatures can sometimes dip below 10 °C. January is typically the coolest month and July is usually the warmest.

Top

edit

Getting There

By Plane

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) near the capital Taipei also services as the main gateway to New Taipei. 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

Banqiao (Banciao) Railway Station (板橋車站) is the major transportation hub in New Taipei. This station connects the railways, Taipei MRT and Taiwan High Speed Rail. It also has local and inter-city bus stations. (Wunhua Road Sec. 1, Banqiao City).

Taipei Metro, commonly called MRT, is the most convenient transportation method between Taipei and New Taipei.

  • Tamsui Line (淡水線) stations: Zhuwei, Hongshulin and Tamsui.
  • Banan Line (板南線) stations: Jiangzicui, Xinpu, Banqiao, Fuzhong, Far Eastern Hospital, Haishan, Tucheng and Yongning.
  • Zhonghe Line (中和線) stations: Dingxi (Yonghe), Yongan Market, Jingan and Nanshijiao.
  • Xindian Line (新店線) stations: Dapinglin, Qizhang, Xindian City Hall and Xindian (Bitan).

By Bus

Inter-city buses arrive and depart from the Banqiao Railway Station's terminal. The inter-city bus terminal is just east of the Banqiao Railway Station, and the local bus terminal is in the west. Bus services are easily available, both to travel in the city and from or to nearby regions.

Top

edit

Getting Around

By Car

Taxis are the most convenient way to get around, and the price is not very high. Note that most taxi drivers speak little or no English.

By Public Transport

Every district of New Taipei is accessible by bus. Most of them are a part of Taipei's bus network. If you know how to take a bus in Taipei, you will have no problem taking a bus in New Taipei.

Taipei MRT is an efficient tool to travel between the city's north, west and south sections.

Top

edit

Eat

  • A-Gei - a most famous snack in Tamsui.
  • Taro balls - Jiufen's famous product.
  • Box lunches - famous Biandang (box lunches in Mandarin) are sold on the left of the Fulong train station.

Top

edit

Drink

  • Soy Milk (豆漿) - is a traditional Taiwanese breakfast dish. Yonghe Soy Milk, this household name comes from the original shop which is located at Yonghe.
  • Tea - Pinglin's Baozhong tea (包種茶) is the most famous tea in Taiwan.

Top

edit

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.

Top

New Taipei Travel Helpers

We don't currently have any Travel Helpers for New Taipei

This is version 5. Last edited at 15:11 on Mar 11, 19 by Utrecht. 2 articles link to this page.

Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, content of this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License