Taipei, Taiwan

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Bernbern

City Overview

Taipei, Taiwan, located southeast of China, is one of the most underrated destinations, EVER. It's known for night markets, the best 7-11s in the world, and travel convenience. If you want a night out in the city, you can take a cheap taxi ride or just hop onto their subway system, the MRT. If you're feeling adventurous, you'll be able to find hiking and biking trails within the city with an amazing view. Want to vacation somewhere more remote? All you need to do is head over to the train station and head south to Kenting. Here, you'll find beaches, fresh seafood, night markets, and local bars. Aside from the convenient travel, the Taiwanese locals are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I've been all over East and Southeast Asia and if you are thinking about traveling to Asia, I would suggest making Taiwan your first destination. It's a great start to exploring the far east. The people and backpack friendly culture will only make you crave for more.

Bernise

City overview by
Bernbern

What to See

National Park

Volcanic Landscape

Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei, Taiwan
by about 6 years ago
Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is so lucky to have a wonderful national park just 1 hour from the city. Plenty scenic areas to discover, many trails for hiking. Also accessible via public bus.
Tips:
1. Plan well, check weather forecast at Yangmingshan. If raining nothing much can be seen and hike could be harder.
2. Bring umbrella, raincoat & camera to capture gorgeous views of the park.
3. Average temperature is around 5C to 13C. Wear proper clothing.
4. Go to http://english.ymsnp.gov.tw/' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'> http://english.ymsnp.gov.tw/ for ideas of exploring yangmingshan. Scenic spots that you have to visit and trails option for hiking.
5. Go to Visitor Center for maps and route suggestion.
6. Shuttle bus will not stop at every station. So ask them to stop at your designated destination.
7. Bus driver might not know English (this is the challenging part). My suggestion, take 2 maps- in English and Mandarin. Show maps in mandarin to the driver of where you want to stop.
8. Must go!

Where to Party

Dancing / Discos / Clubs

Night at the Luxy
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago
Night at the Luxy

This place is a warehouse of fun. And, apparently, they only let beautiful people in. See for yourself: http://www.facebook.com/luxy.taipei.fans.

General Advice

People

Taiwan - My first solo backpack trip
by Jaynelock about 7 years ago
Taiwan - My first solo backpack trip

- Put on your sunscreen even if the weather is cool. I got really tanned and my brother got sunburned.
- It'll be good if you know mandarin as most locals are not that good in English and local food stalls don't usually have English menus.
- Enjoy getting lost in night market! Lots of yummy food there! (take it from a glutton =D) Beware of the stinky fermented tofu if you can't take strong smelling food. (Personally, it smells like sewage to me. I heard from people that it smells horrible but taste terrific! Take up the challenge all you daredevils out there!)
- Take note that there's a lot of motorcycles and sometimes they can go up the pavements and go though the narrow alleys in the night markets. - Most Taiwanese I met are super friendly and helpful. They made me feel even more at home than when I'm at home ;) Even so, you still have to be careful.
- They really love dogs! I see people with their dogs almost everywhere, every now and then so be mentally prepared if you're afraid!