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2 Days In Taipei Itinerary | Guided By A Native

Should you solely have 48 hours in Taipei, you actually should benefit from your time.

I not too long ago spent two days in Taipei and I actually should say I made essentially the most of it.

I used to be Couchsurfing and fortunate to have my host additionally supply to be my information for my keep within the capital of Taiwan.

Under you’ll find my suggestions on learn how to get a superb mixture of native tradition, historical past, and meals (admittedly this itinerary could be slightly bit heavy on the meals, what I did resembled a Taipei meals journey greater than the rest).

So, seize your notepad and write down all of the actions that ought to go in your checklist when visiting Taipei (throughout your journey all over the world or in any other case), with many wonderful and unforgettable experiences and suggestions I received from a Taipei native.

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WHAT TO DO IN TAIPEI IN 2 DAYS?

My Taipei 2 Day Itinerary

Day 1

  1. Confucius Temple
  2. Dalongdong Baoan Temple
  3. Go to a neighborhood market
  4. Nationwide Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor
  5. Lunch at Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant
  6. Hike Elephant Mountain
  7. Go to the Taipei 101
  8. Linjiang Night time Market

Day 2

  1. Longshan temple
  2. Get pleasure from a Meals Tour
  3. Shrimp Fishing
  4. Shilin Night time Market
  5. A soothing Taiwanese therapeutic massage

I spent 2 nights in Taipei, arriving within the night on what I name Day 0 and leaving at evening on Day 2. All in all I spent just about precisely 48 hours in Taipei. And I did a LOT!

However, earlier than we kick off, I simply need to make you conscious of a few free excursions which are accessible within the metropolis. Fortunately, due to Couchsurfing, I had a neighborhood and a had a neighborhood information (extra on that later), however if you wish to benefit from a free tour, try these hyperlinks:

Taipei itinerary Day 1

Consuming dumplings in Taipei

I began the primary day of my 2 days in taipei itinerary at 10 a.m. taking purple MRT line to Yuanshan Station.

On my approach to the primary cease (the Confucius Temple), I had some dumplings for breakfast, that I purchased at two completely different native retailers alongside the way in which. They had been tremendous fluffy outdoors and scorching and flavorful inside. One with meat the opposite with cabbage.

What an important begin to the day.

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple in Taipei
Confucius Temple in Taipei

The Confucius temple was first constructed in Taipei in 1879 and demolished a number of occasions. All of the buildings immediately are modeled after the authentic Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province of China. You cannot solely admire the gorgeous structure you may also study Confucius and the Six Confucian Arts, all written conveniently in English.

  • Title: Confucius Temple
  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 08:30 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
  • Tackle: No. 275, Dalong Road, Datong District, Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan 103
  • Test it out on Google Maps

Dalongdong Baoan Temple

The Dalongdong Baoan Temple in Taipei
Dalongdong Baoan Temple

Proper throughout the road from the Confucius Temple, you possibly can go to the Taiwanese people faith temple Baoan Temple, my second cease of my 2 days itinerary in Taipei.

The temple acquired the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for each its restoration and its revival of temple rites and festivities. And when strolling round it actually turns into clear, that the temple buildings are fairly fantastically restored and so wealthy intimately which you can take a look at all the pieces for a very long time and nonetheless discover extra particulars.

There are numerous vacationers visiting, but additionally many locals who convey choices.

All year long there are numerous festivals which are open to the general public and free, so whenever you plan your journey test upfront should you might expertise some Taiwanese tradition and faith at Baoan Temple.

At each the Confucius temple and the Baoan Temple there have been some skilled photographers with fashions taking footage, which I discovered very fascinating. However I assume the structure makes for a really stunning background in footage.

  • Title: Dalongdong Baoan Temple
  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tackle: No. 61, Hami Road, Datong District, Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan 103
  • Test it out on GoogleMaps

Go to a neighborhood market

A stack of fried crab at a local marketing in Taipei
Fried crab at a neighborhood market

On the way in which to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial (see subsequent level), I stumbled upon the Nanmen market and had a glance inside.

All of the meals seemed actually scrumptious and I’ve to say in comparison with my experiences with markets in different (particularly East-Asian) international locations it was very clear and smelled actually good.

The market had a number of pre-cooked meals that the locals would take house and eat there. However there was additionally packed dry fruit and nuts and likewise dry meat of various varieties.

  • Title: Nanmen Market
  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Tackle: No. 8, Part 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan 100
  • Test it out on Google Maps

Nationwide Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor

Entrance to the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Entrance to the Nationwide Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor

A go to to Taipei wouldn’t be full with out a go to to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor . The Memorial is a formidable construction made out of white stone positioned on the Jap facet of an enormous open sq. which can also be house to the Nationwide Live performance Corridor, Nationwide Theatre and the Liberty Sq. Arch.

Inside you possibly can study slightly bit in regards to the historical past of China and Taiwan and likewise go to the statue of Chiang Kai Shek on the highest flooring.

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor guards

The statue is protected by two guards who stand on consideration for a complete hour and at each full hour, you possibly can see the altering of the guard.

We, sadly, missed it however had been simply in time to see the guards exit the elevator on the primary flooring the place they stayed in formation, and made their approach to the guard room. Their synchronicity was fairly spectacular.

  • Title: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Corridor
  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tackle: No. 21, Zhongshan South Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan 100
  • Test it out on Google Maps

Lunch at Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant

Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant in Taipei
Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant in Taipei

At round 3 p.m. I received significantly hungry and went on the lookout for one thing to eat. Throughout the road from King Mango (see subsequent cease) I discovered a restaurant that seemed promising. It’s referred to as Du Hsiao Yueh and I can strongly advocate it.

It may need been the perfect meals in Taipei I had.

I ordered some noodle soup and likewise rice with beef topping, some asparagus salad and to clean all of it down a Taiwanese pineapple beer and a few lemon tea. It was all actually scrumptious.

I later came upon that the meals (and restaurant) originate from Tainan, town Emma (our host) is from. She advised me that there are two branches to the restaurant as a result of the household who runs it received right into a battle and separated. One is extra conventional, the opposite extra fashionable. I visited the extra fashionable one. 

  • Title: Du Hsiao Yueh
  • Value: from 100 NTD (I paid 400 NTD for 2 individuals)
  • Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Tackle: No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 216, Part 4, Zhongxiao East Street, Da’an District, Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan 106
  • Test it out on Google Maps

King Mango

Mango Snowice at King Mango in Taipei
Mango Snowice at King Mango in Taipei

One of many stops you cant miss in your Taipei itinerary 2 days is King Mango, they’ve the perfect desert in Taipei.

The place is sort of well-known with vacationers (primarily Japanese vacationers as we came upon) and rightly so. The value is a bit costly at 200 NTD however completely price it.

The snow ice is available in an enormous bowl, ringed with mango chunks and an enormous ball of mango ice on prime. I shared one and nonetheless wasn’t in a position to end it (primarily as a result of it was so chilly).

The style was heaven for any mango lover. It was candy and tasted loads like mango, however balanced very well with the milk flavored snow ice and candy sauce.

In case you are like me and never solely love mango but additionally chocolate then you definitely could be stunned that there’s a lot of scrumptious chocolate accessible in Taipei and throughout Taiwan.

One other factor to placed on a listing of greatest desserts in Taipei.

  • Title: King Mango
  • Value: 200 NTD
  • Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 
  • Tackle: No. 2-1, Lane 2, Yongkang Road, Da’an District, Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan 106
  • Test it out on Google Maps

Elephant Mountain

Climbing Elephant Mountain in Taipei
Climbing Elephant Mountain in Taipei

After consuming lunch after which the large ice cream it was time to work out slightly bit. So, I climbed Elephant Mountain to get a take a look at the entire metropolis from above. Totally free.

I realized it isn’t solely in style with vacationers but additionally the locals in Taipei love to go to it, not just for the spectacular view but additionally for the train of climbing all these stairs to the highest. And it ought to be on the highest of your Taipei 2 days itinerary.

View of Taipei from Elephant Mountain
View of Taipei from Elephant Mountain

The exertion is completely price it. I arrived simply earlier than sundown whereas it was nonetheless mild and slowly watched the sky get darker and town mild up under me.

The Taipei 101 was shining brightly illuminated in blue shade. It’s illuminated in a special shade relying on the day however I actually loved the blue.

There are two viewing spots and I strongly advise not to surrender on the primary one. The second has 5 gigantic rocks which you can climb on prime of and take some very nice footage of your self and town.

Positively the perfect (not food-related) exercise I did on that at some point in Taipei and one that you simply undoubtedly shouldn’t miss.

Go to the Taipei 101

Taipei 101 from the bottom
Taipei 101 from the underside

I made a decision to not trip to the highest of the as soon as tallest constructing on this planet, however somewhat seen the constructing itself from its backside.

I additionally did some window buying within the Taipei 101 mall, a contemporary mall with many manufacturers inside, and doubtless the perfect place to do some buying in Taipei. 

I had deliberate to trip as much as the Taipei 101 observatory, however I didn’t have a reservation and on the time of my go to, it was extraordinarily busy.

I’ll should chalk that right down to a lesson realized, if you wish to assure a visit to the commentary deck on the prime of Taipei 101, ensure to have a reservation not less than at some point earlier than.

Linjiang Night time Market

Linjiang Night Market in Taipei
Linjiang Night time Market in Taipei

One station away from the Taipei 101 is an evening market that was really useful to me by one among Emma’s pals, she stated it was the perfect evening market in Taipei.

The Linjiang Night time Market (also called the Tonghua evening market), within the Da an district, is principally one very lengthy avenue lined with retailers and stalls on both facet and the center.

You cannot solely discover essentially the most scrumptious meals but additionally clothes retailers and different retailers promoting cellphone devices, equipment and different cheaply produced issues. Principally heaven!

I ate dinner there going from stall to stall and attempting a number of completely different meals. Some dumplings, fried mushrooms, potato balls and way more. Yum!

I can see why it is among the greatest evening markets in Taipei.

sadly, because the evening drew in and we had been having fun with some drinks in a couple of native open air bars, it began to rain.

Oh nicely, I used to be fortunate all day so slightly rain at evening couldn’t actually dampen my spirits. We completed our drinks beneath our umbrellas and went house.

Taipei itinerary day 2

Because the begin of my meals tour was at 11 am I made a decision to sleep in slightly bit and make the Taiwanese meals tour my first cease of the day.

Sadly, it had continued to rain all evening, and likewise the entire morning. It continued till round 4 p.m. when it lastly stopped. However I don’t let the climate get me down and I spent an superior second day in Taipei.

Taipei Eats Meals Tour

Taipei Eats Food Tour Taiwanese Burger Gua Bao
Taipei Eats Meals Tour Taiwanese Burger Gua Bao

I used to be fairly hungry after I began my Taipei Eats meals tour within the Xinyi district of Taipei at 11 a.m. However I didn’t have to attend very lengthy for the primary meals of the day.

First some fruit, then some Gua Bao, Bubble Tea, Smelly Tofu, dumplings and extra.

Every thing was extraordinarily scrumptious and our information Amber was tremendous good and educated about meals and likewise Taiwan usually.

The opposite members had been a superb match, everybody fascinated with conventional Taiwanese meals and tradition and we might alternate many experiences and concepts on the place to journey to subsequent.

On the finish of the tour, nobody might eat one other chunk, however we had been actually comfortable and content material. I wrote an in depth evaluation of the Taipei Eats Xinyi Tour. I like to recommend you test it out and ebook an unforgettable tour to your Taipei itinerary. It truly is my prime Taipei meals advice!

Shrimp Fishing

Shrimp Fishing in Taipei
Shrimp Fishing in Taipei

As a result of it had been raining all day I used to be now actually on the lookout for an exercise I might do inside. As a result of I couldn’t actually provide you with something I requested my host Emma if she had any concepts. She did!

Shrimp Fishing. A Taiwanese pastime the place you sit round a pool crammed with shrimp and attempt to catch them along with your fishing rod. Afterward, you possibly can both grill or boil the shrimp and eat them.

Positively one of many prime hidden issues to do in Taipei.

As a shrimp lover the right exercise for me. However I quickly came upon I wasn’t any good at it. Emma, having additionally by no means performed this earlier than referred to as up a buddy who likes to fish shrimps.

He took the time to indicate us the way it labored, however even together with his form assist, we had solely caught 6 shrimp in a single hour.

Oh nicely, we thought and began to arrange them as our meager dinner.

The proprietor of the shrimp fishing place had pity on us and gave us all 6 extra shrimp to arrange and eat.

I used to be, in fact, very comfortable and it was really not the one time the Taiwanese individuals had been extraordinarily form to me.

Shilin Night time Market

Shilin Market in Taipei

The largest and most well-known evening market in Taipei is overrun with vacationers, and in my thoughts, it doesn’t should be very excessive in your Taipei bucket checklist.

Should you don’t like crowds it’s best to actually keep away from this a part of city.

However . . . it’s a handy place to strive a number of completely different avenue meals and likewise purchase some souvenirs, play some video games and simply take within the environment of a busy evening market with the distributors shouting and the vacationers taking footage throughout you.

A soothing Taiwanese therapeutic massage

Massage in Taipei
Therapeutic massage in Taipei

After two days in Taipei with a number of strolling, I used to be actually drained and in dire want of a therapeutic massage. In comparison with Thailand or Vietnam the therapeutic massage is slightly bit dearer, however nonetheless fairly a bit cheaper than in Japan or Europe.

There are numerous therapeutic massage locations round Shilin Night time Market, and we felt it could be cheaper to go someplace much less touristy for a therapeutic massage.

In the long run, we realized the worth was principally the identical even some place else. So be happy to take up any of the gives for a pleasant foot or physique therapeutic massage and simply loosen up for a short time.

I solely had one therapeutic massage nevertheless it undoubtedly was the perfect therapeutic massage in Taipei I might have had. I don’t assume I’ve ever had a foot therapeutic massage as sturdy. It actually damage quite a bit, however afterward I felt very very mild.

The masseur actually knew the place to press, he additionally defined how all the pieces in my physique is linked and what factors on my ft represented what components of my physique.

Value: half-hour 400 NTD, 60 minutes 800 NTD

Just a few further options

After all, I didn’t get to all the pieces in Taipei, so when you’ve got a bit longer or don’t fancy shrimp fishing (don’t fear, I get it) listed here are a couple of further options to your 2 days in Taipei:

Longshan temple

This huge temple, situated within the Wanhua District, is house to a whole bunch of statues of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities. Putting work grace the partitions of the temple with stone statues of mystical creatures guarding the temple grounds.

You possibly can pre-book a FREE tour of the Longshan temple right here.

Nationwide Palace Museum

with a group of almost 700,000 items of historic Chinese language imperial artifacts and artworks, it is among the largest of its sort on this planet.

The Pink Home Theater

Typically referred to as the Hong Lo Pink Play Home, it hosts live shows by college students and musicians from Thursday all through the weekend. The distinctive architectural type is a mix of Western and Meiji period Japanese architectural patterns.

Beitou Scorching Springs

Who doesn’t love a scorching spring? when you’ve got slightly longer in your journey, it’s possible you’ll need to contemplate a day journey to the Beitou Scorching Springs. It’s straightforward to get to and an important spot for leisure.

Maokong Gondola

The Maokong Gondola is a well-liked vacationer attraction that gives up some gorgeous views over town. situated near the zoo, it’s a 4.2km route with an important little spot to take pleasure in a calming spot of tea.

Journey Information | Getting round Taipei

The MRT in Taipei
MRT station in Taipei

Connections to Taipei Airport

The Airport MRT or a bus connects the Principal Station and the Airport. The MRT is 160 NTD, the bus slightly cheaper at 130 MRT.

Each take roughly the identical time. About half-hour. Bear in mind that the final MRT leaves from Principal Station at 11:00 pm, afterward you could take the bus.

If you’d like the simple choice, you may go for a personal switch.

Public Transport in Taipei

MRT ticket Taipei
A Taipei MRT ticket

The MRT (Taipei Metro) is the best approach to get round (not less than for the locations I visited). There may be additionally a community of busses you may take, however I used to be high quality with simply utilizing the MRT for all locations.

The day ticket prices 150 NTD and you have to to trip about 6 occasions to get the worth again (one trip prices between 20 and 40 relying on the space).

So for day one in Taipei I made a decision to get the day ticket. For the second day, I made a decision towards it, which was high quality. In the long run, the one rides value about as a lot because the day ticket.

Useful Tip

I arrived on Thursday within the afternoon at Taiwan Taoyuan Worldwide Airport.

My first cease was the service counter to obtain my transportable WIFI which I had booked upfront by way of klook.com. It was tremendous low cost and labored fairly nicely to maintain in touch with individuals and to search for instructions on Google Maps.

Klook gives transportable WIFI and sim playing cards for a lot of Asian international locations. For everybody like me, who can’t go anyplace anymore with out web connection it’s a good way to remain linked throughout the day.

I arrived in Taipei metropolis and had solely time to have some very good Taiwanese dinner with my Couchsurfing host and her pals.

So in impact, my Taipei in two days itinerary begins on the morning of the following day. Emma and her pals gave me some nice tips about native issues to do in Taipei, that I want to move on to you.

Locations to Keep in Taipei

Taipei has no scarcity of motels, hostels, and all sort of different lodging. Let me pick a few very completely different choices for you, to make it simpler to determine the place to remain in 2 days in Taiwan.

Couchsurfing in Taipei

I want to begin out by telling you the place I stayed: With a stunning Couchsurfing host.

There actually is nothing higher than having a neighborhood host who can let you know what sort of actions to deal with should you solely have 2 days in Taipei.

We stayed with Emma, a 20 one thing Taiwanese woman initially from Tainan, who works in advertising. It simply so occurred that I used to be her first Couchsurfing visitor and I actually hope I used to be not an excessive amount of bother.

In case you are Couchsurfing, Make sure you familiarise your self with their security information, however on the entire, because of the peer to see evaluation system, it’s a protected choice for some wonderful experiences, I adore it and would fortunately advocate to to anybody.

Airbnb in Taipei

A distinct method to stick with a neighborhood in Taipei is Airbnb. Taipei has a number of Airbnbs that value as little as 10 US {dollars} per evening should you decide to stick with a neighborhood and share a house or room.

Should you had been questioning learn how to discover actual locals to stick with utilizing Airbnb you possibly can comply with my information. 

And if it’s your first time utilizing Airbnb,enroll by way of this hyperlink to get a reduction in your first keep.

Lodges and Hostels in Taipei

Should you had been on the lookout for the perfect hostels in Taipei to your journey to Taipei, no downside. There are lots.

One which stands out is the Star Hostel. It is among the greatest rated hostels in Taipei by a good distance and nice location. The opinions on reserving.com are very superb and judging from the images this hostel is just not solely nicely thought by way of in regard to consolation however can also be trendy and an important place to hang around.

Try extra resort and hostel offers under from reserving.com, my go-to lodging reserving website. Primarily because of the free cancellation insurance policies. At all times good to have.

Last ideas on the two days in Taipei itinerary

I actually hope you loved studying this 2 day Taipei itinerary.

I might have liked to remain for much longer and discover the areas surrounding Taipei way more.

Subsequent time I go to Taipei a day journey to Maokong by way of gondola is unquestionably on the agenda.

When you have the rest you’d like to throw into the combo, I’d love you to depart them within the feedback.

In case you are studying this earlier than you go to, you’ll want to come again and tell us what you liked about Taipei and assist fellow vacationers sooner or later.

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