Best of Taipei (台北)– A Day Tour You Can't Miss
We highly recommend this city tour for independent or business travelers who enjoy the rush of a bustling metropolitan city but still seek a blend of the old-world culture.
With just one day to explore the heart of Taipei City, you’ll visit must-see landmarks with a friendly and informative local guide. You will make stops at Longshan Temple, Presidential Office Building, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101 and Dadaocheng; tour finishes at NingXia Night Market.
Longshan Temple: A Feast of Architecture & Folk Culture
The most well-known temple in Taiwan. The temple was built in Qianlong 5th year in Qing Dynasty. The doors, beams, and poles are beautifully decorated and these characteristics together make Longshan Temple a landmark of traditional Chinese architecture of its time in Taiwan.
A City Landmark not to be Missed: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Standing as the symbol of Kuomintang and Taiwan’s first President Chiang Kai Shek, the massive commemorative monument mirrors the “Clear blue sky, white sun, and a wholly red earth”(青天、白日、滿地紅), which is described in the national anthem, in its architecture. Not only can you enjoy the changing of guards on the hour in the main hall but also visit the National Theater and Concert Hall located nearby.
Must-Eat Restaurant: Michelin Star – “Din Tai Fung” (鼎泰豐, optional)
The New York Times rated Din Tai Fung as one of the top ten restaurants in the world. It is a distinctive honor shared by no other Taiwanese restaurants in the past. In 2013, Din Tai Fung was ranked No. 1 in the “101 Best Restaurants in Asia” list, released by The Daily Meal. Din Tai Fung invites you to experience their exquisite cuisine.
The Tallest Skyscraper in Taiwan: Taipei 101 (optional)
When you overlook the low-rise city landscape of Taipei, you’ll realize that it’s worth waiting in line to get a God’s-eye-view of the city. The elevator in 101 rockets you up to the 89th floor in only 37 seconds, where you can sit atop the pride and joy of architecture in Taiwan.
Forty-Four South Village (四四南村)
The village got its name because it was dwelled by the workers of Military Factory #44 and their families. As time goes by, the site is adapted into a cultural and educational zone. Some of the old townhouses are retained, while a few others serve as the Xinyi Public Assembly Hall for holding open events and performances, as well as displaying the village’s early remains.
Explore the cultural essence of Taipei: Dadaocheng (大稻埕)
You will see extravagant Baroque architecture, traditional Hokkien bungalows and brilliant red-brick western houses. Historical buildings, traditional folklore center, tea houses, fabric stores, Chinese pharmacy and local eateries alike are rich in history. A new everyday-aesthetics derives in the vintage neighborhoods of Dadaocheng where century-old stores meet with contemporary innovation.
08:30 Hotel pick up
09:00 Longshan Temple & surrounding
10:30 Presidential Office Building (photo stop)
10:50 Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall & the Changing of the Guard
12:00 Din Tai Fung (optional) & Taipei 101 (optional) & Forty-Four South Village
15:00 Dadaocheng & Dihua Street
17:20 Drop off at NingXia Night Market
Departs on everyday
0830 AM at the lobby of the Taipei hotel you stay
When to book
Book 3 days in advance
What to bring
Comfortable walking shoes
Adult (Over 6 years old)
89 USD per person
Child (1 to 6 years old)
71 USD per person
Infant (0 to 1 years old)
Free of charge. (Please note there must be at least one adult accompanying the tour with infant.)
Lunch in Michelin Star Restaurant without waitting in the line
Ticket for Taipei 101 Observatory
A great English/Chinese -speaking guide
Van or sedan
Travel insurance and of course, memories that money can't buy!
Please note that tips for your tour guide are NOT included.