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TouristyMRT StopNotesPrice!!!MRT Lines
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Beitou Hot Springs2 - Xinbeitou
Public & private hot springs ($40-800), geothermal valley & museum
$$x1 - brown
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Bitan3 - XindianRiverfront restaurants with footbridge, pedal boats for rent$$x2 - red
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Bopiliao Ancient Street5 - Longshan Temple200 years of preserved storefronts and old architecturefree3 - green
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Danshui/Tamsui2 - Danshui, exit 1
Touristy pier, good for sunsets, bike rental, ferry to Fisherman's Wharf
$$x4 - orange
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Elephant Mountain2 - Xiangshan, exit 2
Moderate difficulty, half hour hike, great view, bring snacks/water!
freex5 - blue
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Huashan 1914 Creative Park5 - Shandao, exit 6Pop-up art exhibitions (separate tickets), like Shanghai's M97free
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Liberty Square2/3 - CKS Memorial, exit 6CKS Memorial Hall, National Concert Hall, and National Theaterfreex$ - 10 usd
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Lin Family Garden5 - Fuzhong, exit 3Preserved traditional Chinese garden architecturefree
$$ - 10-30 usd
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Maokong1 - Taipei Zoo, BR15 bus8am-9pm, no Mondays, tea houses, crystal cabin gondolas$$x$$$ - 30+
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Miramar1 - Jiannian Road
11am-12am, famous mall with ferris wheel featured in TW dramas
$150
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Songshan Creative Park5 - SunYatsen, exit 5
9am-6pm, repurposed factory space turned into park and art space
free
Before going:
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Taipei 1012 - Taipei 101Tallest building, 89f observatory ($500), Starbucks free view$500
- rent pocket wifi
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Taipei Zoo1 - Taipei Zoo
9am-5pm, no Mondays, panda exhibit time slots, take $5 train uphill
$60!
- print itinerary / map
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Ximending3/5 - Ximen, exit 611am-2am, harajuku-esque trendy young pedestrian area$$x
- check weather
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- convert some cash
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Shopping
- download Chinese app
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Bo'Ai Street2/5 - Taipei MainStreet consisting solely of photography shops$$$$
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Guangha Digital Plaza
4/5 - Zhongxiao Zinsheng, exit 1
6-story electronics mall, cash, no bargaining, higher floor = better
$$$$Packing list:
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Xinyi District5 - Taipei City Hall
Lively area luxury malls Bellavita, ATT4FUN, Breeze, Neo19, Shinkong
$$$
passport (carryon)
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Yong Kang Street2 - Dongmen, exit 5Narrow street, 1st Din Tai Fung, cafe culture, beef noodle soup$$x
cash!! (carryon)
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Zhongxiao Dunhua5 - Zhongxiao Dunhua, exit 7Boutique fashion, afternoon tea, hipstery$$x
itinerary and maps (carryon)
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Zhongxiao East Road1/5 - Zhongxiao Fuxing
Glitzy boulevard of luxury shopping spanning 3 MRT stops, nice at night
$$$
camera (carryon)
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laptop (carryon)
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Markets
external hard drive (carryon)
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Gongguan Flea Market3 - Gongguan, exit 43pm-11pm, college town, cafes, street food, shoe shopping$$x
kindle/magazines (carryon)
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Maji Maji Food & Deli2 - YuanshanOutdoor foodie + culture complex, cafes, gift shops$$
hand sanitizer (carryon)
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Ningxia Night Market2 - Zhongshan, exit 2Focuses on food, more local feel, only 1 street, "old" fashioned$
selfie-stick (carryon)
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Raohe Night Market3 - Songshan, exit 5 Most popular, nearby Wufenpu and Rainbow Bridge$x
neckpillow (carryon)
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Red House Market5 - XimenHeld every weekend for independent shops/designers$$
pens (carryon)
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Shida Night Market3 - Taipower, exit 3Smaller and more young/trendy, good shopping$
tripod (carryon)
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Shilin Night Market2 - Jiantan, exit 1
Most touristy, visit early (5pm), food court basement, fruit scam
$$x
dryer sheet (luggage)
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Simple Market2 - Taipei 101
Sunday 1-7pm, outdoor artsy flea market, cafes, walkable from T101
$$
ziploc, plastic baggies
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Tonghua Night Market2 - Xinyi Anhe, exit 4Linjiang Street, less tourists, cleaner, small, pet stores$
chargers (put in a baggie)
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Wufenpu Shopping District3 - Songshan, exit 32pm-10pm, no Monday, wholesale clothing market$$umbrella!
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basic first aid kit
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Restaurants
mosquito repellant
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Addiction Aquatic Dev.1 - Zhongshan Junior, cab?Huge indoor fresh seafood market, standing room, cash only$$$xitch cream
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Go Bar3 - Xindian
4 dog cafe, customers bring dogs, reservations?, spending minimum
$200sunblock
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Ice Monster
5 - Taipei City Hall, 2 - Dongmen
Minimum $120 for dine-in, famous chain (Breeze mall, Yongkang St)
$x
shampoo/conditioner
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L’ATELIER*5 - Taipei City HallMichelin-starred French cuisine, bar seating, open kitchen$$$$lotion
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Mala Yuanyang Hotpot5 - XimenAll you can eat, beer & dessert, BYOB, 2 hour max~$600xdeodorant
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Mandarin Oriental*1 - Nanjing East RoadPre-fixe lunches, cheaper early dinner, and pre-fixe dinners$$$$1 nice outfit
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Mitsui*1 - JiannanPopular Japanese fine dining, lunch set $1200$$$$swimsuit
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Re ChaoVarious locationsLocal flair, $100 dishes accompanied by beer, pregaming$x
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Snow King5 - Ximen
12pm open, weird ice cream flavors: beer, chicken, basil, pig knuckle
$60-150x
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The First*5 - SunYatsen, exit 5
Inside Eslite (Songyan Spectrum), pre-fixed sets for $1500-2700
$$$$
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Urban Shrimping2 - Shilin, cabCatch shrimp, grill on-site, cold beer, don't do at night markets~$300/hrx
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Nightlife
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Cashbox Partyworld5 - Ximen, exit 5
12 floor karaoke building, open 24/7, bulk hour pricing, food included
$$
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Chess (club)5 - Yongchun
Hip-hop!!!, locker $50, drinks ~$250, contact promoter via fb for guestlist
freex
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Fourplay (bar)2 - Xinyi AnheIntimate bar with creative shots/cocktails$$$
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Hive (club)2 - Taipei 101ladies free before 11, men $400-700, drinks $200$$
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Korner (club)3 - GongguanEDM, cheaper alternative, more "underground," 1 drink included$100
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LMNT (lounge)2 - Xiangshan
Popular for pregame before clubbing nearby, pricy drinks, foreigners
$$
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Myst (club)2 - Taipei 101Wed: free before 11, cover includes 2 drinks$1,000
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Pacha (club)5 - Sun Yat Sen, cabWed: $200 ladies, $600 men; open bar included$$
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Pregame (bar)2 - Xinyi AnheAmerican restaurant/bar with beer pong in the basement$$
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Revolver (bar)2/3 - CKS Memorial HallHH weekday 8-10pm pints/cocktails $75, live music, expats$
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Spark ATT (club)5 - Taipei City HallWed: ladies free, cover includes 2 drinks; exclusive with celebs$1,000
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Spark 101 (club)2 - Taipei 101Open bar included, Wed/Thurs: ladies free, men $400-600$$
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The Fucking Place (bar)1 - Tech BuildingDive bar with cheap beer, good whiskey, 2nd floor$$
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Outside Taipei
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Cat Village HuotongRail - Huotong
100+ stray cats roaming, don't feed them dry food, allergy meds
$
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Fulong BeachRail - Fulong
Sand castle competition until 06/30, famous lunchboxes, $100 bike
$100 entry
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Green IslandRail 5 hours, then ferryRent moped $450/day, beachside hot springs, snorkeling!$$$
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Jiu Fen
1/5 - ZX Fuxing, exit 1 - 1062 bus
Japanese mining village that inspired Spirited Away$$x
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Keelung Night Market基隆 busNear Jiu Fen, 24 hr, famous for unique foods, 40 min bus$
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Long Dong 龍洞四季灣bus from KeelungSecluded snorkeling spot, Keelung>Jiufen route, bring snacks$50+
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Sun Moon Lake3 hour busLargest lake in Taiwan, mountain backdrop, hiking trails$$
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Shi Fen WaterfallShifenPicturesque waterfall and iconic suspension bridge$80
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ResourcesGood to know:
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MRT Map$1 USD = $30 NT
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Easy Card info
MRT operating times: 6am - 12am, no eating, drinking, or gum
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List of neighborhoods
Easycard - 20% discount fare, $700 5-day unlimited pass, $100 deposit
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Night Markets - full list
Easycard can also be used at stores, taxis, etc.
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Taipei ExplorerDrinking in public permitted!
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Taipei Trends
Police, emergency phone# 110, 119, tourist hotline +886-2-2717-3737
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Taipei Meetups & Activities
Airport: 40min, taxi ~$1200. We should take Kuokang bus (every 15min).
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HSR ScheduleTaxi fare: $70-200, trunk $10
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roundTAIWAN basic guides
No tipping except for hotels, salons, tours (5-10%)
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Map of Attractions
A bus will only stop for you if you raise your hand and wave at the bus stop. 上/下
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Rent pocket wifi
Costco membership works!! (none near a MRT)
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Will it rain today?
Pack water and light snacks for hikes. Sometimes shops are sparse.
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Plastic bags cost $1 at some places when shopping.
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Citywide wifi - register at a MRT booth for username
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"Tax Refund Posting" $3000 purchases eligible for refund @ airport
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YouBike rentals - $10/half hour, register at kiosk
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Nightclubs: visit their fb page for updated events and specials
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How to sign up for free public wifi
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