Taipei, a city famous for its cultural diversity and vibrant nightlife, definitely attracts tons of foreign travelers from time to time. Here you could appreciate both traditional and modern architectures while savoring a delicate mingling of Chinese, Aboriginal, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and the Western world. Taiwanese culture, simply in a word－fusion, indicates its inclusiveness.
So, I can say a Taipei day tour is not enough. However, for many time-conscious travelers, it’s preferred to book a private car or shuttle that could transport you to many famous tourist attractions in Taipei.
Spot 1：Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall(中正紀念堂)
Let’s start with here. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a must-visit for history-lovers. As many might know, Generalissimo Chiang had been an influential politician and military leader in modern Chinese history; however, in 1949, his army and government retreated to Taiwan due to Communist Party’s unstoppable force.
The main white building, in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, is surrounded by a grassy yet clean park that provides travelers with a cozy environment to rest in. Also, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is well-known as a fancy picture spot. You may see foreign visitors are busy with targeting this square architecture and taking a selfie. Seemingly, they are having fun during the Taiwan tour. Moreover, newlywed couples regard the color of building, purity, as the core of their marriage, so many of them show great interest in taking wedding photos here.
Besides taking a glimpse of the old building, for the next destination, how about embracing something fresh. Ximending, especially a paradise for the younger generation, is packed with numerous fancy stuff, and it is so-called the center of trend and fashion in Taipei. Girls and boys, you could shop for clothing, accessories, 3C devices, and even animation products that you are craving for. Here gets them all.
Needless to say, Ximending stores memories of many Taipei generations and ‘movie’ is something that cannot be neglected here. In the past, in Ximending lie more than 10 movie theaters appealing to young students after class. Then they could sing at a KTV following the movie. This area helps build up friendship and relationship. If coming for Taiwan family trip, Ximending is the right place to satisfy the elder and the younger.
Furthermore, this district nearby the Red House Theater(西門紅樓)is full of creativity of Taiwanese designers; in addition, this place is kind of LGBT friendly, if travelers are curious or interested in gay culture, perhaps meeting some friends at bars here is another astonishing experience during the journey.
Dadaocheng, located in Datong District(大同區), the west of Taipei City, wows travelers with its charming appearance. In contrast to the East District’s modern and fashion. Dadaocheng is more tinged with nostalgia and historical culture as if it could remind travelers of the old Taipei of several decades ago.
As a matter of fact, Dadaocheng used to be an important and busy port, and this area was the most prosperous in Taipei without any doubt. Until now, speaking of Dadaocheng, Taipei locals will connect this spot to shopping for Chinese New Year on Dihua Street(迪化街). Besides appreciating the antique building, you could try traditional herbs, buy colorful clothing at Yongle Fabric Market, and pray for love at Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple(台北霞海城隍廟).
Want to visit more about Taipei? Please refer to 8 Hour in Taipei | Tourist Attractions You Should Visit－Part 2