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Taipei Off the Beaten Path

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Curious about what the locals are doing while the tourists are busy ticking off all the big must-see attractions? For a more authentic Taipei experience, follow this list of interesting alternatives.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley)

Geologic Formations

Zhishan Garden

Gardens

Yangmingshan National Park

Historic Walking Areas, Hot Springs & Geysers, Mountains, National Parks, Parks

Daan Forest Park

Parks

Wulai Falls

Waterfalls

Addiction Aquatic Development

Restaurants

Ximen Red House - Ximending

Gift & Speciality Shops

Pacific Sogo(Fuxing)

Gift & Speciality Shops

Sophia L's City Tips

  • While WiFi isn't available everywhere, many of the popular shopping centers offer it.
  • In Taiwanese bathrooms, the shower head is sometimes attached to the sink — an efficient use of space, but surprising if you aren't used to this kind of shower set up!
  • Hostels are a good way to meet other travelers, but check before booking to see if they feature communal areas where you can share travel tips.
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    Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley)
    Geologic Formations
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    Sophia L Says:

    If you don't have time to stay the night or explore farther afield, but still want to get a great taste of Taiwan's hot springs, There's no better place to do it than Beitou Thermal Valley. You may forget you're even in Taipei City!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stick to the designated paths as you explore the area.
    • If you'd like to stay the night, Beitou Hot Springs offers great accommodation options, including some rooms with their own private springs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 526 things to do in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting Thermal Features You Can't Go Into--Check out the Nearby Sulphur Mine as Well 02/12/2016
    • Part of the must see in Beitou 30/11/2016
    • Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley)
    Address:
    Zhongshan Road, Near Wenquan Road
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2720 8889
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    Zhishan Garden
    Gardens
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    Sophia L Says:

    A walk through this beautifully landscaped, peaceful garden is a great way to enjoy Taipei's outdoors and public parks.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring bottled water with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 526 things to do in Taipei
    • A beautiful garden. 02/12/2016
    • Beautiful Park 26/02/2016
    • Zhishan Garden
    Address:
    Chih-shan Road, Sec. 2; Shih-lin District
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2881 2021
    Other:
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    Yangmingshan National Park
    Historic Walking Areas, Hot Springs & Geysers, Mountains, National Parks, Parks
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    Sophia L Says:

    Yangmingshan National Park offers a chance to enjoy both history and the great outdoors. Here, you can explore a variety of hiking trails through valleys, lakes, ridges, and waterfalls, as well as Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano. There are also numerous hot springs and sulfur deposits to discover.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Network access may be limited here.
    • If you visit during the spring time, don't miss the amazing cherry blossoms in bloom here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 526 things to do in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit to XiaoYouKeng @ YangMingShan 04/12/2016
    • Fun hike 04/12/2016
    • Yangmingshan National Park
    Address:
    Jhuzihhu Rd, Beitou District
    Taipei 112
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2861 3601
    Other:
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    Daan Forest Park
    Parks
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    Sophia L Says:

    Get a taste of true wilderness, and spot a variety of animal and bird life, at this minimally landscaped forest park.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a camera!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 526 things to do in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An OK park. 02/12/2016
    • Disappointed 29/11/2016
    • Daan Forest Park
    Address:
    Xinsheng South Road, Daan District
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2700 3830
    Other:
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    Wulai Falls
    Waterfalls
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    Sophia L Says:

    Taiwan is full of beauty natural creations, and here at Wulai Falls you can still see how the water shapes the land.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear shoes that can get wet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 510 things to do in Xinbei
    • With thanks to Mr zhang ming zheng (+886930304936) 25/11/2016
    • Nice Water Falls 30/10/2016
    • Wulai Falls
    Address:
    Taipei County, South of Taipei
    Xinbei
    Taiwan
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    Addiction Aquatic Development
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian)
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    Sophia L Says:

    Pick your own fresh seafood straight from the tank here at Addiction Aquatic restaurant/deli, and then watch your dish being prepared by professional chefs in a very authentic, Japanese style.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be prepared for long lines at the restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 5,924 restaurants in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • best place to get fresh sushi 05/12/2016
    • Fresh, cheap sushi/sashimi 03/12/2016
    • Addiction Aquatic Development
    Address:
    Address: 18, Alley 2, Ln 410, Minzu E Rd
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2508 1268
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Ximen Red House - Ximending
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Sophia L Says:

    Explore the variety of hip boutiques here in Ximending, a fashionable shopping district where the younger crowd gathers to browse and hang out. From snacks to clothing to accessories, you'll find all the latest trends here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be shy! Many food shops will let you try before buying.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 236 Shopping in Taipei
    • Red House 01/12/2016
    • Built over 100yrs ago 27/11/2016
    • Ximen Red House - Ximending
    Address:
    No.10 Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist.
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2311 9380
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 21:30
    Tue - Thu
    11:00 - 21:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Pacific Sogo(Fuxing)
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Sophia L Says:

    Shop alongside the locals at Sogo, a multi-level shopping center featuring all the well-known international clothing brands, plus a variety of restaurant options.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you're missing something from home, you have the best chance of finding it here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 236 Shopping in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a lot of food and bakery on G floor 14/11/2016
    • Nice mall if you are into branded items 02/11/2016
    • Pacific Sogo(Fuxing)
    Address:
    No.300 San Section,Zhongxiao East Road
    Fuxing Building
    Taipei 106
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 2 2776 5555
    Other:
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