The Best Day Trips from Taipei

Sunset at Tamsui
Sunset at Tamsui | © jimmy0930fly / Flickr
Ciaran McEneaney

Taipei is an incredible place with many interesting and sometimes unusual things to do right here in the city. But what really makes Taipei one of the best city holiday destinations in Asia is the sheer number of amazing day trips visitors can take to the surrounding areas. From cable car rides to hiking through gold country, there’s something for everyone in the north of Taiwan.

1. Jiufen

The old gold mining town of Jiufen is an ever popular base for hikers from which they can explore the myriad of trails through the local countryside. The town is a great place to visit in itself as the old streets lined with shops and teahouses make it feel like stepping back in time. Take 1062 bus from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station.

Jiufen, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

2. Wulai

2. Wulai
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Wulai train | © m-louis .® / Flickr

3. Yehliu Geopark

Aquarium

3. Yehliu Geopark
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Thermal spring in Beitou | © Charles Luk / Flickr

5. Tamsui

This lovely seaside town is one of the most popular places for Taipei citizens to spend their weekend afternoons. The old street that runs through the town is packed with shops and stalls selling all kinds of tasty treats and local wares.

The promenade offers a variety of restaurants, some with rooftop terraces where you can watch the sunset over the bay. A favorite spot for photographs in Tamsui is the Lover’s Bridge down at the Fisherman’s Wharf.

Take the MRT to the end of the Red line.

Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

6. Yangmingshan National Park

Park, Hiking Trail, Historical Landmark

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One of the most beautiful national parks in Taiwan lies just a short MRT ride from Taipei Main Station. A day out in Yangmingshan National Park is a superb opportunity for visitors to the city to take a long hike through the lush green countryside of a dormant volcano.

Take the 260 bus from Taipei Main Station.
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