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We spent six whole days in Taipei (6D5N), and here's our itinerary. You may notice our days started late, and that's because my sister is such a tourist (and not a traveler). Our third day, for example, after the Yangmingshan climb, she was totally knocked out, and we only managed to leave the apartment in time for lunch. I'd say six days would be enough to get a filling glimpse of Taipei, but one can easily spend another week in the place; there's simply so much to discover and visit and see and eat, if my newfound love for this city isn't obvious enough. I'll be more specific as I devote a separate post for each day.
DAY 1 (Saturday Oct. 1)
Nile hippos, Taipei Zoo.
6AM Arrive at Taipei-Taoyuan International Airport
Take shuttle bus to Taoyuan High Speed Rail (HSR) Station.
Take HSR to Taipei Main Station.
8:30AM Arrive at Taipei Main Station
Briefly explore Taipei Main Station.
Take MRT to Taipei Zoo Station.
10AM-1PM Taipei Zoo
Take MRT to Ximen Station.
Lunch at Ximending area.
3PM AirBnB check-in
Rest, then take MRT to Gongguan Station.
7:30PM-10PM Gongguan Night Market
DAY 2 (Sunday Oct. 2)
Take MRT to Taipei Main Station.
10:15AM-11:15AM Brunch at Taipei Main Station-K Underground Mall
Take MRT to Jinshan Station.
Take bus to Yangmingshan National Park Station.
12NN Arrive at Yangmingshan National Park Bus Station
Hike to Headquarters Visitors Center.
12:30PM Begin ascent of Mt. Qixing via Mioapu entrance
3:30PM-4PM Reach Mt. Qixing main peak and rest
5:15PM Finish descent of Mt. Qixing via Xiaoyoukeng trail
Take bus to Yangmingshan Station.
Take bus to Jinshan MRT Station.
7:30PM-11PM Shilin Night Market
DAY 3 (Monday Oct. 3)
12:30PM-1:15PM Lunch at Ximending Pedestrian Area
Walk to 228 Peace Memorial Park, passing by Zhongshan Hall.
1:30PM-2:45PM 228 Peace Memorial Park
Walk to Liberty Square, taking note of the Presidential Office Building.
3PM-4PM Liberty Square (Main Gate, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Theater, National Concert Hall, Liberty Square Park)
Take MRT to Tamsui Station.
5PM-8PM Walk along the Tamsui Waterfront, or take a bus, all the way to Fisherman's Wharf and Lovers' Bridge.
Take MRT back to Ximen Station.
9:45PM-11PM Explore Ximending Pedestrian Area, including Eslite Bookstore, at night
DAY 4 (Tuesday Oct. 4)
Taipei 101 as seen near the entrance to the Elephant Mountain hiking trail.
9AM Meet-up with a friend for breakfast at Ximending Pedestrian Area
Transfer to Taipei Main Station because everything seems to be closed at 9AM.
Take MRT to Zhongshan Xinsheng Station.
Walk to Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
11:45AM-1:30PM Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Walk to Daan Forest Park.
2PM-4:15PM Daan Forest Park
Take MRT to Taipei 101 Station.
4:30PM-5PM Taipei 101 Mall
Walk to Elephant Mountain hiking trail entrance.
5:15PM Begin ascent of Elephant Mountain
5:35PM-6:30PM Reach peak of Elephant Mountain and watch the sunset and the city light up
6:45PM Finish descent of Elephant Mountain
Walk back to Taipei 101.
7:10PM-9PM Dinner at Taipei 101 Mall food court
Take MRT to Songshan Station.
9:30PM-11:30PM Raohe Night Market
DAY 5 (Oct. 5 Wednesday)
A Mei Tea House, Jiufen.
Take MRT to Zhongshan Station.
10:30AM-12:30PM Taipei Museum of Contemporary Arts
Walk to Taipei Main station and have lunch.
Take TRA to Ruifang District.
2:30PM Arrive at Ruifang Train Station
Take bus to Jiufen.
3PM-5:45PM Jiufen Old Street
Take bus back to Ruifang Train Station.
Take TRA to Shifen.
7:15PM-8:15PM Lanterns at Shifen Railway Station.
DAY 6 (Oct. 6 Thursday)
Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum.
12NN AirBnB check-out
12:30PM-3PM Hotpot/shabu-shabu lunch
Take taxi to Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum.
3:30PM-4:30PM Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum
Take taxi to Taipei Main Station.
Take HSR to Taoyuan Station.
Take shuttle bus to Taoyuan Airport.
8:30PM Depart Taoyuan Airport