Best Day Trips From Taipei

Taiwan, China

With so much to do and see in Taipei, can you even believe there will come a time when you fancy experiencing something different? Well, long-term expats can attest to this being bound to happen sooner or later. Worry not, I have you covered! 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱: 📸 photo spot / tip 📆 best time to visit 🎫 admission fee Distance: 🚍 public transport | 🚘 car Travel times are an approximation. Starting point is Taipei Main Station. High speed rail not considered. All information is given to the best of my knowledge at the time of posting. Please always check with the location prior to visiting.

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Yangmingshan National Park

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Taipei, China • Recommendation • 

Named after Ming Dynasty scholar Wang Yangming, 𝗬𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 is the treasure trove of wonders for the Taipei expat and well deserves its reputation as the 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗮𝗶𝘄𝗮𝗻. Here are some highlights to get your bucket list started: 🔸 soak in the local hot springs 🔸 visit historical buildings 🔸 wander through flower gardens 🔸 take scenic hikes through forests or grasslands 🔸 feast on sweeping vistas and great photo-ops. Distance: 🚍 1h 40min | 🚘 35min Check out my dedicated list for more detailed descriptions of the many attractions you can find in this area:

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Keelung, China • Recommendation • 

When it comes to day trips from Taipei, 𝗝𝗶𝗼𝘂𝗳𝗲𝗻 holds the record of most visited town. The throngs of people filling every winding street are proof. They are also proof that 90% of the photos you have seen of this place are the result of editing magic 🙄. Jioufen’s popularity grew when it started being associated with the Japanese animation “𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘺”. Not to crush your dreams, but any resemblance between Jioufen’s most famous teahouse and the movie’s bathhouse 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝘆𝘁𝗵𝘀 which have long been busted (in case you were wondering, the real inspiration is located in Kyushu, Japan). That being said, this little mountain town has 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁. Steep narrow alleys will have you lost among souvenir shops and tantalizing snack stalls. Red lanterns hanging at every corner will whisk you away to a magical world after dusk. All this of course, if you’re willing to endure losing any kind of personal space for the duration of your visit. Worth it? That’s up to you to decide. Distance: 🚍 1h 15min | 🚘 40min

  • Jioufen, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

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Yingge District

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Taoyuan City, China • Recommendation • 

Home to a long pottery tradition, 𝗬𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗴𝗲 appears to be all but unknown to foreign visitors. And what a shame that is. How to spend a day in Yingge: 🔸Visit the pottery museum. 🔸Take photos with oversized teacups at the pottery art garden. 🔸Stroll down the old street and shop all things pottery to your heart’s content. If you’re looking for the perfect china bowl or terracotta tea set to bring home, Yingge is the place to go. 🔸Try your hand at one of the numerous pottery workshops. 🔸Sip Chinese tea from traditional handmade vessels. 🔸Take your loved one to the Love Garden for a romantic surprise and a beautiful night view. 🔸Bonus. Visit the Coca-Cola Museum (booking in advance required) Distance: 🚍 40min | 🚘 40min

  • Yingge District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 239

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About Taiwan, China

Don’t let its size fool you, Taiwan is home to a 23-million strong population that keep its spirited traditions and luxurious culture alive

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