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! ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ: ๐Ÿ“ธ photo spot / tip ๐Ÿ“† best time to visit ๐ŸŽซ admission fee Distance: ๐Ÿš public transport | ๐Ÿš˜ 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, ๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป is the treasure trove of wonders for the Taipei expat and well deserves its reputation as the ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป. Here are some highlights to get your bucket list started: ๐Ÿ”ธ soak in the local hot springs ๐Ÿ”ธ visit historical buildings ๐Ÿ”ธ wander through flower gardens ๐Ÿ”ธ take scenic hikes through forests or grasslands ๐Ÿ”ธ feast on sweeping vistas and great photo-ops. Distance: ๐Ÿš 1h 40min | ๐Ÿš˜ 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, ๐—๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ป 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 ๐Ÿ™„. Jioufenโ€™s popularity grew when it started being associated with the Japanese animation โ€œ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บโ€. Not to crush your dreams, but any resemblance between Jioufenโ€™s most famous teahouse and the movieโ€™s bathhouse ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ 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 ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜. 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 youโ€™re willing to endure losing any kind of personal space for the duration of your visit. Worth it? Thatโ€™s up to you to decide. Distance: ๐Ÿš 1h 15min | ๐Ÿš˜ 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, ๐—ฌ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ appears to be all but unknown to foreign visitors. And what a shame that is. How to spend a day in Yingge: ๐Ÿ”ธVisit the pottery museum. ๐Ÿ”ธTake photos with oversized teacups at the pottery art garden. ๐Ÿ”ธStroll down the old street and shop all things pottery to your heartโ€™s content. If youโ€™re looking for the perfect china bowl or terracotta tea set to bring home, Yingge is the place to go. ๐Ÿ”ธTry your hand at one of the numerous pottery workshops. ๐Ÿ”ธSip Chinese tea from traditional handmade vessels. ๐Ÿ”ธTake your loved one to the Love Garden for a romantic surprise and a beautiful night view. ๐Ÿ”ธBonus. Visit the Coca-Cola Museum (booking in advance required) Distance: ๐Ÿš 40min | ๐Ÿš˜ 40min

  • Yingge District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 239

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