Arrive in Taoyuan International Airport and catch a glimpse of the wonderful world of Taiwan. The airport, located in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is the country’s busiest, receiving high volumes of international flights from around the world.
Comprising two terminals, the organised and well-equipped Taoyuan Airport is easy to navigate. The airport is like a mall with many retail, food and entertainment options. Shoppers can expect long rows of duty free and international boutiques selling cosmetics, perfumes, spirits, prominent luxury brands, and local specialty items. If you are hungry, stop by any of the eateries for a bite. Rest your tired legs while reading in the bookstore, and browse through popular music tracks in the record shop. The 24-hour convenience store ensures travellers’ needs are met.
Travel to Taipei City from Taoyuan Airport with ease using various modes of public transport. A speedy and reliable way would be by High Speed Rail. Travellers on a budget may prefer the older (but slower) Taiwan Railway, at half the price of a High Speed Rail ticket. Enjoy the view as the train snakes down railway lines.
In Taipei, getting around is most convenient with Metro Taipei. It is the preferred mode of transport; the extensive network takes passengers around Taipei quickly and efficiently. To make travel more affordable, purchase the Taipei Pass and enjoy unlimited access to metro services. For short-term travellers, tickets available range from one-day to five-day Taipei Passes. Simply tap your Taipei Pass, a magnetised card, at the gantries to utilise the metro system. This is more value for money compared to buying one-way tickets to and from places.
Public bus and taxi services are alternative ways to reach your destination. If you are unwilling to brave human congestion in metro trains, especially during peak hours, hop onto a cab to get around. However, traffic jams may be inevitable should there be heavy traffic on the roads. Otherwise, discover Taiwan by bicycle, an environment-friendly and economical mode of transport around Taipei.
What to See and Do
A mostly urbanised city, Taipei is jam-packed with places to visit, food to try and things to do.
In the iconic Taipei 101, view the entire city from the observatory, almost 400 metres above ground. Other interesting landmarks include Miramar Entertainment Park Ferris Wheel and the Maokong Gondola.
Teeming with a vast number of retail outlets, shopping streets, night markets and large malls, Taipei is widely regarded as a shopping paradise. Head to Ximending, a popular hangout for local youngsters, where the latest fashions can be found. For typical shopping mall fare, malls housing big brands are concentrated in the Daan and Xinyi districts. Visit Shilin Night Market, the city’s largest and most popular night market, for affordable shopping and delicious street food.
Taipei City is famous for its xiao chi, or “small eats” in Chinese. As you wander Taiwanese streets and night markets, the easily recognisable, telltale aroma of stinky tofu is bound to catch your attention. Most will be surprised by how tasty it is, in spite of its off-putting, pungent odour. The fermented stinky tofu, a must-try, is one of the most popular snacks in Taiwan. Other delicious snacks include the famed Ah Chung Mee Sua, a signature rice vermicelli joint in Ximending; Sui Jien Bao, a pan fried and steamed bun with meat and soup filling; pig’s blood rice cake; giant yam-flavoured ice cream cones; and plenty more.
What are you waiting for? Indulge in sumptuous Taiwanese delights and endless shopping in Taipei.
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