When travelling in a foreign land, Instagram users are naturally eager to discover the most photogenic locations. Lucky for those who are visiting Taipei, this destination is actually full of Instagrammable corners including natural parks, factory-turned creative parks, themed restaurants and hotels. Apart from just taking pictures, Taipei is also the perfect getaway for those looking for a lively art scene, delicious food and a combination of cultural and modern traditions. When you visit Taipei you will find out that it has an enriching cultural experience that affects all the senses. If you are planning a visit, check out the top 10 Instagrammable spots in Taipei.
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While visiting Taipei, you should make sure that you explore the coast found on the northeast of Taipei. This activity will lead you to the most beautiful site in Taipei where you will be able to take unlimited photos. The activity will take you to a popular swimming spot for locals where you may take photos with the locals. When done you will also be driven past lighthouses, pastoral farmlands, fishing village and charming temples. The major attraction sites that are worth taking photos of including Chifen Village, The National Scenic Area, Nanya Rock Formations, Pitou Cape and Bay of two Colors. Normally the tour lasts for four hours and it is ideal for all age groups.
From Taipei: Chiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour
Duration: 4 to 8 hour
This tour will give you the opportunity to discover Taroko Gorge, one of Asia’s 7 wonders. The adventure normally starts in Taipei where you will board a train to Hualien. In Hualien, you will travel another 12 miles (19 km) into the captivating cliffs that rise above the Liwu River. Enjoy the spectacular view of the marble walls and the river that runs past the Taroko Gorge. The tour will take you past 38 tunnels including the Shakadang Trail, The Swallows Grotto, and the Marble Bridge of Motherly Devotion. After spending hours discovering new places and taking pictures, your day will end by visiting the Stone Sculptural Park and the Chi Hsing Beach. This activity is recommended for all age groups.
Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour
Duration: 1 day
This is an educational tour which will give you the opportunity to learn about Taoism religion as you take photos of the Longshan Temple. Your professional guide will familiarize you with the teaching of Taoism and also tell you a lot of story about the Longshan Temple. When done taking photos, your guide will then take you the Bopiliao Historic Block. Bopiliao Historical Block combines a Japanese-era archway and Qing Dynasty street architecture making it the perfect spot for taking pictures. When done with the tour, your professional guide will lead you to Hwaxi Night Market, a famous night market where you will choose among the best local dishes including rice with stewed pork and oyster omelette. This tour will take approximately three hours of your time.
Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Historical Block
Duration: 3 hours
Are you bored and have run out of ideas on what to do? Well not any more. Meet your guide at the Ximen MRT Station and start an educative tour where you will be able to learn about the various cultures of the Ximending district as you take photos. Your tour guide will first take you to Tianhou Temple which is one of the oldest temples in Taipei where you will get to take photos as your guide narrates to you all you about its history. When satisfied, your guide will then lead you to the Ximen Red House where you will be able to buy creative commodities and handmade goods at a bargain. Finally, you will head to the famous Modern Toilet Restaurant, where you will have a special dining experience as you browse through the photos you took.
Ximending Private Walking Tour and Toilet Restaurant Dinner
Duration: 4 hours
This is a full day private tour to National Palace Museum and Beitou hot springs in Taipei. During this activity, you will be able to learn about the history of the Japanese hot baths at the Beitou Hot Springs Museum, as you experience the healing powers of the springs. When satisfied, you will then head back to Taipei where you will peruse enchanting exhibits at the National Palace Museum. The price of this tour also includes a delicious nine-course meal at the Silks Palace restaurant. the day ends with a dropoff at your hotel in the afternoon. This tour is ideal for both adults and children.
Taipei Beitou Hot Springs, National Palace Museum Private Tour
Duration: 8 hours
6. Yanping Riverside Park
Flowing towards the direction of Tamsui River estuary, Yanping Riverside Park has managed to preserve the memories of the Taipei people. Most tourists enjoy visiting this destination because the area is rich in cultural heritage attractions where you may enjoy taking photos. Most of the famous location where you may find very recommendable to take pictures are found in Dadaocheng area and along the way. These sites include Dihua Street, Tapei Confucious Temple, Xiahai City God Temple and Dalongdong Temple. The area also boasts many recreational facilities where visitors love spending their time, these facilities include coffee square, Blue Highway ferry piers and Tangshan Sailboat. Yanping Riverside Park is a place where traditions and modernity merge, come and experience it for yourself.
Yanping Riverside Park
Address: Diwai Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Open Hours: 24 hours
7. 228 Peace Memorial Park
228 Peace Park is the place to be if you are looking for a less crowded place where you can take enthralling pictures. While in the park, you will get to take pictures using both the modern architecture and the classical Chinese water gardens as your background. You will also get the chance to take a snap with the modern monument, erected on 28th February as a memorial to the 10,000 Taiwan residents killed during an uprising. As you continue to take pictures along the water garden in the northeastern part of the park, you will come across a European classical architecture-style museum which is a great spot for photos. The best thing about this site is that it is only five minutes’ walk from Taipei Main Station.
228 Peace Memorial Park
Address: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District
Website: 228 Peace Memorial Park
8. Fairy Footprint
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Fairy Footprint is a hiking trail in Taipei and a romantic destination perfect for watching the sunset over the city with your better half. The best thing is that this destination is easy to access due to the fact that Fairy Footprint is about a five-minute walk from the MRT. This hike takes you up to a short wooded ridge that extends into Taipei from the surrounding hills. While in Fairy Footprint, you will get the opportunity to take panoramic pictures of Taipei as you enjoy the spectacular views of Taipei from the top. If you are looking for a short hike during your stay in Taipei, Fairy Footprint is the one for you.
Address: Roosevelt Rd. Wenshan, Taipei,Taiwan
Open hours: 24 hours
9. Daan Forest Park
If you are a nature lover, then Daan Forest Park is the ideal destination for you. Daan Forest Park is a public park strategically located at the centre of the Daan District of Taipei. This park is 26 hectares (64.24 acres) and it has stroller-friendly walkways and a playground which can be accessed from the MRT. While you are in the park, you will be able to spot some animals such as turtles, ducks and squirrels. The park also is the home to lots of recreational amenities such as a skating rink, an amphitheatre and a playground for children. One recommended site for taking pictures is the path surrounded by huge palm trees.
Daan Forest Park
Address: No. 1, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Website: Daan Forest Park
10. Maokong Hill
Maokong is a must-see destination, especially for students. The site has cabins of cable cars making their way to the waved horizon of the nearby hills, this scenery is to be seen every day. You may also find interest in the teahouses on the top of the mountains and the tea plantations which will remind you of the times when Maokong was a large-scale, tea-growing area. A few meters from final gondola station, you will also find hiking paths going through the fields. Given the numerous hiking spots in Maokong, the most recommendable hiking spot has to be the Silver Stream Waterfall Yinhe Cave where you will have a peaceful time taking pictures.
Address: Roosevelt Rd, Taipei City, Taiwan
Website: Maokong Hill
The following content is contributed by Gabriel Abad, Trip101 Writer
Fort San Domingo is a tourist destination that is steeped in history. The fort was built by Spanish settlers during 1629 when they used wood as the main material. Eight years later the fort was rebuilt with stone after several locals destroyed it. Renamed in 2005 as the Former British Consular Residence, it is now one of the most visited museums in the city. The architectural elements of the building uniquely combine Victorian elements with touches of Chinese design. However, purely Chinese design is seen on the fort’s main entrance. The main displays of the fort include several cannons used in previous wars.
Danshui in One Day: History, Food and Night Market Walking Tour
Tired of taking photos with humans? Why not try taking a photo of yourself with some wildlife by visiting the Taipei Zoo. Here you get to walk around the largest zoo located in Asia. You also get a chance to see three of the most famous panda bears in the world, Yuan Zai, Yuan Yuan, and Tuan Tuan. Yuan Zai has the distinction of being the first panda cub born in the country. The place only closes once a year, that is during the Chinese New Year. Aside from this, the zoo is known as conservation, education, research, and recreation site for wildlife.
Family Tour of Taiwan (5-Day Private Tour)
Duration: 5 days
Located in the Xinyi district of Taipei, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, welcome you with open arms. Creative art takes center stage in this space that was once a tobacco processing facility. In 2011, the government developed it into what it is today, a public park. Within its confines, you can find several conference areas, art shows, and exhibit halls. In one corner, you will find a huge bookstore, a record store that sells vinyl, and several spots that offer workshops for creative art. Right in the middle of it all stands a beautiful baroque garden where guests can stroll around, relax, and take pictures.
'Taipei in Motion' City Tour by Bike, Metro and Foot
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
The Shilin Night Market is one of the most popular night markets for both locals and tourists of Taipei. Aside from the delicious food laid out before you, you can also have your fill of nightly fun in the bars nearby. Aside from the food, there is other stuff that can be bought here like clothes, gadgets, and cultural items. All of these are located along Jihe Road and its side streets. This place is paradise for those looking for traditional Taiwanese cuisine. Here you can find and have a taste of stinky tofu, tempura, bubble tea, oyster cake, fried buns, and various noodles.
Taipei Private Food Tour Including Shilin Night Market Visit
Duration: 4 hours
Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf may just be the most beautiful place in all of Taipei. The sunsets here are incredibly awe-inspiring. This place has received several uplifts and every phase makes the wharf more Instagram worthy. This includes the addition of restaurants, shops, and the gorgeous Lover’s Bridge of Tamsui, which when lighted becomes a magnificent sight on its own. The spectrum of colors that illuminate it, is a show in itself. The fish market is where you can get fresh catches of the day and the store owner will cook it for you. This makes for a sublime dining experience you cannot get anywhere else.
North coast and Danshui Day Trip
Duration: 10 hours
The Longshan Temple is the most famous temple in all of Taiwan. Constructed back in 1738, Fujian influences are ever so evident in its architecture. Since then, the temple has received several renovations that has made it look better than what it was before. The surrounding gardens are also a favorite spot for photo-ops for visitors. The best of these places is the waterfall because of its dramatic atmosphere. It comprises a third of the triumvirate of big three temples in Wanhua District, the other two being Taipei Tianhou Temple and Bangka Quingshui Temple. A distinct feature of this temple is having both Buddhists and Taoists worship here.
Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Historical Block
Duration: 3 hours
Xiangshan, more popularly known as Elephant Mountain, is a mountain top area located in the Xinyi district of Taipei. It sits very near Taiwan’s most famous landmark, Taipei 101, making it the best spot to take a photo of the building. It also offers sweeping views of other areas of the city. From here, you can take photos of the majestic sunset that unfolds before you. When night falls, city lights look like stars from this vantage point. If you want to take the best photos of the city, this is where you should be. Suffice to say, the views here are magnificent.
Taipei Night Bike Tour with Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail
Duration: 3 hours
If you want to visit a place filled with history in Taipei, then that place would be none other than the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Although the hall only opened in 1980, its historical value is reflected in the man it represents. The museum below the hall is the best personification of his life and achievements. Aside from this, it also displays the history of Taiwan, China’s culture and influence on Taiwan, and the Republic’s progress after its’ independence from China. Among the most beautiful parts in the hall grounds, is the white building with blue tiles and red trim which represent the colors of the national flag.
Taipei Half-Day City Tour
Duration: 4 hour
Stunning! This is the best word to describe the splendor that befalls Shifen Waterfall. This well-renowned place of interest has been tagged as the ‘mini-Niagara’, an ode to that famed cascade at the boundary of New York State and Ontario, CA. As beautiful as it is, this waterfall exerts much power in its waters which adds to its charm. This may be the main feature for your photos, however, the path that leads here also has some excellent photo-op spots for your Instagram. You get to go through a couple of picturesque bridges, a crystal clear river, deep green mountains, and many more natural sites.
Pingxi Shifen Half Day Guided Tour with Sky Lantern Experience (Downtown Taipei Shuttle Service)
Duration: 5 Hrs Duration
For good reason, Taipei 101 has become Taipei’s most notable landmark. Classified as one of the tallest buildings in the world, this tourist marvel takes its’ inspiration from the bamboo plant, at least with its outside appearance. Designed by architect Chu-Yuan Lee & Partners, this giant was once the tallest in the world from 2004 until 2010. Topping off at 509 meters (1669 feet) high, it is still the tallest building in the country. Get a glimpse of the city and beyond from the observatory deck on the 89th floor. But if you want to take a photo of the great edifice, the best spot would be from the Elephant Mountain.
Taipei 101 Observatory E-Ticket
Picture perfect Taipei is a traveler's dream destination
Taipei is one city that has beautiful sites that stand near one another. For this reason, you need to have your camera ready so you can snap photos once you get to these places.
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