Updated: Sep 17, 2021
Tourists that visit Taiwan can choose over 100 beautiful places to go. Taiwan has it all: incredible nature, huge cities, the best street-food and fun theme parks. With endless possibilities it is hard to figure out where you want to go.
I've done the hard work for you and think you must really see these three places when you go to Taipei. Only in Taipei for one to two days? No problem, these attractions are easy to go to. All of these attractions are accessible by MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), just follow the red line and you'll get there. From the station to the attraction it is just a 2 minute walk.
The Taipei 101 used to be the tallest building in the world. And although it is not anymore it is
a very impressive building. Locals refer to the Taipei 101 as 一零一 (yī líng yī), meaning 101. The 508 meter tall building is located in the center of Taipei. You can get to the Taipei 101 by taking the MRT. Get in somewhere along the red line and get out at the stop 'Taipei 101/World Trade Center'. You can admire the Taipei 101 from the outside or you can choose to pay 1000NT (about 30 euros) to get to the top with a super fast elevator. In the top of the Taipei 101 you can find a small exhibition about how the Taipei 101 is build. There you can also find the earthquake damper, a huge round ball meant to stabilize the 101-floor-skyscraper.
Shilin Night Market
The most famous, and probably the biggest night market of Taipei is located in Shilin District. On Shilin night market you can get pretty much everything; extraordinary local dishes, bubble tea, fresh fruit juices, ice cream, fries, clothes, candy, hats. And that's not even close to all there is. If you want to try something very Taiwanese you should try stinky tofu. It is really stinky (you can smell it from a street away), but some say it is really delicious.
Some things that are also very Taiwanese and really delicious are Pork Pepper Buns, scallion pancakes and bubble tea.
The Shilin night market is just a two minute walk away from Jiantan Station. So travel with MRT on the red line and you're basically there.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memoriall Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek was a Chinese nationalist.
After the first World War he fled to Taiwan. In 1950 he was elected as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He achieved great things in Taiwan and is therefore admired in Taiwan.
The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a huge building with a statue of Chiang Kai-Shek. It is located on a square in the center of Taipei. To get to the building you have to walk a stair with 89 steps. Chiang Kai-Shek died when he was 89 years old, therefore the 89 steps.
To get to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memoriall Hall you have to take the MRT to either the green or red line and get out at the station 'Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall'.