Taiwan’s energetic capital is surrounded by elaborate temples, unbelievable nature sights and it’s famous night markets. It is densely populated and developed. If you are cost conscious, this is one best Asian cities to visit as compared to countries like Japan, Korea, and China. Here we present ten things you could do for free in Taipei.
1. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, a landmark built in memory of the former president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-Shek. It is located in the Zhongzheng district. The octagon-shaped white building rises 76 meters and is covered with blue tiles and red accents, echoing the flag of the Republic of China. There is also a museum below the hall documenting Chiang’s life and career.
2. Confucius Temple
Many might have heard of Confucius, but how many understand his teachings and legacy? Head over to the Confucius temple that is part of the Dalongdong Cultural and Historical District to gain a special education.
3. Elephant Mountain
Elephant Mountain located in Xinyi District is known for its extensive city views. You can hike up the elephant mountain to get the best view of the city! The best time to hike is in the late afternoon where you can catch the sunset as well as a daytime view.
4. Shi Lin Night Market
Shi Lin is Taipei’s largest and best known night market in Shilin district. It is famous for its wide range of eateries and fashionable clothing. Stroll through to get a sense of the locals, and if you have some cash to spare, you can try the world’s premier love-it-or-hate-it snack, stinky tofu.
5. Beitou Geothermal Valley
The geothermal valley is a jade-like spring covered with mists. It has a history of more than 200 years. It also has a high temperature between 80 to 100 degree Celsius which is why the valley is called ‘hell’ valley and is not suitable for body contact. However, you can still enjoy the scenic view of the valley if you visit.
6. “Green” Library | Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch
The Beitou branch of Taipei Public Library is more than just a regular library. It qualified to be under the government’s EEWH (ecology, energy saving, waste reduction, and health) certification system. The architects have used lots of creative and environment-friendly ideas to construct the library. For instance, the wood used to create the library was taken from managed forests rather than primary or rain forests which use lesser energy to extract as compared to concrete.
7. Mountain Kee Lung
Mountain Kee Lung, located in Jiufen is 588m above sea level. It is an extinct volcano with a top panoramic view. If the sky is clear enough, you will even be able to spot Taipei 101 in the distance. Do note that the hiking trail is steep with thousands of steps so be well fueled before you attempt to go.
8. Yin & Yang Sea
The sea is a mix of yellow and blue and it is located beside the northern coastal road. This bay brings to mind the ancient Chinese principle of yin and yang, the concept of duality in life. The locals believe that chemical runoff causes the discoloration of the bay. The two colours appear more distinct after a heavy rainfall.
9. Golden Waterfall
The Golden waterfall is located near the gold ecological park that is commonly known for its gold and copper mines. The beautiful gold colour is the result of the combination of natural rainfall in this mining area and the abundance of heavy metal elements deposited in the riverbed. It is an impressive place to take photographs and remember that it is not advisable to touch the water as it is toxic.
10. Gold Ecological Park
Gold Ecological Park is located in the mountain town of Jinguashi in Ruifang District. The area is rich in historical, cultural, and natural resources. There is also a gold museum among the place that provides information on the gold mining industry.