101 Guide to Taipei – Part II

101 Guide to Taipei – Part II

Welcome back to the part 2 of this 101 Guide to Taipei! In part 1 I covered places you must see in Taipei city. This second part highlights short day trips you can take just outside the capital – easy commuting thankfully to the impressive local transportation.

Taipei is not so different from other East Asian cities. Sure night markets and all the delicious street food Taipei has to offer is exciting but you are bound to crave for something different after indulging to it continuously. Luckily, the charm of Taipei is not limited to its vibrant city life but also in places encircling the capital. The diversity of day trips is truly worth taking while you are visiting.

Here are four places you wouldn’t want to miss while Taiwan-dering! 

YANGMINGSHAN NATIONAL PARK

Yangmingshan National Park is located in the north of Beitou. It is just an hour away escape into nature from the city. Home to diverse ecology and numerous species, this park is worth a visit for its mountainous scenery and luscious forests. There is something to look forward to all year long at Yangmingshan. With the convenience of buses running pretty much through the park, simply hop and off depending on the trail or activity you wish to do. Oh, don’t forget to top up your EasyCard for this.

YEHLIU GEOPARK

The Yehliu Geopark is located in the Wanli District of New Taipei. It is definitely worth visiting to see the various unique and unusual geological formations. These rocks are said to have been formed because of the geological forces that have kept pushing the Datun Mountains out of the sea for over thousands of years. Several rock formations are given names that correspond to their distinguishable shape. For instance there is the Fairy Shoe, Princess Head, and Japanese Geisha. However, the most iconic rock formation is the ‘Queen’s Head.’ The Queen’s Head is believed to be over 4,000 years old and is it continues to erode, the rock is intensely looked after. in order to preserve this one-of-a-kind rock. 

TAMSUI

Visiting Tamsui may not necessarily be a day trip but worth a visit if you have some time to spare. It is a scenic spot at the tip of Tamsui District known to be a fishing port.  To enjoy some down time, Tamsui is a pleasant place to soak in the sunset and walk along the harbor.

JIUFEN

Jiufen was once a prosperous gold mining town in 1893 when the Japanese poured in to profit from the newly discovered gold. However, Jiufen is now regarded as a popular tourist destination. Quick tip, just try not getting lost in its maze of alleyways. With quaint scenes and teahouses, this small town is filled with picturesque streets and a lot of red lanterns. Upon entering Jiufen Old Street, anticipate to see several Japanese influences on the island that remain untouched up until today! If you are Ghibli fan then you will not want to miss the town and bathhouse from Miyazaki’s greatest film; Spirited Away.  

Taiwan may be a small country but it is not short of amazing places for travelers! 

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Read more: Part 1 of 101 Taipei Guide

13 Comments

  1. August 30, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Wow, Taipei looks like an incredible place to visit! Your photos are beautiful too…

  2. August 31, 2018 / 2:41 am

    Oh my goodness all of these day trips in Taipei are gorgeous destinations! I particularly love the Yehliu Geopark!

  3. August 31, 2018 / 5:23 am

    Everything looks so gorgeous! My family loves finding nature trails and hikes, all of these seem like great options.

  4. Lisa
    August 31, 2018 / 5:45 am

    Those pictures are so breathtaking. The views there are amazing I seriously need to go!

  5. Patricia Chamberlain
    August 31, 2018 / 9:20 am

    These photos are just so gorgeous! My family loves to travel and Taipei looks like a great choice to visit!

  6. August 31, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Your pictures of all the scenery are stunning! I’ve got total wanderlust and I love your travel suggestions.

  7. August 31, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Wow how amazing is This place, looks so beautiful. Yangmingshan National Park is nature at its best x

  8. September 1, 2018 / 12:57 am

    What a beautiful place – your photos are gorgeous. Jiufen is on my list of places I’d love to visit someday in the near future!

  9. September 1, 2018 / 2:09 am

    You go on such cool adventures, it’s fantastic! All of the photos look amazing. I’d love to go to the Yehliu Geopark 🙂

  10. Christa
    September 1, 2018 / 2:40 am

    These are really gorgeous photos! I would love to spend some time in Taipei. It’s absolutely a beautiful country.

  11. September 1, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Oh how fun…it looks like you had a blast. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

  12. helenevlacho
    September 2, 2018 / 3:23 am

    So many wonderful places! And all these beautiful photos. I have never been to Asia but I would love to visit countries like Taiwan. Wonderful suggestions!

  13. PanacheMania
    September 2, 2018 / 6:45 am

    Amazing breathtaking view of Taipei. You have done such an amazing job of capturing its essence. I love your outfit as well. That leather jacket is so dope.

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