What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Hiking gorgeous waterfalls near Sandiaoling Station, about 1 hr away from Taipei. Seeing the volcano steam vents in Yangminshan (Xiaoyoukeng Visitor Center) are unique and only about 30 min away! - Jul 2020



- Songshan Creative Park (including Eslite store)
- Huashan 1914 Creative Park
- Maji Maji
- Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, but after the sun goes down, when hordes of teenagers practice their dance routines.
- Elephant mountain
- Wistaria Tea House
- Millenium Public Hot Springs (2 USD)
- Jul 2018


Good hiking. Enjoyable concerts. A few good museums. It's easy to get around the island on the train and HSR. Easy to drive the island. Good day trips to the beach. - Nov 2016


strolling around the little alleys you can find cute cafes, restaurants and boutiques. If you have a car getting out of the city is a lot of fun. The hiking is great and there are beautiful spots north of the city. Jiufen is a great spot to enjoy the view, drink tea, and buy pottery. - Aug 2015


Lots of little neighborhoods to explore - Huashan, YongKong, Ximending, the streets around Zhongxiao Dunhua. Tiapei seems to be undergoing a lot of changes, there is always a new restaurant or area to explore. Silks Palace in Taroko is amazing for a few days. The weekend flower market is one of my personal faves. - Apr 2015


FOOD! Great food available all over the city. National Palace museum, artist village, Taipei 101, shopping, night markets and some great parks. Day trips outside the city to the coast are easy and a great way to get out of the city. - Sep 2013


Markets, hiking, biking, massages, restaurants, etc. All the convienences of a big, modern city. - Jul 2013


Temples, night markets, beaches, hot springs, shopping for jade, pearls, ceramics, and silk. - May 2013


Temples, beaches, night markets, beaches, Taipei 101, the zoo, movies. - May 2012


Loads. Night markets, bike paths, hiking, hot springs, observation deck on the world's tallest building, shopping malls, rock climbing, mountain biking, movie theaters, IMAX, paintball, laser tag, karaoke, beef noodle soup, flower markets, giant bookstores, ferris wheels, SCUBA, potstickers, Chinese cooking classes, wet markets, surfing, beaches, bubble tea, the zoo, baseball games, ex-pat sports teams (soccer, baseball, rugby, frisbee, basketball, etc.), golf, tennis, hash house harriers, antiques, electronics, bowling, mahjong, Tai Chi, dragon boats, firecrackers, lantern festival, water parks, golf, tea houses, comedy clubs, Chinese lessons, teaching English. - Jun 2009


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