Travel Planning
Taipei
Travel Planning
Taipei

Taipei at a Glance

Ultra-modern Taipei is a great place to visit to see both old and new Asia.  Public transportation, modern architecture and well placed parks and gardens make modern urban life pleasant and comfortable, while ancient temples, time honored festivals and a obsession with food keep the Taiwanese close to their roots.

Visitors to Taipei are happily overwhelmed by the sheer amount of delicious foods tempting them day and night. Sample the famous stinky tofu or a fried cricket if you are feeling adventurous. Slurp up squeezed tropical juices or shaved ice to beat the heat. Dig into a bowl of steamed dumplings, or sample aboriginal-style wild boar. Whether you are looking for your dinner in a fine restaurant, a back street food stall or a busy night market you'll find something to tempt your taste buds.

Taipei's residents love to shop and you'll feel right at home joining the party. Cruise upscale shopping malls, pop into street side boutiques or get ready for some market bargaining. Clothes, jewelery, kitchenware and gifts are all good purchases to make in the city.

For a time out from material pleasures, visit the temples and gardens that have adorned the city for centuries. Reflect on the fine craftsmanship, or simply breath deeply and enjoy the calm.

 

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens do not need a visa to enter Taiwan if their stay will be less than 90 days. All tourists must present a valid passport and a confirmed onward ticket in order to enter the country. American citizens can visit the U.S State Department's website for more information. All tourists can visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office website for visa information for their nationality.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Taiwan is in the Pacific Ring of Fire and has earthquakes. Building codes are strict so small earthquakes generally are no more than a nuisance. During the summer and fall heavy rain and typhoons occur. The strongest storms batter the eastern coast of the island.

      Safety Concerns Be cautious of pickpockets in crowded markets and squares. During the night, stay in well lit areas, avoid traveling alone.

      Health Concerns  It's best to chose bottled or purified water while in Taiwan. While hiking in the mountains, be watchful for rock slides if there has been recent heavy rain.