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Taipei must sees

Here’s the TOP 10, read until the end because as people that live in Taipei, we’ll tell you about some secret spots.

1) Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan), Taipei sunset
2) Longshan Temple and Huaxi Street Nightmarket
3) Shilin Nightmarket, a must-go nightmarket
4) Leisure in Ximen, also known as Taipei’s Shibuya
5) Taipei 101, the most elegant skyscraper
6) Freedom square near Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall MRT
7) Taiwan National Museum

Once you have done the to do, you are ready to feel some taiwanese culture.

1. Go to a baseball game, Brother Elephants. It is super cheap, around 15€, and you are gonna see an incredible atmosphere. After the game, yo can try some street food outside of the stadium like Taiwanese sweet sausage, nothing like the ones we eat in Europe.


2. Get some Taiwanese breakfast,  (radish cake) with tuna dan bing (pancake with egg) and hong cha (black tea).


3. The daily markets are really interesting, a mix of scents and flavors all around the place. It is worthy to walk around and explore their food.

4. Night markets


5. Maokong gondola

The gondola is near Taipei Zoo MRT (brown line), it has 4 stations in its 4,3km line. The ticket fare depends on which station you stop, it varies from 70-120 NT$ one way. On the last stop you’ll find many tea shops with great views.


6. Taipei zoo

You can get to the zoo easily by public transport, it’s open everyday from 9:00 to 17:00. The entrance fee is 60 NT$ for adults and 30 NT$ for children.


7. Tamsui

Tamsui is in the end of the red line, it is about 1h from the city center. There you’ll find some old historical buildings and forts, a place to bike, many local food stands. It’s a great place to watch the sunset.


A bit farther but still close to Taipei (1-1h30), you can go on a these day trips

a) Jiufen

Jiufen is the town that inspired the movie spirited away. It is an old gold mining mountain town with many narrow alleyways.


b) Pingxi


c) Beitou Hot springs


d) Yangmingshan National Park



Cost of Living

Some might think Asia has a lower cost of living but Taiwan is slightly more expensive than Paris and Milan. Even though Taipei is the most expensive city to live in Taiwan, it is still less expensive than Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong or Seoul. But most importantly the cost of living will vary according to the area you choose to live and the lifestyle you choose to have.

Updated august 2018


  • 1 bedroom apartment (city centre): 14,000 – 27,000 NT$
  • 1 bedroom apartment (outside of the city): 9,000 – 20,000 NT$
  • 3 bedroom apartment (city centre): 31,000 – 58,000 NT$
  • 3 bedroom apartment (outside of the city): 23,000 – 40,000 NT$


  • Bus/train fare: 20 NT$
  • Monthly Pass: 1,280 NT$
  • Taxi rate (per km): 25 NT$
  • Gasoline (1 liter): 28,52 NT$


  • Meal at inexpensive restaurant: 100 NT$
  • Meal at a business district: 200 NT$
  • Combo meal at fast food restaurant (ex. Big Mac): 139 NT$
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught): 50 NT$
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle): 60 NT$
  • Cappuccino (regular): 75 NT$


  • Cinema, international release: 300 NT$
  • 1 month gym membership: 1,400 NT$
  • 1 beer in pub (500 ml): 180 NT$
  • Tennis Court rent (1h on weekend): 400 NT$


  • The Health Insurance in Taiwan is quite advanced and the prices are low


Taiwan Visa

Foreign nationals, who hold ordinary passports or other legal travel documents and who intend to stay in Taiwan for no more than 6 months for the purposes of transit; tours; visiting relatives; undertaking visits; undertaking inspection tours; attending international conferences; conducting business; pursuing short-term studies; undertaking short-term employment; undertaking short-term missionary work; and engaging in other activities in the ROC as approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC.

  1. A passport still valid for more than six months with empty pages. (original and photocopy)
  2. Complete and sign the online application form at
  3. Two 2″x2″ photographs (taken within the last 6 months, in color and with a white-color background)
  4. Certificates of enrollment and registration issued by the Chinese language school affiliated to one of the universities or institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education (original and one copy).
  5. An attendance record.
  6. A transcript of academic records.
  7. Proof of financial support.
  8. A study plan.
  9. A health certificate issued within the past three months either by one of the accredited local hospitals (list attached) or by a licensed foreign hospital or clinic.

For more details, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.