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From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

1. From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

2. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

Explore some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery on this full-day tour to Taroko National Park departing from Taipei. Ramble through the trails in the gorge and enjoy the stunning view of the soaring marble cliffs. Meet your guide in the early morning, and enjoy a cozy ride to Hualien. Take a break at TCC DAKA Park, an ecological recycling factory and photo hotspot. Through the exhibition and installations in the factory, visitors can have a good understanding about recycling and upcycling. Your epic journey to Taroko National Park starts from the Archway of Taroko Gorge. From the entry to Tianxiang, this 20km section of Central Cross-Island Highway winding through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will blow you away. Walk along Shakadang Trail, with the rivers gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meander along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above. Head through the tunnels of Swallow Grotto, where the potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. Stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), an H-shape hanging bridge built of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo. Take a short break at a recreational area and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the park. Head to Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. See the meander running through the deep and spectacular canyons from high above. Get a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. End with a visual feast of the amazing Qingshui Cliff, one of the island's "Eight Wonders". Enjoy a sweeping view of a 21 kilometer stretch from the viewing platform before traveling back to Taipei Main Station.

From Taipei: Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour

3. From Taipei: Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour

Meet your tour guide and driver in the morning at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station and take a 40-minute journey to the Yangmingshan National Park. Along the way, stop by the Taipei Public Library at Beitou. Located in Beitou Park and near Beitou Hot Spring Museum, it is Taiwan's first "green library", and is one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world. It minimizes pollution and harm to the environment by using recycled materials and by being water and energy-efficient. Visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum which was built during the Japanese colonial era. The Tudor-style building has a brick and wood facade and black tile roofing. The 1st level consists of a small bath and a large bath with a piece of Hokutolite Stone weighing 800 kilograms displayed at a corner. This is the perfect location to learn more about Beitou's rich hot spring culture and history. The next stop is Yangmingshan Flower Clock, the centerpiece of the Yangmingshan National Park. See the flowering plants which change by the seasons, where visitors can enjoy the bloom all year round. Visit Yangming Shu-Wu Mansion, also known as Zhongxing Guesthouse, which was the summer residence of the late president, Chiang Kai-shek. Today the mansion is an important site for Taiwanese culture and history. Afterward, you will visit the most popular spot in the national park, Xiaoyoukeng, which literally means "little oil pit". This is a post-volcanic geological area, where you can see and smell the steam rising from the ground, and feel the heat of a dormant volcano. See Qingtiangang, a lava terrace formed when the lava flowed north after the eruption.  The last stop is Lengshuikeng, which means “cold water pit”. This is a barrier lake formed by the volcanic lava flowing down from the mountain. The hot spring water here is colder than the other areas hence its name. Before the tour comes to the end, enjoy a hot spring foot bath that gives relief to aching feet and helps release tension in the muscles. After the tour, you may choose to disembark at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station or Shihlin Night Market and enjoy the local street foods. If you choose the option of combo with a free Lunar New Year Walking Tour: The free walking tour is available on 7, 8, 13, 14 January, 2023. Please contact the tour operator to pick a date once your booking is confirmed. Meet the tour guide at MRT Beimen Station (G13) Exit 3 at 14:30 on your chosen date, and then enjoy a relaxing walk around the old city blocks in Dadaocheng. After the walking tour, the group will dismiss at Ningxia Night Market. Tour stops include: Chinese Medicine Shop, Yongle Fabric Market, Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple, Dihua Street Lunar New Year Market and one of the oldest tea shops in Taipei.

Taipei: Private Day Tour by Car

4. Taipei: Private Day Tour by Car

Benefit with pick-up from your preferred meeting point in Taipei and journey through the city aboard a comfortable and clean car. It is also very suitable for travelers on a short layover with only a few hours to spare with the option of drop off at the airport or cruise terminal at Keelung Harbor if needed. Suggested sights include the Martyr's Shrine, Lin An Tai Historical House and Taipei 101, the 101-floor landmark skyscraper that claimed the title of the world's tallest building when it opened in 2004. Here you can have a photo and view this building with tips and hints from your local tour guide. Visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Dalongdong Baoan Temple, originally built by clan members in Tong'an, Xiamen, who immigrated to Taipei in the early 19th century.  The tour is flexible and can be customized, create your own itinerary of the city and see the attractions that interest you most, once your reservation has been received, your itinerary will be built with you, according to your preference.

From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

5. From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

Meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, then enjoy a ride to the suburban area and start a nostalgic tour of Taipei. There are three branch railway lines still operating in Taiwan: Pingxi Line in Taipei, Neiwan Line in Hsinchu, and Jiji Line in Nantou. As time goes by, these three branch lines have turned into tourist railway lines. Pingxi is one of these small towns that were once prosperous due to the coal mining industry in the 1960s. The last coal mine closed in 1997, many of the residents moved out, and these towns became silent and desolated. Even though the golden age may be long gone, Pingxi becomes well-known for being the film location of some movies and TV commercials. Sky Lantern launch in Taiwan originates from Shifen in Pingxi District. Nowadays, the lanterns are used as symbols of peace and good fortune, the world-renowned Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a big yearly event that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year. Today you have an opportunity to experience this on the train track: write a message, light the lantern and watch it fly to the sky. There are lots of shops that sell Sky Lanterns, souvenirs, and traditional snacks along the train track, you may enjoy a little shopping before we head off to the next stop – Shifen Waterfall. Also known as Taiwan’s "Niagara Falls", Shifen Waterfalls are the biggest cascading falls in Taiwan. It is also a popular scenic attraction and easily accessible by foot from Shifen Train Station. If the weather is good, it creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location. Either at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

From Taipei: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour

6. From Taipei: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour

Explore the Northeast Coast of Taipei and stroll through Jiufen Village on this afternoon tour from Taipei. Visit the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, a popular swimming spot for locals, and drive past lighthouses, fishing villages, pastoral farmlands, and charming temples. Meet your guide and driver and take a ride to the northeast part of Taipei to discover the remnants of the gold-rush past. As you make your way towards Jiufen, stop at Nanya Natural Rock Formation, to see unique rock formations eroded by sea waters. Continue your tour as you drive past the Bay of Two Colors, affectionately nicknamed the Ying-Yang Sea due to its contrasting colors. Next, head to Jinguashi to see the Remains of the 13 Levels. Established in the 1930s, this copper and gold refining plant was shut down in the 1980s. Today this location has become a popular spot for shooting music videos and TV commercials. Next stop, Jiufen Village, once the center of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is gone, but the quaint old village, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continues to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Sip on a cup of tea at one of the town's unique tea shops, or stroll along the quaint streets and shop for local snacks, like Tarro Balls, or souvenirs. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location, at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

Taipei Night Tour & Din Tai Fung Steamed Dumplings

7. Taipei Night Tour & Din Tai Fung Steamed Dumplings

Explore Taipei at night and take in some of its most exciting sights on this 4-hour night tour. After meeting your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, head to the busiest commercial district of Taipei. See the iconic “Taipei 101”, once the tallest building in the world, shining at night. This skyscraper was once the tallest building in the world that reaches a height of 508 meters, towering over the skyline of Taipei. The building has 101 stories, with an observatory deck on the 89th floor, where the visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Taipei City. Not only that, it has one of the top 3 fastest elevators in the world; from the 5th to the 89th floor, it only takes 37 seconds. Next, enjoy dinner at the Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection Restaurant, Din Tai Fung, where you'll enjoy the world-renowned Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings). In addition to Xiaolongbao, a number of its signature dishes will be served, such as hot and sour soup, shredded pork fried rice, seasonal vegetable, etc. (menu items are subject to change according to seasonality and availability) Then, experience the bustling Raohe Street Tourist Night Market. If you still have room for dessert or snack after dinner, the dazzling array of food stalls in the night market won’t let you down! Black pepper bun, oyster vermicelli, spare ribs stewed in herbal soup, iced sweet glutinous rice dumplings and many more, will make you eat nonstop. Next, walk across the Rainbow Bridge, one of Taipei's colorful bridges, and take in the city lights on the other side of the river. Before your tour comes to an end back at the MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station. You will encounter Taiwan’s religious practices and culture at the Songshan Ciyou Temple. The temple was built in 1753, dedicated to “Black Faced Mazu”, Goddess of the Sea. The three tiered roof is richly decorated with Chinese traditional ornaments, such as the flying dragons and the figures of deities, featuring the Chinese myths; the ornaments are crafted with Koji Pottery.

Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

8. Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Explore Taipei and the surrounding area on an 8-hour private car charter. Discover iconic sights and beauty spots in northern Taiwan without the hassle of public transportation. Choose from a number of itineraries or create your own. Check out the natural beauty of Yangmingshan and Jiufen. See the amazing coastal rock formations at Yehliu, or perhaps enjoy a drive to Pingxi.

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

9. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

Meet your host and board the express train bound for Hualien on your own. Sit back and enjoy a 3-hour journey to paradise. Upon arrival in Hualien, your tour guide will greet you at the train station and take to you to the world-famous Taroko National Park. Your one-day tour to Taroko Gorge National Park will start from the Archway of Taroko Gorge. From the archway entry to Tianxiang, this 12.5-mile (20 km) section of Central Cross-Island Highway through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will take your breath away. Walk along the Shakadang Trail, where the river gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meanders along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above. The next stop is Swallow Grotto. The potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. Take a short break at Tianxiang, a large river terrace recreational area and enjoy lunch in a restaurant in the park. After lunch, stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), a suspension bridge made of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo after a heart-warming story about a loving mother. Next, head to the Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered to be the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. As you walk along the trail, you can see the meandering river running through the deep and spectacular canyon from above, and you can also have a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit the Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Before you return to the train station for your train back to Taipei, your will visit a local marble factory, where you can get some handcrafts made of marble or souvenirs featuring the local characters, to enrich your travel collection. Then you will visit the most romantic beach in Taiwan. Qixingtan Beach, a crescent-shaped beach covered with sprawling pebbles. Your 14-hour adventure then ends with drop-off at Taipei Main Station.

Taipei: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

10. Taipei: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Taipei‘s culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of Tianjin, Taiwanese scallion pancake & braised pork, or stuffed rice roll as a veggie alternative in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food. Visit Mazu (Heaven Empress) Temple, Chiang Kei Shek, and the remains of Taipei Prison Wall plus other remarkable spots in between food stops, and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

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What people are saying about Taipei City

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 81 reviews

Jimmy Lin was an amazing and knowledgeable guide. He went above and beyond from start to finish! He was very informative about the historical facts of the different places that we visited and made sure we were comfortable during our tour. Each segment of the tour was enjoyable. Jimmy was very flexible to stop if we wanted to see something specific. My family and I had a great time! Jimmy even helped us to plan our next portion of the trip in Taiwan. Highly recommend!

Our tour guide Tim Chang was very kind and helpful. He gave us insights on Taiwanese culture. Very good communication skills as well! Value for money is 10/10. A MUST BOOK for all visitors of Taiwan.

The trip was very well organised leaving the passengers free to enjoy the experience free of the stress of searching for details of how to visit the sites.

Great tour! Beautiful views and walk. We saw waterfalls, rapids and marble rock formations. Lunch was perfect with local foods.

The tour guide is good, patience and experienced. However, the driver should drive safe.