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by Lad_uk Online Now Feb 2, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Hi,

This is my first attempt at an itinerary for my trip to Taipei. Have I grouped the places in a logical order or are they scattered about? Are there any places I've missed and should visit?

Day 1
Maokong Gondola to Maokong mountain
Chih Nan Temple - if easy to get to
Taipei Zoo

Day 2
Day in Beitou - is half day enough?

Day 3
Day in Tamshui - is half day enough?
Kuantu Temple - if easy to get to

Day 4
Wander around Ximending District
The Red House
Taipei Zhongshan Hall
Tian Hou Gong
Long Shan Temple
Bopiliao Ancient Street
Qingshan Temple

Day 5
Taipei 101
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
Songshan Ciyou Temple

Day 6
Taipei Confucius Temple
Paoan Temple
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Day 7
National Palace Museum
National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine

Day 8
Lin Antai Old Homestead
Xingtiangong

Thanks

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    Re: Taipei itinerary

    by IreneMcKay Online Now Feb 2, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Guanda Temple could be combined with Tamsui. There are also several interesting day trip options:- Yinggee pottery town, Wului - aboriginal village, waterfall, Keelung - temple of Kuan Su, Yelihu - interesting rock formations.

    Did you mention night markets - there are lots.

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    Re: Taipei itinerary

    by xymmot Online Now Feb 2, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    It great to have some sense of organization going into Taipei. You will find that most will intertwine with one another. Night markets is a must because that is what Taiwan people do. Going into some of the large department stores and seeing their food court sometimes impress me also. There are so many temples too. I covered most of the area in three days and then back tracked to the places I really enjoyed. Taipei is great when you really get to know it. Unfortunately my favorite place for good coffee was at a Mc Donalds.

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  • Re: Taipei itinerary

    by Lad_uk Online Now Feb 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Thanks for your replies.

    Irene, it looks like Kuantu Temple and Guanda Temple are the same and I also noticed that you've helpfully written about it with directions - which sounds pretty easy to get to. I'll combine it with my trip to Tamshui. I take it that the day trips will involve public buses? For a non Chinese speaker, how easy are they to use or would it be better to grab a taxi (or are they too far for a taxi ride?)

    xymmot, I allowed 9 days in Taipei do you think that is too long since you managed to see it in 3 days? I'm just wondering if I can cut out some of the places I've listed. Do you think the way I've organised the places to visit is about right?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Taipei itinerary

    by IreneMcKay Online Now Feb 3, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    As to day trips: we went to Yingee by train - no problem; Keelung by tain - no problem. Yelihu and Wulai we did ages ago on organized day trip, but I believe there is a public bus to Wulai and Yelihu can also be reached by public bus from Keelung.

    Destinations tend to be written in Chinese and not that many peoplespeak English, but everyone tries to hel and somehow you get to where you want to be.

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  • Re: Taipei itinerary

    by Lad_uk Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Thanks, Irene. To save time and hassle I might try to look for an organised day trip to some of the places you've mentioned. I fear that a lot of time could be lost with me getting lost!

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    Re: Taipei itinerary

    by olctw Online Now Feb 5, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    I created an itinerary based on your descriptions:
    travel.olc.tw/schedules/view...

    To answer your questions:
    # Maokong Gondola has a stop in Chi Nan Temple.
    # Half day at Beitou is enough, you could then get to Kuantu Temple

    You arranged many temples. Don't you like night markets?

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  • Re: Taipei itinerary

    by Lad_uk Online Now Feb 5, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Hi olctw. Thanks very much for your reply and especially for taking the time to build that itinerary for me - I really appreciate it :) Its given me a much better idea of how the places are linked to see them grouped like that. Do you think I can combine Beitou, Kuantu Temple and Tamshui into one day (judging from yours and Irene's replies)?

    I will also be going around night markets as well. I just forgot to put them in. I'm planning to go to Shilin night market and I believe there are a couple more to look into.

    Yes, you're right. I've put in a few temples but hopefully they are different to each other. As this is my first draft, I may skip some as I don't want to be templed out!

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    Re: Taipei itinerary

    by olctw Online Now Feb 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Sure you can combine them as they are on the same MRT line.

    As I'm the resident in Taiwan. I just couldn't tell if the temples you chose have big differences. If you are not willing to study the details of temples, maybe you could replace some of them by the following venus.

    Jiufen Old Street
    http://travel.olc.tw/points/view/26

    New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum
    travel.olc.tw/points/view/14...

    A little bit far, but they could give you more differences. ;)

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  • Re: Taipei itinerary

    by Lad_uk Online Now Feb 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Thanks, olctw. I think I'll do Beitou, Kuantu Temple and Tamshui in one day in that case which will free up a day for me. The dilema I have is whether to do the day trips that have been suggested to me or go to Kaohsiung. I'm still deciding on this ;) I've looked at combining Jiufen and Yeliu as a day trip and also Taroko Gorge as another day trip. The alternative was to head south to Kaohsiung. Both choices appeal to me so I may have to toss a coin!

    PS nice website you have :)

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