Taipei, Taiwan Itinerary: Modern Route Walking Tour

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This is a non-sponsored article of the Taipei Free Walking Tour Modern Route I had with Like It Formosa.

Most of my friends and followers know that I am such a history and politics geek, and I would not miss learning about a country’s history and politics whenever I visit a new one. However, despite the fact that I am getting tired of the bustle of the concrete jungle, little did they know that I still looooove the cityscapes and modernity (well, depends on whether it brings the city more good than bad hehe).

Well, my desire to learn about history won’t make sense at all if I will not be able to see how it affects the present state of a city or a country, right? That is why, I made sure to squeeze in a modern route tour of Taipei, Taiwan when I went there.

As I was researching for my Taiwan trip itinerary, I came across Like It Formosa, an organization that conducts free (but tip-based) walking tours around Taipei. Apparently, they offer three free walking tours around Taipei: Historic Route, Golden Age Route, and Modern Route. Of course, I cannot miss all of these and I joined all of them.

What I liked about the tours offered by Like It Formosa is that it’s led by young and very intelligent guides. For this specific route, we were guided by a very intelligent lady who’s now at Columbia University for her Master’s Degree in Data Science (hi Viv!). The way they share information about Taiwan is very passionate and really coming from locals.

Apparently, Taiwan, being one of the top economic hubs in the world, is still having a lot of challenges and controversies related to modernity. I liked how our tour guide shared us a lot of trivia, historical backgrounds, nightlife tips, and even ghost stories! Here is the itinerary of the Modern Route tour. Obviously, all of these are walking distance away from one another and all located at Xinyi District. (Spoiler alert: the magnificent Taipei 101 building is seen from all destinations we went to!)

(Please forgive my nighttime mobile photography skills. I was too lazy to take out my point and shoot camera, which I regret up to this day huhu!)

Are you ready to start our Taipei Modern Route Tour?

Taipei Dome

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei Dome June 2018
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei Dome s of June 2018

The first stop of our tour, which was just right at the Sun Yat-Sen Station of the Taipei Metro, is the Taipei Dome. The structure obviously looks unfinished, and there is so much story about it. Apparently, the construction is supposed to start in 2007 and finish in 2011, but a lot of controversies affected the timeline of its construction. In fact, in 2015, the Taiwan government ordered the suspension of the dome.

Among the issues include the overcapacity, absence/poor design of enough emergency exits, and how the ground floor of the dome was planned to become a commercial complex with hotel (which would affect the traffic situation of the area). Well, I hope this dome will be built to serve its original purpose and not for some commercial pursuits that are hazardous to the people and the city.

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei 101 at Taipei Dome
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: A view of Taipei 101 from the Taipei Dome

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei Modern Route Tour: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: The facade of the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is so busy at night!

Sun Yat-Sen is considered as the “Father of the Republic of China” and this building was built in his memory. When we went there, a lot of students are doing dance and performance rehearsals (I found out that the building administration is under the Ministry of Education), and people are relaxing at the nearby Chung-shan Park. The said spot is a nice place to have a view of the Taipei cityscape.

We were told some things about Taiwan history, including Sun Yat-Sen not being present during the actual revolutions (sounds familiar! Emilio Aguinaldo, is that you? Charot.). The building design includes the basics of Chinese architecture and was a result of a contest won by a Taiwanese architect. A popular reason why tourist go here is to witness the hourly changing of guards of the statue of Sun Yat-Sen.

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei 101 at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: A view of Taipei 101 from the Chung-shan Park and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

Taipei City Hall

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei Modern Route Tour: Taipei City Hall
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei City Hall Building at Night

This seat of the Taipei City Government is a very nice structure, but I would love seeing it more during the morning to appreciate how the movement of people and business usually go in this area. In this part of our trip, I learned more about how the Taiwan Parliament is notorious for brawls, and the most extreme one so far is the throwing of water balloons and chairs by the members of the parliament themselves (see here). Moreover, we were told some ghost stories from nearby hotels which served as a nice bonding point for the people joining the tour (in short, nagtakutan kami haha).

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei 101 from Taipei City Hall
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: A view of Taipei 101 from the Taipei City Hall

Eslite Bookstore (Xinyi Bookstore)

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei Modern Route Tour: Eslite Bookstore Xinyi
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: History of Taiwan and Religion Section of the Eslite Bookstore Xinyi
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Eslite Bookstore Xinyi
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: MY HEAVEN! World and Asian History Sections of the Eslite Bookstore Xinyi

My happy place!!! This is Taiwan’s largest bookstore and is open from 11AM to 10PM! πŸ™‚ There is one branch which even operates for 24 hours (the Dunnan branch), how’s that! I feel sad that I forgot some of the trivia that our guide shared us about this place, but it has something to do with the banning of some propaganda materials (oooh, smells political!). There are books in Mandarin and a few ones in English.

I found a big section for Asian History and I wish I have a lot of money that time huhuhu! I have no idea we’ll be visiting a nice bookstore like this. πŸ™ It has a big food court at the basement, and the queue for the milk tea shop was soooo long! This place is definitely my heaven! And oh, in front of the bookstore building is a nice view of Taipei 101, which is our next destination.

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Eslite Bookstore Xinyi
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Cute Barbapapa Merchandise at Eslite Bookstore Xinyi
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Ten Ren Tea Eslite Bookstore Xinyi
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: I had some legit Ten Ren Tea at Eslite Bookstore Xinyi

Taipei 101

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei Modern Route Tour: Taipei 101 Up Close at Night
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Taipei 101 up close at night

Who does not know the beautiful and magnificent Taipei 101? It has been a dream of mine to see it in person because I’ve only been seeing it on TV every New Year’s Eve because of its magnificent fireworks display. It was the world’s tallest building upon its completion in 2004 until before Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was constructed in 2010.

This building is also known for its very fast elevator which can take you to higher floors in a matter of seconds. Moreover, the design looks very Asian, right? I really admire this building! However, our guide told us that more offices have been moving to newer buildings, but it does not take away the fact that Taipei 101 is still a building that can withstand disasters like earthquakes. Plus, it’s a very environmentally-friendly building.

How to End the Taipei Free Walking Tour Modern Route: Eat at Din Tai Fung!

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Din Tai Fung Taipei 101
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101

Eating is a perfect way to cap off your Taipei modern route tour. There is a Din Tai Fung branch at Taipei 101 Mall but it could get really crowded and the queue was usually long. However, since the tour ended up around 9PM and Din Tai Fung is about to close by 10PM, we chanced upon a time where there’s no more queue. Time for a legit xiao long bao!

TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Din Tai Fung Xiao Long Bao
TAIPEI FREE WALKING TOUR MODERN ROUTE: Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung Taipei 101!

There you have it! Who’s not gonna love Taiwan because of all these trivia and features? How much more if I mention the foooood? πŸ˜€ Taiwan’s current modern state is really interesting and I hope other developing cities can also try to duplicate Taipei’s practices. I never felt stressed the whole time I was in tour here. The train system was efficient, the Taiwanese people were so calm, and there are enough pedestrian lanes in the street. Definitely a perfect place to live in! So what are you waiting for? Plan your Taipei modern route tour now!

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Taipei is a very vibrant city with an interesting political history as well. Most people would agree with me that the food was the best thing they could compliment about Taipei. It is also a very tourist-friendly city and most tourist destinations are very accessible either by foot or by the very efficient Taipei public transportation system. Moreover, options on where to stay, such as top hostels in Taipei, are on the rise and are very convenient to find.

I have compiled my walking tour itineraries in Taipei which you can check out by clicking on the list items below:

So, are you looking for top hostels in Taipei, like, right now?

top hostels in taipei
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: The Bar at Taipei Taipei Hostel

Are you planning a backpacking trip or perhaps you are a solo traveler to Taipei? I saw you just Googled “best hostels in Taipei”! Kidding! But I’m sure you are looking for a hostel to stay at this point in time. Well, the good news is, I did the research for you and picked the top hostels in Taipei that you could choose from! I extracted the basic and essential information for you, and I even compared them side by side! So are you ready to choose your hostel in Taipei? Let’s go!

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: SHERLYN’S CRITERIA

Personally, whenever I would visit another city and look for hostels, I usually use the following criteria:

  • LOCATION AND DISTANCE FROM LANDMARKS: As a backpacker/solo traveler on a budget, I would choose a hostel that is in a good location because I want to explore the cities by foot as much as possible and have access to basic establishments, such as convenience stores, public transportation, and such.
  • DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT: Factors such as time of our flights are important to consider choosing a place to stay vis-a-vis their distance from the airport. Some of us are staying in hostels for a layover and some of us just want to make sure we do not miss our next flights. Also, if we fly in or out at wee hours, public transportation is possibly not available and taxi is our only option, which can be more expensive depending on the distance of out hostels.
  • WI-FI CONNECTON: Most of us need an internet connection to do research about places to go and eat and things to do, or update out social media accounts with details from our travels, or connect with our loved ones. Whatever our purposes are, having a wi-fi connection at our hostels is a big factor.
  • FREE BREAKFAST: I am a morning person and I need to have breakfast, so this factor personally matters to me. I believe other budget travelers also consider getting their tummies full with a complimentary hostel breakfast before going out to explore the city.
  • RESTAURANT/COFFEE SHOP/BAR INSIDE THE HOSTEL: Some of us just wants to have access to these facilities at the comfort of being inside the premises of our hostels (especially after a long day of exploring!).
  • FREE BOTTLED WATER: A hydro homie here! This may not be popular in hostels, but most hostels have water dispensers provided but you have to bring your own bottle.
  • TOILETRIES: This is a deciding factor to me since as much as possible I don’t want to experience the hassle of bringing in liquids inside my carry-on luggage (only to get confiscated at the airport! Ouch!), so if basic toiletries are available at the hostel, I might only bring what I really need.
  • WASHING MACHINE/LAUNDROMAT: Light packers usually bring enough set of clothes, but any type of packer might run out of clean clothes to wear. Hence, it is a big deal for me personally if the hostel has a laundromat or a washing machine.
  • ACTIVITIES: Hostels are also places for socialization with other travelers, right? I am an introvert, but if I ran out of things to do or if I feel like socializing or maybe do something inside the hostel, this criteria matters.
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Some hostels offer free airport transfer and we all should maximize this! However if I indicated a ‘yes’ answer for the airport transfer criteria here, please check with the hostel first if it is free or not.

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI

So, without further ado, let’s proceed to reviewing and comparing the hostels picked!

TAIPEI SUNNY HOSTEL (2-star hostel)


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (TAIPEI MAIN STATION)

No.92-2, Huaining St., Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 4.5 km from Songshan Airport
  • 28.1 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 240 m from NTU Hospital Metro Station
  • 540 m from Taipei West Bus Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesYes
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesDart Board
Airport TransferYes
top hostels in taipei

TRAVEL TALK TAIPEI HOSTEL

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Travel Talk Taipei Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Travel Talk Taipei Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Travel Talk Taipei Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Travel Talk Taipei Hostel


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (ZHONGSHAN)

2F, No. 96, Section 2, Minquan East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 2 km from Songshan Airport
  • 29.7 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 330 m from Xingtian Temple Subway Station
  • 550 m from Zhongshan Elementary School Metro Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenNo
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineNo
ActivitiesNo
Airport TransferNo
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LUCKY ONE HOSTEL (2-star hostel)

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIWAN: Lucky One Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIWAN: Lucky One Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIWAN: Lucky One Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIWAN: Lucky One Hostel


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (DATONG)

No.1, Changji Street, Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 3.4 km from Songshan Airport
  • 28.3 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 370 m from Minquan W Road Metro Station
  • 590 m from Daqiaotou Metro Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenNo
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineNo
ActivitiesNo
Airport TransferYes
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TAIWAN YOUTH HOSTEL AND CAPSULE HOTEL (2-star hostel)

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule Hotel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule Hotel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule Hotel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule Hotel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule Hotel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule Hotel


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (TAIPEI MAIN STATION)

No.11, Qingdao W. Rd., Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 4 km from Songshan Airport
  • 28.5 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 140 m from Taipei Main Metro Station
  • 310 m from Taipei Main Railway Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastYes
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesYes
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesGame Room, Library
Airport TransferYes
top hostels in taipei

FORMOSA 101 HOSTEL (2-star hostel)

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Formosa 101 Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Formosa 101 Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Formosa 101 Hostel
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Formosa 101 Hostel


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (XINYI) (2-star hostel)

5F, No. 115, Jilong Road Sec.2, Xinyi District, Taipei city, Taiwan, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan,

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 3.9 km from Songshan Airport
  • 32.7 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 480 m from Taipei 101 World Trade Center Metro Station
  • 690 m from Liuzhangli Metro Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastYes
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesGame Room
Airport TransferYes
top hostels in taipei

NEXT HOSTEL TAIPEI-XIMENDING (2-star hostel)

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Next Hostel Taipei - Ximending
TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: Next Hostel Taipei – Ximending


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (XIMENDING)

2F, No. 63, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 4.9 km from Songshan Airport
  • 27.5 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 320 m from Ximen Metro Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesGame Room
Airport TransferYes
top hostels in taipei

TAIPEI TAIPEI HOSTEL (2-star hostel)

TOP HOSTELS in Taipei: The Bar at Taipei Taipei Hostel
TOP HOSTELS in Taipei: The Bar at Taipei Taipei Hostel


LOCATION: INSIDE CITY CENTER (TAIPEI MAIN STATION)

2F, No. 63, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 4.4 km from Songshan Airport
  • 28.1 km from Taoyuan Airport
  • 340 m from Taipei West Bus Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastYes
CafeYes
BarYes
KitchenNo
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesGame Room
Airport TransferNo
top hostels in taipei

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: COMPARISON

Now, let’s try putting together all these information to see which hostel suites your preferences.

Taipei Sunny HotelTravel Talk Taipei HostelLucky One HostelTaiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule HotelFormosa 101 HostelNext Taipei Hostel XimendingTaipei Taipei Hostel
Wi-FiYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Free BreakfastNoNo NoYesYesNoYes
CafeNo No NoNoNo NoYes
BarNo NoNoNoNo NoYes
KitchenYes No NoYesYesYesNo
Free Bottled WaterNo No No NoNo NoNo
ToiletriesYes No NoYesNo NoNo
Washing MachineYes No NoYesYesYesYes
ActivitiesDart Board No NoGame Room, LibraryGame RoomGame Room Game Room
Airport TransferYes NoYesYesYesYesYes

TOP HOSTELS IN TAIPEI: YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME! πŸ™‚

There you have it! I hope you were able to decide by now and book your corresponding chosen hostel in Taipei, based on the criteria I picked. Btw, if you think other criteria needs to be included in this list, or if you want me to add more hostels to compare, please let me know! πŸ™‚ Happy travels to Taipei and please share me your experiences with your chosen hostel from this list!

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Taipei, Taiwan Itinerary: Golden Age Route Walking Tour

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Every city or country has it’s so-called “Golden Age” and it’s usually considered as the height of a country’s politics, economy, or culture. In the case of Taiwan, 1920s was considered as their Golden Age where their commerce really soared high, among others. This is something historical and I want to learn more about it. Hence, it’s mandatory to a history geek like me to squeeze in some Taipei Golden Age Route Tour when I visited the city. After all, knowing what happened during the Golden Age of Taiwan was the only way to make sense of how it became one of the most economically-advanced areas in the world.

As I was researching for my Taiwan trip itinerary, I came across Like It Formosa, an organization that conducts free (but tip-based) walking tours around Taipei. Apparently, they offer three free walking tours around Taipei: Historic Route, Golden Age Route, and Modern Route. Of course, I cannot miss all of these and I joined all of them.

What I liked about the tours offered by Like It Formosa is that it’s led by young and very intelligent guides. For this specific route, we were guided by two intelligent young guides (Hi Nancy and Paul!) who did not only provide us historical facts, but also how was it to grow up in a city like Taipei, including the system of education there (which was really impressive, by the way). The way they share information about Taiwan is very passionate and really coming from locals.

So, without further ado, let’s start our virtual Taipei Golden Age Route Tour!

Taipei North Gate

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TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Taipei North Gate, Taiwan

Taipei North Gate was something I’ve been noticing during my first few nights in Taiwan because it’s very well-lit at night and very noticeable. Apparently, it’s not the only gate in Taipei. If there’s a North Gate, there must be South, East, and West Gates, right? However, when Japan invaded Taiwan, they destroyed the other walls and only North Gate was maintained from its original state. I kinda forgot the whole story of these walls because it requires a background of Taiwanese history, but as far as I can remember, it somehow symbolizes or encourages economic activities in Taiwan.

Taipei Post Office

Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Taipei Post Office, Taiwan

Just across the Taipei North Gate, you will see this beautiful architectural wonder that is the Taipei Post Office. Those who love sending postcards to their loved ones back home, this is definitely the place to be. Taipei Post Office is considered as one of the oldest buildings in Taipei and it was able to preserve itself to its original glory back in the days. In front of this building is the Beimen Bus Stop where you can ride a bus going to St. Christopher’s Catholic Church (which we were able to go for the Sunday Mass).

Tianma Tea House

Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Tianma Tea House, Taipei, Taiwan

To be honest, if I did not know about the history of this place, I will just ignore it and pass by it. Thanks to this walking tour, I was able to find out that Tianma Tea House is a very historical place and a lot of revolutionary incidents happened here which significantly defined the history of Taiwan. It is no longer a tea house today, and it actually was the place where the February 28 uprising started (And eventually the 228 Memorial Peace Park was built in honor of those who died during the uprising. 228 Memorial Peace Park is part of the Taipei Historical Route Walking Tour Itinerary).

Xia Hai City God Temple

Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Xia Hai City God Temple, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Xia Hai City God Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

Upon reaching the Xia Hai City Hod Temple, I can already feel the beautiful chaos around the area. It was apparently one of the busiest temples in Taipei because it’s located right at the heart of a very busy commercial area. I found out that this temple has the most number of statues and this is where the Chinese Cupid is housed. Oh, btw, single people, this place is your chance to wish for a love life! I thought Longshan Temple already got the back of single people regarding this aspect! (Longshan Temple is part of the Taipei Historic Route Walking Tour)

Dadaocheng District and Dihua Street

Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Textile Market, Dadaocheng District, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Dadaocheng District, Taipei, Taiwan

Filipinos, if you happen to have visited Divisoria, the vibe is the same here, except that it’s cleaner at Dadaocheng. πŸ˜€ This is where you can buy a lot of Taiwanese goods, from dried fruits and fish, teas, and medicines, among others. Moreover, you can find a lot of cute cafes and restaurants around the area.

I found out that this is like the ancient port area of Taipei and this is where goods arrive from maritime trading activities, and some of the businesses here operate for a hundred years already. Also, some of the architectural features of the buildings here are preserved, like walls, signs, pillars, etc. This is what I love about Taiwan, it really cares about up to the smallest detail of their cultural heritage. Awesome!

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TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Dadaocheng
Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Dadaocheng
Taipei Golden Age Route Tour
TAIPEI GOLDEN AGE ROUTE TOUR: Flexing my Mike Wazowski plushy by this beautiful mural at Dihua Street, Dadaocheng District, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Golden Age Route Tour: Takeaways

There you have it, a tour of the Golden Age of Taiwan! Every city or country has its own respective ‘Golden Age’ and for Taiwan, I think it explains why Taiwan is one of the most economically-developed areas in the world and at the same time not neglecting their history. Even if you are not a history lover, I am very positive that you will enjoy this tour. So what are you waiting for? Plan your Taipei Golden Age route tour now!

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