Taipei, Taiwan – 5 Things You Should Know Before You Visit

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Taipei, Taiwan is a super modern city with a deep-rooted culture that is becoming more and more popular as a gateway to East Asia and Southeast Asia.

It’s new express MRT service from Taoyuan International Airport, a 36 minute ride, will make it even more convenient for travellers, especially those on a short layover.

This short but important list of essential things you should know will help keep you on track with a smooth stay.

Although taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive compared with other big cities in East Asia the MRT is one of the best ways to get to most of the main sites and business centers of Taipei City.

The Nangang Exhibition Center where many conventions and shows are held is accessible by the blue and brown MRT lines. Neihou, where many tech industry businesses have their head office is also on the brown line, Xihu is one of the most convenient stops for quick and easy access.

Taipei 101 for the last 3.5 years has had it’s own MRT stop on the red line. This is where you’ll also find The International Convention Center next to the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall. It’s also in close proximity to Taipei City Hall and is apart of the Xinyi Shopping District, where you’ll find one of the largest selections of luxury goods stores in East Asia.

If you want to get more of a local perspective pick up an Easycard available at most MRT stations and register it online with Ubike, so you can have access to the city bikes that have stations across Taipei City and New Taipei City. Simply swipe your card next to the bike you want to rent and you’re ready to go. You can drop the bike off at any Ubike station. They’re almost always located near an MRT station.

In the video I mention briefly that the Taiwanese people are very friendly and helpful. It’s true! If you ever appear to be lost or confused while looking at a map you will in most cases immediately attract the attention of a local who will be pleased to help you find your way. That’s wny I said “get lost”, literally you can get lost while exploring this amazing city with it’s maze of alleyways, quiet cafes, food stalls and shops and not worry that you won’t have help getting back to your hotel.

Taipei and the rest of Taiwan is an extremely safe place to travel. There is literally no or very rare violent crime against tourists. Personal ownership of guns is banned. There has been reports of pick pocketing and petty theft, particularly in night markets and crowded places, but I think this is even rare now.

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31 Replies to “Taipei, Taiwan – 5 Things You Should Know Before You Visit”

  1. stormi62

    Hi john. Well I’m a 56yr old Male and flying to Taiwan in late August for the first time and your videos have been so amazingly tutorial for me and I can’t wait to experience Taipei where I’m staying.
    Thank you sooooo much and keep up the good work.
    Mark from England 👍

  2. Good Evening

    Very good review with loads of valuable information, John reminded me of fellow You Tuber Dennis Bunnik style of reviews which are straight to point with zero waffle .10 out of 10

  3. weedbreeder

    True on the money. Have your money exchanged before heading to Taiwan as the line in the money exchange in the airport is long, and there are no money exchange in the city aside from a few banks near CKS Memorial and large malls, unlike HK where money exchange shops are everywhere.

  4. VinniesBucketList

    I'm watching all these Taiwan and now, Taipei videos to get some ideas on what to do, see and eat (especially what to eat 👀) for my trip there in march! Any tips of what is worth while to vlog??

  5. Donnell Hicks

    Very great video, I was only at the airport 6 hours. I went to Thailand. It is not as English friendly in most cities. I will make sure to visit longer in Taiwan. Thank you!

  6. Sheri Peterson

    All of these tips (except the VAT tax) is true for Japan as well. More people speak English in Taiwan than in Japan, especially if you are lost or need help. I love Taiwan and was impressed by their MRT train system when I visited Taipei last year.

  7. abah sarah

    i m from malaysia, i found Taiwan is the best to visit..clean,efficient transport and friendly people there… event immigration staff,i can said the best among other contry ,only halal food quit problem to get there anyway i`m sure ill come again

  8. Bob Jacobson

    When I visited Taiwan in 1981, I found that younger people (i.e., student age) would see me and say "hello". Some of them wanted to study in the US, so they were eager to strike up a conversation with me, with one group even inviting to their place for dinner after we visited Yangmingshan Park. If I asked someone if I was on the correct bus for where I wanted to go, they would say "sure, follow me" and when we got on the bus, they would go ahead and pay two fares, including one "for my friend here". After being there a couple weeks, I didn't really want to go back to the US. For the first few days I stayed at the Hotel New Asia (in Taipei), and because I had stopped in Hawaii for a few days, I wanted to wash some socks and underwear, which I did in the bathroom sink. I casually slung them over the shower curtain rod and went out into town; when I returned, I found that they were all spread out neatly on hangers by the hotel staff. Upon seeing this, I just thought "wow, what a nice country!" I took a train to Taichung where I had planned to meet someone having interests similar to mine, and I rode a bus up to Puli, and then to Wuhseh and Lushan–people in both places were extremely helpful even though they knew about as much English as I did Chinese (just a few words in each case!).

    I'm planning to go again next fall, and I hope people are still the same.

  9. 張繼斌

    This is sauh as good introduction
    Unfortunately, no subtitles
    My English is not so good
    Some I don’t understand, I don’t know what it means.

  10. Bryan Rabilas

    I'm planning a visit in late December or early January. How cold is it? Do I need to wear long sleeves during the day or a jacket? Or is it just cold during the night?

  11. KyoKonKyoChin

    The VAT refund, is that for a purchase over $90 in a store? You said total for a day, so I can add up everything I have with receipts for a day?

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