Due to the buzzing nature of the capital city, you'll have an amazing holiday in Taipei. It’s home to many lively night markets which are the perfect places to pick up souvenirs - the most famous is the Shilin Night Market where you can walk from stall to stall sampling delicious Taiwanese cuisine. The iconic National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall looks magnificent – get there early in the morning and you'll see locals practising martial arts. Finally the National Palace Museum has the world's best collection of traditional Chinese artefacts and features the contents of the Forbidden Palace.
Although you won't be able to purchase direct flights to Taipei, you'll have no problem buying indirect flights. The good thing about indirect flights is that you'll be able to choose from a wide range of airports and airlines – just be prepared to stop over for a few hours. If you choose to take a holiday in Taipei, you'll fly into Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport which is located around 40 kilometres from the city.
Once you arrive at the airport you'll have various options to help you reach your final destination. There's an airport express shuttle that will take you into the city – always make sure that you check the timetables. Alternatively you can pick up a taxi from the arrival areas of both terminals – they're based on a meter so you don't have to haggle a price. If you'd prefer to catch the train you can get a bus from the airport to the Taoyuan High Speed Rail station.
You won't have trouble getting around during your holiday in Taipei as the city is home to a good public transport network. The metro system is ever-expanding, meaning hardly anywhere is out of bounds. The two main transfer stations are Taipei Main Station and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Alternatively you can pick up a bus or take advantage of the train services.
You'll easily be able to source cheap hotels in Taipei - the trick is to make sure you book well in advance and you'll be amazed at what savings you'll make. Taiwan has lots of festivals and public holidays and as a result prices for accommodation can be steep during these times. Check online and try to go outside these periods if you're on a budget.
Eating out can be expensive, especially if you eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner. So instead of dining at fine restaurants during your holiday to Taipei, keep a look out for street vendors. You'll be able to sample authentic Taiwanese food – keep an eye out for the stalls with the longest line as they'll no doubt be the tastiest!
Updated 22nd May 2013
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