The vibrant neighborhoods of West Taipei are both the historic heart of the city and the main entertainment hub. On this tour, enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide as you admire the grand monuments of Zhongzheng district, browse the stalls at Nanmen Market, and discover Taiwanese fashion and pop culture in Ximending district, then tuck into a traditional hot pot dinner.
- Photo opportunities at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple, and Nanmen Market
- Local guide: discover where to eat, drink, and sightsee in Zhongzheng and Ximending
- Hot pot dinner at a local restaurant
- Travel like a local on foot and by MRT subway
10:30 Meet at MRT Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station Exit 5 → Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall → Nanmen Market → Take MRT → Starbucks Coffee Store Mankah Branch → Longshan Temple → Grass Lane → Laosong Elementary School (pass by) → Bopiliao Historical Block (closed on Monday) → Xinfu Culture Market (closed on Monday) → Take MRT → Nishi Honganji Square → Ximen Red House → Tianhou Temple → American Street → Movie Street → Dinner (Takao 1972 Hot Pot) → Back to MRT Ximen Station
【Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall】
A monument to the first President of the Republic of China. Watch the changing of the guard and hear about Chiang Kai-Shek’s life and his contributions to Taiwan.
One of the oldest public traditional markets in Taipei. Take in the range of fresh and prepared foods at the market, and try samples of specialties made by different vendors.
【Starbucks Coffee Store Mankah Branch】
The uniqueness of this branch is that the building itself is used to be Wanhua Lin House. The Lin family during Japanese colonial period was the richest family in Wanhua and the house is more than 80 years old. The creative design and the transformation make this old building feel live again.
Longshan Temple was founded in 1738 by Han immigrants. It is dedicated to the Bodhisattva of mercy, Guanyin. The temple becomes one of the city's top religious sites, and a prime venue for exploring both Taiwan's vibrant folk faith and its unique temple arts and architecture.
It was a short and narrow lane that people used to buying herbs to heal the illness and disease.
【Bopiliao Ancient Street】
Bopiliao Ancient Street was developed in the early Qing Dynasty. The street retains the looks from two hundred years ago because it had been set as the location for a new school in 1945. During 1999 to 2009, the Taiwan Government has repaired the buildings, built a Heritage and Culture Center of Taipei City, and invited artists to decorate the street. Today, the Bopiliao Old Street is full of art crafts and creative wall paintings.
【Ximen Red House】
Browse the artist boutiques at the Red House, a historical red brick building that serves as a cultural center for live performance and art exhibitions.
It is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu.