City of stars
Did you know Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, offers spectacular views at night too?
As a metropolis of modern and traditional, the night skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper along with multiple night markets, adding lights and vibrant colours to the city’s skyline.
Here’s our pick for the 5 best places to admire Taipei at nightfall.
1. Taipei 101 Observatory
You can’t miss a visit to the tallest building in Taiwan! Taipei 101 offers outstanding views of Taipei’s prime piece of real estates, skyscrapers, and a swathe of the flashy night markets. It is also home to one of the world’s fastest elevators where you can soar up to the 89th floor and take in the magnificent 360-degree view of the metropolitan city. Keep a look out for the colossal damper on 87th floor that keeps Taipei 101 earthquake-resistant!
Take it up a notch by hitting the outdoor observatory on the 91st floor where you can see as far as the Taiwan Strait.
If you’re feeling adventurous, spend the night with the stars camping out at Taipei 101!
Address: 89th Floor, No. 7, Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei City
Take the Red Line 2 (Xiangshan train) to Taipei 101 station
Or, take the Blue Line 5 to Taipei City Hall Station. Walk south and enters Shin Kong Mitsukoshi complex (known as the Xinyi Shopping District) towards Taipei 101.
Bus no. 207, 537, Xinyi Line or Blue 5 to Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) stop
Bus no. 1, 284, 292, 611, or 650 to Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) stop
Where Can I Buy the Tickets?
You may purchase tickets from the entrance of Taipei 101 on the 5th floor. Opening hours are from 9.00am – 10.00pm (last ticket sale is at 9.15pm). Alternatively, you may book your tickets via Klook and skip the regular ticket line to save time in the shorter e-ticket queue.
Klook Pro-Tip: If you’re unsure of which day you’d like to visit Taipei 101, fret not! Tickets bought via Klook are valid for up to 1 year from the date chosen.
2. Elephant Mountain
Elephant Mountain, also know as the Nangang District Hiking Trail is one of the best peaks to look over Taipei. The best time to start your hike is in the late afternoon so you’ll be in time to catch the sun setting against the city skyline. We suggests you pop this into your weekday itinerary to avoid the weekend crowd.
This is perfect for amateur and expert hikers alike because the trail is pretty straightforward, taking only approximately 20 minutes to reach the peak. The trail is made up of a lot of stairs and remember to keep left at the fork in the path. Checking out the beautiful nightfall pictures of Taipei on Google? Well, it’s safe to say that most of them were taken from the peak of Elephant Mountain!
Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District
Take the Red Line 2 (Xiangshan station), leave from Exit 2 and continue walking alongside the edge of the park. At the end of this road, take a left and follow until the entrance for Elephant Hill Hiking Trail.
From the base of Taipei 101, walk east on Xinyi Road for two blocks until you reach MRT Xiangshan Station.
Klook Pro-Tip: Alternatively, you may rent a YouBike from the station across the street from Taipei 101 (MRT Exit 2) and return the bike at the park near the trail entrance!
3. Miramar Ferris Wheel
Ahh…Miramar Entertainment Park. We bet you’ve heard of this place! Most famous for its roof top 70 metre tall Ferris Wheel (yes, we’re talking about this!), it also has an IMAX Theatre and home to one of Taipei’s largest shopping mall.
Each ride on the Ferris Wheel lasts for 17 minutes, offering a view of the surroundings including landmarks such as Jian Nan Mountain, Taipei Grand Hotel, Taipei 101, Da Zhi and Shi Lin! While you’re chilling in the cabins overlooking the view, enjoy music played by live bands and experience the glow from within, literally (the Ferris Wheel glows brightly in different colours). It’s the perfect date spot for a romantic rendezvous.
Address: No.20 Jingyuesan Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei 104, Taiwan
Take the Red Line 2 (Xiangshan train) to MRT Yuanshan Station. From there, take bus no. 2 or 21 to Miramar stop.
Take the Red Line 2 (Xiangshan train) to MRT Shilin Station. From there, take bus no. 620 to Miramar stop.
Take the Brown Line 1 (Wenhu train) to MRT Zhongshan Junior High School Station. From there, take bus no. 286 to Miramar stop.
Take bus no. 21, 110, 222, 247, 256, 267, 286, 287, 620, 646, 902, Red 2, Brown 16, Blue 7, Blue 20 or Blue 26 to Miramar Entertainment Park.
Klook Pro-Tip: Miramar Entertainment Park Shuttle Services are provided at MRT Jiantan Station, MRT Zhongshan Junior High Station and MRT Neihu Software Park Station!
Where Can I Buy the Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth. Ticket sales stop 10 minutes prior to closing time. Do take note that there are different opening hours in a week!
Monday – Thursday: 12:30pm – 11.00pm
Friday: 12:30pm – 12:00 midnight
Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00 midnight
Sunday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
4. W Hotel Taipei
W Hotel Taipei, located in the cosmopolitan district of Xinyi is one of the finest hotels to spend your Taipei getaway! There are multiple dining and bar options, along with a 10th floor outdoor pool, a gym and a spa amongst its amenities.
We suggest you take a chill out at Woobar Lounge; order your favourite cocktail with your best buds and enjoy the spectacular view of vibrant Taipei. If you’re afraid of a full-house situation, give Woobar Lounge a call to place a reservation.
Address: No. 10, Section 5, Zhongxiao E Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Take the Blue Line 5 to Taipei City Hall
5. Yang Ming Shan
Yang Ming Shan National Park is located in Northern Taipei and is easily accessible from downtown. Besides its famous hot springs, Yang Ming Shan is also home to a variety of parks, hiking trails and gorgeous flora and fauna.
There are various viewing spots in Yang Ming Shan with the most popular spot is hailed at the peak close to the Chinese Culture University. The iconic hills offer a spectacular bird’s eye view of Taipei and if you’re up for a little more romance, head over to the Qing Tian Gang Grasslands where you can lay down and enjoy star-gazing.
Address: Jhuzihhu Rd, Beitou District, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Take the Red Line 2 (Xiangshan train) to Jiantan Station and transfer bus route 260, red 5 to Yang Ming Shan National Park directly
Take bus route 109, 219, 260, mini 9, red 5 to Yang Ming Shan directly
Drive along Yang De Blvd to reach Yang Ming Shan National Park
Klook Pro-Tip: Be ready for an all-in-one hassle free trip covering transportation, an English guide as well as admission to the famous sulfur hot springs when you book via Klook.