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Taiwan Taipei Free And Easy Trip – Day 1


Taipei Free and Easy Day 1

This is our first time to Taipei.  Actually we do not know much about Taipei, although there are plenty of TV program to introduce Taiwan, the problem is we seldom watch TV program.  Therefore, we have spent a lot time on internet to search for information about Taipei City, Places of Attraction & their history, Transportation on Metro, Train and Bus service & etc.

Taipei City is in the northern part of Taiwan island in a basin between the Yang Ming Mountains and the Central Mountains.  The largest city of Taiwan, it serves as its financial and governmental center.


Haha.. Taipei, we are coming, yeah.  🙂

After 4 hours and 40 mins on the air (by Jestar Airway), we are arrived at Taiwan Tao Yuan International Airport Terminal I 台灣桃園國際机场第一航厦 at 6.30pm, after Custom clearance and pick-up our luggage, we straight away proceed to the Express Airport Bus ticket counter, located on the southwest side in the Arrival Passenger Reception Area.  Public transport is very convenient and efficient in Taipei.

Welcome to Taiwan

If you landed at the Terminal II, the Express airport bus ticket counter is located on the northeast side in the Arrival Passenger Reception Area.

Adult single bus  fares vary from NT$110 to $140 depending on the bus company, bus service available every ten to fifteen minutes on each route.

Bus Ticket from Airport to Taipei Main Station

We bought ticket at NT125 each from Kuo Kuang Bus Counter to Taipei Station 台北车站.  We already have 2 Easy-cards 悠游卡 from Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the only thing we need to do upon arriving is to top up the value.  The procedure is very simple, same as what we are doing in Singapore (Ez-link Card) or Hong Kong (Octopus Card).


Easy Card from Taiwan Tourism Bureau for Travel on MRT and Buses.


Taipei MRT Map

After about 45min bus ride, the bus stopped at outside Taipei Main Station 台北车站.  After top up our Easy-card, we took MRT from Taipei Station and alight at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station Exit 5 中正紀念堂站, is only 2 stations away.  Taipei Station is the Main Station in Taipei City, it’s provide MRT, Train, High Speed Train and Bus Services.

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station – People Line up for MRT



The hotel we choose is Wing Hotel 雲鼎商務旅店, only 3 mins walk from the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station.  Price is reasonable, NT1,850 per night included breakfasts.  Hotel will issue voucher each day for breakfast at 老田咖啡厅 (open daily from 7am to 12am) or Fast-food Restaurant (if you need to travel early in the morning).

Hotel Bedroom


Hotel Room


Big Bathtub


After check-in, it’s already 8.30pm.  We put down our luggage, after a quick shower we quickly go out to find foods, to have our first meal in Taipei.  Our first itinerary in Taipei was to visit:


Shi Lin Night Market 士林夜市


Main Road of Shilin Night Market


MRT: Take Dansuei (Red) Line to Jian Tan Station 劍潭站
Location: Around Wenlin Road 文林路 and Dadong Road 大東路
Open: 4pm to Midnight daily


Jian Tan Station


Shilin Night Market very Crowded

To really taste the flavor of Taiwanese lifestyle a trip to a night market is a must, and Shilin ranks first among all the night markets in Taipei, a “must-see” attractions oh.  It is widely regarded as having the widest range of products, the best tasting food, the biggest crowds and the most convenient transportation, just opposite the Jian Tan MRT Station.

Shilin Night Market, with shops selling almost everything.


Their Business Stall ( illegal push cart, can close shop in 3 seconds, we saw their super fast action once enforcement staff is detected by them )

We had our dinner in the food court, located directly across the street from the station.

Shilin Market Opp. Jiantan Station


Yummy… Eating “Super” Big Chicken Chop while Shopping.


Famous Stinky ToFu… Really very Smelly oh.


Specialty foods and drinks includes: oyster omelets and mee sua 蚵仔煎和面线 smelly stinky tofu 臭豆腐, big chicken chop 大鸡排, lemon aiyu jelly 檸檬愛玉, fried buns 生煎包, peanut candy 花生糖, bubble tea 珍珠奶茶, snow flakes crushed ice 雪花冰 and etc.

White Color Bitter Gouart “Ku Gua” Honey Juice – Delicious, Must Try


Lemon Aiyu Jelly


Big Hot Dog


Famous Super Big Chicken Chop, long Q


Link: Taiwan (Taipei) Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taiwan (Tao Yuan & TaiChung) Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 2 

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 4

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 5


  1. Anonymous
    November 18, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Very good information and pictures that will be a great help for visitors to Taipei. I have put a link on my blog to yours.


  2. January 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    What beautiful Pictures, and a beautiful place. Thank you. I saw that you looked at my blog, and I clicked on yours. Very nice. I will read more of it. Thank you again!

  3. XX
    January 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Very informative. Thank you for the sharing…

  4. apocalypseicons
    January 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Fabulous pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am glad to discover yours. the food looks yummy!

  5. Anonymous
    February 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    hi…i read your Taiwan tour, how’s you get the easy card? you book hotel through internet or how you get this hotel? Thank you.

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Thanks for visiting.
      We get the easy card from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau during their Promotion in Singapore. You can buy the Easy card from any MRT station in Taiwan. We book the hotel through internet http://www.winghotel.com.tw

  6. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Hi, how long did the hotel takes to reply u? thanks.

    • April 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      Thanks for dropping by. For my case they reply the next day. Hope you will have fun in Taiwan.

  7. Anonymous
    July 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Hi there! Thank you so much for these informations. 🙂 Me and my husband are planning on a free and easy trip for honeymoon. But the problem is, we both are not chinese-language educated. Will it be a problem for us to go on a free and easy trip?

    • July 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Hi, Thanks for visiting. You will do just fine. Don’t worry they are very friendly people and are able to speak simple English. Most of the tourist spots have tourist information counter. Enjoy your trip. Cheers.

  8. July 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    thank’s for your like!
    help me to share my photos if you have some free time!

    bye Steve

  9. ccree
    August 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Reblogged this on Understanding China and commented:
    Another good Asian blog.

  10. reyes
    September 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Hi may i noe where did u book your hotel?

    • September 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks for dropping by. We book the hotel through the Internet. The hotel website is on one of the comment reply above.

      Have a wonderful trip. Cheers.

  11. November 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    hi, your blog is really informative!

    May i ask hows the surrounding of the hotel?
    Is it far to Taipei main station?

    • November 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      A lots of shop Around the hotel. Is only 3 mins walk to Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Station & 2 or 3 stations away from Taipei Station. Pls refer to the mrt map in the blog. Cheers.

  12. December 11, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Thank you for liking my post. I also liked the pictures of Taiwan. I was in Malaysia about 3weeks ago, my first time in Asia and I would love to visit other places in Asia so your pictures really helped.

  13. bernice
    December 16, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Hi, may I ask if you stayed in the same hotel for the 5 days you spend in Taiwan? I’m planning my trip there and was wondering if I should book various hotels as I visit the places.

    • December 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      You can stay in the same hotel. It’s very convenient to travel around Taipei using public transport.

  14. melissa
    May 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Hi did you book Wing Hotel through their website? We emailed them a few days ago, till now receive no reply from the hotel.

  15. melissa
    May 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    haa haa, sorry just read through the comments made by others. Will try to book the hotel through internet again.

  16. Anonymous
    May 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    How to do make payment for the booking of hotel? Do you transfer the money across? Can they accept payment only when we arrive. Many thanks

    • May 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Hi, tks for visiting our blog. Yes, we book thru Internet. Payment upon checkout (as usual, they will collect certain amt as deposit or pre-scan ur credit card when u check in hotel).
      Have a nice holiday ahead, cheers. 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    May 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    hi, you stayed in Wing Hotel for the 5 days in Taipei and all day trip to the various destination?

    • May 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Thanks for visiting and yes we did that.

  18. Ho chin chew
    April 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Pls let us know how u pay to stay at Wing Hotel. which is the best route from Taipei main stn to Sun Moon lake and stay 1 night.

    • April 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      We email and call to confirm the room reservation. We pay during the time of check-in to Wing Hotel.
      For Sun Moon Lake, we are rented a car plus driver from Taipei > Tao Yuan > Taichung > Qing Jing> Hua Lien > Jiu Fen > Taipei. Unless you want to have a try on the High Speed Train, not cheap also.

  19. January 11, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.
    It was truly informative. Your site is very helpful.
    Thanks for sharing!

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