Taipei Zoo

After breakfast, we head towards the Taipei Zoo.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Taipei Zoo Station.
  • Total travel time is about 26 mins.

Purchase the entrance tickets for Taipei Zoo & have fun there!

  • Entrance Fee for Taipei Zoo is NT60.

After visiting the animals, especially the Pandas (Tuan Tuan, Yuan Yuan & Yuan Zai), let’s take the Maokong Gondola to enjoy the scenery and have a cup of tea in Maokong.

Note: Instead taking the Maoking Gondola, if want to visit the Maokong, we can take a bus up.

  • Bus No. BR15 or S10
  • Total travel time is about 30 mins.

After the tea session at Maokong, let’s visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

  • Take bus down from Maokong to MRT Taipei Zoo Station.
  • Total travel time is about 45 mins.
  • Take MRT from Taipei Zoo Station to C.K.S Memorial Hall Station
  • Total travel time is about 26 mins.

Before going to C.K.S Memorial Hall or after the visit to C.K.S Memorial Hall, we try some braised food (滷味) at this stall:

  • 老楊滷味
    It is about 6 to 8 mins walk from C.K.S Memorial Hall.
    From C.K.S Memorial Hall, we proceed to Longshan Temple.
  • Take MRT from C.K.S Memorial Hall to Longshan Temple station.
  • Total travel time is about 7 mins.

Let’s go in to Longshan Temple to take a look or pray if you want.
Thereafter, we explore the Mengjia 艋舺 Area before heading to the night markets for makan in the same area:

  • Huaxi Street Night Market – famous for its snake alley
  • 梧州街夜
  • 万华夜市
  • Guangzhou Street Night Market

After filling our stomachs full full, we go down to Ximending area for shopping.

  • Take MRT from Longshan Temple Station to Ximen Station.
  • Total travel time is about 2 mins.

From Ximending, we will proceed back to hotel to rest our tired bodies. Haha!

  • Take MRT from Ximen Station to Taipei Main Station.
  • Total travel time is 3 mins.

Note: Using EASYCard will get NT$20 discount on weekdays for taking the Maokong Gondola. If use EASYCard to enter the Taipei Zoo, will get a NT$20 discount on 1 subsequent trip on Maokong Gondola.

Taipei Zoo 臺北市立動物園
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (No entry after 16:00)
Address: No.30, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Taipei 11656, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Website: http://english.zoo.gov.taipei/
Nearest MRT: Taipei Zoo Station
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d1656808-Reviews-Taipei_Zoo-Taipei.html

Maokong Gondola 貓空纜車 / Maokong 貓空
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00 (Tuesdays to Thursdays); 09:00 to 22:00 (Fridays & the day before national holiday); 08:30 to 22:00 (Saturdays & national holidays); 08:30 to 21:00 (Sundays & last day of national holidays); Closed on Mondays.
Website: http://english.gondola.taipei/
Nearest MRT: Taipei Zoo Station
There are 4 stations for the Maokong Gondola, i.e Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple & MaoKong Station.

Maokong is widely known as the most scenic spot in Taipei to drink quality, locally grown tea. Enjoy the tea & take a relaxing break from the busy city while enjoying the beautiful views of Taipei.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d662649-Reviews-Maokong_Gondola-Taipei.html

Chiang Kai-skek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
Website: http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/
Nearest MRT: C.K.S Memorial Hall Station
The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the C.K.S Memorial Hall was erected in the honour & memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, was opened in 1980 as part of a national park & gathering area. It is located in Zhongzheng District of Taipei.
The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at east end of Memorial Hall Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theatre and National Concert Hall.
There is the honour guard shift-changing performance every hour from 09:00 to 18:00.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d456231-Reviews-Chiang_Kai_Shek_Memorial_Hall-Taipei.html

老楊滷味
Opening Hours: 14:00 to 00:00
Address: No. 38 Bade Road, Section 2, Lane 174, Zhongshan District, Taipei 104, Taiwan (R.O.C)

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Longshan Temple 龍山寺
Opening Hours: 06:00 to 22:00
Address: No. 211 Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei 10853, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Website: http://www.lungshan.org.tw/en/index.php
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
Longshan Temple is located in the district of Manka of Taipei. Founded in 1738 and dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple consists of 3 halls, i.e. Fore Hall, Main Hall & Rear Hall.

It is well-known that the statue of Kuan-in in this temple survived the bombing of the allied aircrafts on 8 June 1945. The whole main hall and part of the right annex were burned during the air raid, but the statue of Kuan-in in the centre of the main hall was left intact. This is the most manifestation of efficacy of the Longshan Temple.

Being a masterpiece of the traditional Chinese architecture and a well-established Buddhist temple in Taipei, the Longshan Temple of Manka has become a centre of people’s religious life and heritage of local culture.

Mengjia / Manka / Monga 艋舺
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
Menjia is the oldest district in Taipei famous for its mix decaying buildings, venerable temples, and prosperous trade area with trendy shopping centres and funky bookstores. Exploring this area will let us find out more about old Taipei and its trade and commerce and know about the Chinese religions and temples.
1 place to visit is the Bopiliao. It is an old trading area, containing historical buildings showing the local culture of as well as holding cultural events.
There are many traditional shops selling Chinese medicine and other interesting food and souvenirs. It is also a hot spot for shooting films.
http://www.waegook-tom.com/asia/taipei-walking-tours-manka/

Huaxi Street Night Market 華西街觀光夜市
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
The 1st tourist night market in Taiwan & is 1 of the more traditional markets. It is open all day long, though some shops may be closed in the day or night time. Most shops in the night market are old shops which have been in operation for many years and have attained a position of prominence in Taiwanese culture and society.
The most famous item is the snake soup, a unique treat found only in Huaxi Street Night Market.

Guangzhou Street Night Market 廣州街夜市
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
Guangzhou Street Night Market has none of the flash that a modern super night markets such as Shilin has, but it kept the authentic, local Taiwanese style that visitors can truly appreciate. It is packed with incredible food and interesting games.

Ximending 西門町
Nearest MRT: Ximen Station
This is the “Harajuku” of Taipei. This pedestrian shopping haven is 1 of the city’s culture centers, hosting a massive variety of fashion clothing shops, restaurants, clubs and bars. Ximending was founded during the Japanese colonization era as a recreation district, and today has grown into a cultural icon with inspiration drawn from its Japanese roots.
1 of the most popular destination for tourists, the Ximending Pedestrian Area is the centre of the district. The area is very popular with tourists and Taipei’s youth and along with shopping and restaurants, also hosts street performances.