Thursday, October 19, 2017

Taiwan: Taipei Travel Guide

This travel guide is about exploring Taipei using their Metro Rail. The minimum fee for the MRT Ride (one station) is NTD16. However, transfers are free.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
MRT: Red/Green Line
Stop: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station
Entrance Fee: None

P.S. check out the changing of guards!

Taipei Zoo
Honestly, even someone who has an age like me would enjoy the zoo. It is a huge place with varieties of animals. Some of my favourites were the panda and penguins.

MRT: Brown Line
Stop: Taipei Zoo  Station (last stop)
Operating hours: 09:00 to 17:00 daily (gates close at 16:00)
Entrance Fee: NTD 60

If you reach the end of the zoo and would want to come back to the gates,the zoo offers shuttle train service for an exact fare of NTD 5. You can find the shuttles at the Shuttle Train Station and Bird World Station.

Maokong through Maokong Gandola

Maokong Gandola is a 5-minute walk from Taipei Zoo. 
Since we explored Taipei Zoo, we road a shuttle that took us to the Taipei Zoo - South Station of the Gandola for NTD 5. 

Moakong Gandola has 4 stations, Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo - South Station (near the end of the zoo), Zhinan Temple Station and Maokong Station.

Operating hours: Monday (1st Mon of the month) 09:00 to 21:00; Tues-Thurs 09:00 to 21:00; Fri and the day before a national holiday 09:00 to 22:00; Sat and national holidays 08:30 to 22:00; Sun and last day of national holidays 08:30 to 21:00

Single Journey Ticket - NTD 70 for 1 station; NTD100 for 2 stations and NTD120 for 3 stations
Easycard holders receive a NTD20 discount on weekdays (except holidays)
Easycard holders who use their card to enter Taipei Zoo receive a NTD 20 discount on one subsequent trip in the Maokong Gandola

From Maokong Gandola Station, you can go back to Taipei Zoo Station through:

Taxi - NTD70/person
Gandola - NTD120/person
Shuttle bus - NTD15/person

Elephant Mountain
This mountain derived its name from the shape of its peak. The travel to the top is long pavement of stairs that will take around 30-45 mins of hike. The view from the top will definitely be worth it. 

MRT: Red Line
Stop: Xiangshan Station (last stop)
Entrance Fee: None

Taipei 101
MRT: Red Line
Stop: Taipei 101 Station
Entrance Fee: If you will explore the mall, none.

Day 4 - Taipei Tour
05:00 AM to 08:00 AM - Wake up/Breakfast/Prep for Day Tour/Left Baggage at Accommodation

08:00 AM to 04:30 PM - Taipei Tour via MRT

Places visited were Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, Taipei Zoo, Maokong via Gandola, Elephant Mountatin, 

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM - Travel to Taipei 101 via MRT

05:00 PM to 06:00 PM - Dinner/Explored Taipei 101

06:00 PM to 07:30 PM - Shopping

07:30 PM to 08:00 PM - Travel back to accommodation via MRT/Fix Luggage

Day 4 - Taipei Tour (NTD)
Entrance fee at Taipei Zoo - $60
Zoo Shuttle - $5
Maokong Gandola - $80
Shuttle from Maokong to Taipei Zoo MRT Station - $15

I had an easy card top-up during my first day in Taiwan and used it for my Taipei tour.

This trip is part of my 4 days and 3 nights Taiwan Tour. 
For itinerary and expenses, please click here.
For Taiwan travel guide, please click here.

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