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Is this your first time in Taipei, Taiwan? Perhaps a little help from us is needed to get you start exploring this bustling metropolis with interesting things to do and places to see whether you are there for a quick 1-day stopover, or if you have a week to spend.

- An electronic Taipei Metro map to guide you, whilst wandering in Taipei, please click here.

- A map with all the famed night markets listed, please click here.

- Haven't got a clue what to do first? Here are top 10 fun things to get yourself engaged in, please click here.

In the meantime, please take a look at the attractions and fun activities to do in Taiwan:

- Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) on Taiwan’s North Coast

A trending water sport, stand-up paddling is an outdoor activity that combines elements of surfing and kayaking. With tours organized by local outfits, you can now explore such beautiful areas as Taiwan’s amazing North Coast while paddling on the open sea, safe and relaxed, in “new style.”

Taiwan’s clear, blue coastal waters are a beautiful sight, enjoyed by both local and foreign tourists. The numerous bays and capes of the North Coast present a coastline of enchanting rock formations, rugged cliffs, rolling green hills, and pristine beaches.

- Yehliu, take a look at the work created by the mighty powers of Mother Nature

Yehliu Geopark is a fascinating natural attraction to add to your bucket list when you travel to Taipei. Although fairly remote, it is easy to reach by bus, making it an ideal day-trip destination when you explore Taipei and its surrounds. There are many interesting geological formations, created by the mighty powers of Mother Nature over thousands of years. Pay a visit and see it yourself how amazing it is.

- Beitou, famous home of hot springs in the Taipei area

Although soaking in hot springs may not be the most obvious choice of things to do when experiencing hot and humid conditions, taking a dip is surprisingly relaxing and soothing. Beitou Hot Springs has a number of well-maintained and clean hot springs, with private changing areas and lockers. Signs clearly state the temperature of each pool. It’s one of the best public hot springs around the city, though you will also find some private hot springs if you want a more exclusive experience.

- Jiufen, its resemblance to the downtown in the Japanese anime movie

Feel "spirited away" in this decommissioned gold mining mountain town, originally built by the Japanese and now a maze of lanes and alleyways with rich history and culture.

Founded during the Qing Dynasty, this small town was a relatively isolated village until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893, quickly developed due to a gold rush. Many buildings in the town remain unchanged to this day, reflecting the Japanese influence on both architecture and culture.

- Qingjing, can’t stand the heat in Taipei? A place in summer for coolness is highly recommended.

Known as a “Foggy Eden” far away from the city area in the mountains, Qingjing is great for those who enjoy fresh air, lush forests, acres of flowers along the plains and hillsides, and beautiful starry nights.

Qingjing is a favorite spot to interact with farm animals such as cows and sheep. A horse riding show and sheep-shearing show are available for visitors to enjoy as part of farm entry ticket.

- Watch a dragon boat race in Taipei, special limited during the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is a significant Chinese festival which is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, usually in the end of May or early June. Its origin was to commemorate the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who served as a minister to the Zhou Emperor, however, was exiled due to spreaded rumors. He eventually threw himself into a River out of depression that his country was defeated.

The Dragon Boat Festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races, which was originally meant to the attempts to rescue Qu Yuan. To create an exciting atmosphere, elite teams from each city will be invited to participate in the race, increasing the intensity and diversity of the event.

- Yangmingshan, hike up Mount Qixing in Yangmingshan National Park

Situated on Mt. Yangming, one of the most well-known mountains in Taiwan, Yangmingshan National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Taiwan. It features volcanic formations and fragrant blooming flowers during all four seasons.

Being the only national park in Taipei City, Yangmingshan National Park has become increasingly popular among Taipei citizen as well as foreigners.

- Maokong, enjoy traditional Taiwanese tea with a stunning sunset

Maokong was once the biggest tea growing area of Taipei. Today, no trip up the mountain is complete without stopping by one of the many tea houses for a cup of tea. The best time to do this is in the evening as the sun sets, giving you a gorgeous view overlooking Taipei from above. If you don’t feel up to taking another hike up a mountain, don’t worry. You can take the Maokong Gondola up to the top. If you’re not afraid of heights, you can opt for a Crystal Cabin – the base is made of glass, so you can see all the way down to the forest passing below.

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