Welcome to Taiwan! A place once referred to as “Formosa”,
which means beautiful island, by Portuguese sailors in the 16th century
upon their discovery of the island.
We definitely have much more to offer than high tech manufacturing
processes — beautiful nature aside, Taiwanese culture is vibrant as a result
of diversified cultural legacies contributed by different waves of migrants
throughout the centuries. Taiwan offers countless possibilities for every
visitor, especially for busy HBS students like you - exciting night life,
cultural museums, delicious bubble tea, convenience stores – you
name it! I present a classic 2-day itinerary in Taipei:
DAY 1: NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM & SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
Palace Museum is ranked one of top 4 museums in the world (together
with British Museum, Musee du Luvre, and Metropolitan Museum in NYC). Rankings
are subjective, but to me this museum is a must see.
English auditorial guide is available for rent, and it seems that
on weekends they have free English guided tours as well at both 10am and
3pm. You may find the sign-up page for English guided tours here.
Night market is one of the quintessential experience in Taiwan. Shilin
night market is one of the largest and the most visited. This
night market is famous for big silly street food, especially for fried chicken
chop and pork sausage:
Other night market options you may find below:
- Jingmei night market: Jingmei night market is especially famous for pan
fried meat bun.
- Raohe street night market: Raohe street night market is especially famous for pepper
pork bun and herbal rib stew.
- Ningxia night market: Ningxia night market is especially famous for red
- Shida night market: Shida night market is especially famous for braised
As you may discover, even though you could get pretty much the
same variety of foods everywhere, each night market still has its own signature
You may also refer to following more must-try food
Must Eat Taiwanese Street Foods in Taipei.
Another recommendation of mine is Chun
Shui Tang, the inventor of bubble
DAY 2: CITY TOUR & YANG-MING-SHAN NIGHT VIEW
A couple places you may consider:
mountain day hiking + Taipei 101
(used to be the tallest building in the world till 2008).
- Historical sites / buildings:
For city night view, dining
on Yangmingshan is a delight!
Another popular site for Taipei night view would be Maokong, which is also famous for tea
OTHER OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
- As a volcanic island, Taiwan boasts as one of the
kingdom of hot
- If you get tired, get a foot massage after the day activities.
Enjoy your stay and explore the warm local Taiwanese hospitality!