Taipei — Day 3 of a 3-Day Trip in Taiwan
Day 3 in Taipei is a split between our Taipei day before leaving for Singapore and our last day in Asia before returning to BC. It was still quite warm out, but it was smokier than the other days. Note: Taiwan’s air pollution problem is attributed largely due to its topography which traps pollutants in the atmosphere.
We headed to Fuhang Soy Milk, located in Huashan Market, for breakfast. Their speciality is the Chinese donut. It is best to arrive early as it does not take long for a queue to form. We waited over an hour for breakfast. I ordered the chinese donut in bread. Carbs on carbs — yum! There are a few other food stalls in this market, but Fuhang Soy Milk is by far the busiest one.
After breakfast, we headed to Taipei 101 Observatory. The observation deck is on the 91st floor where visitors are rewarded with a gorgeous view of Taipei.
We headed to the airport after the observatory. If you have some time, some attractions in the area to visit are Elephant Mountain and the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Visitors must hike about 15 – 20 minutes on the Xiangshan Trail to reach the top of Elephant Mountain. Maokong may also be worth a visit for a beautiful view of Taipei.
For dinner, stop at a taiwanese pepper steak stall. The dish gets its name from its pepper-y sauce and is a popular taiwanese dish served on a cast iron skillet with noodles, vegetables, and a fried egg.
After dinner, visit one of the many night markets in Taiwan or head back for an early evening.
Complete Day 3 Itinerary
*Travel times may vary and do not include walking distances to and from train stations. Check Google Maps for most accurate travel details.
9:00am: Have breakfast at Fuhang Soy Milk.
11:00am: Head to Taipei 101 (23 minute train ride from Shandao Temple Station to Taipei City Hall Station).
12:00pm: Have lunch near the entrance to Xiangshan Trail (16 minute walk from Taipei 101)
12:00pm: Hike up Xiangshan Trail to reach Elephant Mountain (15–20 minute hike).
2:00pm: Visit the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (10 minute train ride from Xiangshan Station to Dongmen Station, transfer for another 3 minute train from Dongmen Station to Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station).
3:00pm: Visit Maokong (2 minute train ride from Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, transfer for another 19 minute train ride from Zhongxiao Fuxing Station to Taipei Zoo Station, transfer to the Maokong Gondola for a 6 minute ride from Taipei Zoo Station to Maokong Gondola Zhinan Temple Station).
6:00pm: Stop for dinner at a taiwanese pepper steak stall.