Taiwan Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC
With legacies as varied as its adventure landscape and spirited traditions thriving alongside the cream of Asian sophistication, Taiwan is a continent on one green island and has always had a jaw-dropping landscape – over-sized sea cliffs and densely forested mountains barely start to describe its majesty. The people are warm and friendly, the prices are surprisingly affordable, especially for a developed Asian country, and the street food? Phenomenal! We hope you enjoy your layover in this beautiful city.
What to do in Taiwan for 24h to 48h?
Places of Interest
See the City on a Hop On Hop Off Tour
There’s no better way to get acquainted with a new city. For a set period of time, you can get on and off these double decker buses as many times as you want. They ply set routes through Taipei’s top attractions like Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Ximending, and more.
Get a Killer View of Taipei from the Taipei 101 Observatory
Once holding the distinction of being the world’s tallest building, there’s no better place to get a bird’s eye view of Taipei than at the Taipei 101 Observatory. Located on the 89th floor, the world’s fastest elevators will shoot you up to the observatory in a mind-numbing 37 seconds.
Feel Tiny at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
This is one of the most iconic structures in Taipei. If you have a friend or relative who’s been to Taipei, then chances are they’ve posted a selfie with these gates in the background. A monument to former ROC president and KMT general Chiang Kai-shek, you’ll be amazed by the sheer size of the place. It’s massive!
This 18km marble-walled gorge has been a popular walking and hiking destination since the 1930s. The park puts out an excellent guide in the Trails of Taroko Gorge and Su-Hua Areas. Pick up a copy at the National Park Headquarters. Useful trail maps are included with clear information on length, times, conditions and things to observe along the way.
National Palace Museum
Home to the world’s largest and arguably finest collection of Chinese art, this vast collection covers treasures in painting, calligraphy, statuary, bronzes, lacquerware, ceramics, jade and religious objects. Some of the most popular items, such as the famous jade cabbage, are always on display.
Recipient of a Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for both its restoration and its revival of temple rites and festivities, the Bao’an Temple is a must-visit when in Taipei. This exquisite structure is loaded with prime examples of the traditional decorative arts, and the yearly folk arts festival is a showcase of traditional performance arts.The main resident god is Baosheng Dadi (Saint Wu), a historical figure revered for his medical skills. The rear shrine is dedicated to Shengnong, the god of agriculture.
Eat and Shop like no one’s Watching in Taiwan !
Shilin Night Market
This is the biggest night market in the city. No Taipei vacation is complete without exploring this maze of small streets and alleys packed with tons of stalls and stands of tasty food, goods and entertainment. Vendors start setting up their stalls around 4pm, but the best time to be there is between 9pm and midnight, so skip dinner and head here for a memorable late supper!
Wu Fen Pu
Hands down the best place in the city for insane deals on crazy apparel and accessories, Wu Fen Pu contains hundreds of wholesale clothing shops, and you can literally find anything here – from shiny blue tights to leather belts, clothes for mom, dad, your newborn and even your puppy. It is a shopping heaven! Try to avoid Mondays as the retailers are too busy stocking up their supplies, but Tuesdays are said to be the best time to get your hands on the latest goods.
Xi Men Ding
The “Harajuku” of Taipei, Xi en Ding has loads of clothing shops and well, anything else you can possibly think of, especially for the youngsters! There are bars, street snacks, and even a performing arts theatre. There is also a tattoo-alley there for those who want to get inked, and a large IMAX theatre. For the younger set, this is the trendy place to be for some Taiwan shopping action.
The largest electronics and computer shopping centre in Taiwan, Guanghua market consists of a main six-story building, but also encompasses a lot of spillover stalls in the surrounding alleyways. This mind-boggling array of electronics is electronic heaven for the tech heads in your life and if you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist. Remember, prices are negotiable, so be sure to shop around, and if you don’t like the price they quote you, sharpen up your haggling skills.
Din Tai Fung
Home to what’s said to be the world’s best xiao long bao. If you’ve never had a xiao long bao before, it’s a type of pork dumpling filled with hot soup. There are many Din Tai Fung branches throughout the city but we suggest going to the one at Taipei 101.
With so much delicious street food to be had at night markets, there’s really no need to have dinner anywhere else. You can stuff your face silly with just USD 8-10. Raohe is known for having some of the best street food in Taipei.
Tao Yuan Street Beef Noodle Shop
You know that a restaurant is good when it doesn’t have an actual name. Known only by its address — No. 15, Tao Yuan Street — this tiny, nondescript shop is one of just three restaurants that can lay claim to the title “Best Beef Noodle Soup” in all of Taipei. Located near Ximending, you can have lunch here before shopping in the area.
Hot Springs in Taiwan!
Beitou Hot Spring
Beitou is home to one of the largest concentrations of hot springs in the world, making it an absolute must-visit. However, because it is so convenient for travel from Taipei, it can be very busy during the winter. Luckily, the option of booking a private hot spring exists alongside the popular and cheap public bathhouses. Make sure to visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum while you’re here!
Wenshan Hot Spring!
Hualien’s Wenshan Hot Spring is something of a hidden gem. As very few locals know about it, bathing in the pool’s shallow cave is intimate and memorable. While it does not feature large resort style facilities like many other hot springs in Taiwan, it is still provides clean and well-maintained showering and toilet facilities.
Lengsguikeng- Refreshingly Cool!
Located on the east side of Qixingshan just outside of Taipei City, this “hot” spring is actually called “cold” in Chinese! That’s because its temperature is 40 degrees Celcius, which is quite cool compared to other springs in the area. There are separate male and a female public baths as well as a foot-soaking bath that is free of charge.
Flight Attendants Discounts in Taiwan
World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Taiwan. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!
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