Taipei Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus
A fleet of Taipei’s double-decker sight-seeing bus officially hit the roads of the capital on 18 January recently. These Taipei Sightseeing Buses will take guests to some of the city’s most exciting destinations in a fun and flexible way!
Dressed in catchy bright red paint with adorable drawings of iconic landmarks at Taipei, these sightseeing buses will definitely liven up the city’s street life.
The launching of this bus service marked a step forward for the city government in achieving its “Tourism ABC” promotional plan designed to boost the city’s tourism industry.
“A” refers to apps that provide tourism-related information, easily accessible through free WIFI connection and charging facilities available on the bus. “B” stands for the double-decker buses touring Taipei’s landmarks and attractions. “C” represents culture, which riders can learn about through downloadable audio guides that come in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean.
The bus service accepts 9 payment methods which includes EasyCard, iPASS, VISA, MasterCard, JCB, China UnionPay, Alipay, WeChat Pay and cash for both online purchase (click HERE) & purchase in the bus.
The tickets are priced at as low as NT$300 for a four-hour ticket which is very affordable for those looking for a different way to explore Taipei. Passengers with disabilities, seniors (excluding non-nationals) and young children get a 50% discount on the fares.
The double-decker boasts 9 seats and 1 wheel-chair accessible seat on the first floor.
The USB charging port on every seat.
The upper deck of the bus with a convertible top which is only partially covered on clear days, allowing passengers to take in the city’s sights and sounds from a different perspective.
The upper deck features 47 seats with special anti-slip flooring but passengers are not allowed to stand when the bus is moving. (for both first floor and upper deck) There will be karaoke system in the bus as well as live performance at certain hours during night time.
There is also display unit showing name and information of next stop.
The sightseeing bus service offers two lines: Red (East-West) and Blue (North-South), both circular. Both lines depart from Taipei Main Station and pass the North Gate, Ximen and East Gate, before the blue line heads for the National Palace Museum and the red line heads for the Xinyi District. These itineraries are subject to change to include more spots characteristic of both Taipei’s modern and traditional traits.
Both bus lines dispatch buses every 40 minutes, with the red line running from 9.10am until 10.00pm and the blue line from 9.00am to 4.20pm. Each tour takes around one to two hours depending on traffic. Passengers can get on and get off either bus at any of its designated stops unlimited number of times with a valid ticket.
Are you ready to hop on a ride and use different angles to admire Taipei?
The red route, which runs from 9.10am to 10.00pm has a total of 14 stops, travels around mainly downtown Taipei, including the Daan Forest Park, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, 1914 Huashan Creative Park, Taipei 101 skyscraper and its surrounding shopping areas.
Ximending (西门町) Read HERE
One of the most popular shopping district among local and international travelers. There are abundant options of shops and restaurants featuring latest fashions and numerous of local street food and international cuisines.
Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle (阿宗面线)
A visit to Ximending will never complete without trying a pipping hot bowl of Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle!
American Street, a less touristy street with stylish graffiti on the walls that evokes America’s culture.
Discovery Center Of Taipei (台北探索馆) Read HERE
It is an educational center in Xinyi District, Taipei. This center exhibits the city’s technology, history, humanity, art, and ecology. Through various perceptive and interactive displays, visitors are introduced to the development of Taipei City.
North Gate (北门) Read HERE
Completed in 1884 by the Qing Dynasty, this gate was previously the northern gate to Taipei City.
Futai Street Mansion (抚台街洋楼) Read HERE
The mansion was built in 1910 by the Japanese construction company Takaishi Gumi as their headquarters. Now it serves as a venue for exhibitions and other activities occasionally.
The construction of the building started in 1999 and finished in 2004 and officially classified as the world’s tallest on the same year. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of stores, restaurants and clubs. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year’s Eve broadcasts.
Talk about Taipe1 101, the hotel I stayed during my trip was just a few streets away from this skyscraper.
Humble House Taipei @ Songgao Road, Xinyi District. Read HERE
When you wake up to this view in the morning……..Blessed.
Pinmo (品墨良行) @ Xinyi & Yong Kang Intersection Read Here
W had a fun-filled DIY postcard session at this cute little shop which selling hand made note books, bags and numerous types of papers.
Qingtian 76 (青田76) Read HERE
Formerly the abode of a famed geology professor, Professor Ting-Ying H.Ma (马廷英教授). The traditional Japanese-era building has since been renovated into a cozy Japanese restaurant.
Yong Kang Beef Noodles (永康牛肉面) Read HERE
One of the best beef noodles @ Taipei
Smoothie House (思慕昔芒果冰) Read HERE
Taiwan’s Most Famous Mango Snowflake Ice
Another popular street food stall at Yong Kang Street, look at the queue!
Songshan Cultural & Creative Park (松山文创园区) Read HERE
One of Taipei’s largest creative arts spaces, this complex sits on the grounds of a former tobacco factory established by the Japanese.
The blue route, which operates between 9.00am and 4.20pm with total of 9 stops. It takes passengers to tourist sites such as Ximending, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Shilin Official Residence, Flora Expo Park and the National Palace Museum.
National Palace Museum (故宫博物院) Read HERE
The National Palace Museum houses the world’s largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures which include the above Jadeite Cabbage with Insects (翠玉白菜) and Duke Mao Tripod (毛公鼎).
Shilin Official Residence (士林官邸)
The former residence of late Republic of China President Chiang Kai-shek his wife Soong Mei-ling. Besides the main residence, other buildings within the compound include the guesthouse, Victory Chapel, Ciyun Pavilion, and numerous gardens open to the public.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美术馆)
Tapei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) was founded in 1983, as Taiwan’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, and the official art museum of the capital city.
Taipei Expo Park (花博公园)
It is a multifunctional park in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. There are a few areas in the park such as Yuanshan Plaza, MAJI Square, EcoARK, EXPO Hall, Pavilion of Aroma of Flowers, Pavilion of Angel Life & Taiwan Excellence Pavilion which feature different unique constructions and designs, as well as different functions.
Angel Life Pavilion (天使生活馆)
One of the Pavilion situated in the Taipei Expo Park that Emphasizes the importance of an arts-infused lifestyle. The Pavilion was designed with the purpose of promoting art and aesthetics of life.
Taipei EYE (台北戏棚)
Home for Authentic Traditional Chinese Performing Arts.
The entertaining Peking Opera – <<The Great Monkey Fights The Spider Goblin>>
I will blog more details about each place above in individual post. Which should I start first? Suggestions Suggestions!
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