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What are great things to do in Taipei that aren't crowded with tourists?

I want to get away from the more touristy areas in Taipei. What are great, "local only" places I can go and visit? Looking for places and things to do that aren't frequented by tourists. Mainly into sight seeing, local culture and the outdoors.

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  • Peter Dorfman

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    Taipei has an absolutely wonderful zoo (Taipei Zoo). It opens at 9:00 a.m. Use public transit -- take the MRT Wenshan-Neihu Line and get off at Taipei Zoo Station.

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  • Carolann Hughes

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    Elephant mountain is becoming a tourist destination but it's really a local activity. Near Taipei 101, you can hike up the (MANY) steps to the top to watch the sunset over the city - it's incredible!

    Jiufen is north of Taipei and while many people head there to see the town itself and the street market, there are hiking trails (Teapot Mountain and others) that take you up the mountains and along their ridges, that aren't busy or popular amongst tourists - at least not when we were staying in Taiwan.

    Walking around Taipei is a great way to see a lot of the local areas as well - popping into mom-and-pop restaurants and grabbing snacks from street vendors where locals are lining up. You'll find the night markets to be more crowded and touristy but still worth a visit if you've got time.

    The artist's village/treasure hill is becoming a bit more popular but it's an interesting area - with a temple and a community of local and international artists, it's a great and unique place for a quick visit if there are displays or workshops going on.

    If you head to Neihu station, there are some great walking trails and parks around the area that are known to locals and are easy to find (we can give you more info if you're interested) and you'll find local cuisine in the area.

    I would also suggest hopping on couchsurfing.com - not necessarily for accommodations, but just to meet up - there are some great people in Taiwan on Couchsurfing and they showed us local restaurants and cuisine and some interesting sights and we made some great friends.

    We've written a bit about our time in Taiwan (http://onemoderncouple.com/asia/taiwan but have tons more we haven't yet written about so let us know if there's anything we can expand on or help with!

    Oh! And keep your receipts!! (http://onemoderncouple.com/number-one-thing-taiwan/)


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  • Diana Chang

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    I would visit Treasure Hill (the Artist Village). It's a bit out of the way so not that many tourists there usually but such a great place that I wish more people knew about. http://www.artistvillage.org/?lang=en

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  • Tracy Wu

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    I recommend elephant mountain which you can see the sight view of Taipei. You don't need to hike a lot and it is better to go at night.

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  • Chiwei Chang

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    You can go to Xiangshan District to see the view of whole taipei.General Trippy Media

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  • David Lin

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    Yangmingshan National Park Great hiking place for volcano and nice farmer resturent for 4+ people.

    Huashan 1914 Creative Park Culture stuff and design exhibition

    大稻埕碼頭 Da-Dao-Chen pier, rent a push bike to enjoy 150+km bicycle only trial. (avoid weekend)

    南門市場 Nanman market, local market with lots of ingredients.

    行天宮 XingTianGon temple, find out where religious meet new environment concept (they bend to burn scent recently)

    剝皮寮歷史街區 the historical street in downtown taipei


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