Travel Plan- Discover the best of Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung (Classic Itinerary- Lohas Version)

Day 1

1st Stop: Maokong Gondola (9:00-12:00)

  • Directions: Take Taipei Metro Wen-hu Line to Taipei Zoo (BR01) and walk to the gondola station.
  • Admissions: Present the Taipei Fun Pass for ticket redemption at the Chance gift shop next to the Taipei Zoo Station of Maokong Gondola.
  • Tips for Visiting: If the glass-floor gondola is your thing, remember to line up in front of the sign “the Eye of Maokong Gondola.” If the line turns out to be too long, don’t get upset. You can try again on your way back.

A one-way ride on the 40.3km-long Maokong Gondola takes 30 minutes. As the car rises gently after exiting the Taipei Zoo station, you would find it hard to take your eyes away from the view. The lush green hills plus Taipei’s skyline are simply spectacular! Arriving at Maokong Station, you’d see that even the air is fresher. With restaurants, tea houses and trails around, Maokong is indeed a desirable place to relax, have a nice meal and take delight in the view.

貓空纜車

 

(A 30-minute ride away…)

 

2nd Stop: Taipei Zoo (12:30-16:00)

  • Directions: Take Maokong Gondola at Maokong Station and get off at Taipei Zoo Station.
  • Admissions: Workers at the entrance swipe your Fun Pass to let you enter
  • Tips for Visiting: Consult the Zoo map to find the route that best suits you. You can get a 5% discount with Fun Pass at souvenir shop Shishang.

Taipei Zoo is always a popular attraction for both adults and children. Adults find their childhood memories. Children learn knowledge and have fun. After entering the zoo, you can take shuttle bus and visit the Penguin House, African Animal Area, Australian Animal Area, and Desert Animal Area. Along the way are easy downhill roads. Finally, visit the Panda House and Koala House, the most anticipated areas for children. Watching the animals wander and eat is the best part to heal your soul.

zoo

(A 45-minute ride away…)

3rd Stop: Miramar Entertainment Park (17:00-21:00)

  • Directions: After leaving Taipei Zoo, take Taipei Metro Wenhu Line and get off at Jiannan Rd. Station (BR15)
  • Admissions: Workers at the entrance wipe your Fun Pass to let you enter

Miramar is a shopping complex with stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. Its biggest attraction is the giant ferris wheel, the first of its kind in Taiwan. Fitted with colorful neon lights, the wheel is lit when night falls. A slow ride up to the top will give you a wonderful view of Taipei, making it a not-to-be-missed location for a romantic and happy date.

美麗華摩天輪

 

Day 2

1st Stop: Yehliu Geopark (9:30-12:00)

  • Directions: Take Taipei Metro Dan-shui Xin-yi Line and get off at Dan-shui station (R28). Take another 80-minute ride on the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus (bound for Gui-hou Fishing Port) to arrive at Yehliu Geopark.
  • Admissions: Workers at the entrance swipe your Fun Pass to let you enter
  • Tips for Visting: For information and schedules about Taiwan Tourist Suttle Bus, consult https://www.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/41?x=1&y=4  Your Fun Pass entitles you to a 5% discount at Yehliu souvenir shop and eatery.

Touted as one of the “Top 10 Incredible Landscapes in the World,” Yehliu’s stunning rock formations are molded by constant wind and ocean wave erosion. The most well-known one of them all is the Queen’s Head, but there are also candle rock, ice cream rock, mushroom rocks, fairy’s shoe, sea grooves, and honeycomb rock as well as Yehliu Lighthouse. The unique and unusual terrains have earned the reputation of a rare natural museum. On a sunny day with the blue sea, white splashing spray and strange rocks, no visitor could resist the urge of clicking away on their cameras. It’s no surprise that this is one of the hottest spots for Instagram check-in locations.

野柳岬

(A 100-minute ride away…)

2nd Stop: Danshui Fishermen’s Wharf (14:00-17:00)

  • Directions: After leaving Yehliu Geopark, take Tourist Shuttle Bus Crown Northern Coast Line (bound for Taipei Metro Dan-shui station) and get off at Dan-shui. Take exit 2 to the bus station to get on New Taipei Bus Red 26 to Fishermen’s Wharf
  • Admissions: Exchange your Fun Pass for boat tickets at CS-Group Bus kiosk and board the ferry

Roaming along the riverside when the golden sunset paints the sky a warm orange, people would stay idly around to watch the sun dissolving into the horizon. That’s how Dan-shui is every day, surrounded by the beautiful sceneries. When you visit Dan-shui, you must take the ferries sailing between Dan-shui Wharf and Fishermen’s Wharf. The gentle swaying of the ship and the sea breeze will give you the tipsy feelings that are totally different from how you usually experience the renowned Dan-shui River.

(A 70-minute ride away…)

3rd Stop: Yongkang Business Circle (18:30-19:30)

  • Directions: After leaving Tamsui, take Taipei Metro Tamsui-Xinyi Line and get off at Dongmen Station (R07). It takes about six minutes on foot from Exit 5.
  • Tips for Visting: Enjoy six kinds of free gifts and discounts from 28 stores with Yong Kang gift package given by the Taipei Fun Pass. Do not miss it!

After a day of fun, you will arrive at the popular Yongkang Business Circle. The Yongkang Business Circle is centered upon the “Yongkang Park”, including the Yongkang Street, Lishui Street, Jinhua Street and Xinyi Road Section 2. There are restaurants, specialty shops, cafes around the area. In addition to the famous beef noodles and mango shaved ice, don’t forget to use the Yongkang Exclusive Coupons given by the Taipei Fun Pass for free redemption of 6 kinds of gifts and multiple shopping discounts!

(A 20-minute ride away…)

4th Stop: Taipei 101 (20:00-21:30)

  • Directions: You can take Taipei Metro Dan-shui Xin-yi Line to arrive at Taipei 101/World Trade Center (R03) station
  • Admissions: Exchange Fun Pass for Observatory tickets at ticketing counter on the 5th floor of Taipei 101 shopping center
  • Tips for Visiting: The 91st Outdoor Observatory opens when weather permitted so don’t miss the opportunity!

Taipei 101 skyscraper comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 basement levels. It’s the tallest building in Taiwan and a must-see destination for international visitors. It’s mainly divided into a shopping center, an office tower and an observatory. The shopping center is where brand-name stores, luxury goods, cosmetics, bookstore, restaurants and the food court are located. On the 88th, 89th and 91st floor are the indoor and outdoor observatories. The high-speed elevator ride from the 5th floor to the indoor observatory on the 89th floor takes only 37 seconds. From there every high-rises look like matchboxes! You will forget all your worries when you get a glimpse of the shimmering city and the stunning views from above at sunset.

Taipei101

Day 3

1st Stop: Gold Museum (10:00-13:00)

  • Directions: Take Taipei Bus Line 965 at Taipei Metro Ximen Station. It takes about 95 minutes to get to the Gold Museum.
  • Admissions: Have Taipei Fun Pass touch at the card reader by the staff at the ticket counter to enter.
  • Tips for Visiting: Buy lunch box at Miners’ Cafe & Restaurant with Taipei Fun Pass and get beverage for free.

The Gold Museum is renovated from the previous office of Taiwan Metal Mining Corp. The whole museum is full of nostalgic and retro atmosphere, which vividly shows the hard life of the miners in the past and restores the prosperous golden years that Jinguashi once had. Visit the Gold Building, Four Joined of Japanese-Style Residence and Gold Refining Building for free with Taipei Fun Pass. The Four Joined of Japanese-Style Residence used to be dormitories during the colonial era, which shows the lifestyle of the employees under Japanese Rule. It is like walking into the time tunnel. Besides, don’t forget to touch the treasure of the treasure ──a 220-kilogram pure Gold Brick in the Gold Building for fortune and good luck.

Gold Museum

(A 10-minute ride away…)

2nd Stop: Jiufen Old Street (13:30-16:00)

  • Directions: Take Taipei Bus Line 965. It takes about 10 minutes to get to Jiufen Old Street.

Jiufen Old Street is a well-known tourist attraction, always attracting plenty of domestic and foreign tourists. Walking along the Jishan Street to the stone street, you will see countless delicious snacks and various souvenir gifts. Taro ball is a must try when one come to Jiufen. Then climb up the steps to the heights, overlook the curving roads under the mountains and the beautiful seascape, and feel the mountain town surrounded by the clouds and mists without hustle and bustle.

九份

(A 80-minute ride away…)

3rd Stop: Dadaocheng Area (17:30 -20:30)

  • Directions: After leaving Jiufen Old Street, take Taipei Bus Line 965 and get off at Beimen Station of Taipei Metro. Use Exit 3, walk along Tacheng St. for about 5 minutes, and you will arrive at Dadaocheng Area.
  • Tips for Visiting: Enjoy three kinds of free gifts and discounts from 10 stores with Da-dao-cheng gift package given by the Taipei Fun Pass. Do not miss it!

Dadaocheng was the most prosperous trade center in Taipei in the early years. Many British and American businessmen set up foreign merchant house here. Today, you can see historical sites full of exotic atmosphere everywhere in Dadaocheng. The Dihua Street is the must-visit place for shopping lunar new year’s groceries. You can see dry goods, Chinese herbal medicines, many nostalgic exquisite small shops, and cafes. When you go further, there is the Dadaocheng Wharf famous for its sunset scenery. To relieve the tiredness from the day of fun, take a relaxing walk in Dadaocheng and enjoy what Dadaocheng Exclusive Coupons offer you!

大稻埕

 

Money-saving items:

Item Price(NT$)
Two Maokong Gondola One-Way Tickets between Taipei Zoo and Maokong 240
Taipei Zoo Full-price Ticket 60
Miramar Entertainment Park Full-price Ticket 200
Yehliu Geopark Full-price Ticket 80
Dan-shui Fishermen’s Wharf Round-trip Full-price Ticket 120
Taipei 101 Full-price Ticket 600
Gold Museum Ticket 80
Taipei Metro 72-hour Ticket 380
Taiwan Tourist Suttle Bus Yehliu Geopark-Taipei Metro Danshui Round Trip Ticket 180
Taipei Bus Line 965 One Day Ticket 180
The Value of Yong Kang gift package 3910
The Value of Da-dao-cheng gift package 2509
Total 8539
Fun Pass Unlimited 3-day Pass 1900
Save 6639

 

Websites for Visiting Taipei, New Taipei, and Keelung :

Taipei Metro Route Map
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Schedules
Taipei Bus Schedules
New Taipei Bus Schedules

 

 

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