New Taipei Travel Guide
New Taipei Facts
Location: northernmost of Taiwan Island
Area: 792 square miles (2,052 square kilometers)
Best season to visit: spring and autumn. You’d better avoid visiting from July to September, because typhoons hit the city frequently then.
Top Attractions - Things to Do
Yehliu Geopark: Located at Wanli District, it is a 1,860-yard-long (1,700-meter-long) headland. After thousands of years’ marine and wind erosion, a large number of strangely shaped rocks scatter there. Among them “Queen’s Head” is the landmark of the park, which is a 6.5-foot-high (2-meter-high) mushroom rock. The elegant and beautiful “queen” is a magical artwork of nature. In addition, strolling leisurely along the seaside and picking up shells and seafood on the beach are quite interesting things to do here.
Tamsui Old Street: After visiting Tamsui River and Fisherman’s Wharf, you can come there to treat yourself. The street is famous for its delicious foods like fish balls, fish crisps, iron eggs, stuffed brown tofu, and plum juice. Grandma Iron Egg and Sea Breeze Restaurant on Jhongjheng Road attract a lot of people. In recent years, many antique and craft shops have opened, showing the customs of Tamsui.
Wulai Hot Spring: The water of the hot spring is so pure that people can drink directly. It also does good to your skin, hence called “Beautifying Soup”. The highest temperature of the water is up to 172℉ (78℃).
Fort San Domingo: It is a British-style architecture first built in 1628 by Spanish, and became the office building of the Former British Consulate in 1867. It has deep foundations and thick walls to protect from shellfire. There is also an ancient cannon for military defense next to the building.
Pinghsi Railway Line: This is a popular sightseeing rail line rather than a transport rail line. It has eight stations, and among them Jingtong, Pinghsi, Shihfen, and Houtong stations are worth visiting. Jingtong is famous for the old style ticket offices. You cannot miss Pinghsi Old Town and Pinghsi story sausages. Shihfen Waterfall and Sky Lantern Festival at Sky Lantern Square are also attractive. Houtong is a “cat village” where a lot of cats live and many souvenirs about cats are sold.
You can buy the ticket at Taipei Railway Station, Rueifang Station, or any stations along Pinghsi Line with the price of TWD 64 for getting on and off unlimitedly on that very day. The train departs every one hour and each station has a schedule for you to check.
How to Get to New Taipei
Neighbouring Taipei, it is very convenient to travel between Taipei and the city. You can fly to Taoyuan Airport, and then take the Airport Express to Taipei Railway Station. Then take the metro to New Taipei City.
Both high speed rail and non-high speed rail go through the city. The city has only one high speed railway station named Banciao Railway Station. You can come there quickly from Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, or Taichung. In addition, more than twenty railway stations lie in New Taipei, serving non-bullet trains, among which Banciao Station and Rueifang Station have larger passenger flow.
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You can also take long-distance bus to travel between New Taipei Banciao Passenger Transport Terminal and many other cities of Taiwan.
The urban transportation is also efficient that metros, city buses, taxis, and bicycles are all available.