Taipei the capital of Taiwan is home to a population of over 2.5 million. The city has some incredible sights to visit and enjoy such as Taipei 101, with the world’s fastest elevator! Here are the best places to see Taipei from its highest heights and enjoy the panoramic view of the metropolitan Taipei.
Best Places to See Taipei from High Above
The ride on the Maokong Gondola is an incredible one, with a variation in levels, altitudes and scenery, it’s one of the best places to see Taipei. The station is just a few minutes walk from the Zoo entrance and past the MRT Station. You can also opt for a glass bottom car, which gives you a whole different perspective! The attraction has been operating since July 2007 and goes via four stations. Once at the top you can visit the oldest tea houses in the area and watch the sunset.
One of the world’s tallest buildings is also the world’s tallest green building. Did you know that the Taipei 101 also has the fastest elevator? Reaching the 89th floor in just 37 seconds. It attracts many visitors from around the world and is also part of the New Year celebrations with a dramatic firework display exploding from its tiered elevations. Why not jump the long line with a VIP Priority Pass. Once at the top explore the grand views, discover in the theatre the building process and even witness the 730-ton damper (only one on public display) that stabilises the building during earthquakes and typhoons. There is the opportunity to enjoy one of Taiwan’s sweet treats such as Mango Ice or a Taiwan Beer with Mango Ice Cream. There are also gift shops to buy souvenirs and specialised jewellery shops.
Climb the many steps to enjoy the panoramic views over Taipei from Elephant Mountain. Located in Xinyi District, it stands at 183 metres (600 feet) high and has a hiking trail of 1.5 km long. It is easy to reach via the MRT (Metro) on the red line exiting at Xiangshan Station.
Miramar Park Ferris Wheel
The Miramar Park Ferris Wheel opened in 2004 standing at 100 metres (316 feet) tall. It takes 17 minutes to do a full trip. The easiest way to access it is by MRT (metro and then a bus).
There are a number of accommodation options available in and around the surrounding districts of Taipei. Please do book ahead to avoid disappointment.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, inspired to see Taipei from a different angle and enjoy it from one of its highest vantage points. Happy Travels:) x