Experience the famed and glamorous nightlife of metropolitan Taipei through a breezy evening walk
Listen to the stories behind the most modern development of Taipei - from haunted hotel to the unbreakable Taipei 101
Discover the trendiest corners, party scenes and must-go shopping sites in the capital city surrounded by department stores, malls and skyscrapers
Taipei is one of the most colorful and vibrant cities in Asia. And at the centre of all that hip vibe sits Xinyi District, where everything from commercial activities, cultural events to contemporary politics converge. Being the hub for modern development in our capital city, this district is practically the most à la mode part of the entire country! Come on our Modern Tour to discover the trendiest places around the blocks, learn about the urban legends that underpin the unique culture of our capital, and experience the glam of the night in a single walk.
Meet up with guide
Meeting point: Exit 5 of MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station
Our guides are recognized with a green and white paper fan saying "Like It Formosa" and "Taipei Free Walking Tour".
1. Taipei Dome
Set to become a multi-use stadium in the bustling Xinyi District of Taipei after over twenty years of planning, the construction of Taipei Dome was halted from 2007 to 2011, and then once again from 2015 onward due to insufficient information from the contractor and negative environmental reviews as well as safety concerns. Previously planned to be finished in 2015, the stadium was to include not only an indoor stadium but also commercial facilities such as a shopping mall and movie theater. The completed stadium is expected to host more than 40,000 attendees, with its grand construction already posing as a local landscape, but the exact date of completion remains unknown to the public even today.
2. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Under the planning of the incumbent president Chiang Kai-shek, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was established in 1972 to commemorate the founding father of the Republic of China (R.O.C.) on his 100th birthday. The architecture of the memorial hall followed the principle of traditional Chinese style, with its inscribed board engraved with Chiang’s own handwriting. Today, you can still find a number of statues of Sun Yat-Sen in the memorial hall and the guard-changing ceremony that takes place every hour. The memorial hall is also a popular site for locals to practice their dance moves and other exercise!
3. Taipei City Hall
Taipei City Hall is the seat of Taipei City Government that is located in Xinyi District in Taipei, at the end of Ren-Ai road. The current city hall was completed in 1994 in a double ten shape, and its former venue was reopened in 2001 as the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA Taipei). Right next to the city hall building is the Taipei City Council and the Taipei Grand Hyatt Hotel, which together make a remarkable presentation of modern Taipei - along with their own urban tales!
4. Eslite Bookstore (Xinyi Store)
Eslite bookstore is one of the largest retail bookstore chains in Taiwan that was established by Robert Wu Ching-yu in 1989. Since then, the company has expanded and set up more shops and increased its range of titles on offer. Eslite Bookstore was also the first in the world to set up a 24-hour bookstore at its Dunhua Store in downtown Taipei, attracting a high number of night-time readers! The Eslite Bookstore at Xinyi is one of its largest branches that has expanded into retail, with many of its floors operating under the brand, “Eslite Mall” - make sure you take a good look of all its floors during our break!
5. Xinyi Commercial District
Located on the east end of Taipei, Xinyi District is one of the latest developed district of the metropolitan and has been regarded as the contemporary commercial center of the capital. Here is where you will find headquarters offices, skyscrapers, embassies and the highest density of shopping malls in the country. At night, Xinyi District turns into streams of neon lights that accomodate the city with bookstores, restaurants, different international brands of shops, cinema and nightclubs. The most expensive apartment complex of Taiwan is also just around the corner!
6. Taipei 101
Officially classified as the world's tallest from its opening in 2004 until 2009, Taipei 101 has since then been the most iconic landmark of the Taipei skyline. The skyscraper was designed with traditional Asian elements and postmodern style in mind. More practically, the structure of Taipei 101 was built to withstand the Pacific Rim's earthquakes and the region's tropical storms, which includes the world’s second biggest visible damper! Visitors might be most familiar with Taipei 101 due to its regular appearance as a representation of Taipei in international media, and its fireworks displays as a characteristic feature of New Year's Eve broadcasts. Don’t miss your opportunity to take a selfie with the famous building!
Regular tours suspended till June 30. Book a private tour if you're interested!
Tip-based. Pay what you want!
Guide to tipping:
Nice: NT$100 - 200
Great: NT$300 - 500
Awesome: > NT$500
1. On-site registration is welcomed. Please meet the guide directly at the meeting point: Exit 5 of MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station.
2. The guide is recognized with a green and white paper fan saying "Like It Formosa" and "Taipei Free Walking Tour".
3. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water or an umbrella if needed.
4. This tour is wheelchair, stroller and kid-friendly.
5. This tour will take place rain or shine. However, if Taipei City Government announces a day off because of natural disasters, the tour will be canceled and you will be notified via email one day in advance.
6. If you are joining this tour with a group of more than eleven people (11+), or a group arranged by travel agencies, please fill in our private tour request form to customize your needs. The idea of our free walking tours is to show the city to individual travelers and small groups, and is not suitable for last minute big groups. If no advance notice or booking is made, Like It Formosa and our guides reserve the right to refuse your participation in our tours.
7. In the event of emergency situations, please call the guide or message our Facebook Fanpage.
8. Anything not covered hereunder, Like It Formosa reserves the right of final modification.