Taipei has always been known in the Philippines because of the Taiwanese series Meteor Shower but it was only these last 3 years that this city blew up on our social media timeline. It is because 3 years ago, the Taiwanese government lift up their visa requirement for us Filipinos, and instantly, almost everyone knew someone who flew and visit Taipei.
With Taipei’s cheap food, and it’s beautiful nature trails, Taipei is now every Filipino’s first option for an easy and cheap international trip.
Taipei is the capital of Taiwan or known as the Republic of China (ROC), a separated island in the east of mainland China. There’s still a big grey area regarding if Taiwan is an independent country away from China or the People’s Republic of China (PRC). After World War II ended, the Chinese civil war resumed full mode resulting in the ROC (the nationalist) to relocate to Taiwan while the PRC (the communist) took over mainland China. Up to this day, both ROC and PRC claim sovereignty over “China”.
How to go to TAIPEI
There are numerous airlines that offer direct flights everyday from Manila to Taipei. They are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Eva Air and AirAsia. Travel time only takes 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Regular airfare to Taipei can cost almost 7k to 10k PHP. But like Hong Kong, it’s proximity to Manila is a main reason why it is always on seat sale. You can get a Taipei flight for as low as P2,000 round trip during sale season.
*All prices here are when booked 6 months prior the travel dates. Seat sales are usually based on their promotional posters.
GOINg Around TAIPEI
Getting around Taipei is easy for they have a metro system that almost connects the whole city. Almost all tourist attractions are accessible via the Taipei metro. While some of the provinces of Taipei is accessible by bus and high-speed trains (HSRs).
If you’re commuting around Taipei, I advised you to avail their EasyCard to avoid lining up every time for single journey tickets or creating an unnecessary line on the bus entrance while counting money. The fare using EasyCard is also 20% lower than the single-ride ticket. It costs 100NTD (~170 PHP) which is consumable.
Taipei has an efficient transportation system so it’s okay to stay anywhere in the city as long as it is near a train station. But I recommend getting accommodation near Taipei Main Station or Ximending. Taipei Main Station is the center of all buses and trains; while Ximending is the shopping center. My family chose to stay in a tenement building in Ximending via Airbnb for P18,000 for 5 nights.
*All hotel prices below are in Philippine peso.
photo credits to www.guidetotaipei.com
Along the north coast of Taiwan is the Yehliu Geopark. It is famous for its rock formations with overlooking ocean views.
OPEN HOUR: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Entrance fee: 80 NTD
Shifen is a small town 2 hours (by commute) in the north of Taipei. It is famous for its flying lanterns and scenic views like Shifen Falls.
Open Hours: 24 hours but most of the attractions here closed at 5 PM
JIUFEN OLD STREET
Jiufen is a mountain town that is most famous for its Old Street. The Jiufen Old Street is known for its narrow alleyways with teahouses, hole in the walls, and shops
Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 10 PM
It is nice to spend an overnight stay in each of these towns to explore it more but if your time is limited, you can avail a day tour for these 3 places with Klook.