Read on, as I will share my experience discovering Taiwan’s most populous city, New Taipei City. Feel free to bookmark this as your reference on where to go or what to do while being in the city.
New Taipei City
I bet most of you are aware the presence of Taipei but only some realize the existence of New Taipei, which is located in Northern Taiwan and surrounding the city of Taipei. It is also considered a part of the Taipei Metropolitan Area.
There are eight main districts in New Taipei which include Banqiao (located in the city centre), Luzhou (residential district), Bali (famous tourist destination), Pingxi (known for Sky Lantern Festivals), Tamsui (historical district), Xindian (located to the south of Taipei), Yingge (known for pottery and ceramic makers), Yonghe and Zhonghe (suburb districts).
One of the city’s gems is the local people. Their politeness is evident when I wandered around most places in the city and I greatly welcomed with warm a smile from them. I have experienced it and pretty much sure that you will get the same too.
New Taipei City at A Glance
Currency: Taiwan dollar (NTD)
Credit card: Credit card is widely used mostly at major shops and malls.
Electrical outlet: Two vertical slots (same as Canada and United States).
Language: Taiwanese speaks various languages. Mandarin Chinese is their official language. Meanwhile, English is not widely spoken at less-visited places.
Timezone: Same time zone with Kuala Lumpur, UTC +08:00.
Climate: Climate based on seasons – winter (December to February), spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November).
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There are various direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Taipei (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) including Air Asia X, China Airlines, Malindo Air, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and EVA Air. This airport is the closest to New Taipei City.
Travelling by train to New Taipei City is possible. Banqiao Railway Station is the major hub in the city, which connects the railways, Taipei MRT and Taiwan High-Speed Rail.
Inter-city bus services are widely available and mostly arrive and depart from Banqiao Railway Station’s terminal. You could travel to somewhere in the city or nearby regions.
Among all transportation modes, MRT is the most convenient choice to travel between Taipei and New Taipei City. There are four main lines covering various districts, Danshui, Banan, Zhonghe and Xindian Line.
When you just landed or about to fly and you feel like spending your cash on some fancy brands, simply head to Mitsui Outlet Park Linkou (you can take MRT from Taoyuan International Airport).
Getting here with MRT?
Take the MRT and stop at Linkou Station and MOP is located 5 minutes away from the station. Click here to find out more about transportation to MOP.
Banqiao Nanya Night Market
When traveling to foreign countries, one of the best things I love to discover is anything local be it food or place. When I visited New Taipei City, one thing that pops into my mind was a local market. Taiwan is popular for its vibrant night markets, which is a thing that travelers should not miss.
Fullon Hotel Taipei
The first hotel that I stayed while in New Taipei City is Fullon Hotel Shenkeng located at Beishen Road in Shenkeng District. It’s a Muslim-friendly accommodation that offers great services and facilities.
Check out their official website to find out the rates and other info.