4 Days 3 Nights in Taiwan Visit with our Baby
Recently, my little family had a last-minute travel plan to Taiwan, the heart of Asia. We were supposed to go to Hong Kong, with our flights booked as early as four months prior. However, our return flight was canceled by Air Asia and since the protests were still ongoing, we decided to ditch Hong Kong. We bought a new ticket with the refund given by the airline and decided to head over to Taiwan. So, what can we do for 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan? Here are some tips!
Start our 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan with a visit to Taipei 101
Ever since Taipei 101 beat the Petronas Twin Towers as the tallest building in the world in 2004 (though they still retain the tallest twin buildings in the world), I have always wanted to visit Taipei 101. It is an architectural wonder since Taiwan is a country prone to earthquakes and typhoons. 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan will be meaningless without a visit to Taipei 101. Apart from a visit to the observatory, don’t forget to check out the wind damper which is one of such kinds in the world.
Eat Taiwan Beef Noodle
Taiwan is famous for its food scene. There are a lot of Taiwanese food that is worth a try. Although similar to the dishes in mainland China, Taiwanese have used their creativity to alter the menu and made the dishes as their own. One of the dishes that you must try in your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan trip is their beef noodle. The broth is so delicious and there is a tinge of spice in the soup. For Muslims, one of the hidden Halal options is the beef noodle shop at the basement B2 level of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi store opposite Taipei 101. Just google ‘Halal beef noodle Taiwan’ and you will find the location.
Continue your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan journey by visiting Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark is a must-visit site for nature lovers out there. It is a very unique place in Taiwan, situated next to the ocean near New Taipei City. The mountainous landscape turns to a barren desert-like atmosphere once you enter Yehliu Geopark. The main attractions at Yehliu Geopark are the rocks which are eroded in time due to the wind and other natural reasons.
If you visit during summer or early autumn, consider bringing umbrellas since the sunshine can be unforgiving. The main star at Yehliu Geopark is the Queen’s head, where its neck gets thinner and thinner every year. If you don’t visit soon, the head might be separated from the neck due to the erosion, so plan your visit here today!
Jiu Fen Old Street
This is another place that you can include in your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan itinerary. Jiu Fen Old Street is an old gold mining town. When the amount of gold diminishes, the authority decided to transform this place into a tourist attraction. This place is overwhelmed with visitors trying out all the famous Taiwanese dishes and tea. Many souvenir shops are available here too if you want to shop for some. When visiting Jiu Fen, check out the zigzagging and the narrow alleys of its buildings and you might even get surprised with the view from some of the spots there.
Include Shifen Waterfall in your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan plan
Some people asked me, “why do you visit Shifen Waterfall when even Malaysia has many beautiful waterfalls?”. My answer is simple. If we want other visitors to visit our waterfalls, why can’t we visit others’ too? And I did not regret my decision. The cascading falls at Shifen Waterfall are calming and breathtaking, to say the least. Some liken it to the Niagara Falls in the USA but for me, Shifen Waterfall is pretty on its own. You even have to walk on the hanging bridge crossing the river to get here. An experience that we will always remember.
Shifen Old Street
This is definitely a must-go in your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan itinerary. Amira and I had fun doing this and while some people might have reservation on this most-famous activity at Shifen Old Street, we still did it because I have always wanted to release paper lantern in Taiwan! Shifen Old Street is a bustling street located on a railway track which is still being used up until now. If you do not want to do paper lanterns, there are many tea shop where you can try and have a sip while people-watch and looking at the trains as they pass by.
Shop till you drop at Ximending
Taiwan is also famous for its fashion and shopping centres. There are numerous shopping centres and places available for you to empty your wallet before heading back to your home country. As for us, one of the places that we visited during our 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan trip is Ximending. Here, you can find the world-famous Xing Fu Tang bubble tea store as well as the Taiwan’s famous JJ Fried Chicken. Apart from that, if you are looking for well-known brands, Ximending is the place to go.
Drink Bubble Tea
Bubble tea is a craze in Malaysia ever since Chatime entered the scene a few years back. Bubble tea, which originates from Taiwan is a tea-based drink or sometimes milk-based, which includes ‘bubbles’ which are made from tapioca. There are many bubble tea stores in Taiwan, from the renowned ones to the small locally-based ones. During our visit, we tried about three brands of bubble teas and they are all amazing. After all, I am a fan on bubble tea.
Include Taipei Zoo during your 4 nights 3 days in Taiwan
I have always wanted to see a panda. Although the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur has pandas, the fee to enter the conservatory is quite steep, so I decided not to go yet. Nevertheless, when I was planning for our 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan trip, I was so shocked to know that the fee to enter the Taipei Zoo is just NTD 60, which include the opportunity to see not one, but two pandas. Due to the cheap entrance fee, we visited Taipei Zoo for the sole purpose of seeing the panda and the koala bear. Bucketlist fulfilled!
Visit Maokong by taking the cable car
After visiting Taipei Zoo, you can go up the Maokong area by taking the Maokong Gondola. The Gondola station is a short walk away from Taipei Zoo MRT Station. Maokong is a mountainous area near Taipei which offers a breathtaking view of Taipei as well as the tea plantation. The weather here is also more pleasant due to its altitude although not so significant. While here, enjoy the view of Taipei from afar and visit the tea houses where they serve tea brewed from the locally planted tea leaves. The ride on the gondola is half an hour and you can pay by using your Easycard or buy a ticket on site.
Perform a prayer at Taipei Grand Mosque
You can also include Taipei Grand Mosque in your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan visit. As a Chinese-majority country, the presence of a large mosque in the middle of the city shows how tolerant the city is. In fact, nearby are a few churches which shows how respectful they are towards each other. Taipei Grand Mosque is accessible from the Daan Park MRT Station, Exit 3. Just walk across the park and you will find the mosque on your right. A few Halal restaurants are also available near the mosque.
Finally, end your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan trip by visiting Shihlin Night Market
Shihlin Night Market, who doesn’t know it. The most-famous night market in Taiwan. On our last night in Taiwan, we visited Shihlin Night Market and we were shocked with how huge the area is. Shihlin Night Market is the place to go for food. Many street food in Taiwan are available here. Apart from that, Shihlin Night Market is also the best place to buy shirts and dresses without haggling. The prices of many items are reasonable and there are also price tags to indicate the price. It is also easy to get to the night market. Just take the MRT to Jiantan station or the Shihlin station. The best place to end your 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan trip!
Itinerary for you!
There you go, our take for a 4 days 3 nights trip to Taiwan. We are also sharing our Taipei trip itinerary template here to help you in drafting your own.
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