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From Taipei: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour

1. From Taipei: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour

Explore the Northeast Coast of Taipei and stroll through Jiufen Village on this afternoon tour from Taipei. Visit the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, a popular swimming spot for locals, and drive past lighthouses, fishing villages, pastoral farmlands, and charming temples. Meet your guide and driver and take a ride to the northeast part of Taipei to discover the remnants of the gold-rush past. As you make your way towards Jiufen, stop at Nanya Natural Rock Formation, to see unique rock formations eroded by sea waters. Continue your tour as you drive past the Bay of Two Colors, affectionately nicknamed the Ying-Yang Sea due to its contrasting colors. Next, head to Jinguashi to see the Remains of the 13 Levels. Established in the 1930s, this copper and gold refining plant was shut down in the 1980s. Today this location has become a popular spot for shooting music videos and TV commercials. Next stop, Jiufen Village, once the center of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is gone, but the quaint old village, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continues to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Sip on a cup of tea at one of the town's unique tea shops, or stroll along the quaint streets and shop for local snacks, like Tarro Balls, or souvenirs. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location, at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

2. From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

3. Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

Meet your tour guide and driver, relax and enjoy a scenic drive along the twisty mountain road, we will take you to Shiding, a rural district of New Taipei City. Located in the south of Shiding District, Thousand Island Lake, also known as Qiandao Lake in Chinese literally means a lake with thousands of islands. Shared the same name with the famous attraction in Zhejiang Province of Mainland China, the catchment area of Feitsui Reservoir surrounded by hills creates a similar scenery. The natural terrain and climate make the surrounding area of Feitsui Reservoir ideal farmland for tea-growing, including the well-known Wenshan Pouchong and Dong Fang Mei Ren (literally means “Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea”). The noted tea plantation Bagua Tea Garden is located in this area too, from the top of the hill, the neatly planted rows of tea look just like the symbols of Eight Trigrams. Continue your half-day tour through a 15-min drive to Pinglin District, where the famous Wenshan Pouchong is cultivated. The first stop is Pinglin Tea Museum, a Hokkien-style Siheyuan (quadrangle courtyard house), where you will see the tools and equipment for tea harvesting in the past, and learn about the history and development of the Taiwanese tea industry. Coming up is a local tea shop. Your guide and the tea instructor will give an introduction to Taiwanese tea, and how to properly brew Taiwanese tea during your visit. Here you also have a chance to taste the tea samples. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location. Either at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

From Taipei: Yehliu Geopark and Keelung Harbor Guided Tour

4. From Taipei: Yehliu Geopark and Keelung Harbor Guided Tour

Meet your tour guide and driver in the morning for your North Coast Tour. First stop at Chung Cheng Park, the ubiquitous tourism symbol of Keelung. Next, stop at northern Taiwan’s largest harbor, one of the most-visited tourist attractions. Explore Keelung Maritime Plaza with its beautiful views of Keelung Inner Harbor. On sunny days, take a relaxing tour to soak up the maritime ambiance, admire the beautiful public artworks on display, sit in the coffee shop, and enjoy the refreshing sea air. Next, visit Guihou Fishing Port, a scenic fishing village on the north coast. Every autumn, the Fishermen's Market near Guihou draws crowds for its delicious Wanli Crab. Make your way to Yehliu Geopark, famous for its natural rock formations which are an amazing array of artistic shapes created by erosion and other natural forces. Then, it’s time to go back to the city and enjoy a quick and memorable trip to the iconic Taipei 101 shopping center. Your tour ends with return transport to your chosen drop-off location, either at Taipei 101 Mall or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

5. From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

Meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, then enjoy a ride to the suburban area and start a nostalgic tour of Taipei. There are three branch railway lines still operating in Taiwan: Pingxi Line in Taipei, Neiwan Line in Hsinchu, and Jiji Line in Nantou. As time goes by, these three branch lines have turned into tourist railway lines. Pingxi is one of these small towns that were once prosperous due to the coal mining industry in the 1960s. The last coal mine closed in 1997, many of the residents moved out, and these towns became silent and desolated. Even though the golden age may be long gone, Pingxi becomes well-known for being the film location of some movies and TV commercials. Sky Lantern launch in Taiwan originates from Shifen in Pingxi District. Nowadays, the lanterns are used as symbols of peace and good fortune, the world-renowned Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a big yearly event that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year. Today you have an opportunity to experience this on the train track: write a message, light the lantern and watch it fly to the sky. There are lots of shops that sell Sky Lanterns, souvenirs, and traditional snacks along the train track, you may enjoy a little shopping before we head off to the next stop – Shifen Waterfall. Also known as Taiwan’s "Niagara Falls", Shifen Waterfalls are the biggest cascading falls in Taiwan. It is also a popular scenic attraction and easily accessible by foot from Shifen Train Station. If the weather is good, it creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location. Either at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

Taipei: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

6. Taipei: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Taipei at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3.5 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Dalongdong Baoan Temple Temple, Chiang Kei Shek Statue, Maji Market and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

7. From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

View Taiwan's northern highlights with this group tour from Taipei. Visit destinations like the Yehliu Geopark, the old-fashioned mountain village of Jiufen, and Shifen. Send up a lantern in Shifen. Start your day with pickup in downtown Taipei, and relax as you make your way to Yehliu Geopark. View facinating rock formations like the Queen's Head, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, and more. Next, head to Jiufen village, which was once famous for being a gold-mining town but is now popular for inspiring scenes in the film "Spirited Away." Sit at a tea shop and take in views of the town. Stroll along the shops. Continue to Shifen in Pingxi. Head to the Pingxi Sky Lantern area to write your wish on a lantern to set into the sky. Spend some time relaxing in Shifen before returning to Taipei.

Taipei: Family Walking Tour

8. Taipei: Family Walking Tour

Experience a rewarding adventure with your family on this exclusive walking tour of Taipei. Listen to a local professional guide explain the many famous cultural and architectural sites in Taipei. Stroll through the city center with your family on this two-hour tour at an easy pace. Have fun learning about Taipei's fascinating history and hearing stories that both the adults and kids are sure to enjoy.

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What people are saying about New Taipei City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

This is an amazing choice of a tour!. Gorgeous place, lush greenery and that too at a such distance from busy Taipei. The traditional tea tasting experience was a major cultural experience and glad to have had this. Highly recommended tour! Jackie the guide has a great sense of humour too.

I travel a lot and this was by far one of the best family trips I have had. Our guide Roger gave us an outstanding look into Taiwan culture. I highly recommend this tour!

Really nice trip, with a friendly guidE who spoke good English. The tea tasting ceremony was also very nice experience!

Great . Your guide very knowledgeable. Pleasant and pacient.

Jacky, my Tour Guide was highly helpful and enthusiastic.