You can reserve a hotel in Taipei or you can make discount airport transportation reservations. Taiwan Taoyuan International airport abbreviated TPE is located 25 miles (40km) west of Taipei and is the largest airport in Taiwan. Taipei has a bus system that makes it easy to travel around the city. Local buses have a number and their fare is approximately NT $15 50-cent USD. You can also take a taxi but please note that most taxi drivers do not speak English. You will need to have your location written on paper to make sure you get to your destination. The meter starts at NT $70 $2.30 USD and then NT $20 66 cents for every km. You won’t need to tip your taxi driver. About Taoyuan International Airport The airport sees over 30 million passengers each year and is the world’s 13th busiest international airport. Taipei itself is the capital of Taiwan. The summers here are hot and humid with heavy rain and typhoons. Winter here is warm and foggy. From June to October the Pacific Typhoon affects Taipei. Taipei Restaurants In Taipei almost on every street or alley you’ll find something to eat. Like many populous cities you’ll find a good mix of international delicacies. In East Taipei, you’ll pay a hefty price tag but you’ll also dine with the rich and maybe even the famous. In West Taipei you’ll find great food that packs a smaller price tag. Among all the restaurants you’ll also find several night markets; some are even open during the day. A night market will have stores and restaurants set up in a sort of flea market style. There you’ll find a huge variety of food. A tourist favorite is Shilin Night Market. While you’re there you can try the oyster omelets, tianbula, stinky tofu, mango ice, and pearl milk. Don’t worry if all of this sounds too taboo, you’ll also find a mix of things you’re used to like spare ribs, fried fish fillets, sweet and sour chicken, and fried rice. Hotels near TPE If you are on a budget you’ll find a number of hostels in Taipei. There’s the Homey Hostel I in Downtown, Taipei Backpackers Hostel, which is near an area famous for it’s shopping. If money is not an object in East Taipei you’ll find many luxurious hotels like the Grand Hyatt, Sheraton Grande, and the Shangri-La’s far Eastern Plaza. Things to do in Taipei There is so much to see and do in Taipei. First on the list are the Hot Springs. Another popular destination is to hike Elephant Mountain. There are also many festivals, events, temples, museums, and even a few theme parks like the Taipei Zoo.