- 3D2N stay at Lio Hotel (with breakfast) for 1 for $1,128 (rrp. $1,727.70)
- 3D2N stay at York Design Hotel (without breakfast) for $1,378 (rrp. $1,796.70)
- 3D2N stay at MidTown Richardson Hotel (with breakfast) for $1,418 (rrp. $2,014)
Hotels at a glance
An opportune situation in the midst of Taipei Main Station’s bustling locale, this business traveller-friendly abode earns points for its close proximity to a number of tourist sites. Only a short journey away from Ximending, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and Q Square, the hotel’s tour services help first-time visitors map out daily itineraries and local hotspots.
York Design Hotel
Finding amiable companions in the nearby Metro System and High Speed Rail stations, white-bricked interiors pull inspiration from Scandinavian homes, adorning rooms with minimalist furnishings, woodgrain surfaces, and even cheeky mock fireplaces. Guests grab a handy travel guide from lobbies before venturing out into the city for close-up encounters with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Red House, and the avant-garde sculptures of 228 Peace Memorial Park.
MidTown Richardson Hotel
Sleek ribs clothed with steel and glass jut out into Taipei’s streets, as this aptly named hotel welcomes weary stragglers from the neighbouring Ximen MRT station into sedately decorated rooms where contrasting hues of linen white and dark woods dominate. Glossy computer nooks with free beverages let globetrotters plan their own travel agenda while having breakfast – perhaps with the help of personalised tour facilities – in anticipation of treks through Ximending. Filled to the brim with retail outlets, clubs, and fashion opportunities, the district known as the ‘Harajuku or Shibuya or Taipei’ dazzles guests until night time falls, and the bright LED lights of the hotel’s facade guide their journey home.
Hong Kong – Taipei
- Departure time: 5.40pm
- Arrival time: 7.50pm
- Departure time: 10.35pm
- Arrival time: 12.40am
Taipei – Hong Kong
- Departure time: 12.15pm
- Arrival time: 2.20pm
- Departure time: 2.55pm
- Arrival time: 4.55pm
- Departure time: 8.50pm
- Arrival time: 10.55pm
All times in GMT +8. Schedule for reference only, subject to changes and availability.
- Stay at
- Room size, bedding, and facilities vary from hotel to hotel
- Max. occupancy: 2 guests per room
Taipei, Taiwan: What to see and do
One of Asia’s youngest cities, the 300-year-old metropolis stands at the forefront of one of the region’s most computer-savvy capitals, while at the same time, reconciling from her tumultuous past with her mainland cousins and former captors from the Land of the Rising Sun. Nicknamed Ilha Formosa (or ‘beautiful island’), Taiwan holds a destination of national parks and scenic spots, historical sites and enriching culture, and one of the world’s tallest eco-aware skyscraper.
Step into her historical pages as you scramble past the thousands of shutterbugs at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which was built to memorialise the olden ruling days of Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China. Nestled within a flourishing park and near the historical National Concert Hall and the National Theater, the republic’s landmark holds on to the memory of olden days with its memoriam of red brick buildings, long paved walkways, and the 228 Peace Memorial Park, built during the ruling of the Japanese colonial government.
Then, jump into your foodie’s tour of the city as you walk past the many night markets that are hidden behind old buildings and between narrow streets. Shielding the shackled stalls that sell a mixture of local food, Hakka fare, and some of the best in Japanese outside of Tokyo, the Taipeiers’ buffet line of stinky tofu, oyster omelettes, and shrimp rolls are best savoured with a cup of famed Taiwan tea.