You’ve planned your perfect day out in Taipei, but there is one thing you couldn’t plan, the weather! Taipei has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, occasional heavy rainstorms and typhoons can be expected during the summer.
You could try to escape the rain by traveling to another city for the day via the High-Speed Rail, but if that’s not an option, here are some recommendations on where you can go or what you can do in Taipei during a rainy day.
1. Visit the National Palace Museum
Address: No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 08:30-18:30, Friday-Saturday: 08:30-21:00
The National Palace Museum in Taipei is a world-class museum that houses one of the world’s largest collection of priceless Chinese artifacts, it was originally established as the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in 1925. The art collections were moved to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War when the Nationalists retreated to the island.
The museum has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, spanning 8,000 years of history, ranging from the Neolithic age to the modern. You could literally spend a whole afternoon or even days here studying and admiring the treasures.
One of the most popular pieces in the museum is the “Jadeite Cabbage with Insects”, a piece of jadeite carved into the shape of a Chinese cabbage head, and with a locust and katydid camouflaged in the leaves.
2. Read your favorite book at Eslite Bookstore
Address (Dunnan Store): No. 245, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Eslite operates one of the largest bookstore chains in Taiwan, it opened its first bookstore in 1989 and has since expanded to 48 branches throughout Taiwan. The well-known bookstore has more than a dozen locations in Taipei, you will also find one of the largest English language publications and translation materials in its stores.
One of their more iconic stores is the Dunnan branch for being open 24 hours, you can find book lovers hanging out at the store at all hours reading their favorite books, there is also a cafe on the 2nd floor, the bookstore is a perfect place to hang out during the rain. Unfortunately, this store is due to be closed in 2020 due to urban renewal projects, so be sure to visit it while you still can whether it’s raining or not!
3. Relax at Beitou Hot Springs
Beitou is the most northern district of Taipei City, it is home to many natural hot springs and thermal valleys in the Taipei area. During the Japanese occupation, many of the hot springs in the area were developed into nice resorts, inns, hotels, tea houses, parks, and public baths, attracting many visitors.
The Beitou Hot Springs area is accessible via Taipei Metro’s XinBeitou station (R22A), take the red line to Beitou in the direction of Tamsui, then the one-stop pink branch line to Xinbeitou.
There is a large selection of outdoor, indoor, private and public hot spring bathhouses in the area to choose from, as well as a number of hot spring hotels if you feel like spending the night.
Some of the bathhouses that include indoor or sheltered hot springs facilities are
- Long Nai Tang
- Kawayu Spa
- Emperor Spa
4. Shop til’ you drop
Taipei has a large number of department stores and underground shopping malls conveniently located near various Metro stations, such as Taipei Main Station, Zhongshan Metro Station, Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, Taipei City Hall Metro Station & Taipei 101–World Trade Center Metro Station.
In fact, Taipei’s Xinyi Special District is home to 13 department stores & shopping malls, including Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place A11, A8, A9, A4, Taipei 101 Mall, Vie Show Cinemas, ATT 4 FUN, Uni-President Department Store, BELLAVITA, Eslite store, Breeze XIN YI, Breeze SONG GAO, NEO19, Breeze NAN SHAN, with more under construction. Many of them are connected via sky bridges, so you don’t have to worry about the rain!
5. Sing at Karaoke
Karaoke is one of the most popular entertainments for the locals in Taiwan, many spend hours here during the weekends, especially when it’s really hot or when it’s raining. There are 3 major KTV chains in Taipei: Cashbox KTV, Holiday KTV and New CB Party which all offer a good selection of English songs.
So grab your friends and head out to one of the many branches located throughout the city, the Karaoke here is a bit different than what you would find in the states; you’re allocated a private room with a big flat screen TV and large sofas. You can usually order via the remote direct on the TV or from the computer monitor.
Select your go-to guilty pleasure, mic up and sing to your heart’s content all in the privacy of your own room; food is available from the buffet or can be ordered from the menu.
Let us know what your favorite activity is on a rainy day!