Tamsui is about 45 minutes MRT ride from Main Station. I stayed near by the sea and totally enjoyed the beautiful sunset there. I never miss the peaceful morning and evening walk by the sea there.
While you in Tamsui don't forget to take ferry cross to Bali and visit the Fisherman's Wharf there.If you lazy to walk around , you can also ride on R26 bus and this bus will take you to many town's main tourist sites.
If you happen to be here during public holiday or weekend, this place will flocked by many local.
Yamingshan National Park
I was contemplating between Elephant Hills or Yamingshan National Park and at the end choose this place.
Since I stayed at Tamsui area so going to this place is not that far at all. I just need to stop at Jiantan Station and then take small bus no. S15. Just pay NTD15 which I paid with Easycard.
After 2 hours hiking up I reach to the top and get to enjoy totally awesome view. It is a flat land on top the part and in fact it is a lava terrace here. I follow Qingtiangang trail. Along the way met this Taiwan Auntie who is 89 years old. WTH! That Auntie get 2 thumbs and 2 toes up from me. She hiked the hill steadily. Damn!!! me and my weak knee can't lose to hers. Jia You!
You can visit Shinlin night market after get down from Yamingshan Park. Just head toward Exit 1 at Jiantan Station.
I visited this place specifically to experience the ride of bottom crystal celar cable car. Yeayyyy!!! I made it!
How to go to Maokong Gondola?
Just take MRT brown line and stop at Taipei Zoo.
I paid NTD50 for the gondola ride both way using easycard.
I rode the gondola all the way up to enjoy awesome view of tea plantation.