- Not to be confused with Taipei.
New Taipei City (新北市) is a city located in Northern Taiwan, completely surrounding the city of Taipei, as well as Keelung by land. It is considered a part of the Taipei Metropolitan Area.
- Banqiao (板橋區) is the city seat of New Taipei City.
- Luzhou (蘆洲區) a residential district with high population density, which offers some off-the-beaten-track sights.
- Bali (八里區) is a newly popular tourist destination in New Taipei City.
- Pingxi (平溪區) is known for it's sky lantern festivals which take place in January and February.
- Tamsui (淡水區) is a historical district on the north coast that was once the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan. The district is still a popular day-trip destination from Taipei and boasts many historical attractions.
- Xindian (新店區) is a district located to the south of Taipei where the apartment complexes of the metropolis meet the northern end of the Central Mountain Range.
- Yingge (鶯歌區) is a district known for its high concentration of pottery and ceramic makers.
- Yonghe (永和區) is a suburban district known for its breakfast foods and some local attractions.
- Zhonghe (中和區) is another suburb district of Taipei
- Fulong (福隆) - a coastal district with good beach and surf.
- Jiufen (九份) - a prosperous gold mining area, it constantly attracts travelers who want to grasp some feeling of its glory days.
- Wulai (烏來) is a small village famous for its hot springs and aboriginal culture.
View from north coast of New Taipei City.
New Taipei City is basically an extension of Taipei and is the home of more than 3,500,000 people. The city has quite a diverse environment, from the densely populated industrial districts of Sanchong and Shulin to the coastal regions around the district of Tamsui and the sparsely populated mountain districts near Shenkeng.
Before 25 December 2010, New Taipei City was known as Taipei County.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (台灣桃園國際機場) (IATA: TPE) is the main international airport on the island, and the closest major airport to New Taipei City. However, be aware that this name was adopted in September 2006. The old name, Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (often abbreviated as CKS), is still commonly used. Airbus operates an express airport bus route that directly connects Taoyuan International Airport, Tucheng and Banqiao. There is also a bus that goes from the airport to Xindian. The bus runs every 30 minutes during the day and costs NT$135. Travelers going to other regions of New Taipei City, however, may have to visit Taipei first, and head to the destination from there.
There are several TRA stations scattered through New Taipei City .
- Banqiao Railway Station (板橋車站) is the major transportation hub in New Taipei City. This station connects the railways, Taipei MRT and Taiwan High Speed Rail. It also has local and inter-city bus stations. (Wenhua Road Sec. 1, Banqiao)
Inter-city buses arrive and depart from the Banqiao Railway Station's terminal. The inter-city bus terminal is just east of the Banqiao Railway Station, and the local bus terminal is in the west. Bus services are easily available, both to travel in the city and from or to nearby regions.
MRT is the most convenient transportation method between Taipei and New Taipei City.
- Danshui Line (淡水線) 's station: Zhuwei, Hongshulin and Tamsui.
- Banan Line (板南線) 's station: Jiangzicui, Xinpu, Banqiao, Fuzhong, Far Eastern Hospital, Haishan, Tucheng and Yongning.
- Zhonghe Line (中和線) 's station: Dingxi (Yonghe), Yongan Market, Jingan and Nanshijiao.
- Xindian Line (新店線) 's station: Dapinglin, Qizhang, Xindian City Hall and Xindian (Bitan).
Every district of New Taipei City is accessible by bus. Most of them are a part of Taipei's bus network. If you know how to take a bus in Taipei, you will have no problem taking a bus in New Taipei City.
MRT is an efficient tool to travel between the city's north, west and south portion.
Taxis are the most convenient way to get around, and the price is not very high. Note that most taxi drivers speak little or no English.
Lin Family Mansion and Garden
- Lin Family Mansion and Garden (林本源園邸), Banqiao (220新北市板橋區 西門街9號) (Follow signs from Fuzhong MRT station), . Banqiao's Lin Family Mansion and Garden is one of the best examples of Qing era Chinese architecture in Taiwan. It is free of charge and well worth a visit. edit
- Danshui Fisherman's Wharf is one of New Taipei City's most famous scenic sights.
- Enjoy your coffee or tea beside the river at Bitan, Xindian.
- Jiufen is famous for gold mining. There is an excellent gold museum at nearby Jinguashi.
- In Fulong, you will find a coastal district with an excellent beach. Every July, don't forget to attend the three day Ho-hai-yan Rock Festival.
- Enjoy the aboriginal Dancing show and hot spring in Wulai.
- Pingxi, old mining town, famous for its Chinese Sky Lanterns and the Sky Lantern Festival
- Yehliu Geopark, natural alien-looking landscapes by the sea. 90 min direct bus ride from Taipei West Bus Station Terminal A.
New Taipei City has a great variety of outdoor activities available: hiking, cycling, hot springs, rock climbing, and much more.
- A-Gei - a most famous snack in Tamsui.
- Taro balls - Jiufen's famous product.
- box lunches - this tasty Biandang (box lunches in Mandarin) is selling on the left of the Fulong train station.
- Soy Milk (豆漿) - is a traditional Taiwanese breakfast dish. Yonghe Soy Milk, this household name comes from the original shop which is located at Yonghe.
- Tea - Pinglin's Baozhong tea (包種茶) is the most famous tea in Taiwan.
New Taipei City, like the rest of Taiwan, is one of the safest places in the world to travel when it comes to crime. Muggings and confrontational crimes are rare, as is pickpocketing, and people are generally friendly, honest and kindhearted. However, that is not to say that robberies and theft do not happen; occasionally they do, so use common sense.
The mountains and forests of New Taipei City offers excellent opportunities for hiking, but in some remoter areas, hikers have gotten lost, fallen off steep slopes, and even died. It is best to hike with others, and make sure you are fully equipped for the type of hiking you will be doing.
There are at least ten species of venomous snakes that inhabit in the forested areas, including cobras, bamboo vipers, the Taiwan habu, and the banded krait. The Asian giant hornet is also a danger to be aware of.
- Foreign residents of New Taipei City should extend their visas at the Foreign Affairs Section of the New Taipei Police Bureau in Banqiao (see Banqiao article/cope).
- Keelung - This harbor city is Taiwan's second-busiest seaport.
- Dasi - Located at Taoyuan County, this old township is the temporary resting place of Chiang Kai-shek.