New Taipei (新北市), while officially a city, is more like a region surrounding the cities of Taipei and Keelung in Northern Taiwan. It is considered a part of the Taipei Metropolitan Area.
New Taipei City is broken into 29 districts. They can be categorised by their geography, history, and degree of urbanisation.
TownshipsDistricts and townships with notable attractions:
Jinshana district known for its seafood and famous Chan monastery complex.
Tamsuia 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.
Banqiaohome to the administrative headquarters of New Taipei.
Yongheknown for its breakfast foods.
Zhonghea densely populated suburban of New Taipei.
Balian up-and-coming tourist area.
Yinggedistrict known for its high concentration of pottery and ceramic makers.
Xindianwhere the apartment complexes of the metropolis meet the northern end of the Central Mountain Range.
Wulaia small village famous for its hot springs and aboriginal culture.
Fulong villagea with good beach and surfing.
Jiufena once prosperous gold mining town. It now attracts travelers who want a trip back in time.
Before 25 Dec 2010, New Taipei was known as Taipei County.
Taiwan Taoyuan International AirportThe main international airport on the island, and the closest major airport to New Taipei. The pre-2006 name, Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (often abbreviated as CKS), may still be used. Airbus operates an express airport bus route that directly connects Taoyuan International Airport, Tucheng and Banqiao. The bus runs every 30 minutes during the day and costs NT$135. Travelers going to other regions of New Taipei however may have to visit Taipei city first, and head to the destination from there.
Banqiao (Banciao) Railway Stationis the major transportation hub in New Taipei. This station connects the railways, Taipei MRT and Taiwan High Speed Rail. It also has local and inter-city bus stations. (Wunhua Road Sec. 1, Banqiao City)
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.
By subway (MRT)
Taipei Metro, commonly called MRT, is the most convenient transportation method between Taipei and New Taipei.
- Tamsui Line (淡水線) stations: Zhuwei, Hongshulin and Tamsui.
- Banan Line (板南線) stations: Jiangzicui, Xinpu, Banqiao, Fuzhong, Far Eastern Hospital, Haishan, Tucheng and Yongning.
- Zhonghe Line (中和線) stations: Dingxi (Yonghe), Yongan Market, Jingan and Nanshijiao.
- Xindian Line (新店線) stations: Dapinglin, Qizhang, Xindian City Hall and Xindian (Bitan).
CSF operates fast ferries (about 3 hours) from Pingtan in mainland China to New Taipei's Bali District and back. As of February 2019, it runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (full schedule). Adult fares for non-Taiwan citizens start at NT$3,000 one-way, $5,300 round-trip if purchased in advance (fare table), a couple hundred more if purchased at the pier (fare table). Fares are cheaper for Taiwan/ROC citizens (advance/pier).
By busEvery district of New Taipei 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.
By subway (MRT)Taipei MRT is an efficient way to travel between the city's north, west and south sections.
By taxiTaxis 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.
- 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.
- Danshui Fisherman's Wharf is New Taipei's most famous scenic sight.
- Enjoy your coffee or tea beside the Bitan Lake, Xindian.
- Jiufen is famous for gold mining. There is an excellent gold museum.
- 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.
- A-Gei (阿給) - the most famous snack in Tamsui consisting of a piece of fried tofu, stuffed with cooked Cellophane noodles, and sealed with surimi.
- Taro balls (芋圓) - Jiufen's famous product.
- Box lunches - famous Biandang (box lunches in Mandarin) are sold 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.
phone: +886 2 8228-2090address: 1F., No.135, Min’an Street, Yonghe.Visa applications/extensions for foreign residents of New Taipei City should be made at this agency.