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Ximending

Visit this district close to the historic western gate of the Old Taipei City to see how much this city has progressed since the days of the Qing Dynasty.

Ximending is a place where anything goes, according to the latest trends in Japanese pop culture. Come here to mingle with trendy locals and perhaps feel inspired to change your own looks before visiting one of the many pubs and clubs. You can also visit one of the district’s many theaters for a more classical evening out.

“Ximen” means “West Gate” and “dīng” means “district,” so Ximending indicates the area around the old city gate of Taipei west of downtown. An older variation of the name is “Hsimenting,” which you may see on local signs. Today Ximending includes not only Seimon-chō, but also Wakatake-chō and Shinki-chō.

No longer resembling the old Taipei in any way, Ximending is now an entertainment, design and fashion hub that attracts a younger, more outgoing crowd.

The district is also known as “the Ximending Pedestrian Area” because it was the first pedestrian mall in Taipei and the largest in Taiwan. The mall was first established under Japanese rule, more than a century ago. While vehicles may now enter the district, on weekends and national holidays the streets are still for pedestrians only.

Grab some sushi, have fun selecting a new wardrobe, or buy some anime souvenirs or tech gadgets. If you’re not into Japanese cuisine and entertainment, then go see a Taiwanese show. There are some 20 theaters in the area and street performers are always around as well.

Go clubbing or bar hopping to mingle with the more flamboyant Taipei locals. The neighborhood is home to the historic Red House Theater from 1908, which marks the heart of the LGBT district in Taipei.

Ximending is located in the northeastern part of the Wanhua District in Taipei. It’s easy to get here because many of the city buses connect on Zhonghua Road in Ximending. Exit 6 of the MRT Ximen Station along the Songshan-Xindian and Bannan lines will put you right in the heart of the district as well.

Take care when visiting at night because, with all those crowded clubs, shops and markets around, this is one of the few spots in Taipei where visitors are warned about pickpockets and street crime.


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Hotel Midtown Richardson
Hotel Midtown Richardson
4 out of 5
No. 4, Xiushan Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
The price is AU$55 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tianhou Temple, The Red House and Presidential Office Building. National Taiwan Museum and Dihua ...
3.8/5Good! (3,660 reviews)
Great price, clean room, big tub
"Check in and check out was smooth and quick, even though there was a line when we arrived. The room was clean. We stayed in a room without a window. We did not have any issues with noise from neighboring rooms. The only issue is ventilation. The room had a musty/wet smell the first night. The smell ..."

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2020

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citizenM Taipei North Gate
4 out of 5
No. 3, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$67 per night from 3 Jun. to 3 Jun.
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Botanical Garden and Lungshan Temple. National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall and Sun Yat-Sen ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,313 reviews)
Good views, good room
"Great hotel, very friendly staff. Rooms are a bit on the small side, but the view was great. Comfortable bed and very clean. The smart controls for the room were a cool feature. It was a little noisy through the window, but closing the curtain helped a bit."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

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HOTEL PAPA WHALE
HOTEL PAPA WHALE
3.5 out of 5
46, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
The price is AU$44 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei Cinema Park, The Red House and Dihua Street. Lungshan Temple and Ningxia Night Market are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,644 reviews)
Satisfied
"It was nice hotel to stay, but since we are at the basement room while we are sleeping we can hear water splashing/ running on a tank , someone dragging something at the 1st floor little bit disturbing on our sleep. Food, staff and cleanliness are satisfying."

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2021

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Green World Hotel Zhonghua
Green World Hotel Zhonghua
3.5 out of 5
13F., No.41, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
The price is AU$50 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zhongshan Hall, Taipei City North Gate and National Taiwan Museum. The Red House and Presidential ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,863 reviews)
"I had a great stay! I stayed here once before and both times staff treated me very well!"

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

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Just Sleep Ximending (Newly Renovated)
Just Sleep Ximending (Newly Renovated)
3.5 out of 5
5F, No. 41, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Taipei
The price is AU$104 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei City North Gate, National Taiwan Museum and The Red House. Presidential Office Building ...
4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)
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Roaders Hotel
Roaders Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No.68, Yanping S. Rd, Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
The price is AU$41 per night from 9 May to 9 May
This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of The Red House and Lungshan Temple. National Taiwan Democracy ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,044 reviews)
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"The hotel staff were very friendly out location was excellent 5 mins walk from all the shops bars and restaurants the ammenities were great with agood selection of free drinks and food also there was Ganges and other activities for you to dio in the hotel."

Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2020

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