Taiwan History in a Nutshell - Free English Walking Tour

Duration: 3h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Shih-Heng
Registered on May 09, 2018

Hey there!:) I am Shih-Heng from Taipei...an amateur road cyclist, energetic badminton player, diligent bookworm, software product manager, and of course, your English/Spanish/Chinese tour guide in Taipei! I started to work as part-time tour guide outside regular office hours (as a software guy) since 2017, right after studying in Spain/Denmark/Slovenia and joining free walking tours myself in 20 European countries. Though not making a living by offering these tours, I do see walking tours as nice opportunities for me to share my knowledge about the Taiwanese history/nature/culture with you, and get to know about your own culture! Undoubtedly, I have a great interest in languages, since I not only speak native Chinese (Mandarin) as well as Taiwanese but also English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and a bit of German and Catalan. I am also quite familiar with the cultures in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, so if you happen to be from these regions, I am pretty sure that you will understand the Taiwanese culture more easily from the stories I prepare for you on my tours. So far, I have showed 2,000+ international travelers from 28 countries around in Taipei City, and I look forward to seeing you as well! Are you a foodie, nature lover or culture explorer? If so, I am exactly your ideal mate to accompany you getting to know Taipei and Taiwan better! Book a tour with me or send me a private message to personalize your itinerary (especially if you are passionate about hiking, cycling, and foods)!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Is this your first time traveling to Taiwan? Are you the type of traveler that always want to learn more about the history and cultural fun facts of cities you visit? If so, this is the walking tour for you! 😉

By joining this tour, you will understand some fun facts including:

  • Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and many other cultures have either ruled this island or left their footprints in Taiwan
  • In 2021, The Economist considered Taiwan the "most dangerous place on earth"
  • Besides being famous for producing semiconductors/chips, Taiwan is actually where the modern and the antique live together harmoniously in everyday life
  • Taiwan is one of the few countries in the world not being a member of the United Nations

Who is recommended to join this tour? 🚩

  • First-timers in Taiwan hoping to gain fundamental knowledge primarily related to the history, lifestyle, politics, and cultural fun facts of this country
  • People having traveled to Taipei City already but are eager to know more about the interesting stories and little details behind those touristy spots and not just take pictures

This tour includes the following spots, which are mainly the must-visits of Taipei City:

  • Longshan Temple
  • Bopiliao Historical Block
  • Ximending
  • Presidential Office Building
  • 228 Peace Park
  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Insider Tips:

  • Wear shoes suitable for walking since it will be a 3-hour walk, but don't worry, we will have break time!
  • Bring your umbrella or raincoat! ☔ Because this tour is going to take place for sure, rain or shine😎
  • Remember to bring your masks, since so far visitors to indoor attractions (e.g. temples) are still required to wear masks at all times

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    No. 153號, Section 1, Xiyuan Rd, Wanhu...
    No. 153號, Section 1, Xiyuan Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
  • 1
    Free admission
    Longshan Temple

    Built in 1738, Longshan Temple is the oldest and one of the biggest temples in Taipei City. Here, you will understand the general "SOPs" regarding how most Taiwanese worship the gods!

  • 2
    Free admission
    Bopiliao Historical Block

    With a history of more than 200 years, Bopiliao is one of the only 2 streets preserved with original architectural styles dating back to the Qing Dynasty time in Taipei City.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Ximen Red House Outdoor Bar Area

    A business and residential area built by the Japanese in the early 20th century, and also a place that means a lot to the LGBTQ community in Taiwan.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Presidential Office Building

    We will briefly talk about Taiwan's political evolution from its authoritarianism after World WAR II to today's liberal democracy. The relationship between Taiwan and China will also be explained in a fairly "neutral" yet insightful way.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    228 Peace Memorial Park
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Liberty Square Arch

    At the end of this tour, you will know the stories about why Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is actually a very controversial site while being one of the most visited tourist spots among international travelers. The tour ends here between 12:00pm and 12:30pm, depending on the group size and the weather condition on the activity date.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Itziar 12 May 2023
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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Travelled in group - May 2023
Un tour recomendadísimo para todos aquellos que quieran saber sobre la historia y cultura de Taiwan. Visitamos los principales monumentos de Taipei y aprendimos muchísimo gracias a el guía, Sergio.
Felicia 24 Apr 2023

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Travelled alone - Apr 2023
Thanks, I really enjoyed the tour!
Terence 19 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
A very good overview and history of key timeline and places of interest to it. Shih-Heng speaks fluently and informative.
Mari... 17 Apr 2023

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Travelled alone - Apr 2023
Shih-Heng gave us a very insightful tour today! He’s super knowledgable but also very dynamic and easy to talk to. It’s a very nice way to have a better understanding of the surroundings of Taipei/Taiwan and to continue to visit de city with those informations in mind! I’m sure I’ll be craving for that bitter tea in a few days :P Thank you again!
Matthew 17 Apr 2023
New York

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Travelled alone - Apr 2023
One of my favorite tours I’ve been on. Shih-Heng Is a great guide, who speaks perfect English and knows the history of Taiwan very well. He was very open and knowledgeable about the history which can be a touchy subject. He did a great professional tour in a fun and interesting way! Would definitely recommend this tour if you are visiting Taiwan!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.