I was in Taipei recently for 5 days with my family for a short holiday . Normally 5 days is sufficient for me to cover all the major attraction listed in my lonely planet travel guide which i carries around in all my travel .Since my daughter was still recovering from her fever and cough furthermore the weather was quite cold at 16'C, i had to sacrifice my travel plan to accomodate my daughter condition . My daily travel plan is very light - go out at 11 am and by 4 pm come back to hotel . The weather was chilly , windy with slight breeze all day long . I had skipped the hotspring and nature park and spend most of the time indoor.
Travelling in Taipei was a breeze , i had travel using the public bus and MRT without any problem whatsoever. The public transportation system is cheap - the bus fare within the city limit is only RM 1.50 while the MRT will only cost you RM 2 .There was an obvious language problem everywhere but the local people are very helpful and friendly enough to assist you in your travel . Whenever i'm abroad i always like to travel like the local people do , using public transport as much as possible . In this way you will interact more with the local people and gain more knowledge .
I love taipei and i do recommend it more than hong kong and china . The people were friendly , the city was very clean , public transport is very efficient , language is a problem and sushi is damn cheap at RM 1 per piece, he he. Halal food is a problem here but sushi is everywhere and for sushi lover like me i guess i can survive, he he .
I guess you need at least 8 days to cover all the major attraction inside and outside taipei and i would recommend that you go to TAROKO or take the ALISHAN train ride . I didn't have the time to do but i would definitely come back .
inside bus G1 from maokong to TAIPEI 101