I'm liking Taipei more than I thought I would. The mix of Japanese and Chinese heritages certainly left a mark on its architecture and people.
  1. Get a SIM card/number the moment to clear customs at the airport
    They're cheaper than in the city, and provides unlimited data for most plans. Oh, bring an extra phone for it if you can.
  2. Get on the 1819 bus to Taipei Main Station before taking the Metro to your hotel location
    It's easy, it's cheap, it's on schedule. Decent public transport.
  3. Embrace the grey
    It was raining when I reached and continued to do so throughout the day. I didn't mind the cold though (for someone living in humidity all the time).
  4. Stand on the right if you're not moving on escalators
  5. Ride the free* U-bikes
    Short registration is required, and you would need an Easycard to access them (it's given free--with no expiry--at your local/country Taiwan tourism board offices). The rides are free too within Taipei City within 30 minutes. It's like the Citi-bikes in NYC and they're easily accessible.
  6. Notice the left-hand drivers driving on the right side of the road
    This is strange. Also, the drivers are aggressive to everyone else on the streets, especially the cyclists and pedestrians. Tread mindfully.
  7. No cycling in parks though
    I was yelled at by an old lady. Sorry!
  8. Return the bike opposite the Chiang Kai-Shek Park and walk through it
    You'll get to see four major buildings at one shot, and catch the hourly changing-of-the-guard at the Memorial
  9. Walk through the Daan district for a break before onwards to the Daan Park for that sliver of green
    It's a quiet district with hipster coffee and dessert bars. Stop for a break before moving on to the Park. You could pass their Grand Mosque just before the park.
  10. Eat local delicacies at the night markets
    Granted I went to just Rau He Night Marjet so far but I was stuffed! You need to go with people so that you can share. My fav is the small grilled abalones, delish!!!