Old Taipei is in the west of Taipei.
If you want to feel the real heartbeat of Taipei, one that is far removed from the skyscrapers and shopping malls of East Taipei, then Datong and Wanhua in West Taipei are the places to go. Located next to the Danshui River, this is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Taipei. Previously, is was the commercial hub of the city, but since the 1990s the economic center has shifted southeast to Zhongzheng, Daan and Xinyi districts. While much of the original architecture has been lost, the area still maintains a traditional feel. In particular, places like Longshan Temple hold a special place in the hearts of the Taiwanese, and many still visit the area to consult with fortune tellers about who they should marry or what to name their children. Dihua Street has undergone massive renovation and now blends traditional architecture and shops selling Chinese medical herbs and dry goods with cool handicraft shops, modern cafes and distinctive tea houses. Further south, Ximending has been totally transformed, and is now a major youth hub for shopping and eating.
MRT – Green line to Ximen, Beimen and Zhongshan. Red line to Zhogshan. Blue line to Ximen.
The Taoyaun Airport MRT Express and Commuter lines stop here from the airport.