The best things to do for couples in New Taipei are surprisingly varied, in part thanks to the region's varied landscape. Set against the stunning backdrop of the mountains and the sea, it's a lovely destination for couples. If you enjoy cycling, you can take a romantic rail bike tour with beautiful sea views at Shenao Rail Bike or ride across the Crescent Bridge, the longest land bridge exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists in New Taipei City, which spans the Dahan River.

    Other fun things to do include taking a trip on a swan boat at Bitan or riding on horseback together along Shalun Beach at sunset, enjoying the pleasant sea breeze. Take a look at our list to see what else there is for courting couples to do in New Taipei.

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    New Taipei City Hall Observation Deck

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    In the 33-storey city hall building in New Taipei City in Banqiao District, there's an observation deck on the 32nd floor that's similar to the Taipei 101 observation deck. The one at city hall is free of charge for visitors and can be accessed via the lift during working hours. From the deck, you can see all the main features of Banqiao, including Banqiao Station, the First Sports Ground and the Mega City Department Store. On a sunny day, you can also see Taipei 101, the Grand Hotel and the Miramar Ferris Wheel from the observation deck, which even offers views of the Tamsui River and Yangmingshan.

    Many people choose to come up at dusk to see the city in the golden light of the setting sun. The blue sky gradually turns red and finally goes dark. Then the street lamps are turned on to light up the city. Watching the changes in the sky from the observation deck is a really romantic experience. New Taipei City Hall Observation Deck is a popular spot both day and night.

    Location: 32F, No. 161, Section 1, Zhongshan Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 22001

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2960 3456

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    Firework display at Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf

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    Since 2016, a firework display has been held at Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf every year to celebrate the Double Seventh Festival, which is known as Chinese Valentine's Day. On that day, the market opens in the afternoon and live music performances take place. Other entertainments are also available, including the Ferris wheel, carousel and small tourist train. Many visitors arrive in the afternoon to see the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and the sea and to enjoy themselves before the firework show.

    In 2019, the firework display lasted for 5 minutes and 20 seconds, because the number 520 sounds similar to "I love you" in Chinese. Fireworks of different colours lit up the sky in time with the music. The varying speed and brightness of the fireworks conveyed different meanings. All the guests were impressed by the various shapes that the fireworks made, such as hearts, smiling faces, magpies and the magpie bridge. The firework display changes every year, as does the exact date of the Double Seventh Festival.

    Location: No. 199 Guanhai Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 25155

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    Crescent Bridge

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    Crescent Bridge connects the 435 Art Zone and Xinzhuang Old Street in Banqiao. It's a steel arch bridge with the longest double spans in Taiwan, with a total length of 1,133 metres, including the approach. Crescent Bridge has a long sloping approach with several entrances and exits for people who have reduced mobility or are pushing children in buggies. It's also the longest land bridge for pedestrians and cyclists in New Taipei City. There are 4 observation and rest platforms on the bridge, each of which has a unique design with different types of installation art. The most distinctive of these is the transparent skywalk. It's very exciting to see the Dahan River flowing below you while you walk across the skywalk.

    During the day, you can see the nearby large green open spaces and picturesque river scenery from the bridge. At night, the lamps on the bridge alternate between 7 different colours and the light is reflected on the water. Local residents enjoy walking on the attractive Crescent Bridge. Why not visit yourself and see the magnificent view of the river?

    Location: Chongxin Causeway, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 242

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    Xizhi Dream Lake

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    Xizhi Dream Lake is divided into 2 areas: the mountain and the lake itself. The lake is only 5 minutes' walk from the start of the Dream Lake trail. This is an artificial lake in the mountains and it's called Dream Lake because of the dreamy view on foggy days in winter. Dream Lake is an environmental protection area and is home to many Taiwanese native species. The lake water looks green and clear and is as smooth as a mirror, with reflections of the mountains in the water. The lakeside is quiet and peaceful and a trail runs through the woods that surround the lake.

    The lake does not usually have many visitors and so it has become a popular location for wedding photography. At sunset, newly married couples sit in the romantic setting of the wooden pier by the sparkling waters of the lake. As you walk along the hiking trail, you make your way through the forest until you finally reach the ridge, which has a panoramic view. On a sunny day, you can see Taipei 101 and Keelung Island. If you want to get closer to nature, come to Xizhi Dream Lake for a picnic or a walk or to explore the secret land.

    Location: Dream Lake Road, Xizhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 22176

    Open: Dream Lake: Daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm; Dream Lake Trail: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

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    Bitan Scenic Area

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    Bitan is only 5 minutes' walk from MRT Xindian station. The name Bitan literally means a "green pool with clear, still water". It has been a popular place for couples since the 1950s. Today, the banks are decorated with love-themed artworks, such as bells, chairs for couples and 3D colour drawings. It's easy to take artistic photos here. Couples can also enjoy a slow cruise down the river in a swan boat.

    After you land, you can walk along the riverbank in the shade of the trees and watch the performances of street artists or stroll across the Bitan suspension bridge hand-in-hand to see the river from a different perspective. Bitan is even more romantic at night. The light beams on the suspension bridge add a beautiful touch to the night-time view of the river. Finally, you can bring your day in this beautiful area to an end with a romantic dinner at the Bitan Waterside Restaurant.

    Location: Xindian Road, Xindian District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 23147

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    Jiufen Old Street

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    Jiufen is known as the "mountain town of gold", because of the gold rush there in the late 19th century. Today, it has been transformed into a tourist attraction. Visitors will be impressed by the historic buildings and narrow, winding, stone-paved streets in Jiufen, which is a seaside town set against a mountain backdrop. Looking down from the observation deck and you'll see clouds and mist drifting through the mountains. The shops along both sides of Jiufen Old Street are packed closely together and some of them have been there for several generations. Try some traditional snacks, especially taro balls (yu yuan), if you are feeling hungry.

    If you turn off Jiufen Old Street, you'll find quiet, peaceful alleyways with flights of steps. At dusk, you can sit by the window in a tea house and enjoy the beautiful evening. When the lamps are lit at night, you'll see the lights of the fishing boats bobbing on the dark sea. The old street, which is illuminated with red lanterns, has a quiet and nostalgic atmosphere. Night-time in Jiufen is a particularly romantic time for couples.

    Location: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 22448

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    Lin Family Mansion and Garden

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    The Lin Family Mansion and Garden is one of just a few well-preserved private gardens in Taiwan. It's divided into 2 areas: the garden and the mansion. The garden was awarded grade II historic status in 1985. In the past, wealthy people liked to build large courtyards where they could receive their guests. The Lin Family Mansion and Garden was damaged during the Second World War. After it had been professionally restored, it was opened to the public.

    The garden is full of a variety of plants and the old trees bear witness to the history of the Lin family. Guided tours are available which allow you to find out about the history of the garden. The garden is a quiet oasis in this busy city. If you want to take artistic photos, the best locations are the historic pavilion, a small bridge over a stream and the red promenade. As there are not many visitors on working days, it's a pleasant place for couples to spend time.

    Location: No. 9, Ximen Street, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 22056

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2965 3061

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    Horse riding on Shalun Beach

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    Shalun Beach near Fisherman's Wharf is the best place to see the sunset away from the crowds in Tamsui. The nearby riding stables provide horses that you can ride on the beach, to give you a romantic experience of horse riding in Taipei. Beginners will be instructed by a professional coach, who will teach you about horses and give you tips on feeding, grooming and riding them. The staff at the riding stables will come with you to take photos of you on horseback and of your silhouette against the sunset. This is an unforgettable experience for couples.

    You can spend time with the one you love on the beach at sunset against the backdrop of the golden sea and orange sky, walking on the fine sand and feeling the waves lapping gently over your feet. The long coastline is an ideal location for wedding photography and other visitors will enjoy seeing the new couples here.

    Location: Shalun, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Monday)

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    Shenao Rail Bike

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    Shenao Rail is located between Badouzi train station and Shenao train station. In the Japanese colonial period, the Shenao railway was used to transport coal, sugar and salt. As the amount of coal produced declined and the Shenao powerplant was closed, the railway stopped operating. In 2018, Taiwan's unique rail bike was launched in collaboration with the New Taipei City Tourism Bureau. Riders on Shenao Rail Bike can see views of both the mountain and the sea.

    The railway is 1.3 km in length and a 1-way trip takes about 20 minutes. You can ride a pufferfish-shaped rail bike along the coastline against the backdrop of the mountains and see decorated walls and old coal mines on the way. In autumn and winter, you'll see Pacific Island silvergrasses swaying in the wind.

    Location: No. 121, Section 2, Jianji Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 22447

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

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    Banqiao Butterfly Park

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    Banqiao Butterfly Park hosts a landscape light show every spring, which is one of the most attractive events in New Taipei City. During the day, you can walk or ride a bike through the sea of flowers feeling the breeze in your hair or enjoy a picnic in the meadow. You can look down on the sea of flowers from the observation deck on the embankment. In 2019, the sea of flowers represented a huge Taiwanese swallowtail butterfly, formed by 230,000 flowering plants, including lavender, globeflowers, sage, sunflowers, begonias and alternanthera dentara "Rainbow". The swallowtail butterfly, together with the other butterflies on the original flower trails, formed a romantic setting for couples.

    At night, the park was lit up by 500,000 LEDs. The 8 theme zones, each with its distinctive features, and the light shows in the sea of flowers created a romantic atmosphere. The enchanting sea of flowers is the perfect place for couples to visit during the exhibition.

    Location: No. 18, Section 4, West Huanhe Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm

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