How to capture perfect Taipei 101 sunset?

Many visitors also opt to place their cameras on the bend of the road in front of the temple to not only snap a pic of the iconic sunset atop of Taipei 101 (Courtesy of Huang,Hsiu-Shan)
Many visitors also opt to place their cameras on the bend of the road in front of the temple to not only snap a pic of the iconic sunset atop of Taipei 101 (Courtesy of Huang,Hsiu-Shan)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Youve probably seen this photo of a sunset hanging low over Taipei 101 a million times, but still dont know where the picture was taken.

Most people don’t know, to capture this beautiful sunset pic of Taipei 101, one only has to head to Xizhi Districts Tian Xiu Temple.

However, this one photo isnt really enough for you to boast about. Thats why, we will introduce here, five other places to capture the beauty of Taipei 101 in Taipei City.

Not only will you have easy access to public transportation, but you also will be able to capture professional-level pictures that will impress even the most veteran photographers.

Many visitors also opt to place their cameras on the bend of the road in front of the temple to not only snap a pic of the iconic sunset atop of Taipei 101 (Courtesy of Huang,Hsiu-Shan)
Many visitors also opt to place their cameras on the bend of the road in front of the temple to not only snap a pic of the iconic sunset atop of Taipei 101 (Courtesy of Huang Hsiu-Shan)

Taipei 101 is one of the most famous landmarks in Taiwan. Unsurprisingly, tourists from all around the world never miss a photo op to capture it.

In this issue, Discover Taiwan has listed several spots with the best angles to photograph the looming skyscraper. 

On top of that, we will also reveal a secret destination that was previously, only known exclusively among professional photographers to help you take breath-taking pictures of the tallest building in Taiwan. 

You’ve probably seen this photo of a sunset hanging low over Taipei 101 a million times, but still don’t know where the picture is taken. (Courtesy of Tseng,Chien-Lan)
You’ve probably seen this photo of a sunset hanging low over Taipei 101 a million times, but still don’t know where the picture is taken. (Courtesy of Tseng Chien-Lan)

There are many places to capture great angles of Taipei 101. Discover Taiwan has included the following spots to ensure that even the most amateur photographer can get a professional-looking picture. 

National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall 

The National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is a place where people of all ages often go to relax and have fun. It is also a place tourists often visit when traveling in Taiwan.

The best spot to capture Taipei 101 at this destination is in front of Green Lake (a.k.a. Lake Tswei/Cui).

With Taipei 101 reflected on the lakes glassy surface, it not only extends the photo, deepening its effect but also combines both urban and nature in one shot. 

National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (Shutterstock)
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (Shutterstock)

Four Four South Village

The Four Four South Village was once a military housing village located beside Taipei City Government. Today, it retained its Japanese architecture but has been transformed into shops that sell creative products.

What makes this the perfect spot for photographing Taipei 101 is that there are no other tall buildings in site; thus, elevating and emphasizing the impressive height of Taipei 101. 

Four Four South Village (Shutterstock)
Four Four South Village (Shutterstock)

Xiangshan Trail 

By taking the MRT from Taipei 101 station to Xiangshan station, one can quickly reach the nature pathway border-lining the city.

After a short and easy hike, eager photographers will be able to capture Taipei 101 in all its glory standing atop the big rock at the top of the hill. At this very spot, one can not only get a picture of the landmark but also include the entire view of Xinyi District.

Xiangshan Trail (Shutterstock)
Xiangshan Trail (Shutterstock)

Cathay Financial Center 

Walking along the streets of Xinyi Commercial Center, you can shop as well as grab a quick pic with your phone. By standing in front of the Cathay Financial Center, you can fit the entirety of Taipei 101 in between the archway of the bank, creating a perfect photo, better emphasized with a nighttime backdrop. 

One of the most expensive properties in Xinyi District is the Agora Garden.

Most people came to know this exceptional spot after Thai photographer captured an iconic photo of Taipei 101 situated between the twirling buildings.

Standing at this exact spot, you too can be just like Kan Kankavee, and snap a shot of Taipei 101 with the accentuation of the luxury condos. 

Cathay Financial Center (Shutterstock)
Cathay Financial Center (Shutterstock)

But where is the secret, ultimate spot for capturing the true magnificence of Taipei 101? That’s right! It’s at Xizhi District’s “Big Needle Mountain”. 

Located in New Taipei Citys Xizhi District, Big Needle Mountain (a.k.a. Dajianshan) is the best place to not only take in natures beauty but also provide the best spot known only by veteran photographers to take pictures of Taipei 101.  

By taking the MRT to Nangang Exhibition Center, one can merely take a bus to get to this intimate location. There is a catch though; the image of Taipei 101s sunset kabob can only be captured at specific times of the year.

As dusk draws near, eager photographers can set up their equipment either in the area in front of or on the second floor of Tian Xiu Temple to capture the scene of the setting sun.  

Many visitors also opt to place their cameras on the bend of the road in front of the temple to not only snap a pic of the iconic sunset atop of Taipei 101 but also the view of the entire city.

From this angle, the sun will set directly on top of Taipei 101, making it look like the popular dish spicy golden fish eggs”.

The photo was taken at 5K on Xiding Road, Xizhi District. (Courtesy of Huang,Hsiu-Shan)
The photo was taken at 5K on Xiding Road, Xizhi District. (Courtesy of Huang,Hsiu-Shan)

If youre interested, head on over there next year (2020) at dusk between February 19thto the 23rdto get your own shot of the rare and winning image!