Need an escapade from the city life? Make a day trip to Wulai. Alight at Xindian Station and catch the 849 bus to Wulai. Be warned that the bus gets really crowded on weekends and the interval is probably around 15-20 minutes. Once you reach Wulai, start with their Wulai Old Street selling some snacks, best known for their Grilled Mua Chee or Seasoned rice steamed in a bamboo, also you can visit the Wulai Atayal Museum that has free admission to know more about the history, origins, culture of Atayal.
(image credit to clusade1024.pixnet.net)If you’re feeling tired and aching towards the end of your trip, make yourself comfortable at Beitou Hotspring. Nothing to ease your tiredness except a good soak or relaxation at their Public Bath House/ Hotspring or along one of those Thermal Valley. You can take the opportunity to know more about the history of hot spring at Beitou Hot Spring Museum or take a slow stroll around the greenery Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch and the Plum Garden.
The famous "Old Street" winds through much of the town. It appears to be the main destination for many visitors, and is fringed with souvenir shops, teahouses, and lots of food! In the photo below you can see the narrow crooked streets, with the traditional architecture of the shop fronts. It did remind me a bit of Japanese building styles.
Even on a weekday afternoon there were lots of people going up and down the street. The street stretched on for maybe half a mile, crammed full of things to see and eat. Unfortunately I didn't get good photos of the food, but there were interesting finds such as fried mushrooms, fish balls, and various fruit shakes.