Arrive before the crowds
Aim to get to Old Street before it gets too congested. If you have some extra time to kill, visit the surprisingly fascinating Coal Mine Museum.
Make a list of your aspirations in advance
In the flurry of the festival, you won’t have time for an introspective moment.
Practice your night shots
Bring a camera even if you’re not a shutterbug. Beauty surrounds you everywhere.
Plan return transportation carefully
The shuttle bus going back to Taipei starts getting very crowded at around 8pm. If you’re in a rush to get back, consider buying a standing-room ticket. The line for them, on the left, goes much faster. Otherwise, stay for dinner. There are lots of street vendors to choose from.