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10 Great Factory Tours to Take in Taiwan

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Updated: 22 November 2017
With tourism in Taiwan at an all-time high, the country’s many factories have taken an interesting step to take advantage of the huge numbers of visitors spending time in this island nation. Once a textile and manufacturing giant, many industries have seen a slump in profits in recent years, and so they have turned to the tourist dollar to make ends meet. Factory tours are big business in Taiwan and of the 130 or so that you can take throughout the island here are some of the best.
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Lucky Art Crayon Factory

Lucky Art is one of the most established factory tours on the list. Originally started to promote the factory products and to show local children how their art supplies are made, this is an incredibly popular tour for families. Here you can make your own crayons and have your face painted by staff at the factory.

Lucky Art Crayon Factory, 500 Haishan East Road, Suao Township, Yilan County, Taiwan

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Taiwan Balloon Factory

Another one for the kids is the Taiwan Balloon Factory tour in Taichung. This fun tour not only teaches the kids how to the factory makes balloons but also gives them the chance to make balloon animals. Lots of fun.

Taiwan Balloon Factory, 505 Dafeng Road Section 5, Shengang District, Taichung City, Taiwan

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Taiwan Glass Gallery

As one of the country’s most popular factory tours, this one can get a little busy but it’s well worth the trip. With tons of fun mirrors and DIY projects, this tour of a former factory is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in Changhua.

Taiwan Glass Factory, 30 Lugong South 4th Road, Lukang Township, Changhua County, Taiwan

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Kavalan Whiskey Distillery

A must for any whiskey lover is the tour of the distillery in Yilan. Here you can learn about the distilling process and enjoy some tasting sessions with the distillery staff. There’s also a restaurant/food hall where you can enjoy your lunch after the tour.

Kavalan Whiskey Distillery, 326 Yuanshan Road Section 2, Yuanshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan

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Puli Paper Factory

Ever wondered how they make paper? Well, you can learn all about it in the paper factory in Puli. Converted to a tourist attraction in 2007 this factory is now dedicated to teaching visitors about the local paper industry. There are tons of DIY activities that you can get involved in here.

Puli Paper Factory, 310 Tieshan Road, Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

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Yingge Ceramics Street

So this isn’t quite a factory tour as such. The old street in Yingge is full of old ceramics factories that have been turned into stores. Here you can make your own pottery and even take a walk through an old kiln. A great day trip just outside Taipei where you can find some wonderful souvenirs.

Yingge Old Street, Jianshanbu Road, Yingge District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Hualien Tourism Sugar Factory

More of a cultural park connected to a factory, this large sugar factory is now a hugely popular tourist attraction. Locals often spend the weekend here dining in the restaurant and enjoying the products from the factory itself. From ice cream to deliciously sweet candy, you can sample it all on this tour.

Hualien Tourism Sugar Factory, 19 Tangchang Street, Guangfu Township, Hualien County, Taiwan

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Sha Yang Ye Robot Wonderland Pavilion

Learn all about robotics from one of the leading lights in the robotics industry, right here in Taiwan. This incredible place is full of fun and adventure for all ages. Use your body movements to control robots and learn about the history of robotics.

Sha Yang Ye Robot Wonderland Pavilion, 461 Taoying Road, Taoyuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

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This working piano factory offers visitors the chance to play a wide variety of musical instruments while also getting to see how a real working piano is made from start to finish. A popular destination for school tours because, well, it’s lots of fun.

Music4Fun, 226 Xinyi Road, Daxi District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

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Chimei Happiness Factory

The brilliantly named Happiness Factory is a great tour for foodies. Here at the Chimei factory visitors learn about the various food manufacturing processes before getting a chance to sit down and make their own handbaked goods. There’s also a great shop selling tons of Chimei’s products.

Chimei Happiness Factory, 1008 Jichang Road, Rende District, Tainan City, Taiwan