Once thought of as an industrial city, Taichung is fast gaining popularity among the tourist masses. As a melting pot of both culinary and cultural delights, it’s easy to see why this vibrant city is one for the Taiwan bucket list. But what exactly can you get up to in this mid-western city?
The National Museum of Natural Science is one of Taichung’s most popular attractions, particularly for families with young kids. Here you can learn about the natural history of Taiwan, but it’s the huge robotic dinosaurs that really capture the imagination of visitors.
Taichung has plenty of parks and green spaces, but the most famous one is the aptly named Taichung Park. Built in the early 1900s when the country was under Japanese rule, the park features a Japanese-style pavilion and a lake where you can take a boat ride. It’s an ideal place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This one-time home for former members of the military is now an incredible place full of vibrant colors. A former soldier who felt that the drab and dreary neighborhood could do with a bit of life and color started the project. Although the area was marked for demolition, Mr. Huang went ahead and painted every surface he could find in every color of the rainbow. Thanks to his efforts, it is now a protected cultural area and is well worth a visit.
Hou-Feng Bikeway is a 4.5-kilometer-long (2.8 miles) route that takes you along an old railway line in Taichung’s Fengyuan District. On your ride, you get to cross an old iron railway bridge and pass through one of the railways old tunnels. It’s a pleasant ride, and riding through the tunnel is a fun experience that you’ll never forget.
While you’re out in Fengyuan, you can visit one of the city’s only breweries. At 3 Giants Brewing Company, you can sample the beers and enjoy some food while watching the brewers ply their trade. If you ask politely, they’ll gladly take a break from their work and explain their brewing processes and the story behind their brewery.
If there’s one thing Taiwan is famous for, it’s night markets, and in Taichung, there’s no shortage of them. But for the complete night market experience, head to Feng-Chia Night Market. It’s an incredible place full of food stalls where you can sample the famous local delicacies. There are also tons of clothing stalls so that you can get a little holiday shopping done too.
Since its invention back in the ’80s, pearl milk tea has become a worldwide hit and is now considered something of a national drink. It’s here in Taichung where you can visit the shop where it all began. Chun Shui Tang is more than a simple tea shop; it’s the spiritual home of pearl milk tea, and for any tea lover, a visit to this place is a must.
The Gaomei Wetlands, located on the Dajia River Estuary, is home to more than 120 species of bird. This area, comprising mudflats and sandy beaches with easy-to-navigate promenades throughout, is a popular spot for ecologists and birdwatchers alike. Take a couple of hours here in the evening, and you can enjoy the beautiful sunset.
At the Wufenmg Lin Family House, you can take a look at the stunning gardens of this residence first built during the Qing dynasty. In the following years, many changes were made to the buildings, and you can see both Western and Japanese styles in some of the architecture.
Although this temple was built in the ’70s, it’s an impressive recreation of Song dynasty structures. It is a very relaxing place to visit, and tourists are more than welcome to take as many photos as they like. However, if you happen to be there on September 28th (Confucius’ birthday and Teacher’s Day), then be prepared for pure bedlam as locals flock to give thanks to Confucius.