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?
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.
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.Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan
Since its invention back in the ’80s, pearl milk tea has become a worldwide hit and is now considered something of a Taiwanese 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.Gaomei Wetlands, Meidi Street, Qingshui District, Taichung City, Taiwan
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.Confucius Temple, No. 30, Shuangshi Road Section 2, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan