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Things to do in Taichung

Want to explore Taiwan off the beaten track?

Then Taichung is a great choice!

Taichung is Taiwan’s second most populous city and an up-and-coming travel destination.

In the city, street art and creative hubs beautifully intertwine with attractions and sightseeing spot, creating a calm and relaxing vibe.

Taichung lies right at the heart of Taiwan’s arts and culture scene, so make sure to add the city to your itinerary!


29 Fun Things To Do In Taichung (Itinerary Ideas)

  1. Dakeng
  2. Wuling Farm
  3. Xinfeng Farm
  4. Xinshe Castle
  5. Fantasy Story
  6. Taichung Park
  7. Sun Moon Lake
  8. Panding Church
  9. Totoro Bus Stop
  10. Animation Lane
  11. Rainbow Village
  12. Longteng Bridge
  13. Gaomei Wetlands
  14. Lavender Cottage
  15. Dajia Mazu Temple
  16. Cultural Heritage Park
  17. Calligraphy Greenway
  18. Feng Chia Night Market
  19. Zhongxiao Night Market
  20. Taichung Second Market
  21. Zhongshe Flower Market
  22. Guguan Hot Spring Park
  23. 921 Earthquake Museum
  24. Taichung Confucian Temple
  25. Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center
  26. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
  27. Best Eateries & Restaurants in Taichung
  28. Best Hotels in Taichung
  29. Best Hostels in Taichung
  30. Visa Information

Before we look at the fun things to do in Taichung, it might be a good idea to brush up on some basic facts.

TAICHUNG AT A GLANCE

When we wrote our guide about things to do in Taiwan we only had the chance to include some of our favorite Taichung experiences.

But as mentioned above, the hustle and bustle that is Taichung deserves a more detailed consideration.

Things to do in Taichung

As a result of this, we wrote this guide.

We wanted to give you a more intimate account of our trips to Taiwan’s second most populous city.

What to do in Taichung?

In this guide, we’ll explore 29 fun things to do in Taichung.

We hope that this gives you enough inspirations to fill up your Taichung itinerary!

BEST TIME TO VISIT TAICHUNG

From a tourism perspective, October is the busiest month in Taichung.

May to September are the hottest months, and October to April are the cooler months.

Also, the rainiest months are from May to September, and the driest months are from October to April.

Weather in Taichung

We recommend visiting Taichung from November to March. This will allow you to skip the tourist masses and enjoy pleasant weather.

If you want to take a deep dive into the weather data, head over to the website of the Central Weather Bureau.

BEST WAY HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG

Things to do in Taichung

Traveling from Taipei to Taichung

  • High Speed Railway (HSR): The fastest and most relaxed way to reach Taichung is by means of the HSR. The travel duration is either approx. 40 min or 60 min, depending on the train you choose. The tickets are more expensive than the express / local trains or the bus, but the convenience is worth it.
  • Express Trains / Local Trains: If you’re a train enthusiast but don’t want to splash out on pricey HSR tickets, you might want to opt for the express / local trains. These will take you from Taipei to Taichung for a bargain. The travel duration is anywhere between 1,5 hours to 3,5 hours.
  • Bus: The most popular bus services that operate between Taipei and Taichung are Citi Air Bus, Taiwan Bus, and U Bus. Citi Air Bus runs every 60 mins, Taiwan Bus runs every 20 min, and U Bus runs every 10 mins. The ticket prices are inexpensive, and you’ll reach Taichung in approx. 2 hours.
  • Self-Driving: The 167 km from Taipei to Taichung will take you about 2 hours. Attention: This route has tolls.
  • Taxi / Uber: An Uber ride from Taipei to Taichung takes up to 2 hours and will cost you about US$ 120.

Traveling from Hualien to Taichung

  • High Speed Railway (HSR): There is no HSR link between Hualien and Taichung. If you’d like to take the HSR regardless, you’d need to take an express train, local train, bus or cab up to Taipei. Here, you can board an HSR train, which will take you to Taichung in approx. 40 min or 60 min.
  • Express Trains / Local Trains: There is no direct train link between Hualien and Taichung. If you’d like to take the train regardless, you’d need to take an express train, local train, bus or cab up to Taipei. Here, you can board an express or local train which will take you to Taichung anywhere between 1,5 hours to 3,5 hours.
  • Bus: There is no direct bus link between Hualien and Taichung. If you’d like to take the bus regardless, you’d need to take an express train, local train, bus or cab up to Taipei. Here, you can board a Citi Air Bus, Taiwan Bus, or U Bus. The bus services will take you to Taichung in approx. 2 hours.
  • Self-Driving: You can either opt for the 218 km via Taroko National Park (route has tolls) or the 318 km via Taipei. Both routes will take you about 5 hours travel across.
  • Taxi / Uber: Uber doesn’t serve the Hualien area as of now. But you can take a taxi. The costs fluctuate and the preferred route is the one trough the Taroko National Park.

Traveling from Kaohsiung to Taichung

  • High Speed Railway (HSR): The fastest and most relaxed way to reach Taichung is by means of the HSR. The travel duration is either approx. 40 min or 60 min, depending on the train you choose. The tickets are more expensive than the express / local trains or the bus, but the convenience is worth it.
  • Express Trains / Local Trains: If you’re a train enthusiast but don’t want to splash out on pricey HSR tickets, you might want to opt for the express / local trains. These will take you from Kaohsiung to Taichung for a bargain. The travel duration is anywhere between 2 hours to 4,5 hours.
  • Bus: The most popular bus services that operate between Kaohsiung and Taichung are Taiwan Bus and U Bus. Taiwan Bus runs every hour, and U Bus runs every 30 mins. The ticket prices are inexpensive, and you’ll reach Taichung between 3 – 4 hours.
  • Self-Driving: The fastest 200 km from Kaohsiung to Taichung will take you up to 2,5 hours. Attention: This route has tolls.
  • Taxi / Uber: An Uber ride from Kaohsiung to Taichung takes up to 2,5 hours and will cost you about US$ 252.

HOW TO GET AROUND TAICHUNG

Things to do in Taichung

The metro system of Taichung is currently still under construction.

So, the best way to get around in Taichung is by bus, rental car, Uber, rental scooter or YouBike.

  • Bus: The bus service in Taichung is well establishes and rides under 10 km are even free! To use the swipe in / swipe out system on the bus, you’ll need an EasyCard or iPass. Note: you’ll also need to swipe in / swipe out even if your ride is shorter than 10 km.
  • Car Rental: You need an International Driver’s License and a valid passport to rent a car in Taiwan. We recommend renting a car at Taoyuan International Airport or Taichung High Speed Rail (HSR) Station. Here, you’ll find many car rentals services such as Avis.
  • Uber: Like in most cities, Uber is also available in Taichung. As always, Uber is inexpensive and the service is good. So, if you are in a hurry, we recommend using this service. Taiwan even has Uber Eats, so you might want to check that out as well.
  • Scooter Rental: There are a host of scooter rentals in Taichung. Taiwan is known for its innovative prowess, and that’s why the Gogoro was born here. The Gogoro is an electric scooter that takes your riding experience to the next level! Check out where to rent one of these choppers.
  • YouBike: YouBike is a bike rental system founded to encourage people to use bikes for short-distance transits. The bikes are from Giant, a Taiwanese and the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s jump right in and explore the fun things to do Taichung!

THINGS TO DO IN TAICHUNG

DAKENG

Dakeng

Dakeng is a scenic area located on the outskirts of Taichung.

Famous for its hiking trails among lush hills and mountains, Dakeng is a hiker’s paradise.

Also, the trails here are numbered from 1-10. Trails 1-4 are the longest and steepest, Trail 5 is where you’ll find the lookouts, and Trails 6-10 are the shortest and flattest.

After taking a hike, visit the Dakeng Hot Spring Area and enjoy a relaxing soak. Added benefit? The sulphuric water of the hot spring is said to nourish your skin.

If you have the munchies, head over to Carton King. It’s a restaurant where the decoration, furniture and cutlery are all made of cardboard!

Dakeng, Lane 383, Section 1, Dongshan Road, Beitun District

WULING FARM

Wuling Farm

If you’d like to learn more about the Shei-Pa National Park, visit our guide on things to do in Taiwan.

Wuling Farm is located in the in Shei-Pa National Park and spans more than 700 hectares of land.

Mainly, highland fruits (e.g. pears & peaches) and vegetables (e.g. cabbage &spinach) are gown here. Another specialty of the plantation: Qingxin Oolong Tea.

You can also find the rare and endangered Formosan landlocked salmon here. For that, check out the Qijiawan Creek Ecological Protection Area.

But, most people visit Wuling Farm for the spectacular mountain scenery.

The surrounding is particularly picturesque during the Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival takes place from early January to February – make sure to book your ticket!

Wuling Farm, No.3-1, Wuling Road, Heping District

XINFENG FARM

Xinfeng Farm

The Xinshe District in Taichung is well-known for its mushrooms, but not for its grapes.

That is changing. Why?

Because local legend has it that the Xinfeng Farm grows some of the tastiest grapes in Taiwan!

The grapes on offer here are Kyoho grapes that originate from Japan. You can first taste the grapes and then pick them yourself if you have taken a liking to them.

There are no entrance fees and you only pay for the grapes picked.

The suggested picking periods are June – August and October – December. Ample opportunities for this unique experience!

Xinfeng Farm, No. 265, Section 2, Zhonghe Street, Xinshe District

XINSHE CASTLE

Xinshe Castle

Do you like fairy tales? Well, then put Xinshe Castle on your bucket list!

The castle is widely considered to be a fairy-tale brought to life and you can find it in the mountainous areas of Taichung.

The surroundings include a garden, waterfall and pond. Together with the red-bricked Xinshe Castle these make for a truly romantic backdrop.

The area offers a host of photo opportunities that will defiantly make for some gorgeous Instagram shots.

Apart from charming views, Xinshe Castle also hosts a winery, restaurants and souvenir shops.

If you miss Game of Thrones and need your fix while on holiday, go discover the charms of the medieval castle!

Xinshe Castle, No. 65, Xiezhong Street, Xinshe District

FANTASY STORY

Fantasy Story

The Fantasy Story started out as a collection of refurbished dorm houses.

Today, you’ll find a hipster-centered market here. The market started on Zhongxing First Lane and now spans across multiple streets.

You’ll find quirky shops, restaurants and workshops. Among these are a pumpkin house, robot cafes and umbrella design stores – to name but a few.

If you are feeling creative, you can try your hand at the many DIY workshops in the area.
Alternatively, you can buy unique handicrafts and souvenirs from local Taiwanese artists.

Venture into the Fantasy Story and experience the pulse of Taichung’s creative community!

Fantasy Story, No. 2-26, Zhongxing First Lane, West District

TAICHUNG PARK

Taichung Park

Taichung Park covers an area of 110,000 m2 and dates back to the Qing dynasty.

It’s the oldest urban park in Taichung and features a man-made lake which covers an area of 13,530 m2.

The lake was constructed in 1908 and features two adjacent pavilions. The pavilions are traditional Japanese tea pavilions and quietly sit in the center of the lake.

If you want to explore the lake, you can hop on a boat ride. For the sportier ones among you, you’ll also be able to go kayaking.

Apart from that, Taichung Park also features a tennis court, a large playground and an outdoor performance stage.

Recently, the park has become a popular venue to celebrated Lantern Festival. So, if you are visiting Taichung in January or February, make sure to stop by!

Taichung Park, No. 65, Section 1, Shuangshi Road, North District

SUN MOON LAKE

Sun Moon Lake

If you’d like to learn more, visit our guide on things to do at the Sun Moon Lake.

Taiwan’s largest lake, Sun Moon Lake, got its name from its geography: its east side resembles a sun, its west side a moon.

The lake surrounds Lalu island and its nearby areas are dotted with aboriginal villages of the Thao tribe.

You can visit the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village by means of a scenic cable car service. Other activities include hiking, cycling and taking boat tours.

We recommend spending a night at a hot spring hotel to experience the lake’s magnificent sunset and sunrise views.

From Taichung you can reach the lake by car, taxi or bus and make sure to check out the Sun Moon Lake Pass / Sun Moon Lake Package!

Sun Moon Lake, Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township

PANDING CHURCH

Panding Church

You won’t find Panding Church in most tourist guides.

Panding Church is located in Taichung’s Longjing District and is a true architectural gem.

Why?

Because the church one of only a handful of boat-shaped churches in Taiwan!

Another notable boat-shaped churche is the Zhangyuan Presbyterian Church in Changbin Township.

Panding Church is painted white and blue. And under a clear sky you might think that the church is a boat steering through the ocean.

Due to its unusual architecture, the church definitely makes for some stunning snapshots. Did somebody say instalicious?

Panding Church, No. 15, Lane 361, Youyuan South Road, Longjing District

TOTORO BUS STOP

Totoro Bus Stop

If you are into anime and like Japanese movies, you’ll be happy to know that the Totoro Bus Stop exists.

It’s not an actual bus stop, but rather an homage to an iconic scene from the movie “My Neighbor Totoro”.

The bus stop also features “No-Face”, another popular character from the animated classic “Spirited Away”.

The entire setup was crafted by the owner of Home Doctor, an interior design company right next to the Totoro Bus Stop.

To understand what the fanfare is about, add “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” to your next Netflix binge.

If you like the vibe of the movies, head on over to the Totoro Bus Stop for some memorable pictures!

Totoro Bus Stop, No. 133, Qiaocheng Road, Dali District

ANIMATION LANE

Animation Lane

Originally, Linsen Road was an abandoned lane.

Instead of tearing down its surroundings, the city of Taichung decided to give it free for street artists.

Now, Linsen Road is Animation Lane – one of the most prominent and interesting tourist attractions in Taichung.

The walls and gates here are packed with fun street art, featuring murals of Looney Tunes, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Tororo, One Piece and Super Mario.

The workmanship of the murals is so impeccable, you might think that they have been created by the original artists themselves!

Although the murals are ever-changing, you’ll definitely discover many cartoon favorites from your childhood.

Stroll along the Animation Lane while reminiscing about the good old days. But don’t forget to fill up your Instagram account with some awesome snaps though!

Animation Lane, Lane 100, Linsen Road, West District

RAINBOW VILLAGE

Rainbow Village

Until a couple of years ago the Rainbow Village was was practically unknown.

The village was originally built for the veterans of the Taiwanese military and their families.

Nowadays, however, it is an Instagram Mecca as the walls of the settlements’ houses are covered in beautiful paintings and graffiti.

And it all started with Yung-Fu Huang.

Huang was a former soldier who started painting houses in the settlement that were at risk of being demolished by property developers.

Authorities eventually agreed not to demolish the houses, mainly because students campaigned to preserve the settlement.

If you are looking for something unforgettable for your Instagram feed, Rainbow Village is the place to go!

Rainbow Village, No.56, Chun’an Road, Nantun District

LONGTENG BRIDGE

Longteng Bridge

The Longteng Bridge was built in 1906 using brick blocks, lime and glutinous rice.

The 1935 Shinchiku-Taichū earthquake damaged the bridge beyond repair. And in 1999, the 921 earthquake caused some of the remaining piers to collapse.

Until today, these are the worst earthquakes in Taiwan’s history.

For this reason, the Taiwanese government decided to preserve the bridge’s remains as a constant reminder of Mother Nature’s forces.

Longteng Bridge and the neighboring village (Sheng-Hsing) make for a popular day-trip.

When you are in Taichung in April or May, you’ll be able to experience the Tung Blossom Festival here.

We recommend visiting the area on the weekends because then some vendors sell a rare version of black stinky – a lip smacking delight!

Longteng Bridge, Longteng, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County

GAOMEI WETLANDS

Gaomei Wetlands

The Gaomei Wetlands are located in Taichung’s Qingshui District and where established in 2005.

They span over 300 hectares and boast a rich and diverse ecological ecosystem.

In fall and in wither, migrating birds flock to the marshlands for a short or long winter sty. That’s why the area is also popular among bird-watchers.

Biodiversity is not the only things the Gaomei Wetlands have going on though.

The most spectacular golden colored sunset views Taiwan can offer can be experienced here as well!

Make sure that the weather forecast predicts cloudless skies before embarking on your trip to the Gaomei Wetlands.

Gaomei Wetlands, Gaomei Road, Qingshui District

MORE THINGS TO DO IN TAICHUNG

LAVENDER COTTAGE

Lavender Cottage

You’ll find the Lavender Cottage tucked away in the midst of lush greenery and scenic mountains.

The cottage was established by two Taiwanese ladies who quit their jobs to pursue their dream of a cottage encircled by lavender fields.

The cottage complex consists of an open-concept restaurant, accommodation and shops.

The shops sell Lavender-based products like handmade essential oils, soap and lotions. Also, make sure to try the lavender ice cream!

The surrounding lavender fields are in bloom from November to April, so plan your trip accordingly.

The Lavender Cottage is not serviced by the public transport system. That’s why we recommend renting a car or scooter.

Lavender Cottage, No. 20, Zhongxing Street, Xinshe District

DAJIA MAZU TEMPLE

Dajia Mazu Temple

The Dajia Mazu Temple was established in 1770 and boast a Chinese palace design.

The temple is Taiwan’s most beloved place of worship and is dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Mazu.

How popular is Mazu?

Consider the annual Mazu Pilgrimage – the most popular hike of the world!

Practiced for over 200 years, it involves hundreds of thousands of pilgrims carrying Mazu’s statue for 300 kilometers across four cities in nine days.

Taichung is the start and end point of the festival, and the Dajia Mazu Temple the starting and ending point.

Let us know when you visited “Mazu March Mania”!

Dajia Mazu Temple, No. 158, Shuntian Road, Dajia District

CULTURE HERITAGE PARK

Cultural Heritage Park

The Cultural Heritage Park stands on the grounds of a former brewery, which was the largest in Taiwan at that time.

In 2009, the 5.6-hectare complex was redeveloped and is now home to the dynamic arts and culture scene in Taichung.

The mission of the Cultural Heritage Park is simple: heritage restoration. Basically, the park wishes to promote the cultural and creative industries in Taichung. 

The park serves as an entrepreneurial hub where artists can create and sell their pieces, as well organize exhibitions. 

Head over to the Cultural Heritage Park to catch another glimpse of the creative culture in Taichung!

Cultural Heritage Park, No. 362, Section 3, Fuxing Road, South District

CALLIGRAPHY GREENWAY

Calligraphy Greenway

New York has the Central Park, Munich has the English Garden, and Taichung has the Calligraphy Greenway.

The Calligraphy Greenway is a green corridor that connects the National Museum of Natural Science to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

By doing so, the urban space essentially connects the old Taichung to the new Taichung.

Within the Calligraphy Greenway you’ll find art installations, as well as live music, events and activities.

We recommend renting a YouBike and make your way through the corridor’s green way.

This will allow you to discover restaurants and other interesting places along the way.

These include Shenji New Village, Fantasy Story, Slow Village, CMP Block Museum and the Robot Station to name but a few!

Calligraphy Greenway, Xiangshang North Road, West District

FENG CHIA NIGHT MARKET

Feng Chia Night Market

Taichung also hosts a number of well-known night markets.

Among these, the Feng Chia Night Market, also referred to as “Feng Chia Shopping Town”, it the most popular one.

Described as a “sensory feast for both eyes and palate”, Feng Chia Night Market offers not only many Taiwanese delicacies, it is also considered to be one of the best places to shop in Taichung.

During the weekend, approx. 30.000 people visit the night market, so it might be a good idea to stop by during the week.

Our foodie tip for Feng Chia Night Market?

The devil chicken steak from Devil Evolution – finger lickin’ good!

Feng Chia Night Market, Wenhua Road, Xitun District

ZHONGXIAO NIGHT MARKET

Zhongxiao Night Market

Zhongxiao Night Market dates back to the Japanese colonial period and is the one preferred by locals.

The night market exclusively focuses on food, so you won’t find any shops and gaming outlets here.

Some of the must-try dishes include stinky tofu, fried chicken, bamboo rice and sugarcane juice.

Yet, the Zhongxiao Night Market is also extremely vegetarian friendly.

If you’re a vegetarian you can feast on various dumpling and noodle dishes, as well as on roasted and fried snacks.

Most vendors do not open their stalls until 5 pm, but make sure that you visit before supper time. Otherwise it may get too crowded!

Zhongxiao Night Market, Zhongxiao Road, South District

TAICHUNG SECOND MARKET

Taichung Second Market

The 100-year-old Taichung Second Market was founded in 1917.

In the Japanese colonial period, the market was an exclusive trading ground where pricey and extravagant merchandise exchanged hands.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to experience the original set up of Taichung Second Market, as it was complete burnt to the ground.

In 1936, the night market was completely rebuilt. Now, the 7,000 m2 area is home to more than 50 shops and 300 stands.

Having said that, Taichung Second Market is a go-to place for traditional Taichung dishes.

We recommend trying the mushroom and meat soup, and braised pork with rice. Pro tip: round off your dish with some ice-cold black tea!

Taichung Second Market, No. 87, Section 2, Sanmin Road, Central District

ZHONGSHE FLOWER MARKET

Zhongshe Flower Market

The Zhongshe Flower Market is an indoor market which sells all the Taiwanese flowers your heart desires.

But that’s not all!

Zhongshe Flower Market is surrounded by sunflower, lavender and tulip fields that make for a remarkable backdrop.

The fields are furnished with life size photo frames, musical instruments, flower arches and water features.

Make sure to charge your smartphone because you’ll not want to miss all the countless Instagram worthy photo opportunities.

If you have time to spare, check out the incredible Taiwanese barbecue that the on-site restaurant serves.

Zhongshe Flower Market gets really busy on the weekends, so we recommend going on a weekday.

Zhongshe Flower Market, No. 333, Section 5, Sanfeng Road, Houli District

GUGUAN HOT SPRING PARK

Guguan Hot Spring Park

Who said that you are not allowed to pamper yourself while on holiday?

We definitely didn’t!

That’s why we recommend visiting the Guguan Hot Spring Park.

Guguan Hot Spring Park is located in the Bo’ai Village at an altitude of 800 meters and was first discovered by the Atayal tribe back in 1907.

Under the Japanese colonial period the park was commercialized and now is the perfect retreat to revitalize your body and mind.

The carbonic acid hot springs have a temperature of approximately 48°C and are surrounded by bespoke Japanese gardens.

The mountain views, cherry blossoms and maple trees in the area will definitely round off your relaxing trip to the Guguan Hot Spring Park!

Guguan Hot Spring Park, No. 102, Section 1, Dongguan Road, Heping District

921 EARTHQUAKE MUSEUM

921 Earthquake Museum

The island of Taiwan is a byproduct of the Pacific plate, Filipino plate and Eurasian plate colliding against each other.

That’s why earthquakes are common in Taiwan. Yet, the earthquake on September 1999 was not a common one at all.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake unfolded with a demolition force the equivalent of 50 Hiroshima nuclear bombs.

The fault line create was 105 kilometers long and it turned the center of Taiwan in debris and ash.

The 921 Earthquake Museum was erected on the site of a former high school as a monument to one of the deadliest natural disasters in Taiwan’s history.

Visiting the 921 Earthquake Museum will definitely leave you in awe of nature’s forces.

921 Earthquake Museum, No. 192, Xinsheng Road, Wufeng District

TAICHUNG CONFUCIAN TEMPLE

Taichung Confucian Temple

You’ll find this Confucian temple in downtown Taichung.

Taichung Confucian Temple was completed in 1976 and is located within a 20,000 m2 complex.

The temple was modeled after the Confucian temple in Shandong, China. Interestingly, Shandong is also the birthplace of Confucius.

The Confucian temple in Taichung also adopted the architectural style from the Song Dynasty, making it a rare sight in Taiwan.

Buildings form the Song Dynasty are characterized by clean lines and simplicity, attributes that are complimented by vivid colors.

With its sober features and colorful accents, the Taichung Confucian Temple is no exception.

Explore the temple and experience some tranquil moment in this peaceful oasis!

Taichung Confucian Temple, No. 30, Section 2, Shuangshi Road, North District

NATURAL WAY SIX ARTS CULTURAL CENTER

Natural Way Six Arts Center

The Natural Way Six Arts Center was built in 1937.

The clunky name got you thinking, right?

The name is derived from the six ancient arts of the Zhou Dynasty: rites, mathematics, calligraphy, music, archery and charioteering.

In the past, the Japanese-styled facility was a training ground for police officers and wardens where they could hone their martial arts skills.

Now, the exhibition area of the dojo complexes gives you a glimpse into the history of the six arts, and you can even participate in themed course!

If you would rather enjoy the scenery from the sideline, you’ll be happy to know that the Natural Way Six Arts Center offers some awesome photo opportunities as well.

Natural Way Six Arts Center, No. 33, Linsen Road, West District

NATIONAL TAIWAN MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1988 and is the only national-grade fine arts museum in Taiwan.

The museum is mostly referred to as NTMOFA and covers an area of 102,000 m2.
This makes the NTMOFA one of the largest museums in Asia!

The focus is on the visual arts, covering modern and contemporary pieces from Taiwanese and international artists.

The permanent and temporary exhibitions are housed in 24 exhibition halls that attract more than 1 million visitors each year.

The surroundings area of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is called Public Outdoor Sculpture Park and is something not to miss.

In the inspiring setting of the Public Outdoor Sculpture Park you can relax and spent a lazy afternoon – lovely.

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, No. 2, Section 1, Wuquan West Road, West District

BEST EATERIES & RESTAURANTS IN TAICHUNG

Miyahara

Miyahara

Harry Potter fans listen up!

Miyahara was an ophthalmology clinic in the past that has been refurbished by a pastry company to resemble Hogwarts.

Dawn Cake, the pastry company, is renowned for its 17 types of chocolate ice creams and its pineapple cake that has a 100% pineapple filling – which is rare!

Miyahara also offers countless Taiwan goodies that are beautifully packed and make for perfect souvenirs for your family and friends.

Miyahara, No. 20, Zhongshan Road, Central District

I’m Talato

I’m Talato

I’m Talato is an ice cream parlor that is so popular that your stay is limited to 1 hour and you’ll need to purchase an entry ticket.

The entry ticket entitles you to 2 scoops of gelato, which is definitely worth it!

You can choose between flavors such as sweet potato with cheese, and blue pea with lemon to name but a few.

I’m Talato also features an Insta-worthy pool with giant replicas of ice cream cones, so make sure to check that out.

I’m Talato, No. 451, Yingcai Road, West District

Sowing The Sweets

Sowing The Sweets

Sowing The Sweets fits perfectly into the long list of Instagrammable cafes in Taichung.

The brightly-lit café is famous for its adorable tarts that come in animal shapes!

The most popular among these are the seal-shaped cake and the rabbit-shaped cake. Other desert look like potted plants and are equally tasty.

We’ll be honest: it’s quite unsettling to eat the adorable-looking cakes!

If you don’t have the heart to eat the cute desserts, we recommend the plain chocolate cake or salted caramel tart.

Sowing The Sweets, No. 234, Huamei Street, West District

Karuisawa

Karuisawa

Karuisawa welcomes you with a Japanese Zen and purposeful mystery.

The restaurant is famous for its hot pots and serves these in about thirty varieties. The most popular hot pots are the Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese ones.

The hot pots at Karuisawa are so good that the restaurant is even able to stand out in Taichung’s highly competitive gourmet industry!

A set meal definitely satisfies your hunger. That makes Karuisawa a perfect choice to round off an authentic Taiwanese eating experience.

Karuisawa, No.389, Sec. 4, Hankou Road, North District

Fu Din Wang

Fu Din Wang

When we visit Taichung, we visit Fu Din Wang more than once.

Why?

Because of the slow cooked pork knuckles!

The signature dish of Fu Din Wang are braised pork knuckles served with a healthy scoop of rice.

Within one bite, you’ll taste the natural sweetness of the pork that is so tender that it literally falls of the bone.

The dishes here are simply delicious. Add Fu Din Wang to your Taichung itinerary!

Fu Din Wang, No. 560, Section 1, Taiwan Boulevard, Central District

Ding Wang Hotpot

Ding Wang Hotpot

Ding Wang Hotpot is also known as Tripod King.

Tripod King is probably the most popular hotpot restaurant in Taichung.

The restaurant specializes in a spicy variety of hot pot and serves these with its signature duck blood broth and steamed rice.

Generally, all dishes here are very tasty and delicious.

We experienced a nice ambience, top-notch service and food of the highest quality.

Should you be in Taiwan during the winter months, a visit at Ding Wang Hotpot will definitely warm you right back up!

Ding Wang Hotpot, No. 12, Jingcheng Road, Xitun District

Top One Pot Zhaofu

Top One Pot Zhaofu
Top One Pot – Stores Interior

The name speaks for itself: Top One Pot Zhaofu also serves one of the best hot pots in Taichung.

At Top One Pot Zhaofu they believe that Chinese royalty achieved health and longevity by consuming nourishing soups and broths.

Consequently, the restaurant’s chefs have tirelessly worked on their rendition of ancient hot pot recipes.

It’s safe to say that their work has paid off, as meals at Top One Pot Zhaofu are rather delightful!

The restaurant is even open until late (4.00 am), so it’s perfect for your late-night munchies.

Top One Pot Zhaofu, No. 36, Chaofu Road, Xitun District

Chateau In The Air

Chateau In The Air

You’ll find Chateau In The Air on a hidden forest hill.

When entering the castle, you’ll be welcomed by a beautifully set garden.

The garden setting is replaced every season and decorated with works from Taiwanese artists.

The restaurant at Chateau In The Air has a bright and cheerful vibe and serves creative western and Taiwanese dishes.

You can round of your meal with a pot of flower tea while you appreciate the splendid view from the castle grounds!

Chateau In The Air, No.33, Shifen, Dahu Township, Miaoli County

Hong Rui Zhen Bakery

Hong Rui Zhen Bakery

Hong Rui Zhen Bakery is famous for its homemade-style sandwiches.

Taichung locals will tell you that the sandwiches at Hong Rui Zhen Bakery are the best they ever had.

We were skeptical to say the least. All the fuss for sandwiches?

We were wrong!

Our egg with cheese and ham with cheese sandwiches where inexplicably delicious!

The secret of Hong Rui Zhen Bakery?

The sauce on the sandwiches brings all the flavor together nicely.

Hong Rui Zhen Bakery, No. 125-2, Zhongshan Road, Central District

Chun Shui Tang

Chun Shui Tang

Taichung is known for many things, including its tea culture.

Among the many renown tea houses, Chun Shui Tang is the most famous one.

The original Chun Shui Tang branch in Taichung is considered by many to be the birthplace of bubble tea!

Originally a small teahouse, Chun Shui Tang is now a franchise business.

You can even partake in a DIY bubble tea course, which is a nice touch.

Besides bubble tea and some other drinks, Chun Shui Tang also serves delicious food.

Chun Shui Tang, No. 30, Siwei Street, West District

BEST HOTELS IN TAICHUNG

The Landis / Hotel ONE

The Landis / Hotel ONE

The Landis, rebranded as Hotel ONE, is located atop the Shr-Hwa International Tower.

The hotel is easily reachable by a 25-minute drive from Taichung High Speed Rail Station.

The rooms at the Landis / Hotel ONE feature warm colors and large windows that offer sweeping city views.

Also, the restaurant offers a delightfully modern fine dining and exotic fusion cuisine.

The Landis / Hotel ONE, No. 532, Yingcai Road, West District

Mini Hotel

Mini Hotel

As soon as you enter the lobby of the Mini Hotel, you’ll see that you can expect something special.

Why?

Because the whole property is dedicated to the Mini Cooper!

The hotel is well located, allowing you to enjoy Taichung’s attractions and activities hassle-free.

The Mini Hotel also offers a beautiful rooftop terrace where you can have a drink or snack and enjoy the view of the city.

Mini Hotel, No. 69, Dayong Street, East District

Green Hotel

Green Hotel

The eco-friendly Green Hotel is located a 5-minute stroll away from Calligraphy Greenway and located within 15 minutes of the National Museum of Natural Science.

From the design to the food served, the ecological awareness of the Green Hotel shows throughout.

The art décor hotel keeps its rooms simple, basking you in a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.

Green Hotel, No. 126, Minsheng North Road, West District

Treeart Hotel

Treeart Hotel

Designed with eye-catching facades, the Treeart Hotel is an architectural masterpiece.

The rooms are decorated in a classic and elegant tone, and among the wooden theme of the hotel you’ll also find lots of wonderful details.

The nature-like décor of the Treeart Hotel is mirrored by its surroundings, which are dotted with greeneries and parks.

Treeart Hotel, No. 235, Section 3, Liming Road, Xitun District

Airline Inn Green Park Way

Airline Inn Green Park Way

Let’s be real for a minute.

Most hotels nowadays are the same.

So, we always try to mix things up a little and booked a room at the Airline Inn Green Park Way.

The airplane-themed guestrooms where definitely a welcomed change of pace!

The hotel is also located close to all the attractions and sightseeing spots of Taichung’s West District, which made our stay really pleasurable.

Airline Inn Green Park Way, No. 22, Section 1, Meicun Rd, West District

BEST HOSTELS IN TAICHUNG

Stray Birds Hostel

Stray Birds Hostel

If you’re visiting Taichung on a budget, the Stray Birds Hostel is a great choice.

With a stay at the hostel you’ll be centrally located in Taichung, surrounded by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Natural Science and Feng Chia Night Market.

Make sure to also take in the views of Taichung from the rooftop terrace of the Stray Birds Hostel!

Stray Birds Hostel, No. 201, Gongyi Road, West District

Loosha Hostel

Loosha Hostel

It takes a 5-minute drive from Taichung Railway Station to reach this playful venue.

The Loosha Hostel is a true monument to Taichung – from the city’s map on the flooring to the wall décor.

Also, the hostel is located only a 15-minute stroll away from Taichung Park and Taichung City Hall.

Apart from great comfort and excellent service, the Loosha Hostel also offers a free breakfast.

Loosha Hostel, No. 10, Chenggong Road, Central District

Happy Inn & Hostel

Happy Inn & Hostel

The Happy Inn & Hostel can be found in Taichung’s Central District.

The hostel is located 1.6 km from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and close to all the scenery and sightseeing spots Taichung has to offer.

For those looking for more greenery, both the Taichung Park and Calligraphy Greenway are just around the corner of the Happy Inn & Hostel.

Happy Inn & Hostel, No. 185, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Central District

Tomer Hostel

Tomer Hostel

Tomer Hostel is difficult to find between all the Japanese bars, hairdressers and various food shops.

But that’s part of its charm.

The individual rooms are nicely decorated, come with a huge bed and an ensuite bathroom.

Another bonus is the hostel’s proximity to the famed Feng Chia Night Market.

It is worth mentioning that Tomer Hostel doesn’t have an elevator, so you might want to stay somewhere else if this is a deal breaker.

Tomer Hostel, No.40, Lane 150, Wenhua Road, Xitun District

Park Hostel

Park Hostel

The Park Hostel is a cool place run by young people.

The rooms are very clean but a bit on the small end. The bed and duvets are extremely soft and comfortable though.

Also, you’ll find a common area on the third floor which we though was a nice touch.

Generally, the Park Hostel had a hip and super chill vibe which we liked a lot.

Park Hostel, No. 2, Lane 193, Section 2, Qinghai Road, Xitun District

VISA INFORMATION

Visa Requirements for US Citizens

Visa Requirements for US Citizens

As a tourist or short-term visitor (less than 90 days) you don’t need a visa to visit Taiwan.

The only thing you need to do is to make sure that you have a confirmed return / onward air ticket and that your passport is valid throughout your intended stay.

For the most current visa information, contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Taiwan or the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).

Visa Requirements for Singaporean Citizens

Visa Requirements for Singaporean Citizens

As a tourist or short-term visitor (less than 30 days) you don’t need a visa to visit Taiwan.

The only thing you need to do is to make sure that you have a confirmed return / onward air ticket and that your passport is valid throughout your intended stay.

For the most current visa information, contact the Singapore government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


And there you have it: our tips on fun things to do in Taichung.

We hope we were able to inspire you.

Now, finalize your itinerary and look forward to all the arts and culture Taichung has to offer!

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