Cheng Huang temple
You will miss this temple for the shops all around. The only clue is the typical dragon roof of Chinese temple which is visible only from across the road. Then you go around searching for a door to get in, obscured again by the numerous shops selling food stuffs. Nobody speaks English. The best part of Taiwan is you can go anywhere no restrictions. So you walk through all open doors and cubicles and land straight in front of Gods, Goddesses and incense. You wonder why you never caught the smell of the burning incense.
Now you don’t know what to do, you observe and copy, get free incense sticks the number equal to the number of Gods and burn one in front of each God and the last one you fling in to a fire urn. It is crowded like a market. People of all sorts are praying, young, old, educated, the rural, the ultra chic, the business man type all silently praying and bowing their heads. You are awestruck. The colours, red and gold everywhere. Once you have seen each and every god and offered prayers you are solicited by vendors selling food stuffs .Now you know why you never caught the smell of the incense, it was overwhelmed by the cooking in the multiple kitchens. There is no definite demarcation between temple and the market area. You don’t know what to choose, each one is different, you gamble and you choose the most edible, choose a bench and watch the goings on in the temple. A unique experience. I was the only foreigner the Taiwanese called out “ God bless you Indoorey”. How can you help not loving them?
Come weekends and the parking lot around the Hsinchu stadium becomes a thriving market area selling flowers and shrubs,clothes, accesories, pets and games.This is one place where you can sample a lot of local taiwanese food and preserves.. a must see according to me.
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A university and tourist spot
National Tsinghua University Hsinchu is included in the Tourist spots of Hsinchu .I agree with them. It is indeed a beautiful university! When I visited, II practically lived there going there every day and enjoying the flowers ,getting lost and landing in Chhauthung University which is a neighbour ,watching children and parents play with kites /footballs,wondering at the sea of pink..Sakooras in front of the management studies Dept,sampling the cuisines.enjoying the lakes and the large pelican like birds or simply sitting in front of Chemistry dept shivering.
Natives love to spend their weekends in the lawns enjoying the sun .It is a favourite place for wedding photo shoots.The university has good trails to trek and sometimes you may land in 18 peaks hills.
I wish I studied there :(.
weekend get away nanliao
A beach around Hsinchu harbor.Sand in the beach is dark must be from the city's garbage incinerator.I did n't see any one walking in the beach.There are plenty of open spaces where you can fly kites.Roads where you can cycle around bicycles and covered two and four wheeled pedelling cycles.Don't know what they are called.There is a lake where you can row a boat. Other activities are watching the harbor and boats.open air food stalls and beer stalls.You can also go and see the days catch being sold in the Direct sales centre.Go on sundays if you like crowds.
Big city is a shopping mall in Hsinchu where there are lots of shops designer and otherwise selling all sorts of things.there is a food section in the fourth floor where you can enjoy taiwanese, chinese, continental and a variety of foods.Well worth a visit.
There is a bowling alley which I didn't visit.
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beautiful small temple dedicated to confucious ,under renovation now.I wandered in to it during a rainy cold after noon.the person in charge exuded warmth which more than made my day.
closed on mondays and tuesdays.
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- Historical Travel
This gate is a beautiful small structure in the centre of a shopping street calledDown town Come weekends and all the people are here shopping.Full of eateries,affordable as well as designer clothes ,accessories,photo studios,make up centres ,cosmetic shops,hair saloons cinema and starbucks .
To reach the gate you have to go through an under ground pass.Some activity is going on most of the time,some times art exhibitions are there on the walls. people of all ages are seen practising dance forms or martial arts,.
While i was visiting there was an international festival of glass going on .With one ticket you could see the museum,art exhibition and glass making demonstration.I enjoyed the exhibition.
Glass museum is in the heart of the city.
- Museum Visits
A night out
I highly recommend Ming Zu Road, lane 33 (also known as Bar Street) for a good place to go and meet both local Taiwanese, Ex Pats, and travelers. #1 on my list is the Red Bar but also don't miss TJ's, the Coach Pub and Pumpkin. Pumpkin has a kitchen and offers good tasting Thai food, they will also deliver to any of the other bars in the area.
You can find me most nights at the the Red Bar, just come on in and ask anyone "who is Scott" be sure to tell Guyver (the owner) that I sent you.
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
Glass Arts and Crafts Museum
Okay, so maybe you wouldn't come to Hsinchu just for this, but if you are here, looking for something to do, check out the Glass Museum. It's convenient to center of town, very cheap ($20 NT as of March 2009) and has an interesting combination of slightly tacky and really creative glass pieces. Lots of "Ox" based pieces this year.
Then walk through the park, check out the gift shops and the Nine Curves Bridge. A worthwhile several hours.
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The most famous landmark in Hsinchu. Accordingly, Hsinchu residents refer to it as the "Mother of Hsinchu", protecting the city and its people. This East Gate is the only gate left from the initial 4, for 4 directions: "Yi Suang" in the West, "Ying Xi" in the East, "Gexum" in the South, and "Gongcheng" in the North. However, the Japanese destroyed 3 of them in 1902 while building a new road system.
Cheng Huang Temple
better known as the "City God" Temple of Hsinchu... It is regarded as the highest-ranking of all City God temples in Taiwan, due to the superior spiritual power of its City God in protecting the town. There is a night market in front of the temple, with a lot of small stalls selling Taiwanese snacks.
Eighteen Peaks is a brilliant getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and an ideal place to stretch your legs. The park, composed of 18 hills and a number of walking trails, is at its best in March when the flowers are in bloom and is a very popular destination with locals and expats.
The park is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Hsinchu City and can easily be reached by taxi , scooter or car from the city.
hsinchu zoo is nothing much to talk about but it is quaint.Children would love it small,beautiful and full of trees and lovely places to rest.
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