Taichung Railway Building is the landmark building of Taichung due to its unique architecture of Renaissance style that was built by the Japanese government's Meiji-period reform movement in 1917. The building is very similar to the Japanese Imperial Governor-General's Office in Taipei. The colorful clock tower on the central part of the building is the most beautiful part of the building. On April 22 1995, it was preserved as a historical site of Taiwan.
There is a Taiwan Tourism Board Office in the Railway Station.
Taichung Railway Station is still operating as a station to link between north and south of Taiwan.
The Goat Statue was built for the 2003 Taiwan Lantern Festival. It is also named as the Chinese Year of Goat. The 2003 Lantern Festival was held from 15th - 23rd in Taichung City for the first time, with main lantern being placed in People's Square. Then, it moves to the Taichung Park in the same year June after being adopted by the Taichung City Government.
Figuring a spirited ram, a ewe with loving kindness, and a sucking lamb upon a pedestal shaped as Yushan Mountain. The main lantern symbolizes a family in harmony and has the Chinese connotation that the three goats will bring an auspicious beginning of the New Year and a surge of good luck to the country.
Taichung Park is one of the city parks in downtown Taichung. It is neither big nor attractive but it has some historical value. It occupies a site that was originally covered by mounds, wetlands, a bamboo forest and graveyard. Due to the mounds, it was named Battery Mountain, or "Dadun", during the Ching Dynasty. In March 1903 (the 36th year of the Era Meiji), the land was developed into a 26,140 ping park which was opened to the public on October 28, 1903. The wetland area was transformed into a divided body of water, named Sun-Moon Pond, covering 4,160 pings.
On October 24, 1908 (the 41th year of Era Meiji), construction of the Western Railway Line was completed and Taichung Park was selected to host the opening ceremony. A pavilion was built over the pond to serve as a rest area for Japanese Kanin-no-miya Kotohito, who was observing the ceremony. It was formerly known as the "Mid-Pond Pavilion", it measured 30.24 pings in the area. Its foundation pillars were constructed with brick, topped with a wooded base. The unique roof features a design of steep angles descending from the top and tapering off to an incline of curving contours upon reaching the eaves. Situated amidst green trees, the ivory-white pavilion, sitting upon the Sun-Moon Pond, has become a Taichung landmark. In 1999, the government renamed the pavilion as Lake Heart Pavilion.
I Zhong also known as Yizhoung street is a street with a lot of small shops, cafes, restaurants and street vendors. After visiting the Confucius Temple, walk across the street the I Zhong shopping district begins here with restaurants, pub, clubs, cafes, and entertainment centers here. The street continues with more shops, than street vendors selling all sorts of stuff, passing a local school, more restaurants, and end of Jingwu Road. Jingwu Road is where the Taichung Park is located.
The memorial archway is an open five-chamber, single-eave structure outside the Confucius Temple. It measures 13.4 in height and 24.7 meters in width. The exterior of this grand structure is adorned with imitation granite, and its roof is covered with blue glazed tiles.
The protruding column-type ceremonial archway similar to Wutou Gate has two tablets respectively bearing the inscriptions, " Unchanging Way of Antiquity" and "Virtue Rivaling Heaven and Earth," These inscriptions honor Confucius's great virtue and outstanding contribution of Chinese culture. This is the sole Confucius temple in Taiwan with such tablets, making it a unique cultural landmark in Taichung City.
The Taichung Confucius Temple has the typical layout of a Chinese Temple or ancient tomb in China, which was built in 1974. There are two main halls in the compound including The Sage's Shrine and The Great Perfection Hall. They are surrounded by hallways with classrooms and gates, The Great Perfection Gate is being the main gate to the halls. The gate is in line with a walkway to Lingxing Gate and the screen wall. There are two tablets on each side of the screen wall with inscribed as " Unchanging Way of Antiquity" and "Virtue Rivaling Heaven and Earth".
It is a quiet temple. Great stop to see the local culture and custom. On 28 September each year, there is the celebration of the Confucius's birthday in this temple.
The Art Museum Parkway is a green park with shops, art galleries and restaurants. It is located just across the street from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Actually, It has nothing much to do in here. If you have spare time, you can have lunch or enjoy tea in one of the artistic cafes and restaurant, walk around art shops or enjoy the nature of the green park with small animals.
Taichung City Daduan Cultural Central is just next to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. It is a community center that promotes public relationship, host cultural events, exhibit local art collections, and a library. If you have time, you can enjoy the art exhibition of local artists in the central. Then, walk to the National Museum of Fine Art.
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The National Taiwan Museum Of Fine Arts is the largest museum of Art in Asia. It is a 3-storey modern architecture building with a total surface area of 38,000 square meters. It includes 5 galleries that exhibit both local and international arts and histories. Occasionally, the museum also hosts talks and lectures in the center. This museum really reflects the beauty of Taiwan with its unique modern art not only applies in the museum, but the entire island uses beautiful arts in advertisements, street arts, arts in public facilities like Railway Stations, schools, attractions, and etc. You can't miss ARTs in Taiwan!
Don't miss the Gift Shop!
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Feng Chia is a private university in Taichung, Taiwan. It was founded by Mr Feng Chia Chiu in 1950s and was named Feng Chia College of Engineering and Business. At 1961, its campus was originally located on a Guanyin Mountain in Beitun District, then moved to the present location in Xitun District since 1963. It was granted University Statue since 1980.
The prosperity of Fengjia being a famous as business and tourist district was due to the student crowd. Currently, it has more than 20,000 student population in this campus. The huge student population has directly impacted the local business opportunities in term of food, real estate, and other businesses.
It doesn't have a beautiful campus compare to what I have seen other campus elsewhere for example Xiamen University. Overall, the campus has modern buildings with Chinese garden and pond. It has a huge recreation center and outdoor football field. The library is nicely built with garden. It is a short walk to street vendors on Fengjia Street.
It is nice to walk around campus with calm environment.
Fuxing Road is the main boulevard in Fengjia district. It is the busiest street in Fengjia with famous brand outlets like Adidas, Watson, McD, and etc. There are many shops selling shoes with local brands, small boutique shops selling expensive gown, and an Guang Nan （光南) outlet next to McD sells all sorts of electronic accessories, stationeries is worth checking out. If you enjoy shopping, this would be a great place to come in the evening. It is just next to Fengjia Night Market where street vendors are selling food all night long. There are restaurants serving local western and local food, bakery, and bubble tea. Most buses will stop on this street in front of Watson, then catch a bus on the opposite side to go to downtown. It is a quiet street during day time. You will not miss this street once you are in Fengjia.
The Fengjia Night Market was originally a night market with the present of the Feng Chia College of Engineering and Business, Feng Chia University today. Due to the student crowd and the military residents nearby, the night market was slowly expanding to become one of the most famous Night Markets in Taiwan. Most oversea Chinese tourists would make this Night Market into their itinerary which is the must visit place in Taichung. One of the big reasons is the FOOD!
You can either stay nearby the night market so you can hurt for food all night long or travel to the Night Market by bus or Taxi from downtown Taichung. From downtown, It is at least a 45-minutes to 1 hour bus ride to get here, and easily 20-30 minutes by Taxi. So, I would recommend to stay near the market if you want to visit the market in the evening. That's what we did.
Most of the delicious food vendors are located along a small alley as Fengjia Street. It is between Fuxing Road and Wenhua Road. Fuxing Road is a main boulevard with boutique shops and restaurants and Wenhua Road has mostly restaurants, cafes and pubs.
FOOD: Large Sausage Wrapped Around A Small Sausage (大腸包小腸), XXX Crispy Chicken Without Bones (鹽酥雞), Fried Oyster With Egg (蚵仔煎). There is something East Meets West, Fried Noodle or Spaghetti in Bread.
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts exhibits the regular and special arts articles with the free entrance fee.
It has the special family room for the children to play around with the art related stuffs and also has the Children's Gallery. Thus it is a place suitable for the family activities.
There are some unique caf'e and the restaurants in the vincity of the museum of the arts. After visiting the museum, it is also nice to go around the streets nearby and stop for a drink.
Lishan's climate is mild with distinct four seasons; the clouds and mist here are winding around throughout the year. It's here the best summer resort. From February to April every year the cherry, peach, azalea, and tea tree are all in blossom one by one, and therefore dress up with the mountaintop blazing with colors. The Lishan Culture Museum there displays the relics related to the history, the process of development, and environmental ecosystem of Lishan.
A good escape from the city exists at Ba-Shian-Shan before you enter the Gu-Guan hotspring hotel service area.
Some good hikes exist here including an 8 hour hike, a few 2 hour and 1 hour hikes. The scenery is good, typical steep mountain side scenery for taiwan. Some interesting areas we noticed included a bamboo forest area and a short trail we walked. I have not yet done the 8 hour hike but it probably will happen in the next 3 months.
To go there:
Leave Taichung using Wen-Shin. Go past the traffic circle in Da-Keng and take the second exit. drive to a small town called Tian-Leng. Stay right on the traffic circle (first exit). Look for the bridge to HWY 8 which will be a left turn (it is marked). Follow HWY 8 to Gu-Guan. you will reach a T-intersection- to go to Ba-Shian Shan go right.