Food and mountains
traffic, smog, mosquitoes
A modest city with a great contrast of local culture and the modern development.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
No. 257, Sec. 1, Taichung Kang Road, Taichung, 403, Taiwan
Good for: Couples
This unique & very fine shaved ice that doesn't melt as you eat. To compare with our local this is much better, the ice they used are made from milk where else our local are from normal water. This is something special in Taiwan. Its a must try food in Taiwan. Taiwan also produce top quality mango. Mango Shaved Icemore
When you visit Taiwan and ask any Taiwanese which is the Best & Well Known food in Taiwan, They will tell you its PIG TROTTER & STINKY TAUFU. The best local pig trotters rice in Taiwan which I have tried. Don't be late for dinner or you will missed out. I spent 45 minutes and a taxi fare 350 fare to look for this shop. Braised Pig Trotters the...more
I have just finished visiting Uncle Jimmy's Taichung. they have moved to a less busy location with easier access on Si-Ping road. It is up from Morrison Academy on the same road, moving away from Shuei-Nan Market.The decoration schema is about the same unique comfortable style UJ''s got known for in Taichung, the service is still great. The...more
If you want to have a drink and some Hors d'oeuvre at a lounge with a great view of Taichung, the lounge at Hotel One is the place to be. It has a great atmosphere with soothing music. A fabulous place to end the night in. You will see plenty of other foreigners here, so you can also knock up a conversation with someone that speaks English here....more
This place is a common cafe with no rules or regulation. The owner make it look like a bus station where they decorate it with a lot of traffic signs and direction. The most important things for sale here is thier night scene, you can see Taichung at night. Their coffee may not be the best in town; however, their view is one. I saw fire flies here...more
Taichung has many public buses and it is difficult to navigate its routes due to the complication of the street layouts. I would recommend you to take a bus to a district and walk on your own feet to where you want to go. Otherwise, the bus might circle around the district and waste your time wandering around where you should stop. There are many...more
If you are planning to Sun Moon Lake or Cingjing Farm from Taichung, you need to know where to take the bus. Buses to Nantou Country, including Sun Moon Lake or Cingjing Farm, is exclusively operated by Nantou Bus Transportation Co. Ltd.Nantou Bus website is only written in Chinese. So, it is difficult to read the detail information. You can read...more
Taichung THSR Station is one of the high speed rail stations in Taiwan. It is located sub-urban district in the southwest of the city center It takes only 30-minutes from the Taoyuan THSR Station. It is a modern station with shops, outdoor garden, lockers, and bus station. You can take the following FREE Shuttle buses to downtown or Fengjia...more
When you eat, dont put your chopsticks up inside your rice. This is just general good manners, but also it reminds people of when you burn incense for their ancestors. People dont want the ghosts near their food (they steal away the flavor!)
When you are travelling around be careful in traffic. Many people feel red lights are optional unfortunately, and you should always look both ways and slow down at intersections. Watch the traffic around you more than the lights and you should be ok. Watch the wheels of cars and scooters, people also feel signalling is optional at times.
The pecking order for traffic is reversed here. Large trucks get right of way, followed by blue trucks and taxis. Then the crazy BMW guys who cut in front of you will go, followed by the agressive young scooterpunk gangs. THEN you can start to move or turn relatively safely if you remember the ORDER. Always use your mirrors, and try to maintain a good view of the tires of the person next to and in front of you. Never keep your foot too far from the brakes. Slow is ok. But matching the speed of traffic around you is best. If you are scooting get a full face helmet and a facemask. The pollution can cause severe bronchitis after 2 weeks of daily exposure 4x a day for 15 mins... face masks are hot and inconvienient but stylin and very good for preventing health problems.
Crossing the road can be a painful process- but 90% of the time they will stop for red lights. Dont even try to walk with out set of lights. You should be able to cross on the light at intersections. Dont jay walk. Its stupid. Pedestrians have NO rights here. Zebra lines are imaginary decorations ignored by all.
Sidewalks are occasionally hard to locate in parts of Taichung, as severe parking shortages cause people to park on the sidewalks. Scooters park anywhere they can. Thus you find yourself uncomfortably close to traffic when you walk on occassion.
Politely suggest that the city create more affordable parking garages in more locations to the city government. Suggest that corrupt police spend more time giving tickets and doing photo radar and less time shaking down pachinko owners for easy cash and girls.
Luggage and bags:
You can purchase luggage as needed. Go to any major store here RT Mart, Carrefour... ect.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come from November to the end of march bring warm clothes. It isnt always subtropical. There often is no heating or insulation in the buildings here so if it is 15 degrees outside its 15 degrees inside.
The rest of the year bring light clothes.
Gore Tex is your friend in bad weather. Taiwanese have yet to discover it// cannot afford it as it is an expensive import here. Its likely cheaper to buy a good rain jacket in your country.An umbrella is useful for sun and rain protection.
Shoes are easily obtained, but the sizes here are often too small for western feet, if you are over men's US size 10. Bring your own based upon your needs.
Bring a hat, the sun feels like the giant nuclear hammer it is here during the daytime.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All available, but girls might have trouble locating tampons.
Boys might have trouble locating deoderant. Some deoderant brands are available.
Taiwan has a modern medical system and universal healthcare. Its quite cheap for medical supplies.
Some people come in from other parts of asia for cheap surgery here... I dont know about that myself...
Photo Equipment: its probably made here. Perhaps you can find a deal, i dont know. I think the prices are about the same as global standards myself.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: you can rent, but bring it if you want. You may want to bring a shade source like an umbrella or some poles and tarp if you go to the beach. There arent many trees on the beaches... and the sun is a jackhammer destroying your dermal layers here, especially in the summer. Light long sleeve shirts are good for daytime if you dont want slimy sunscreen all over you... but go ahead. Its not a dry heat. You will be sticky. Evening is the time to go.
Wu Fong is located in Taichung county, the nearest Taichung small town by Nan Tou. In 1999 midnight, an earthquake occured and measured 7.3 on the Richter Scale. This museum is not a dull or boring one. It keeps a few destroyed buildings and a play field for viewers. Basically it was an elementry school, but it turns out chippy buildings, and why...more
This is a long mountain trip, best done in a car, but if you want to sit on a scooter for 6 hours, hey, go for it!Fu-Shou Shan Veterans Farm has an OK camping area (for Taiwan) -running water, toilets, showers are available. it takes about 6 hours up some skinny scary mountain roads to get to. To go there get to HWY 14 and follow it up, up up past...more
Sanyi, in Miaoli County, is not actually part of Taichung County. But it is a very interesting area, and is only about 20 minutes driving time from Taichung. Sanyi is known throughout Taiwan as the capital of wood-carving. Throughout Sanyi's streets you'll find hundreds of shops selling wood-carved statues of Buddha, Guanyin, Guanggong, and various...more
Dakeng Parkland has eight hiking paths. I only went hiking for No.4 path, the most famous one due to the name : little Great Wall.
Most residents had ever taken a walk in Dakeng, except me and my friends. So, we unconsiously chose the most difficult one to accomplish. No.4 is the hardest and the most spectacular pathway among all the paths. The total length of the footways (no. 1-5) is 11.87 kilometers. It took us 2 hours only for No.4.
Equipment: Towel is a must, even though I always skip it.
Two bottles of mineral water, coz you'll drink up one bottle before you go down the hill.