Taipei could be the one and only city you come up with when traveling in Taiwan. However, according to CNN, Taichung, with the second most populated city in Taiwan, is among the Taiwanese most preferred cities. Let’s find out why, MyProGuide is taking you down to the middle of Taiwan and explore famous attractions in this fantastic city, Taichung!
1.Have a feast at Feng Chia Night Market
You can’t miss out on the night market in Taiwan. Feng Chia Night Market, located near Feng Chia University, is one of the most famous night markets in Taiwan. It is famous for its variety of snacks, and unique, stylish clothing with a fair price. Moreover, Feng Chia Night Market is where you will find the most trendy and cheapest mobile phone! Be ready to shop and have a feast and shop at Feng Chia Night Market!
The food stands are way too many for your decisive personality, don’t worry. MyProGuide recommends you two must-eats at Feng Chia Night Market.
1.MingLun Pancake (明倫蛋餅)
Location: No. 1-1, Wenhua Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City
You can find Chinese egg pancake in every Taiwanese breakfast store. Taiwanese are crazy about them. But breakfast at night? Why not? Besides, the egg pancake at MingLun Pancake has a signature taste: it’s soft and tender yet chewy. Don’t forget to add their signature sauce the sweet and spicy sauce, which will bring the egg pancake to a different level.
2.Massage chicken fillet (爆漿炭烤按摩雞排)
Location: No. 29 -49, Qinghe St., Xitun Dist., Taichung City
For those meat lovers, this juicy, tender, high-quality chicken fillet will make you fall in love with it. It is said that the chicken fillet has been” massaged”, making the fillet tender but chewy.
2. Get artsy at Dali Art Plaza (大里藝術特區)
Location: No. 1, Keji Rd., Dali Dist., Taichung City
Newly opened in Taichung, the Dali Art Plaza is where you find all kinds of exhibitions, the latest trendy design, and performances. At Dali Art Plaza, your desire for art and imagination will surely be satisfied!
3.Shopping and chilling at Qin Mei Area (勤美步道)
Location: No. 68, Gongyi Rd., West Dist., Taichung City 40
The Qin Mei area is an area with beautiful walking paths, restaurants, cafes, and a shopping mall. Something worth noticing: the shopping mall is like no other shopping mall. Originally, the building was a semi-abandoned parking lot building. Well-known architects then redesigned the building and turned it into a green building. The area around it is perfect for just sitting, feeling the breeze on your face, merely chilling, and looking at all the stylish people around.
3. Exploring the breathtaking nature at Gaomei Wetland
Location: No. 1, Guanqian Road, North District, Taichung City
If you love wildlife and nature, Gaomei Wetland is perfect for you. It is famous for its diverse geographical features, and stunning sunsets. When the tide is low at Gaomei Wetland, you can follow along the walkway, and see all the cute creatures in the mud such as crabs, mudskippers and rare birds, like Egrets and Black-faced Spoonbills. Enjoy the smell of nature, the fresh and clean air at Gaomei Wetland. Don’t forget to take a deep breath!
4. Take a historical walk at Taichung Park
Taichung Park, the oldest park in Taichung city, was built in the Japanese-ruling era. With a space of 10 acres, the park features many beautiful landscapes such as an artificial lake, a bridge, and a pavilion. One of the famous constructions of Taichung park is the Houxing Pavilion. It was built in 1908 in the celebration of the launch of the Taiwan Railway west coastline from north to south. The weather in Taichung is less humid compared to Taipei, which is a good reason for you to spend a perfect afternoon at Taichung Park.
5. Check out the graffiti with stories at Rainbow village (彩虹眷村)
Location: Ln.56, Chun’ an Rd., Nantun District Taichung City
The Rainbow Village is somewhere you find cool street art and graffiti. The way that an old village became a collection of art has a touching story behind it. A soldier named Huang Yung-Fu, born in Taishan County, Guangdong Province was the eldest among four brothers and two sisters. He decided to paint houses in his settlement to save them from demolition. His artwork is characterized by its colorfulness, that includes birds, animals, and people. His artistic talent has made Rainbow village a unique place rich in artistic vibes and culture.
6. Visit the National Museum of Natural Science (台中科學博物館)
Location: No. 1, Guanqian Road, North District, Taichung City, 404
For those who love museums or science, don’t miss out on the National Museum of Natural Science. Ranking number second on the most visited museums in Taiwan, the National Museum of Natural Science includes six-venue: Space Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall, Global Environment Hall, and Botanical Garden. The National Museum of Natural Science is both recreational and educational. This museum is perfect for you to go with your kids and spend a fun afternoon.
7. Experience the mixture of old and new at Shenji New Village (審計新村)
Location: No. 11, Aly. 2, Ln. 368, Minsheng Rd., West Dist., Taichung City
Shen Ji New Village was built by the Taiwan Provincial Government fifty years ago as dorms to accommodate employees of the auditing office. It was then left abandoned for some reconstruction work of the government. Years later, the government has launched plans to revitalize this area, transforming it into a lively, creative place that attracts young crowds starting new businesses in the neighborhood. This place is characterized by many hipster cafes, craft markets, and artistic designs. Shenji New Village has become an attraction that is rich in history yet filled with cool and artistic vibes.
8. Take selfies at the dream-like Dakeng Lovers Bridge (大坑情人橋)
Dakeng Lovers Bridge, a new scenic spot for those who love a beautiful Instagram post! As the name implies, the pink, warm, romantic bridge is perfect for couples. The bridge’s surface is made of glass instead of cement, which reflects the stunning bridge view entirely. Dakeng Lovers Bridge is breathtaking both during the day and night. One of the perks of going at night is to see the enormous heart shape, that is the reflection of the bridge on its glass surface. Don’t forget to bring your loved one to Dakeng Lovers Bridge for a romantic night.
9. Buy some sun cake for souvenirs!
Your trip to Taichung is coming to an end, and this beautiful city is just too amazing to forget. You would like to have something from Taichung to take it back as a souvenir for your friends and family, or simply for yourself. A flaky, delicious sun cake is perfect for you! Sun cake is a popular Taiwanese dessert originated from the Taichung. Sun cake’s classic filling consists of maltose and is covered with a flaky crust. It goes perfect with tea, so next time you are having an afternoon tea, it would make you think of all your good times in Taichung. Where can you buy this delicious delicacy, you say? MyProGuide recommends you two shops where you find delightful sun cake.
1.Jin Fu Zhai Sun Cake (金福齋太陽糕餅)
Location: No. 340, Chenggong Rd., Central Dist., Taichung City
It’s located in a small alley and it doesn’t have a flashy sign that makes it easily recognizable. It is often said to be the Sun cake with the best value.
2. A ming shi Sun Cake (阿明師太陽餅)
Location: No. 11, Sec. 2, Ziyou Rd., Central Dist., Taichung City 400, Taiwan
Often the assigned souvenirs spot for group visitors, A ming shi Sun Cake has long been enjoying a high reputation in Taichung. If you visit the store, you will be amazed by the samples that they offered! They also offer tea for you to sample the cakes.
Taichung city can easily be accessed by the Taiwan High-Speed Rail, buses, and Taiwan Railway from other cities. Taichung City itself offers amazing convenient transportation. You can go around with the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) and the newly constructed metro system.