To start our taiwanese trip we will travel all around the city of Taichung, a taiwanese hidden gem chosen by locals as the best destination in Taiwan. The attractiveness of the city originates in its architectural mix, its lively streets, its mild climate and the kindness of its citizens.
Taichung is the second largest city of Taiwan with 2.7 million inhabitants and it is known to be the house of the famous, tasty bubble tea (still don´t know the taiwanese bubble tea? Just keep reading then 😉 ).
While endeavoring to achieve modernization with the construction of new, modern buildings as well as remember the past, Taichung strive to position as the second most important city of Taiwan (today this honor belongs to Kaoshiung).
What to visit
Let´s make a tour around the city to discover some amazing spots you should take into account when preparing your trip to Taiwan:
Built around 1976 Confucius Temple is a peaceful oasis in the middle of Taichung´s downtown.
This incredible temple follows the construction-style of the Song Dynasty by mixing sobriety and simplicity together with vivid colors and decorated roofs and beams. In the galleries located at the side of the main courtyard the visitor can find various classrooms and a library, where traditional arts are taught.
This temple is usually used by young couples as the perfect landscape for their pre-wedding photo album.
Yizhong Street Night Market
If you want to experience the real, ancient Taiwan lifestyle you CANNOT miss this unique night market.
Located closed to Taichung´s University, this area accommodate thousand of students willing to enjoy its young, trendy culture with many fashion stores and tasteful finger food such as stinky tofu (you can feel its smell since the moment you approach the market), baozi or fried chicken.
Among its specialities you will also find cold tea, watermelon juice and the famous bubble tea.
Haven´t you ever heard about it?
Bubble tea was invented in Taichung in the 80s. Although there are many varieties of this unique drink, the original recipe contains a tea based mixed with milk, tapioca balls (know as bubbles 😉 ) and fruit jelly such as lychee.
A nice walk from the city center will lead you to Paochueh Temple.
Beautiful isn´t it?. Wait to discover its dramatic (laughing) Buddha statue (the largest in Taiwan). I fell in love with it! 🙂
Feng Chia Night Market
Taiwan Balloon Museum is in fact an over-50-years-old balloon factory located in the residential area of Shengang. Here visitors can take an informative journey to discover how does the manufacturing process of balloons work. In addition, the museum offers rubber balloon DIY workshops and guided tours.
An original plan for children and not so children 😉
On September 21, 1999, Taiwan experienced one of its worst natural disasters ever, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that destroyed the central part of this amazing island. The earthquake museum was built in order to honor the victims of this catastrophe, as well as to raise citizens awareness and show them how to act in case of earthquake.
National Taichung Theater
Ready to walk on the roof of an opera house?
The National Taichung Theater is an opera house and multifunctional space which includes:
- Grand Theater: A 2007 seats cozy, red-themed theater
- Playhouse: An ocean blue space where musicals and concerts usually take place
- Black Box: A black interior space for experimental theater performances
- Outdoor theater: Covering 1000 square meters, the theater is surrounded by transplanted trees that creates a beautiful natural space, which, by the way, is linked to the Black Box
- Sky Garden: Visiting the Sky Garden is like entering a different world. The space, surrounded by skyscrapers, is a great area for outdoor concerts. This sixth floor venue is accessible via elevator
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Great museum with exhibitions mostly focused on taiwanese art, although all the time there are temporary exhibitions. The building itself is splendid and it has been rebuilt after the 921 earthquake.
Where to sleep
Located just a short 4-minute walk from Feng Chia Night Market, it is a pretty cozy place, nicely decorated and with own private bathroom.
Located in the central district, 1-minute walk from Yizhong Street Night Market is an ideal european style hotel with private bathroom and taiwanese breakfast.
Located near by Taichung Park and surrounded by restaurants, Wowwow House is a taiwanese cozy hotel whose rooms own private bathrooms.
Where to eat
- Fengchia Night Market
- Yizhong Street Night Market
Hint: Try both stinky and spicy tofu. Tasty!!!
- Modern Toilet
- Pumkin House
- Gulu´s House
- Chung You Department Store
Did you like the post? Motivated to include Taichung in your bucket list? If you want to share more information about this dramatic city feel free to leave a comment below 😉
To say goodbye I want to share more pictures with you (Remember: Next stop Sun Moon Lake 😉 ):