Central Taiwan – Taichung City
Taichung is a vibrant city located in the central part of Taiwan. It is known for its food culture, with a wide range of local specialties that are not to be missed. Some of the most famous dishes include sun cakes, bubble tea, and meat buns. Taichung is also home to several popular attractions, such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Gaomei Wetlands and the Feng Jia Night Market, one of the largest night markets in Taiwan.
There are several ways to travel from Taipei City to Taichung. One of the most popular and convenient methods is to take the high-speed rail (HSR). You can take the Taipei MRT to Taipei Main Station and then take the HSR to Taichung Station. The journey takes about 50 minutes, and trains run frequently throughout the day. Another option is to take a bus from Taipei City Bus Station or Taipei City Hall Bus Station, which takes around 2 hours depending on traffic. Let’s check out the attractions here:
1. Chung-she Flower Market
Chung-she Flower Market is a popular tourist attraction located in Houli District, Taichung. The market is known for its colorful flower gardens, which feature a wide range of flowers and plants, including tulips, sunflowers, and lavender. The market also has several themed gardens, such as the European Garden, the Maple Leaf Garden, and the Rose Garden. In addition to the flower gardens, Chung-she Flower Market has a variety of shops and restaurants selling local specialties and souvenirs. It is a great place to relax, take photos, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The market is especially popular during the spring and summer months when the flowers are in full bloom. From Taichung City, you can take a bus or hire a taxi to Houli – it takes around 30-40 minutes.
2. Ta Cheng Fong Umbrella Museum
Ta Cheng Fong Umbrella Museum is a unique attraction located in the Da’an District of Taichung City. The museum showcases a vast collection of umbrellas, parasols, and related items, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Visitors can learn about the history and cultural significance of umbrellas and see how they have evolved over time. The museum also offers umbrella-making workshops, where visitors can make their own umbrella and take it home as a souvenir. Additionally, the museum has a lovely garden area, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. To go to Ta Cheng Fong Umbrella Museum from Taichung City, from Taichung City, you can take Bus 617 or 618 from the Taichung Train Station, which will take them directly to the museum.
3. Gaomei Wetlands
Gaomei Wetland is a natural wetland area located on the western coast of Taiwan, near Taichung City. The wetland is known for its stunning sunsets and picturesque scenery, featuring vast expanses of marshes, mudflats, and waterways. It is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, including numerous species of migratory birds. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalks, which offer stunning views of the wetlands and the sea or explore the nearby fishing village and its quaint, traditional architecture. To get to Gaomei Wetland from Taichung City, visitors can take the TRA train to Qingshui Station, and then transfer to Bus 178 or 179, which will take them directly to the wetland. Alternatively, visitors can take a taxi or ride-sharing service for more convenience.
4. Feng Jia Night Market
Feng Jia Night Market is one of the most popular and largest night markets in Taiwan, located in Taichung City. The night market is known for its diverse range of food stalls, offering a variety of Taiwanese street food, as well as clothing, accessories, and electronics. It is a bustling hub of activity, attracting both locals and tourists alike, especially in the evenings when the market is at its liveliest. With its vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and shopping opportunities, Feng Jia Night Market is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Taichung City. To get there from Taichung City, visitors can take bus numbers 5, 35, or 51, or alternatively take a taxi or ride-sharing service.
5. The Cycling Culture Museum
The Cycling Culture Museum in Taichung City is a unique museum dedicated to showcasing the history and culture of cycling in Taiwan. The museum features a wide range of exhibits, including vintage bicycles, cycling gear, and interactive displays that highlight the important role that cycling has played in the country’s development. Visitors can also learn about the history of cycling in Taiwan and its impact on society, as well as the latest advancements in cycling technology and design. To get to the Cycling Culture Museum from Taichung City, visitors can take the MRT to Wuri Station and then transfer to Bus 309 or 310, which will take them directly to the museum.
Where To Stay:
The Howard Prince Hotel
During our stay in Taichung, we chose to stay at The Howard Prince Hotel for one night, a luxurious stay experience, with its elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, and top-notch amenities. The hotel is located in the heart of Taichung City, with convenient access to many of the city’s popular attractions. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, featuring plush bedding, modern furnishings, and stunning city views. The hotel also features a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a spa, providing guests with ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. Starting rates for the Howard Prince Hotel in Taiwan are around NT$6,000 per night. Check out HERE for more hotel info and promotions.
What To Eat (Halal):
1. Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
Anatolia Turkish Restaurant in Taichung is a popular dining destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a wide variety of authentic Turkish cuisine. The restaurant is known for its delicious kebabs, grilled meats, and fresh salads, all made with the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. The ambiance is warm and inviting, with cozy seating arrangements and Turkish décor that transports guests to the heart of Turkey. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, always willing to offer recommendations and assist with any dietary restrictions, including halal options. Overall, Anatolia Turkish Restaurant is a must-visit for anyone seeking an unforgettable dining experience in Taichung.
2. Halal Ende Yuan Dumpling House
Halal Ende Yuan Dumpling House is a popular eatery in Taichung that specializes in halal Hot Pot & Chinese style dumplings. The restaurant is known for its variety of handmade dumplings which are made with high-quality halal ingredients, Taiwanese hot pot is typically known for its flavorful broths which are made with a variety of herbs and spices and the menu features a range of flavors. The ambiance is simple and inviting, with a casual setting that makes it easy to enjoy a meal with friends and family. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, always willing to accommodate dietary restrictions and offer recommendations on the menu. Overall, Halal Ende Yuan Dumpling House is a great choice for halal-friendly dining.
Central Taiwan offers a rich and diverse cultural experience that attracts visitors from around the world. As you travel through central Taiwan, you’ll encounter friendly locals, breathtaking scenery, and fascinating cultural sites that provide a glimpse into Taiwan’s unique history and traditions. Stay tuned for part three of our exploration, where we’ll discover more of Taiwan’s attractions in the southern city of Kaohsiung, including the stunning Dome of Light and the vibrant Pier2 Art Center.