There is a growing list of Taichung attractions. Some of them are even quite surprising.
One of the best, not to be missed, is the Museum of Fine Arts. It showcases modern art, from Taiwan and East Asia. It is a good place to chill out in a hot day (and it’s free!). As an added bonus, Chun Shui Tang runs one of their teahouses in the museum. Nearby, the Art Museum Parkway offers some interesting restaurants and shops.
Second among Taichung museums, the Museum of Natural Science, with a Botanic Garden and a Planetarium, is a great Taichung attraction. It is very suitable for kids (lots of dinosaurs and a 3D Movie Theater).
One of the surprising attractions is, for sure, Rainbow Village. It is a one man masterpiece, painted by a very talented, and rather visionary, old veteran soldier. It is actually a small place (it is not a fairy tale village, you have been warned!) but worthy of a visit.
If you are interested in more traditional things, you should not miss Taichung Confucius Temple. Classic and serene, it is not the traditional Taiwanese temple. Not very far, at walking distance, you can visit Paochueh Temple, which boasts a huge Laughing Buddha.
The most lively and popular temple in Taichung urban area is likely Wanhe Temple. But, if you are really interested in temples and traditional Taiwanese costumes, you should not miss the town of Lugang or Jenn Lan Temple in Dajia. Both are worthy day trips from Taichung.
Also, Taichung has quite impressive old Taiwanese mansions, such as the famous Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and the hidden gem of Chaihsing Residence in Tanzi. If you are in Wufeng, you will find also very very interesting the 921 Earthquake Museum and Tadao Ando Museum in Asia University.
A visit to Taichung would not be complete without a stroll in a night market, such as Fengchia Night Market. Or a visit to a famous tea house, such as Wu Wei Tsao Tang Tea House.
Taichung Attractions along Taiwan Boulevard
All the places along Taiwan Boulevard can be easily reached and visited even with public buses. Among them, in the old Taichung city center, there is the Main Railway Station. The area around the Main Station is currently being renovated. This old station, built by the Japanese, will be transformed in a museum.
The surrounding area is rich with interesting places, such as the old Taichung City Hall, the Second Market, Miyahara Pastry Shop and the old Taichung Park (which is a very different place from Taichung Metropolitan Park).
In the new part of the city center, you will find the new Taichung City Hall. This place is very close to two of the most attractive modern Taichung department stores. They are Top City and Shinkong Mitsukoshi. Don’t miss the world famous Din Tai Fung dumplings in Top City. Close by is Maple Garden (which is a bit overrated).
Art Street (Yishu Street) is at walking distance from Tunghai Uni, on the top of the broad hill of Dadushan. The little road is a cluster for small shops, tea houses, little restaurants. Lots of cutesy junk on sale, but also some good solid shops with beautiful authentic crafts and antiques from Japan (and cheaper than in Japan flea markets, believe us). Taichung Metropolitan Park is nearby.
Just outside Taichung
Gaomei Wetlands is a very popular Taichung attraction (sometimes too popular on weekends ..). A long boardwalk allows the tourists to access a tidal flat, that it is home to a special kind of sea grass. Here tourists flock to catch a breath of fresh air. They also often test their skills (or luck) at taking artistic photos of the sunset.
Taichung is also a very convenient hub to enjoy day trips to many of the best attractions in Taiwan, such as the old town of Lukang, which already mentioned, or the impressive Chung Tai Chan Monastery.
On a clear day, after the rain, you will see how the majestic Taiwan Central Range is really close to Taichung. There are plenty of outdoor destinations there, such as Dasyueshan, Basianshan, Huisun, Aowanda, the hidden gem of Syuejan and several others.
Map of the Attractions in and Around Taichung
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