Tips on how to See the Better of Taichung: a 1 or 2-Day Taichung Itinerary
On this Taichung journey information, I’ve included my instructed 1-day Taichung itinerary and 2-day Taichung itinerary, with journey suggestions based mostly alone private expertise.
I’ve additionally added a number of extra options for day journeys and different Taichung sights that aren’t included in both of the 2 itineraries.
All the issues to do in Taichung included within the itineraries are inside strolling distance of the town middle, aside from Rainbow Village. I included it within the 1-day itinerary anyway as a result of, for me, it’s a must-see.
The story behind this place is so inspirational, and it was considered one of my high favourite experiences of my entire Taiwan journey. But when after studying my article about Rainbow Village you’re nonetheless not satisfied, you possibly can swap it out for the Qianyue Constructing.
This is able to prevent time, and also you may be capable to squeeze in a pair extra of the Taichung sights from the 2-day itinerary. Although to be sincere, I actually suppose Taichung deserves a minimum of two full days, particularly in case you are keen on arts and tradition.
When you needed to cowl all of the Taichung sights listed within the Various Issues to Do in Taichung part, it could take you a few week.
However a few of them are certain to enchantment to you greater than others, so be at liberty to choose and select in line with your tastes. Keep in mind, it is a Taichung DIY itinerary, so you should use it nevertheless you want!
One Day Taichung Itinerary
Even when you solely have at some point in Taichung, you’ll nonetheless be capable to see rather a lot. This Taichung at some point itinerary provides you with a very good style of what this metropolis has to supply.
Open each day eight am to six pm.
Begin out early to beat the crowds at Rainbow Village, which is deservedly considered one of Taichung’s hottest sights. This army dependents’ village was destined for demolition, till the final remaining resident began portray the partitions in brilliant, vibrant colours.
Now generally known as Rainbow Grandpa, he began this challenge when he was in his late eighties, and he’s nonetheless going sturdy at 96! Native college college students efficiently petitioned the federal government to save lots of the village, and it now attracts guests from around the globe.
To be sincere, I most likely wouldn’t have visited Taichung in any respect if it hadn’t been for Rainbow Village. It seems, there’s loads to see on this usually missed metropolis, so I’m glad I added it to my Taiwan itinerary.
Rainbow Village continues to be my favourite of all, although, principally due to the inspiring story behind it.
CMP Block Museum of Arts
Briefly closed for renovations.
What began out as an outside museum of up to date artwork is at present being reworked right into a brick and mortar artwork gallery.
It’s at present closed whereas the development works are underway, however test their Fb web page for the newest developments. If it has reopened by the point you learn this, it could undoubtedly be price testing.
I actually hope the exhibit with the half-buried vehicles within the grassy discipline continues to be there when it reopens. What I’ve seen of it in pictures seems superb!
Open each day 24 hours.
This elongated park makes for a pleasing stroll between the CMP Block Museum of Arts and the Nationwide Taiwan Museum of Superb Arts (described beneath). You’ll cross by plenty of statues alongside the way in which, together with a big considered one of Arthas Menethil from World of Warcraft.
The calligraphy stele that give the park its title are situated on the southern finish, close to the wonderful arts museum. Whereas the greenway alone might be not price a particular journey to this facet of city, it’s a pleasant place for a stroll when you’re planning to go to any of the close by museums.
There’s additionally the Nationwide Museum of Pure Science on the far northern finish. It’s not included on this itinerary, however it’s possible you’ll need to add it when you’re touring with children, or when you’re into dinosaurs.
Nationwide Taiwan Museum of Superb Arts
Open 10 am to six pm, closed Mondays.
Sadly I didn’t get an opportunity to go inside this museum as a result of the day I used to be within the space was a Monday, the museum’s weekly closure day. I’m together with it on this itinerary, although, as a result of a buddy of mine who lives in Taichung extremely recommends it.
Entrance is free, and the exhibit on printmaking seems particularly attention-grabbing. The museum is accessible to the visually impaired and can also be kid-friendly, with cool locations to play and DIY workshops
You might additionally chop two carrots with one knife by visiting the department of the Chun Shui Tang café contained in the museum, well-known for inventing bubble tea. The unique location of Chung Shui Tang is included on day two within the 2-day model of this itinerary.
Lunch at Vegan Each day
Open 7 am to three pm, closed Wednesday to Friday.
This cute little vegan café serves sandwiches in addition to some rice-based dishes. The true spotlight for me, although, was their vegan popcorn hen, a preferred Taiwanese snack.
I’m undecided how they do it, however the texture could be very practical! Costs are fairly affordable right here. There’s no English menu, however the employees can translate for you.
Painted Animation Lane
Open each day 24 hours.
Road artwork and anime followers will take pleasure in this small again alley full of murals that includes a number of well-known cartoon characters. It jogged my memory of Batman’s Alley, my favourite attraction in São Paulo, Brazil, however on a smaller scale.
Many of the characters are from Japanese anime, which I am not very aware of. I did acknowledge a couple of characters from Western cartoons, although, together with Minions, Offended Birds and Warner Brothers. For Ghibli Studio followers, there’s additionally a Totoro bus cease right here.
There have been a couple of folks round taking selfies at Painted Animation Lane, but it surely was not as crowded as Rainbow Village.
Liuchuan Riverside Stroll
Open 6 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday, 6 am to midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Despite the fact that the Chinese language title Liuchuan (柳川) means “willow river”, this appears extra like a man-made canal than an precise river.
Nonetheless, it’s a really nice place for a stroll, and as soon as it’s accomplished it will likely be an effective way to get between Painted Animation Lane and the Taichung Second Market. Once I visited, although, the areas close to Painted Animation Lane had been nonetheless underneath building.
The water channel meanders proper via the center of the town, with strolling paths on both facet and occasional stepping stones so you’ll be able to cross from one facet to the opposite.
Dinner or Tea at Veganday Café
Open 11:30 am to four pm and 5:30 pm to eight:30 pm, closed Monday to Wednesday.
I cherished the ambiance of this café, with its previous stone partitions and wood bar. The menu is certainly not Taiwanese, but it surely’s enjoyable for a change of tempo when you’re craving completely different flavors. Suppose pasta, moussaka and shepherd’s pie.
Foremost dishes value about NT$ 250 every, so it’s a bit pricier than different veg eating places however well worth the splurge. And whereas the savory dishes are good, for me the true spotlight is the desserts. Their chocolate and pumpkin mousse cake is superior!
I might love to return for his or her vegan afternoon tea. Word that on Google Maps this place is named Bluesomeone’s Vegan Café.
Two Day Taichung Itinerary
For the two-day model of this itinerary, the primary day is identical one-day itinerary set out above. The second day focuses on sights within the middle of city, and all of the distances are simply walkable.
Day 2 Taichung Itinerary
Qianyue Constructing (千越大楼)
Open each day 24 hours.
Like Rainbow Village, this place additionally presents some nice open-air artwork in your viewing pleasure, but it surely’s a lot rougher across the edges. As soon as a preferred leisure and residential constructing within the 1970s, the Qianyue constructing now lies deserted.
Or virtually deserted, because it’s now been taken over by a avenue artist collective referred to as Escape PLAN-X Taiwan Graffiti Crew (EPX). That is a straightforward introduction to urbex for anybody who’s interested in exploring deserted buildings.
There’s no gate or fence to leap; it’s situated proper within the metropolis middle and nobody will cease you from strolling up the steps from the road. Apparently one of many elevators even works, although I actually would not attempt it. Many of the artwork is on the fifth and sixth flooring, and likewise up on the roof.
The UFO-type spherical factor on the roof was a rotating restaurant. Its top-level ground has collapsed, so I would not go up there for security causes, however all over the place else appeared fairly secure.
It looks as if EPX has large plans for this place, so it will likely be thrilling to see what it turns into. I’ve learn conflicting details about guests being charged a “upkeep charge” of NT$ 100. Some experiences say that folks asking for cash on the primary ground are literally not a part of EPX, and also you shouldn’t pay them.
Nobody requested us for cash, however I did see a donation field on the fifth ground. If doubtful, provide to depart your donation there. For extra pictures of the artwork and the constructing, try this text on Kathmandu and Past.
Taichung Cultural Heritage Park
Open 10 am to six pm, closed Mondays.
It looks as if each metropolis in Taiwan has a minimum of one cultural park, however a few of them are stuffed principally with retailers the place you should buy artwork and artsy little trinkets. This one, nevertheless, is way much less industrial than others I’ve been to.
As soon as a Japanese sake distillery, this massive area has been transformed into exhibition rooms for momentary artwork reveals. Once I visited, there was an attention-grabbing exhibit about considered one of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes and one other one about underwater cultural heritage.
The one store I noticed was inside what seemed to be the previous bottling room. Wine and native liqueurs are actually offered right here. My favourite a part of all, although, was the distillery tanks exterior which were changed into canvases for avenue artwork.
Pure Means Six Arts Cultural Middle
Open each day 9:30 am to six pm, closes early at 5 pm on Mondays.
One other repurposed historic constructing from the Japanese colonial period, this one was a Japanese martial arts compound the place folks practiced kendo and judo. Later, it was used as a dormitory for jail staff at a jail that has since shut down.
It’s now the one remaining instance of Japanese Meiji-era Wude Dojo structure in Taichung. Periodic cultural occasions are held right here, akin to calligraphy and archery workshops.
One one facet of the courtyard is a small café, and on the opposite a standard Japanese-style teahouse the place you sit on cushions on the ground. The advanced is fairly small, but it surely’s quiet and peaceable and value a go to.
Chun Shui Tang
Open each day eight am to 10 pm.
Bubble tea aficionados will most likely need to make a pilgrimage to Chun Shui Tang, the place the place the boba craze started. They do serve milk bubble tea made with soy milk, however solely as a part of their seasonal winter menu.
At different instances of the yr, dairy-free bubble tea choices embrace pearl black tea and pearl jasmine tea. You’ll want to inform the server how a lot ice you need, and the way a lot sugar.
I had learn that the “common sugar” choice was tremendous candy, so I went with a 50% sugar pearl jasmine tea. To be sincere, I discovered it considerably bitter and wished I had ordered common. This place is outwardly very fashionable with vacationers, but it surely wasn’t too crowded after I was there.
Lunch at Taichung Second Market OR 96 Vegetarian (九六素食)
Taichung Second Market: Open 7 am to eight pm, closed Mondays.
A-Hua vegetarian meals stall contained in the market: Open 6:00 am to 1:30 pm Monday to Friday, 6 am to 1:30 pm Sunday.
96 Vegetarian: Open each day 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Taiwan is known for its night time markets, however there are additionally markets like this one which might be open through the daytime. Taichung Second Market is an indoor market with stalls promoting all types of issues, together with produce, garments and ready-to-eat meals.
Strolling via its slim corridors is a enjoyable solution to expertise a slice of each day life in Taiwan. Sadly, the meat and fish stalls are combined in with the remaining, so it’s laborious to keep away from the disagreeable sight of dismembered our bodies.
There’s a vegetarian meals stall right here, although, referred to as A-Hua, that’s open for breakfast and lunch.
Alternatively, head again in direction of the station for lunch at 96 Vegetarian (九六素食 in Chinese language). That is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Taichung and has been round for 53 years.
It’s a family-run place owned by 4 generations of vegetarians. Each buffet and à la carte Taiwanese dishes can be found. The proprietor could be very pleasant and can most likely ask to take a selfie with you (which he’ll publish on Fb).
Dessert at Miyahara Ice Cream OR The Fourth Credit score Union
Miyahara: Open each day 10 am to 10 pm.
Fourth Credit score Union: Open each day 10 am to 9 pm.
Whether or not you eat lunch available in the market or at 96 Vegetarian, you should definitely save room for dessert. Most Taichung itineraries will let you know that you could have ice cream on the well-known Miyahara Ice Cream Store.
However whereas it’s price taking a peek inside on the stunning constructing, keep away from the large queues by strolling three minutes down the road to Fourth Credit score Union, which serves precisely the identical ice cream.
The Miyahara Ice Cream Store was an ophthalmologist workplace run by a Japanese man named Miyahara.
Its partitions are lined with previous drawers and bookshelves, and it’s usually been likened to a Harry Potter set. Whereas not as Harry Potteresque because the Home of Mina Lima in London or the Lello Bookstore in Porto, it’s nonetheless spectacular.
The within just isn’t a candy choice, with a couple of vegan choices like peanut brittle flavored with black sesame or seaweed. However most individuals come for the ice cream. For that there’s no seating, only a takeaway window exterior.
And the queues may be huge, even at 9:30 am, half an hour earlier than they open. However what most individuals appear to not know is that the identical firm runs a sit-down ice cream store simply down the road that serves the exact same ice cream. And the wait is way shorter!
One other renovated historic constructing, Fourth Credit score Union was initially, in fact, a credit score union. Go upstairs to search out extra seating, together with a bar made out of what was the financial institution teller home windows.
Sadly not one of the chocolate flavors are vegan, however in line with the employees the next fruit flavors are: Irwin mango, ardour fruit, sugar cane, kumquat lime and kyoho grape. Three different flavors are dairy-free however include honey.
Open each day 24 hours.
This centrally situated park has a number of greenery and a man-made lake referred to as 日月湖, which implies Solar Moon Lake. Don’t confuse this with the well-known Solar Moon Lake about 70 kilometres away.
That one is named 日月潭 in Chinese language, which is extra like Solar Moon Pond, although it is clearly the larger of the 2 by far.
The lake within the park is a well-liked place to lease rowboats, and the gazebo out on the water is the oldest instance of Japanese colonial structure within the metropolis.
I used to be right here on a Sunday afternoon and it was very energetic, with a number of folks having picnics and a few type of competition occurring.
When you nonetheless have a while left within the day, from right here it’s not too far to the Taichung Confucius Temple (see description within the subsequent part). Simply do not forget that it closes at 5 pm and is closed all day on Mondays.
Dinner at Guan Shi Yin Natural Way of life OR Yizhong Road Night time Market
Guan Shi Yin Natural Way of life: Open each day 10 am to 7:30 pm.
Yizhong Road Night time Market: Open each day 11 am to 10:10 pm, open late till midnight on Sundays.
When you’re not persevering with to the Confucius Temple, then head again towards the station for dinner at Guan Shi Yin Natural Way of life (觀世音有機生活館). The pleasant proprietor of this vegetarian restaurant speaks superb English, though she’s additionally completely happy to talk in Chinese language if you wish to apply.
I extremely advocate ordering the king oyster mushrooms with rosemary and soy sauce! Despite the fact that the seasoning didn’t look or style like rosemary, the mushrooms themselves had been scrumptious.
You’ll be able to order this both as a single dish or as a part of a set meal with facet dishes and soup. There’s additionally a well being meals retailer throughout the identical area.
In any other case, if coming from the Confucius Temple then you definitely’ll cross Yizhong Road Night time Market in your means again to the town middle. I haven’t tried this one but, however if you wish to have the standard night time market expertise in Taiwan, this could possibly be a very good likelihood.
Nearly all night time markets have a minimum of a couple of vegan choices, akin to fried mushrooms, corn on the cob, or candy potato balls.
Various Issues to Do in Taichung and Day Journey Choices
The next sights are all a bit additional away from the Taichung metropolis middle, which is why I didn’t embrace them within the 1-day or 2-day Taichung itineraries.
Some are situated within the Taichung outskirts, whereas others are utterly out of the town and can take the higher a part of a day to achieve. However, in case you have additional time you may discover it price searching for a few of them out, relying in your pursuits.
Most of those I haven’t been to but, so the information beneath relies on on-line analysis. I’ve indicated within the descriptions beneath what sort of traveler every website will possible enchantment to probably the most.
Luce Memorial Chapel
Open Sundays 9 am to 10:15 am and 11 am to 12:15 pm.
This small chapel sits on the Tunghai College campus and was designed by the agency of the well-known Chinese language-American architect I.M. Pei. It’s named in honor of a 19th-century American missionary to China.
Its hanging design is considerably harking back to a teepee, with a steeply slanting roof that reaches all the way in which all the way down to the bottom. The chapel is open for companies on Sundays solely, however most individuals simply come to take pictures from the surface anyway.
Appeals most to: Photographers/Instagrammers and followers of recent structure.
Taichung Confucius Temple
Open 9 am to five pm, closed Mondays.
That is considered one of 4 main Confucius Temples in Taiwan. It’s a few 30-minute stroll from the prepare station, however in the other way from most different locations of curiosity.
I did attempt to go to this one, however I made the error of occurring a Monday. The Confucius Temple in Tainan was underneath main renovation after I visited there, and I additionally one way or the other missed those in Taipei and Kaohsiung, so I simply do not have good luck with Confucius temples in Taiwan. It seems stunning within the pictures I’ve seen, although.
Appeals most to: cultural vacationers.
Nationwide Taichung Theater
No set opening hours, will depend on performances.
This contemporary opera home and live performance corridor is one other one for contemporary structure lovers. A wide range of concert events and different cultural occasions are held right here, although judging by Instagram, most individuals simply come to pose in entrance of the wavy façade.
There are additionally some retailers and eateries inside. Guided excursions can be found in English by prior reservation for NT$ 100.
Appeals most to: Photographers/Instagrammers, followers of recent structure, cultural vacationers
Feng Chia Night time Market (逢甲夜市)
Open each day four pm to 2 am, closes early at 1 am on Mondays.
Additionally generally transliterated because the Fengjia Night time Market, that is arguably probably the most well-known night time market in your complete nation, and likewise the most important. And that’s saying rather a lot in a rustic that goes wild for night time markets!
Nonetheless, I used to be suggested by native pals to skip it. Not solely is it tremendous crowded, however it’s a must to dodge scooters zipping via the rows in addition to folks.
From what I’ve heard from native vegans, there are a couple of vegan choices, however nothing you’ll be able to’t discover elsewhere. Yizhong and Zhongxiao are two extra centrally situated night time markets.
And if you are going to make a particular journey out of the middle, for a vegan night time market expertise you’ll need to go to the Taichung Ruifeng Worldwide Gourmand Village (台中瑞豐國際美食村).
Right here you’ll discover a entire row of a minimum of 4 vegetarian stalls subsequent to one another. The Gourmand Village is closed Monday via Wednesday, however on different days it’s open from 5 pm to 12 am.
It’s about as removed from the middle as Feng Chia is, though you possibly can really stroll there from Rainbow Village in about 30 to 40 minutes.
Totoro Bus Cease
Open each day 24 hours.
When you’re a die-hard fan of the Ghibli Studio movies and of My Neighbor Totoro particularly, then you definitely may need to make a visit out to the Totoro bus cease.
Keep in mind, although, there’s additionally an analogous bus cease at Painted Animation Lane, which informal followers will most likely be happy with.
The principle distinction between the 2 is that the Painted Animation Lane bus cease is a bench in entrance of a painted mural, whereas this one options life-sized sculptures of Totoro and No Face.
It’s the brainchild of a Totoro fan who made the sculptures from scrap supplies.
Appeals most to: Hardcore followers of My Neighbor Totoro and Ghibli Studio.
This huge wetland north of Taichung harbor is known for its sunsets, its wind generators and its bird-watching alternatives. Be ready for sturdy winds, particularly when you go through the winter.
There’s an 800-meter-long wood walkway that you may comply with out into the bay. Most individuals arrive within the afternoon, round four pm, after which keep to observe the sundown.
Appeals most to: Photographers/Instagrammers and nature lovers.
Taichung Itinerary Map
You’ll discover all of the Taichung sights talked about on this information marked on the map beneath. The 1-day Taichung itinerary is marked in inexperienced, the second day of the 2-day Taichung itinerary is marked in pink, and the choice sights are marked in black.
Click on the star subsequent to the title to save lots of the map to your individual Google account.
The place to Keep in Taichung
We stayed on the Likelihood Lodge, which presents a very good normal of service at a cut price value, a minimum of through the week.
It’s very central, near the station, and the rooms are trendy and cozy. Different services embrace a laundry room with a washer and dryer, and automatic check-in and check-out.
When you arrive early, you gained’t be allowed to test in till three pm, however you’ll be able to retailer your baggage within the foyer.
This constructing proper throughout the road from Likelihood Lodge caught my eye, and I simply needed to discover out what it was. It seems prefer it belongs in Barcelona, proper alongside Gaudi’s fantastical designs.
Seems, it’s additionally a resort. And judging from the pictures on-line, it seems just like the partitions and ceilings of the rooms and communal areas are lined with colourful murals as properly. This is able to be a enjoyable place to remain if touring with children.