Chiayi is a mostly rural county in south-central Taiwan. Despite its relatively small population compared to other counties in Taiwan, it has some of the most beautiful scenery, delicious local food, and interesting history. Come for Alishan, and stay for everything else you find along the way.
Below I will list out some of the best places in Chiayi that I have visited. I will be sure to update this blog as I visit more places later.
How to get around in Chiayi?
As always, we recommend renting a scooter as the best way to see Taiwan. However, you can also a great deal of Chiayi by taking the TRA train, Alishan Forest Railway, inter city bus, or local bus. Getting around in a car is also a convenient option as there is plenty of parking pretty much everywhere in this less crowded county.
Need a Tour Guide?
You can purchase many of the tickets to the following places through a tour agency such as My Taiwan Tour or a similar website.
You can see a map of all the places that we will visit in this blog below:
So what is there to do and see in Chiayi?
Here is our top 10 list:
Jialefu Night Market 嘉樂福夜市
Hinoki Village 檜意森活村
Lantan Lake and Renyitan Reserviour 蘭潭及仁義潭水庫
Minxiong Haunted House 民雄鬼屋
Chukou Village 觸口村
Alishan Forest Railway 阿里山森林鐵路
Fenqihu Old Street 奮起湖老街
Let's ge't started!
1. Go to Jialefu Night Market 嘉樂福夜市
Jialefu Night Market is the largest night market in Chiayi, located right next to the local Carrefour shopping center. Jialefu Night Market is a play on words, sounding like the Chinese for the popular department store Carrefour (家樂福 Jiālèfú) and adding in the first character in Chiayi (Jiāyì 嘉義). The Carrefour next door doesn’t seem to mind. Here you can find every kind of traditional Taiwan night market food you could ask for. The main delicacy here is Mongolian grill and barbecue...(read more).
About 6 PM to 12:30 PM
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From the front of Chiayi Train Station turn south and take a right on provincial highway 159. After that take a left on Bo'ai West Road until you reach Carrefour. There is free scooter and car parking at Carrefour. The night market is right to the left of Carrefour.
By Train/Bus: From Chiayi Station, take bus 7320, 7325, or 7326 to Fulong Temple Station (伏龍宮 Fúlónggōng) after which you need to walk south about 10 minutes on Bo'ai West Road until you reach Carrefour.
2. Eat Turkey Rice 吃火鷄肉飯
Turkey Rice is perhaps the most famous dish in Chiayi. It's sweet, sour and savory, and probably some of the best Turkey you've ever had. With bowls of turkey rice starting as low as 30 NT, you definitely need to try a bowl while you are here.
3. Eat Boba Pizza 吃珍珠披薩
You've heard of the Taiwan invented Boba tea, right? Well Chiayi invented Boba Pizza, too. Even though Pizza Hut and Dominos have taken over these flavors, the original Boboa Pizza was created at Boss Pizza in Chiayi (