Taichung is the second largest city in Taiwan, and includes a vibrant city, delicious food, amazing coastline, and dazzling mountains. In addition, Taichung's central location in Taiwan makes it easy to visit other nearby counties. In this blog, we will show you some of the most worthwhile sites to see on your next trip to Taichung.
When to visit:
It is best to visit from April to November when the weather is warm and less windy.
There is a constant, cold wind from December to March especially along the coast. However, the winter in general is more dry.
Where to stay:
Most of the accommodation you will find is near the city center. If you will only visit downtown, you can consider a day trip from Taipei.
We have stayed at and recommend the Norway Forest Travel Hotel, a convenient hotel right in front of Taichung Station (you can book on Booking.com here, Agoda here, or compare prices on Kayak here), and Sin Fu Business Hotel which is also a great value for the money and great quality in downtown Taichung (you can book on Agoda here or compare prices on Kayak here).
Looking for a hotel? We recommend booking through Booking.com here, which provides the best quality selection of accommodation in Taiwan.
Find out where to stay in our Taiwan hotels guide or search for the best hotel deals in Taiwan here.
Basic Taichung Travel Tips:
How get to Taichung?
You can book tickets to travel to Taichung via inter-city bus on Klook here.
You can book tickets to Taichung via high speed rail (HSR) on Klook here or KKDay here.
Book tickets via the normal train (TRA) on Klook here.
How to get around in Taichung:
As always, we recommend renting a scooter as the best way to see Taiwan. However, you can also a great deal of Hsinchu by taking the train, 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.
Scooter Rental: Looking for scooter rental in Taichung? You can search Klook here or KKday here to look for options.
You can also check out our scooter rental guide here.
Car Rental: If you are looking for car rentals in Taichung, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKDay here. You can also charter a car on KKday here.
You can also check out our car rental guide here.
By Bus: You can book a Taichung sightseeing bus on KKday here.
By Bicycle: Cycling is the best way to enjoy Taiwan's landscapes if you have the time and energy. Looking for bicycle rentals in Taiwan? You can search on KKday here and Klook here. You can also check out our Taiwan cycling guide here.
For more information, check out our Taiwan transportation guide here.
There are many tours of Taichung available on on KKday here or Klook here, such as an Instagram Day Tour, Historic Downtown and Sun Cake DIY Experience, Taichung Railway Station Walking Tour, Local Market Biking Tour, Aboriginal Food Tour, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
There are many amazing sites and attractions in Taichung, such as Gaomei Wetlands, Rainbow Village, Luce Chapel, Rainbow Village, Wuling Farm, Nantun Old Street, Xinshe Flower Garden, Lihpao Land Theme Park, National Museum of Natural Science, Wonder New Land Children's Park, Carton King Creative Park, Jurassic Planet Park, Museum of Illusions, Lavender Cottage, Okuma Center Fishing Museum, Basian Forest Recreation Area, Wooderlife Gaming Area, Dasyueshan Recreation Area, Wufeng Lin Family Garden, Moncoeur Garden, Yukids Island, Shoe Wonderland Factory Tour, Lihpao International STS Race Circuit, Muxinquan Leisure Farm, Guguan Hot Springs, Miyahar, Fushoushan Recreational Farm, Xinshe Castle, National Taichung Theater, and many more which are covered in this blog.
You can also book a Taichung pass for multiple attractions on Klook here or here.
Taichung has lots of indoor and outdoor activities available, such as Scuba Cube Hotel Indoor Diving Experience, Batting Cages, Indoor Skiing and Sledding, Car Race Track, Pilot an Aircraft, Glamping, Archery, Trampoline Center, Off-road ATVing, Hiking, see cherry blossoms, stargazing, Aboriginal Food Tour, cooking class, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
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See below for a map of places we will cover in this blog:
Places we will cover in this blog:
Wuling Farm 武陵農場
Wuling Farm is a recreational farm in the mountains of Taichung, Taiwan. It is one of the only places that you can spot the endangered Formosan Landlocked Salmon in the wild, and includes flowers, fruit trees, tea plantations, cherry blossoms, hikes, camping, waterfalls, and wildlife to enjoy. It is a great place to experience Taiwan's high mountain ecology...(read more)
Dakeng Hiking Trails 大坑登山步道
The most popular hiking trails in Taichung City are in the Dakeng Scenic Area, and these are numbered #1-10. This blog will take you through hiking trail #6. These trails are relatively easy and have some great views of eastern Taichung City and the surrounding mountains...(read more)
Rainbow Village 彩虹眷村
Rainbow Village is a brightly colored artistic dependents village located in Taichung, Taiwan. It was converted into a tourist destination by one of the former residents in order to save the village from destruction. The unique paintings cover almost the entire village, and has become a major spot for tourists and Instagrammers...(read more)
99 Peaks Forest Trail 九九峰森林步道
The 99 Peaks Trail (aka Jiujiufeng Forest Trail or 九十九峰) in Caotun Township of Nantou County is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Taiwan. It features extremely steep grassy hills that look like they are from a cartoon. This is due to the easily eroding sediment that they are made out of. Taiwan's torrential rains and earthquakes have sped up the erosion on these hills, making them especially steep and pointy, and creating what looks like 99 peaks on the horizon. From the trail one clearly see the jagged 99 peaks as well as beautiful views of Caotun and Nantou...(read more)
Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地
Gaomei Wetlands in Taichung is one of the best places to see wildlife in Taiwan. Here you can find thousands of intertidal creatures, including crabs, birds, and amphibious fish. The mud flats extend for miles during low tide, creating an intertidal wonderland. There is also a long boardwalk for those who don't want to get their feet wet. It is a must-stop on your next vacation to Taichung...(read more)
Da'an Beach 大安濱海樂園
Da'an Beach (aka Daan Beach) in Da'an District of Taichung City may be Taichung's best beach. Here you can find long stretches of sandy beach, a bike path, campground, free public swimming pools, as well as nearby resorts. Popular activities here also include kite flying and surfing. It is a great place to enjoy the coastline of central Taiwan...(read more)
Dajia Stone House 大甲石頭屋
The "Dajia Stone House" in Taichung reminds many people of the movie Up. It's called the stone house because of the pile of stones in front, and the colored balls are floaties used for fishing that the owner has collected over time. Please be respectful when visiting because people still live in this house...(read more)
Dajia Old Street 大甲老街
Dajia Old Street (aka Shuntian Road Old Street) is a historic area in Taichung, including Qing-era and Japanese-era buildings, shops, and Jenn Lann Temple. It is known as one of the oldest settlements in the Taichung. The town is also home to the Dajia Mazu pilgrimage, the largest religious procession in Taiwan. Here you can also find food stalls and restaurants as well as Chinese medicine, clothing shops, and jewelry shops. It is definitely worth a stop on your next trip to Taichung...(read more)
Luce Memorial Chapel 路思義教堂
The Luce Memorial Chapel in Tunghai University, Taichung has a unique shape that has made it the icon of Taichung City. It is the central landmark of Tunghai University, completed in 1962 in honor of Rev. Henry Luce. Now it is one of Taichung City's most popular tourist attractions...(read more)
Xinshe Sea of Flowers 新社花海
The Xinshe Sea of Flowers (aka Xinshe Sea of Flowers and Taichung International Flower Carpet Festival 新社花海暨臺中國際花毯節) is a large field of flowers in Xinshe District of Taichung. The flowers usually bloom in the wintertime and are a major tourist attraction in the area. It is a great place for photography and taking selfies, and should definitely be on your bucket list for your next trip to Taichung...(read more)
Nantun Old Street 南屯老街
Nantun Old Street is a historic area in Taichung, including historic buildings, shops, and Wanhe Temple. It is known as the oldest settlement in the Taichung Basin. Here you can also find food stalls and restaurants as well as Chinese medicine, clothing shops, and jewelry shops. It is definitely worth a stop on your next trip to Taichung...(read more)
Feng Chia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Feng Chia Night Market (aka Fengjia Night Market) in Taichung City is said to be the largest and also has the best food of any night market in Taiwan. Here you can find every Taiwanese snack food you could ever want and more. Popular foods here include stinky tofu, danbing (egg pancake), fried chicken, taro ice, octopus balls, and much more for you to explore. It should definitely be on your list for your next trip to Taiwan...(read more)
Places we missed:
Lihpao Land Theme Park
National Museum of Natural Science
Wonder New Land Children's Park
Carton King Creative Park
Jurassic Planet Park
Museum of Illusions
Okuma Center Fishing Museum
Basian Forest Recreation Area
Wooderlife Gaming Area
Dasyueshan Recreation Area
Wufeng Lin Family Garden
Shoe Wonderland Factory Tour
Lihpao International STS Race Circuit
Muxinquan Leisure Farm
Guguan Hot Springs
Fushoushan Recreational Farm
National Taichung Theater
and much more you can discover for yourself!
Don't forget Taichung has lots of indoor and outdoor activities available, such as Scuba Cube Hotel Indoor Diving Experience, Batting Cages, Indoor Skiing and Sledding, Car Race Track, Pilot an Aircraft, Glamping, Archery, Trampoline Center, Off-road ATVing, Hiking, see cherry blossoms, stargazing, Aboriginal Food Tour, cooking class, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
You can also check out our full travel guide to Taiwan here.
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