The Tofu Rocks in Hsinchu are really just concrete blocks to preserve the soil along the Touqian River. However, because of their enormous size, ease of walking to them, and unique shape, they have become a popular spot for Instagrammers. Many of the once perfectly square blocks have been worn down to look like Tofu.
These blocks were originally meant to be used as infrastructure to protect the soil along the Touqian River from erosion. From Google Map history, it seems the Tofu Rocks were installed in 2015. Also from Google, search popularity for the term (豆腐岩）reached peak popularity in October 2016. In the years following, the rocks have become a popular Instagram location, and have been used in photos to pretend that the rocks are tofu, piano keys, etc.
Most of the time you will not find many people here.
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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 Golden Motel a high quality motel near Green Grass Lake (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, Expedia here, or Trip.com here), and CD Motel, another high quality motel in downtown Hsinchu (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, or Trip.com here). Unfortunately I cannot recommend any further hotels that I have stayed at in Hsinchu because usually we stay at my wife's uncle's house.
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How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: The rocks are on the south side of the Touqian River near some farm fields. There is a dirt parking lot on the side of the river. If you are looking for car rentals in Hsinchu, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKDay here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
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By Bus: There are no bus stops nearby. The nearest bus stop is by Costco, and it's a 30-minute walk there. You can book tickets to travel to Hsinchu via inter-city bus on Klook here. You can book tickets to Hsinchu via high speed rail (HSR) on Klook here or KKDay here. Book tickets via the normal train (TRA) on Klook here.
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I have been to the tofu rocks once on foot. They are cool to see and take photos, but I wish I would have brought my drone that day.
There are actually multiple places to see Tofu rocks in Hsinchu, but the most popular place is the place on the map above.
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There are tons of green spaces along the Touqian River and it is a great place for a bike ride.
I walked for 30 minutes from Costco to get here. You can walk across the rocks to the other side of the river. Some people say you should not bring pets or small children because it is dangerous. Be wary of the risks involved.
You can find more tours and activities in Hsinchu such as river tracing, wild hot springs, white water kayaking, backpack rafting, Little Ding Dong Theme Park, Leofoo Village Theme Park, Window on China Theme Park, glamping, camping, stone spa, horse riding, and more on Klook here or KKday here.
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