You must visit these Taichung Tourist Spots when you travel in Taiwan.
Taichung was the center of light industry, producing many low-cost toys, shoes, along with electronic devices in the 1980s. As a result, Taichung Tourist Spots weren’t famous. Today, many tourists visit Taichung City as there are a lot of exciting tourist spots and events worth taking a look.
We have assembled our list of the leading top 10 Taichung tourist spots.
1. Rainbow Village is a must visit Taichung Tourist Spot
Rainbow Village in Nantun Area of Taichung City used to consist of 1,200 houses for veterans as well as their households. Many military family members had relocated out of the village over the years. Mr. Huang Yung-Fu, who served in the military and had lived in the village for the past 30 years, did not want to see his village being torn down. So he picked up a paintbrush and started painting. Eventually, he transformed the village into lively colors and drawings.
With Mr. Huang’s effort, Rainbow Village was preserved and also currently the leading tourist location in Taichung as well as in Taiwan. Many media come from around the world to report on the story of Rainbow Village, including BBC Travel.
2. Taichung Park is a great place for the family
Taichung Park used to be a bamboo forest and wetlands. During the Qing dynasty, it was named Battery Mountain or “Dadun” in Chinese. In March 1903, the area was developed into a 21-acre urban park and opened to the public on October 28, 1903.
On October 24, 1908, construction of the Western train line completed, and Taichung Park was picked to host the opening ceremony. A Pavillion was built over the pond as a rest location for Japanese Royal prince Kanin-no-miya Kotohito, who was hosting the event.
Taichung Park is a great place to visit because it includes children’s playground, landscaped gardens, lakes, and walking paths.
3. Wuqi Fishing Port is one of the least visited Taichung Tourist Spots
Wuqi Fisherman’s Port lies in the Qingshui Area of Taichung District. This is not a tourist spot in Taichung many people know. The small fishing port opened in 1989. During the Second World War, the port suffered substantial damages. After the war, the Taiwanese Government re-built the port and its surrounding area.
Today the port is a lively place that serves many purposes: seafood production, recreation, and attraction. Wuqi Fishing Port is not on many popular guide books. But we think it is the best place to get fresh seafood and local Taiwanese seafood snacks.
4. Luce Memorial Chapel
Luce Memorial Chapel, located inside Tunghai University University, was first conceived as a wooded structure building. However, the engineers quickly deserted the idea of using wood due to the damp atmosphere and seismic problems.
The Chapel was designed by world-famous architect Ieoh Ming Pei and Chi-Kuan Chen. Mr. Pei designed many world-renowned buildings, including John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, National Gallery of Art East Building, and Louvre Pyramid in Paris.
The Taichung government proposed the Luce Memorial Chapel in April 1954, and it got postponed until July 1960. The building of the Chapel happened from September 1962 to November 1963.
5. Gaomei Wetlands
Gaomei Wetlands is in the Qingshui area in Taichung, where waters from the Dajia River converges with the Taiwan Strait. Gaomei Wetlands is the furthest Taichung Tourist Spot on this list.
During the Japanese Colonial period, many locals visited Gaomei Beach. The development in Taichung Port and the build-up of sand embankment around Taichung Port led to the increase built up of sand and sediments on the beach. The government closed the beach in 1976.
Initially, the government planned to build a coal-powered power plant around the Gaomei Wetlands area. Many residents protested against building the power plant because they fear the power plant may damage wildlife. Eventually, in 2004, the government declared Gaomei Wetland as a national protected wetland area.
Now, locals and international visitors flock to Gaomei area to learn about wetland habitats and watch the beautiful sunsets.
6. National Taichung Theater
National Taichung Theater is an opera theater in the Taichung’s 7th Redevelopment Zone in the Xitun Area of Taichung, Taiwan. The Theater occupies an area of approximately 57,685 square meters (620,920 sq feet). World-renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito designed it. National Taichung Theater officially opened in 2016 and won the Japanese 2018 Good Design Best 100.
National Taichung Theater consists of several venues for performances and entertainment, including Grand Theater, Playhouse, Black Box, Sky Garden, Rehearsal Room 1-4, Corner Salon, Tutu Gallery, 1F Lobby and 2F Foyer Outdoor Plaza.
The largest Theater is the Grand Theater, which is located on the Theater’s 2nd floor. Grand Theater can seat up to 2007 attendees. The whole Theater curtained in a cozy red shade gives a welcoming and also professional environment for the guests.
Playhouse, also located on the second level of the Theater, is a smaller Theater that can seat up to 794 guests. Each seat is temperature-controlled by a vent underneath the seat. The entrance has been double soundproofed, reinforcing the already reliable soundproofing that encompasses the rest of the Theater.
The Sky Garden is on the Theater’s sixth floor and offers an outdoor view of the skies and the surrounding area. Decorated with flowers as well as plants of every color, you can follow the winding footpaths throughout the garden. Sky Garden is ideal for family and children to free play.
7. Calligraphy Greenway
Calligraphy Greenway is not a Taichung Tourist Spot per se but rather a network of parks, shops, cafes, and museums. Calligraphy Greenway is an urban development project started by the Taichung City Government in 2007. The idea is to create a gathering place for free expression, movement, and enjoyment for Taichung residents, just like the idea behind Chinese “cursive script” or “grass script” style of Chinese Calligraphy.
The Calligraphy Greenway consists of parks, picturesque tourist attractions, public arts, shopping, cafes, and museums. It is about 3.6 kilometers long and covers 6.5-hectare open space. Travelers can find many attractions such as the National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Civic Square, venue for the Taichung International Jazz Festival, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts along the Calligraphy Greenway.
8. Miyahara Ice Cream
Miyahara Ice Cream is a must visit Taichung Tourist Spot for foodie and Ice Cream aficionado. The words on the ground at the entrance of Miyahara Ophthalmology tells the visitors that the building has a long history. During the Japanese occupation, Takeo Miyahara opened the Miyahara ophthalmology. Mr. Miyahara also actively participated in political affairs. After the Japanese colonial period, the government converted the Miyahara Ophthalmology Building into Taichung Health Center and hospital in the 1970s.
In 1999 after the 921 earthquakes and 2008 Typhoon Kalmaegi, Miyahara Ophthalmology was in danger of being demolished because the city deemed the building structurally unsafe.
Dawncake, a pastry specialty shop, purchased the building and renovated the Miyahara Ophthalmology, combining old and new elements, turned it into the Miyahara Ice Cream shop.
Millions of visitors now flock to Miyahara Ice Cream to check out this unique building and of course, the delicious ice cream.
9. Fengjia Night Market – the most famous on Taichung Tourist Spots list
Fengjia Night Market is the most famous night market around Fengjia University in Xitun District, Taichung City. It is also the most visited Taichung Tourist Spot. The night market covers the area along Wenxing and Fuxing Roadway. It is currently the biggest night market in Taiwan and has the most innovative and various foods. Taiwanese people rank Fengjia night market as their number one favorite night market.
According to the data of Fengjia University, the number of people visiting in Fengjia Night Market is about 30,000 per day during non-holiday as well as over 100,000 during public holidays. So if you are considering visiting Fengjia Night Market, it is better to check it out during the weekdays.
Going to the night market is a part of the Taiwanese culture. When you are in Taiwan, be sure to check out at least one night market to experience traditional and innovative Taiwanese food and snacks.
10. Wufeng Lin Family Mansion & Garden
Why go to the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion & Garden? Wufeng Lin Family Manor & Garden is one of the best-preserved Taiwanese conventional structures and designs. The estate splits into two areas, the Upper Manor and Lower Estate.
Wufeng Lin family is one of the five famous households in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation. During the mid-19th century, the Lin family managed a multitude of lands in central Taiwan and hundreds of militia. Lin’s family additionally had exclusive legal rights to trade Camphor.
Visitors will discover the history of the Lin Family and traditional Taiwanese architecture style and culture.
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