Taichung is often overlooked by travellers but in my opinion, it’s one of the coolest places in Taiwan. There are many unique things to do here. Here are my best recommendations on where to go, eat, and stay, for travellers who have about one to two days in Taichung, Taiwan.
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- How to get in
- Where to go in Taichung
- Zhongshe Guanguang Flower Market
- What to eat
- Where to stay
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How to get in
From Taipei, you can get to Taichung by high speed rail (HSR). The HSR departs quite often from Taipei Main Station (from 15 to 30 minutes). A free seat ticket is $675 NTD, which is about $23 USD. The ride is 50 minutes. Once you get to Taichung HSR station, you can either bus to the city, which will take about 50 minutes or get a taxi, which will take about 20 minutes.
Where to go in Taichung
Just a 10 minutes drive away from the HSR station is a vibrant art installation called “Rainbow Village”. It’s an area of former veteran homes that has been painted by one of the old veterans. Now it’s a very popular photo op spot. Stop by here on your way to the city for a colorful welcome to Taichung.
Zhongshe Guanguang Flower Market
The Zhongshe Guanguang Flower Market has beautiful flowers blooming all year round. Every corner is perfect for you to Instagram. Just look at this lavender field of dream! This was one of my favorite places during all my travels in Taiwan. A must go for flower lovers. The market is about an hour and a half away from Taichung by bus. Or you can rent a driver for the day and the drive from the city takes about half an hour. The market also has an all you can eat BBQ restaurant where if you buy lunch there, entrance to the flower area is free!
It’s a good idea to combine Gaomei Wetland and the Zhongshe Guanguang Flower Market into one day trip. After taking lots of photos amongst the sea of flowers, head to the best sunset spot in Taichung, where of course you will take even more photos! See the beautiful windmills against the golden sky. It can get quite windy however, so make sure to take a coat. Not going to lie, my tushie got a little cold.
Zhongxiao Night Market
There are two famous night markets in Taichung, Fenjia and Zhongxiao. As opposed to the huge Fenjia market, Zhongxiao is easy to navigate as the stalls are all down one street. A can’t miss food spot on your Taichung itinerary. Keep reading for ideas on what to eat.
What to eat
Night market munchies
As just mentioned, the food at Zhongxiao Night market is delicious. Try Guabao, a yummy bun stuffed with pork belly. Other good things to eat are oyster omelets, BBQ skewers and if you are up for it, stinky tofu!
This hot pot restaurant on Meicun road is amazing! Very fresh ingredients and flavorful broth. Just look at that soup color! One of my favorite spontaneous eatery finds in Taichung. The best is their spicy pot!
Address: No. 232, Section 1, Meicun Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
I’m Talato Ice Cream
Not only is the ice cream delicious, this store is totally Instagram worthy! I’m Talato is a great place to get a sweet treat and sweet picture. Try their sesame flavor. Totally unique! The chocolate flavor is delicious too!
Address: No. 451, Yingcai Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
Related read: 7 Cafes and Restaurants in Taiwan You’d Want to Instagram
Where to stay
This Airbnb in Taichung is owned by an interior designer and decorated very tastefully. The bed is oh so comfortable! The location is also very convenience with many restaurants around (very close to 四季鍋食Hot pot).
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