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
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 Insta worthy. Just look at this lavender field of dream! This was one of my favorite places during all my travels in Taiwan. A must go place for flower enthusiasts. 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. After living your model moment of a lifetime amongst seas of flowers, head to the best sunset spot in Taichung. Hope you brought a back up memory card because the photo taking is not about to stop. See beautiful windmills against the golden sky. Ahh what a romantic scene. It can get quite windy however, so make sure to take a coat. Not going to lie, I was freezing my behinds off while trying to look composed for the camera.
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. We definitely ate our own weight in street food here. A couple snacks we recommend in “What to Eat” section below!
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
Landmark Map of Taichung
Where to stay in Taichung
- Top rating + price combination on Booking.com Rating 9.7 / Estimated price $49 USD
- Great location with breakfast included. Rating 9.2 / Estimated price $14 USD
- Ranked #1 by travelers on Tripadvisor Rating 8.9 /Estimated price $55 USD
- Clean hotel with modern interior design Rating 9.0 / Estimated price $37 USD
- Owned by an interior designer and decorated very tastefully. The bed is oh so comfortable! *If it’s your first time using Airbnb, use my referrer link and enjoy $45 off your first booking!
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