19 Taichung Tourist Spots And Things to do in Taichung & Itinerary

Last updated on June 12th, 2020 at 09:53 am

19 Cool Taichung Tourist Spots

Taichung City is the the second most populous city in Taiwan. It’s just only 170 kilometers far from Taipei the capital of Taiwan. We will write 19 cool Taichung tourist spots ans things to do in Taichung. From Rainbow Village and Sun Moon Lake the most popular ones to parks, museums and night markets in our Taichung Travel Guide

Read here how to get to Rainbow Village and most instagrammable places in Taiwan!

Read budget travel in Taiwan and Taiwan tourist spots.

Read here how to get to Taichung City, Taipei to Taichung, hotels in Taichung and Kaohsiung to Taichung!

Taichung Travel Guide

BEST TIME TO VISIT TAICHUNG

Taichung is located in North Taiwan so the weather is really nice it can be cold in January and February. In Taichung and the weather it’s not so hot like Tainan and Kaohsiung. The best time to visit Taichung is from November to April when the weather is dry and not so hot the temperature.

November to April: The weather is dry and temperature is not so hot. The coldest months are January and February. May to October: The weather is so hot and it’s rainy season. The typhoon season is starting from July to September when is the most rainy season in Taiwan.

Click here to know more about the weather in Taichung!

For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $20-30 USD depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Taichung that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Taichung. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda.

Click here to get a discount booking activities with Klook in Taichung City!

You can also try AirBnB in Taichung with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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ATMS AND CASH IN TAIWAN

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There are few ATMs in the airport that they don’t charge commission. There are a couple of places to exchange money in the airport. Outside the airport it can be difficult to exchange money in Taiwan. You will be able to do it only in banks. The exchange rate $1 USD= 30 TWDClick here to know more about the current exchange rate in Taiwan!

HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY

GETTING TO TAICHUNG BY PLANE

Taichung International Airport has daily flights from China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. It’s the third largest airport in Taiwan after Kaohsiung and Taipei International Airport. It’s located 15 kilometers far from city center.

There are two terminals: Terminal 1 for Domestic flights and Terminal 2 for International flights. There are buses and taxis going to city center from the airport.

Read here how to get from Taoyuan airport to Taichung!

HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM TAIPEI BY TRAIN

If you want to get to Taichung City from Taipei by train. There are two options THSR and TRA the local trains.

If you go with THSR the high speed train it will take you 40 minutes to get to Taichung City from Taipei. The price is around 700 TWD in economy class. The THSR will be outside the city and to get to city center you will have to get a bus or a taxi.

If you want to get by local train (TRA) to Taichung City from Taipei. It will take 2 hours depending on the train. It will cost you around 275-350 TWD.

There are trains leaving very often between Taipei and Taichung. And we recommend you to book at least two weeks in advance since sometimes there aren’t available seats.

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Read here how to get from Taichung to Taipei!

HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM TAIPEI

If you want to get to Taichung City by bus from Taipei. It will take 2 hours and a half. The price is around 250 TWD. And the bus station is close to city center in Taichung. We went there by bus and they are so comfortable with wifi connection.

There are buses leaving every 30 minutes or every hour from Taipei to Taichung City. Based in our experience no need to book in advance. Unless there are special dates like Chinese New Year or any other festivals around the area.

GETTING TO TAICHUNG CITY BY PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

If you want get by car to Taichung City or taxi and private transportation from Taipei. It will take you around two hours. It can be a great option if you are traveling with a group. It will cost around 3000 TWD. It’s not fastest than the train but it’s the most comfortable since you don’t have stops on the way.

If you are traveling by train we recommend you to book at least 1-2 weeks in advance. In our experience traveling by bus there is no need to book in advance. Just make sure it’s not peak season Chinese New Year or Festivals in Taichung City where you will have to book in advance.

HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM KAOHSIUNG BY TRAIN

If you want to get to Taichung City from Kaohsiung by train. There are two options by TSHR high speed train is the fastest way. It will take you around one hour to get there. Prices are around 900 TWD. The train stations are outside the city but there is easy access with public transportation in both cities.

If you prefer TRA the regular train will take 2 hours and a half. You will get to city center. The price will be around 600-700 TWD. For the train tickets make sure that you book in advance 1-2 weeks just in case there are no seats available.

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HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM KAOHSIUNG BY BUS

If you want to get to Taichung City from Kaohsiung will take you 3 hours by bus. It’s depending on the traffic leaving Kaohsiung and get into Taichung City. The price of the bus is around 500 TWD. The bus leaves and get to city center and you will find wifi connection for your trip. If you are on a budget it can be the best option.

HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM TAINAN BY TRAIN

If you get to Taichung City from Tainan by train. There are two ways High Speed Train and Taiwan Railways. The high speed train takes half of the time and it costs more expensive than Taiwan Railways. High Speed train stations are usually outside the city while Taiwan Railways is close to city center. The train from Taichung City to Tainan: Taiwan Railways will take around 2 hours and it costs 350 TWD. For high speed train expect to pay around 800 TWD and one journey from Taichung City to Tainan. Make sure that you book your tickets at least two weeks in advance. Otherwise maybe you will run out of space.

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HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM TAINAN BY BUS

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If you want to get to Taichung City from Tainan by bus. The price is around 250 TWD. And it takes 2 hours and a half to get there. The bus stations like Taiwan Railways are usually located close to city center. Base in our experience no need to book the bus ticket in advance.

Read here how to get from Tainan to Taichung!

BUYING EASY CARD

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We have to say that for us was the best way to travel around Kaohsiung since you just put load and you can use in MRT, buses and even going to places like Fo Guang Shang Memorial which is outside the center. You can also use it in Taipei. Plus you can use for buying in 7 Eleven and convenience stores in the country. So i’s pretty convenient.how to get from Kaohsiung airport to city center, How to get to Taichung City

You can purchase in convenience stores in Kaohsiung. Also available in the airport you will pay 100 TWD which is $3 USD non refundable. It’s comfortable and every time that you use your Easy Card you get 15% discounts in your MRT and bus trips. You can recharge in convenience stores or in MRT Stations.

You can use that money to buy in convenience stores in Taiwan. It’s great since there are Family Mart 7 Eleven all over Kaohsiung and Taiwan. Click here to get unlimited MRT Pass!

Taichung Tourist Spots And Things to do in Taichung

1. Taichung Confucius Temple

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It was built following the temple-style of the Song Dynasty between 1972 to 1976. It’s located in North District. It’s opened from 9 am to 5 pm and it’s closed on Mondays. Buses 41, 99, 67, 142 and 163 stopping at Shuangshi Junior High School.

2. Wufeng Lin Family House

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A beautiful gardens in the mansion. You can join on a tour where they will explain about the history of Taichung and Taiwan last two hundred years. There is an entrance fee 250 TWD.

3. Walk the Gaomei Wetlands in Taichung

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Gaomei Wetlands is the best spot for sunset in Taichung. You can walk around the area and enjoy the amazing views. To get there there are affordable tours organized. If you prefer to go on your own you have to get the Bus 655.

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4. Chun Shui Tang Bubble Tea

They invented the most popular drink in Taiwan: The Bubble Tea. It’s cool to visit to know more about this. Bubble teas taste great. Prices are little bit more expensive than usual.

5. Rainbow Village

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It is a village in Nantun District, Taichung City that is unique because of the colorful houses here, thus, the name. All of the paintings in this village are painted by Grandpa Rainbow, Mr. Huang Yung-Fu. Tourists come and visit this to take pictures because of its fun, vibrant vibes. Have you ever been in Rainbow Village?

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6. The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

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The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is located in West District. There are amazing sculptures in the garden, there is a part of Calligraphy Greenway and also a Skywalk where you can have a great view of the green space and Taichung buildings. There is free entrance and it’s one of the Taichung tourist spots that you can’t miss it.

7. Taichung Park

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We visited during the day Taichung Park and it was so beautiful and quiet. You can rent a boat and going around. We just passed by took a few pictures and keep walking outside since it’s located in city center.

8. The Fengjia Night Market

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Since we were staying just two minutes walking from Fengja night market. We went there every night. The food was affordable and great. Milk teas were great too! Our favorite was dumplings and noodle soups around the local restaurants inside the market. If you are planning to visit more night markets you can check Xiangshang Market.

9. Sun Moon Lake

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It is considered to be the largest body of water in Taiwan found in Nantou County. The area surrounding Sun Moon Lake is where the Thao Tribe lives, one of the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. This lake surrounds the tiny island Lalu. It is known that the east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west resembles a moon.

That is why it’s called Sun Moon Lake. Take note that swimming in Sun Moon Lake is prohibited, except during the annual 3-km race called the Swimming Carnival of Sun Moon Lake celebrated around the Mid-Autumn Festival annually.

Read here how to get to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei!

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More Taichung Tourist Spots And Things to do in Taichung

10. The National Museum of Natural Science

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The National Museum of Natural Science can be a great Taichung tourist spot if you are traveling with kids. There is no entrance fee and you will get entertainment for 1-2 hours walking around.

11. Taichung Second Market

Taichung Second Market

Second Market in Taichung is great place to visit for lunch as we did. It’s close to city center. It’s perfect for local food and you will find affordable prices. If you go on a budget you can’t miss this Taichung tourist spot.

12. Miyahara Ice Cream

Miyahara Ice Cream is located close to Taichung Station. You can choose ice cream of many different flavors. You can expect a long queu. You can also have lunch and dinner in the restaurant which is so beautiful and very instagrammable.

13. Explore Animation Lane

Explore Animation Lane
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If you are looking for a colorful place to take pictures. It can be an alternative to Rainbow Village as Taichung tourist spots. It’s close to Taichung Train Station.

14. The 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

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921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan is far south of town that requires a 30 minute bus ride. But it’s totally worth it to visit. The museum is integrated into the damaged remains of a school building that suffered irreparable damages from the 1999 earthquake in Taiwan.

15. Visit Temples in Taichung

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There are many temples to visit in Taichung. It’s good to learn about their religion mostly Taoism in Taiwan. There are a few God of Literature Temple, Nantian Temple, God Of War, Baojue Temple and The Happy Buddha. Let us know if we are missing one of your favorite temples in Taichung.

16. Dakeng Hot Spring

Dakeng Hot Spring
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If you want to breath fresh air from the heat of Taichung. Make sure you drive 40 minutes to visit the Hot Springs in Taichung. They are quite popular in Taiwan. It would be great if you avoid the weekend to enjoy a relax atmosphere during the weekdays.

17. Zhongshe Flower Market

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It takes 40 minutes to get to Zhongshe Flower market by taxi and it costs around 700 TWD. You can also go by train to Taiwan Station and a little walk from there. There is an entrance fee 120 TWD. It’s better if you visit during weekdays and avoid the weekends. If you are looking for nice and colorful pictures is one of the list of Taichung tourist spots that you will enjoy.

18. ShenJi 368 New Village

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ShenJi 368 New Village is an interesting place to walk around and take pictures. There are many shops, handicrafts and even coffee shops. It will take you around one hour to go around. To get there from Taichung Railway Station you can take the bus 11, 89, 71 to Hsiang Junior High School.

19. Totoro Bus Stop

The place is two kilometers far away from Taichung Train Station. It’s so popular for tourists and you can even find the location in google maps, click here!

WHERE TO STAY IN TAICHUNG CITY

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We stayed at La Vida in Taichung City. It’s close to Fengjia night market and close to the bus terminal coming from Tainan and Taipei. The location is so convenient! You can also get a bus going to Rainbow Village and Taichung city center just a few meters walking distance from La Vida Hotel.

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About La Vida Hotel in Taichung City was the perfect place to stay for us. You can enjoy high speed connection and coffee and snacks 24 hours. It was perfect for catching up with work. Plus a green area for relaxing with your coffee and snacks too. We loved it our bathtub with TV, how modern was everything in the room in a minimalist atmosphere.

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The breakfast was great with Chinese and Western options. The staff was super friendly and facilities were great that’s why is ranking as one of the highest in Booking.com in Taichung City.

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For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $20-30 USD depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Taichung that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Taichung. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda.

Click here to get a discount booking activities with Klook in Taichung City!

You can also try AirBnB in Taichung with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

Hope you like our Taichung Travel Guide! Which one of the list of 19 Taichung tourist spots and things to do in Taichung is your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!