Introducing Taichung

by NCHU DFLL × MIS

About Taichung

History

History

There are four time periods in Taichung history. During the Qing Dynasty, Taichung was called Zhu-Luo-County. During Japanese rule (1920s), it was called Taichung State. After World War II (1945), when The Republic of China took over Taiwan, Taichung State became Taichung County. In 2010, Taichung City and Taichung County were combined and became a direct-controlled municipality.

Taichung History
Religion

Taiwan has a variety of religions, and Taichung is no exception. Most Taiwanese believe in Buddhism, Taoism, or folk religions. In Taichung, there is a famous religion festival called the Dajia Mazu Procession in which people pray for security and peace. This festival is held every year in April.

Language

Mandarin Chinese, Southern Min, and Hakka

Taichung Language
Character System

Mandarin Chinese

Ethnicity

Han people, Hakka people, and Aboriginal people (Atayal tribe, Ami tribe, Paiwan tribe, Bunun tribe, etc.)

Location

Geography

Taichung is a city located 24° 8' 35" N and 120° 40' 53" E, in the middle of Taiwan’s Western Plain which stretches from northern Taiwan along to the southern cape. Taiwan is 2,215 square kilometers.

Its middle location makes Taichung the third biggest city in Taiwan, and it is a major transportation hub on the island. Attached to the Central Mountain Range on the east and the Taiwan Strait to the west, Taichung has both mountains and beaches. Three rivers originate from the eastern highlands, including the Da-an River, the Dajia River, and the Wu River.

Administrative Division

Taichung as an integrated city with Taichung county and the Taichung heartland; it has 29 districts.

The heartland consists of five districts: West, East, North, South, and Central districts. Taichung County covers all the rest of the 24 districts, including Beitun District(北屯區), Nantun District(南屯區), Xitun District(西屯區), Dali District(大里區), Fengyuan District(豐原區), Taiping District(太平區), Dajia District(大甲區), Dongshi District(東勢區), Qingshui District(清水區), Shalu District(沙鹿區), Wuqi District(梧棲區), Dadu District(大肚區), Daya District(大雅區), Heping District(和平區), Houli District(后里區), Shengang District(神岡區), Shigang District(石岡區), Tanzi District(潭子區), Waipu District(外埔區), Wufeng District(霧峰區), Wuri District(烏日區), and Xinshe District(新社區).

Taichung Districts

Climate

Climate

Taichung has a subtropical monsoon climate, with the northeast monsoon lasting from October to June and the southwest monsoon extending from July to September.

Temperature

The annual average temperature is 23°C (73.4 °F), and the temperature during winter is above 15°C (58.9°F). Thus, there is no obvious difference between summer and winter in Taichung.

Rainfall

The annual average rainfall is above 1.700 millimeters, and it occurs mainly from May to September when the plum rain arrives or typhoons occur.

Humidity

The annual average humidity is between 75% and 85%. Overall, Taichung has a mild climate; therefore, it is suitable for travel any time of the year

If you want to know the everyday weather in Taichung, check here:
Central Weather Bureau: Taichung City

The references from:
Wikipedia: Taichung
Central Weather Bureau

Taichung

Transportation

Arriving in Taichung
Getting to Taichung from the airport
A. From Taoyuan International Airport
  1. By Bus
    Ticketing: Tickets sold at bus counters.
    Terminal 1 bus pickup point: Bus pickup zone at B1 Arrivals.
    Terminal 2 bus pickup point: Bus pickup zone at the northeast arcade of the 1st floor Arrivals lobby.
    1. Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport - Kuokuang Line: 1860 Bus
    2. Free Go Bus: 5503 Bus
    3. UBUS: 1623 bus
  2. By Train
    All tickets can be booked online.
    Terminal 1 bus pickup point: Bus pickup zone at B1 Arrivals.
    Terminal 2 bus pickup point: Bus pickup zone at the northeast arcade of the 1st floor Arrivals lobby.
    1. Take Taoyuan Bus 5059 in Terminal 1 or 2 bus pickup point to arrive at Taoyuan Train Station, and transfer to the Taichung Train Station.
    2. Take Taoyuan Bus 5089 in Terminal 1 or 2 bus pickup point to arrive at Zhongli Train Station, and transfer to the Taichung Train Station.
    Taichung Railway Station
  3. By High Speed Rail (HSR)
    All tickets can be booked online.
    Take the UBUS shuttle bus at the Arrival Lobbies of Terminals 1 and 2. Then, take the HSR to the Taichung HSR Station. Taichung High Speed Rail Station
B. From Kaohsiung International Airport
  1. By Bus
    Take the MRT from the airport to Kaohsiung Train Station, then transfer by bus to Taichung.
  2. By Train
    All tickets can be booked online.
    Take the MRT from the airport to Kaohsiung Train Station, and transfer by Taiwan Railway to the Taichung Train Station.
  3. By Train
    All tickets can be booked online.
    Take the MRT from the airport to Zuoying Station, and transfer by the HSR to the Taichung HSR Station.
※The above airports all have domestic flights. As a result, you can fly to other cities or outer islands around Taiwan.
The Buses for City Tour
Check Taichung City Bus routes Online
  • Taichung Station to Taichung Airport (by bus)
    • Route 5 : Taichung Railway Station → O.C.U.(Chaoma)
    • Route 9 : Luchuan E. Station → Zhongshan-Gaomei Rd. Intersection(Taichung Airport)
    • Route 9 district: Daya → Zhongshan-Gaomei Rd. Intersection(Taichung Airport)
    • Route 115 : Taichung Station → Taichung Airport(Taichung Airport)
    • Route 150 : Taichung Park (Shuangshi Rd.) → Taichung Airport(Taichung Airport)
  • Chaoma Station to Taichung Airport(by bus)
    • Route 69 : Wuri Parking Lot →Taichung Airport(Taichung Airport)
    • Route 150 : Taichung Park (Shuangshi Rd.) → Taichung Airport(Taichung Airport)
  • Ubus Transfer Station to Taichung Airport(by bus)
    • Route 69 : Wuri Parking Lot →Taichung Airport(Taichung Airport)
    • Route 150 : Taichung Park (Shuangshi Rd.) → Taichung Airport(Taichung Airport)
※The Taichung City Government provides free city bus travel for the first 8 kilometers to anyone who uses an Easy Card, I Pass, Taiwan Easy Go, or ETC to get on the bus. Taichung Bus

Festivals

Taichung Jazz Festival

When it comes to Taichung’s famous festivals, the Taichung Jazz Festival is one of the most significant events. Thanks to active promotion by the Taichung City Government and collaboration with the residents of Taichung and other supporters around the world, the Taichung Jazz Festival has evolved into a large-scale annual cultural event. The Taichung Jazz Festival has been running for 11 years. It is held every October at Park Lane by the CMP(a shopping center). You can enjoy the beauty of jazz, and also have a glass of beer with your friend.

The reference from:
Taichung Jazz Festival Official Website

Taichung Festivals

Souvenirs

Sun Cake (太陽餅 tài yáng bǐng)

The Sun Cake is one of the most popular Taiwanese desserts. It originated in Taichung City, and thus has become a recommended food for tourists to buy when visiting Taichung.

Sun Cake 太陽餅

The Sun Cake is a confectionery with a sweet filling inside. It is crispy on the outside and sweet on the inside with different filling flavors.

The traditional type is made from malt black sugar while there are also some innovative flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and green tea. The shape of the cake looks like a sun; this is the reason why it is called the “Sun Cake.”

Sun Cake 太陽餅
Pineapple Cake (鳳梨酥 fèng lí sū)

The Taiwanese pronunciation of pineapple is very similar to the pronunciation of the Taiwanese expression: 旺(prosperity). The flavor of the cake is both sour and sweet. As a result, it is very appropriate as a snack. The Pineapple Cake is very tiny and tasty.

Pineapple Cake 鳳梨酥

There are many ways to make pineapple cakes and some of the cakes are filled with real pineapple. However, some people don’t like the sour taste of pineapple cake. Therefore, innovative flavors were created and some of them are now made with melon and pineapple extract.

Emergencies

Hospital
  1. Taichung Veterans General Hospital
    Address: No. 160, Sec. 3, Chung-Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan (R.O.C.) 00407
    Tel: 886-4-23592525
    Taichung Veterans General Hospital
  2. Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
    Address: No.110, Sec. 1, Jianguo N. Rd., South Dist., Taichung City 402, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
    Tel: 886-4-2473-9595
    How to get there by bus:
    1. Taichung Bus – 53,73,85
    Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  3. Cheng Ching Hospital
    Address: No.118, Sec. 3, Chung Kang Rd., South Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
    Tel: 886-4-2220-700
    How to get there by bus:
    1. Taichung Bus – 69, 88, 6106
    2. Geya Bus Transportation
    3. UBUS - 83, 75
    Cheng Ching Hospital
  4. Jen Ai Hospital (Taichung Branch)
    Address: 36 Liu Chuan E. Rd., Sec. 3, Taichung, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
    Tel: 886-4-2225-5450
    How to get there by bus:
    1. Taichung Bus – 106, 88
    Jen Ai Hospital (Taichung Branch)
  5. Taichung Hospital
    Address: 199 San Min Rd, Sec. 1, Taichung, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
    Tel: 886-4-22294411
    How to get there by bus:
    1. Taichung Bus – 27
    Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
Police Office

In case of emergency, dial 110, you can make a call at any public phone booth. Without inserting any coin, simply pick up the phone and dial the number, and indicate your location and the type of emergency.

Taichung Police Office
Fire Department

In case of fire, dial 119, you can make a call at any public phone booth. Without inserting any coin, simply pick up the phone and dial the number, and indicate your location and the type of emergency.

Taichung Fire Department