秋 紅 谷 廣 場
Qiū Hóng Gǔ Guǎng Chǎng
Maple Garden is a big park occupying more than 30,000 square meters in Taichung City. There are lawns, trees, and a small bridge in this beautiful park. Although it is an artificial park, the view is worth admiring. In the daytime, you can immerse yourself in the natural atmosphere, and in the evening, you can appreciate the beautiful views in this park. It is a great place to spend time in a beautiful atmosphere.*Address: No. 127-16, Section 2, Táizhōnggǎng Rd, Xitun District, Taichung, 407
后 豐 鐵 馬 道
Hòu Fēng Tiě Mǎ Dào
When Taiwanese talk about riding a bike in Taichung, they will definitely think of the HouFeng bikeway. Moreover, the HouFeng bikeway also connects to the Dong Feng bikeway. The whole length is 16.5 kilometers. If you don’t have your own bike, there are bicycle rental shops close by that have reasonable rates. The bikeway is shaded by trees, and there are unique and beautiful scenic spots. The most famous spot is the ninth tunnel, which was originally a train tunnel. It is a narrow tunnel that only fits two riders side by side. The end of the bikeway is Hou Li farm, and the entire HouFeng bikeway is located in FengYuan.*Address: Fengyuan District, Taichung
Taichung County Gaomei Wetlands Wildlife Refuge
高 美 濕 地
Gāo Měi Shī Dì
Taichung County Gaomei Wetlands Wildlife Refuge is situated in Qingshui Dist., Taichung City. It has rich natural resources with a variety of wildlife. Now, this wetland has become an important nature reserve, and many parents bring their children here to learn about nature. Moreover, people can walk along the riverbank to see the beautiful sunset. If tourists feel hungry, there are many vendors selling local food. However, remember to take your trash away, and leave others the attractive scene you saw when you first arrived.*Address: The exit of Da Jia River to Taichung harbor, Qingshui Dist., Taichung 436, Taiwan
The Aesthetics of Humanism
Dajia Jenlan Temple
大 甲 鎮 瀾 宮
Dà Jiǎ Zhèn Lán Gōng
Dajia Jenlan Temple is located in Dajia District, Taichung. It is a temple which was built over two hundred years ago. Dajia Jenlan Temple is the most well established temple in Taiwan. The Dajia Matsu holy pilgrimage, (大甲媽祖遶境) held in the lunar calendar month of March, is the greatest event of the Taiwanese religion every year. The pilgrimage lasts for eight days and stops by other Matsu temples in Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin and Chiayi counties. The pilgrimage is unique to Taiwan, but recently it has become an international tourism festival. It is common to see foreigners join the pilgrimage.*Address: No.158, Shuntian Rd., Dajia Dist., Taichung 437, Taiwan *Opening Hours: 06:00 ~ 22:00
宮 原 眼 科
Gōng Yuán Yǎn Kē
Miyahara, originally an eye clinic during the Japanese colonial period, was later renovated by a pastry company. Miyahara sells chocolate, ice cream, pearl milk tea, and a wide variety of pastry products such as pineapple cakes which are elaborately packaged and somewhat expensive. When stepping into Miyahara, you will feel like you are entering a fantasy world and you will become fascinated by the interior design. This building incorporates traditional architecture with modern elements, which cause visitors to keep snapping pictures. On weekends, there is always a long line so avoid going there at that time.*Address: No.20, Zhongshan Rd., Central Dist., Taichung 40042, Taiwan *Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 22:00
Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden
霧 峰 林 家 花 園
Wù Fēng Lín Jiā Huā Yuán
Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden, located in Wufeng District, Taichung, is the general name of the former residence of the Wufeng Lin family. In the Qing Dynasty, the Lin family clan became influential due to their exclusive right to sell camphor. The mansion is considerably vast, and can be divided into two branches, the Upper House (Laiyuan) and the Lower House. The upper House, commonly called the Lin Family Gardens, is known as one of The Four Great Gardens of Taiwan.*Address: No. 24, 26 and 28, Min Sheng Rd., Wufeng Dist., Taichung *Opening Hours: 08:00 ~ 18:00
The Honest Store
誠 實 商 店
Chéng Shí Shāng Diàn
In Taichung City, you can go to The Honest Store to test your honesty and integrity. This is a special and interesting store without clerks. You just need to put your money into a big urn when you buy something. The Honest Store is just like a convenience store full of candies and souvenirs, but with a nostalgic atmosphere. Go for a walk around The Honest Store when you want to relax, and you can also admire the nearby maple trees.*Address: No.2-1, Letian Ln., Nantun Dist., Taichung 408, Taiwan (R.O.C.) *Opening Hours: 07:00 ~ 19:00
忠 信 市 場
Zhōng Xìn Shì Chǎng
ZhongXin Market is in an area opposite to the Taichung Art Museum. The market is a unique place full of artists and their artifacts. It was flourishing in the 70’s; however, the financial crisis caused ZhongXin Market’s decline. Several artists have moved into the market since 2009, and now exhibit their pieces or collections. Though the market has been neglected for a long time, these modern creations and cultural pieces bring fresh air to the ragged market. There are people who have lived there for a long time, so the unique culture is maintained.
Inside the market there is a photography store called CameZa Square, which consists of three parts. The first part is a place for people to perform, and exhibit antique cameras and other related items. There are also photography lessons on the weekends which you can sign up for online.
Second, black and white is the only space where people can look at artists’ creations behind a display window. The goal is to break traditional thoughts about art. There are new exhibitions from different periods.
The third part is a Z space in a vivid black and white room which is a place full of books, and Petitdeer with good movies created by unfamiliar directors. You can take an adventure to visit this mysterious market.*Address: No. 67, Section 1, Wǔquán West Rd, Xi District Taichung, 403 *Opening Hours:
Thu. - Fri.: 17:00 - 21:00
Sat. - Sun.: 14:00 - 21:00
Rainbow Military Housing
彩 虹 眷 村
Cǎi Hóng Juàn Cūn
The Rainbow Military Housing is in Nantun District of Taichung, near Ling Tung University. Every alley wall in this place is full of colorful, lovely paintings featuring animals, children, etc.
All of these creative paintings were painted by a retired soldier, Huang Yong Fu, beginning in 2008. He began to draw because he was bored, and then unexpectedly his paintings won great admiration. This small place attracts many tourists. Mr. Huang continues to spend much of his time drawing, and anything can be his subject and drawing paper.*Address: Ln. 56, Chun’an Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung
Lake Heart Pavilion
湖 心 亭
Hú Xīn Tíng
Located in Taichung Park and built in 1908, Lake Heart Pavilion is a place suitable for people of all ages to take a walk along the lake and get rid of the hustle and bustle of city life. It is free of charge and open from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. You can also enjoy rowing a boat on the lake, and see a regular water show. Often a wide variety of activities are held there. For example, around Lantern Festival, there is a fabulous lantern exhibition featuring the animal of that year. It just takes ten minutes to walk to it from the Taichung Train Station.*Address: North District, Taichung, 404
Taichung Broadcasting Bureau
台 中 放 送 局
Tái Zhōng Fàng Sòng Jú
Taichung Broadcasting Bureau is a historic building, combining the features of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
This place was taken over by a local broadcasting company and it’s now under the management of a furniture factory. It has always been a place full of literary and artistic elements. Due to its elegant and unique building style and its 1500 square meter garden, many couples come here to have their wedding photos taken. Except for a regular guide service on the weekends, this place is open to all visitors and welcomes citizen groups to hold exhibitions and activities. Please check the official website for more information.*Address: No. 1, Diàntái St, Bei District, Taichung, 404 *Opening Hours:
Sun. ~ Fri.: 10:00 ~ 18:00
Mon. 10:00 ~ 19:00
Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center
道 禾 六 藝 文 化 館
Dào Hé Liù Yì Wén Huà Guǎn
Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center was built in 1937 when Taiwan was ruled by Japan; it was a martial field for prison officers and policemen to train novices and practice martial arts. It is a typical Japanese-style architectural structure and listed as a cultural heritage building; however, some parts of the building were destroyed in a fire in 2006. After the restoration, it was opened to the public to visit. In 2011, the Dau-Ho organization gained the right to operate this place and also gave it its name. The organization provides a series of activities related to Six Arts to popularize cultural education. In order to make good use of this place, there are sometimes lectures and exhibitions held here, and the outdoor space is used for public recreation.*Address: No. 33, Línsēn Rd, Xi District, Taichung, 403 *Opening Hours: Tue. ~ Sun.: 09:00 ~ 17:00
Taichung Confucian Temple
台 中 孔 廟
Tái Zhōng Kǒng Miào
A Confucian Temple is a temple in memory of Confucius’s contribution to education and the philosophy of Confucianism. Taichung Confucian Temple was originally established during the Qing dynasty (1889), and is similar to the Confucian Temple in Changhua. It was used as barracks in the early years of Japanese rule, and destroyed shortly afterwards. The modern Taichung Confucian Temple was advocated by Parliament in 1972. Appointed by the Taiwan Provincial Planning and Design Division of Public Works, Taichung Confucian Temple was completed in 1976, and it is famous for its Song Dynasty architectural style.
Every September 28th, the Taichung government holds a Confucius Worship Ceremony to celebrate the birthday of this great politician and educator. The well-known ancient aristocrat dance, “Eight-Row Dance,” is usually performed by primary school students during the ceremony.*Address: No. 30, Section 2, Shuāngshí Rd, Bei District, Taichung, 404 *Opening Hours: Tue. ~ Sun.: 09:00 ~ 17:00
Places of Knowledge
Taichung Cultural & Creative Industries Park
台 中 文 化 創 意 產 業 園 區
Tái Zhōng Wén Huà Chuàng Yì Chǎn Yè Yuán Qū
Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park is a building for the promotion of Taiwanese culture and art. This place was once a wine factory and became the largest factory of wine production in Taiwan in 1928. The old buildings remained after the Taichung Wine Factory moved its wine factories to the Taichung Industrial Park in 1998. In June of 2005 the Council for Cultural Affairs successfully transformed this area into the Taiwan Art, Design and Architecture Center. The park received its new name in 2009. Now, it has several exhibition districts such as the Ya-Tang Pavilion, the Wine Culture museum, and the Music and Artistic Performance Hall. You can visit several nonscheduled and regular exhibitions held in the Park. You are welcome to visit this interesting place and discover the stories about Taiwan!*Address: No.362, Sec. 3, Fuxing Rd., South Dist., Taichung 402, Taiwan (R.O.C.) *Opening Hours:
(Outdoor space) 6:00-22:00
(Indoor exhibitons) It changes with different exhibitions/activities
誠 品 綠 園 道
Chéng Pǐn Lǜ Yuán Dào
Park Lane is about 3,000 meters long, it extends from the National Museum of Natural Science to the People’s Square and ends near a shopping complex. It is a large lawn where people often walk their dogs, while others come for picnics or to exercise since it is a pleasant venue for everyone. There are many kinds of activities designed for pets, so it is definitely a good place for animal lovers. There may be pet adoption events or blind dates for your pets.
You can take your pet here for a walk, and he or she will definitely make a lot of friends because there are always a lot of people walking their dogs. For those who don’t have pets, Park Lane is still a nice place to visit because there will be some street musicians and it’s definitely a nice place to take a walk.*Address: No. 68, Gōngyì Rd, Xi District, Taichung, 403
National Library of Public Information
國 立 公 共 資 訊 圖 書 館
Guó Lì Gōng Gòng Zī Xùn Tú Shū Guǎn
The National Library of Public Information is a public library that is equipped with new digital equipment. It offers services like information gathering, sorting and storing and is responsible for guiding and assisting other public libraries in Taiwan. With a modern architectural design, the library has five stories and two underground areas. Moreover, it features comfortable reading spaces, convenient information retrieval, computer corners, and areas for exhibitions, speeches and training activities. The library serves as the Cloud Center of digital resources for all of the public libraries and makes resources and information available to the public. We welcome all to come here and enjoy the services.*Address: No.100, Wuquan S. Rd., South Dist., Taichung 402, Taiwan (R.O.C.) *Opening Hours:
(i) Reading Rooms and Services (including Liming branch libraries):
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(ii) Reading Rooms (4th & 5th floors of the Main Library):
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(iii) Children's Learning Center:
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Luce Memorial Chapel
路 思 義 教 堂
Lù Sī Yì Jiào Táng
The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christian Chapel located in Tunghai University in Taichung. It is the symbol of the school, and is located in the center of the campus. It was designed by the American born designer Ieoh Ming Pei(貝聿銘) and Taiwanese designer Chén Qí Kuān(陳其寬). It was completed in November 1963. It is named “Luce” after the donor, Mr. Henry R. Luce, who was the founder of Time Magazine.
The exterior of the chapel is four-sided, and the roof is glazed tiles. The entire design uses mechanical support rather than pillars as a support. The elegant lines of power and beauty exude a breathtaking image.*Address: No. 1727, Taiwan Boulevard, Sec. 4, Xitun District, Taichung
台 中 酒 廠
Tái Zhōng Jiǔ Chǎng
Located in the Taichung Industrial Area, the Taichung Distillery is regarded as the “back garden” of Taichung City. The distillery has a wine factory, a large horticultural area, an exhibition center, wine museum, etc. Apart from actively developing various new wines, the distillery also has many pieces of antique equipment from the former distillery, including a generator, a fermentation tube, a yeast tube and a rice cutting machine from the Japanese colonial era.
The Taichung Distillery is very beautiful, and it is open to the public. All types of wine-related products which are suitable for souvenirs are sold here.*Address: Taichung City No.2, Gongyequ 28th Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung 407 *Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
國 立 台 灣 美 術 館
Guó Lì Tái Wān Měi Shù Guǎn
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA) is on Wu-chuan West Road and it was founded in 1988. It is one of the largest art museums in Asia so far.
Visual art is strongly promoted by NTMOFA; moreover, if you want to learn more about Taiwanese artists and their works, the NTMOFA is your best choice. In addition to regular diversified exhibitions, it exchanges pieces with foreign art museums and participates in international exhibitions as well. The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is devoted to multiple scheduled exhibitions and promotes art activities. As a result, it hopes to provide a pleasant environment and atmosphere for everyone to enjoy art.*Address: 2,SEC. 1, WU CHUAN W. RD., TAICHUNG *Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9:00 ~17:00, (DigiArk: 9:30-16:30)
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 ~18:00(DigiArk: 9:30-17:30)
National Museum of Natural Science
國 立 自 然 科 學 博 物 館
Guó Lì Zì Rán Kē Xué Bó Wù Guǎn
The National Museum of Natural Science, is situated on Guan Chan Road, and was the first natural science museum in Taiwan. The museum is a five-venue complex housing the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall, and Global Environment Hall. The most popular place for both adults and children is the Space IMAX Theater, which features stunning live-action movies. The museum covers a variety of subjects, including astronomy, space science, ecology, human cultures, tropical plants, etc. Next to the museum is a Botanical Garden. In order to display and protect native species, the Botanical Garden has collected about eight hundred plants species. Combining education and entertainment, the National Museum of Natural Science can be the best choice for people visiting Taichung.*Address: No.1, Guan Chan Rd., Taichung *Opening Hours: Tue. ~ Sun.: 09:00 ~ 17:00
心 之 芳 庭
Xīn Zhī Fāng Tíng
Moncoeur is located in the Taichung Golf Course in the Beitun District of Taichung. It is a resort area with wonderful scenery. The whole area can be divided into two parts— the ceremony part and the dating part. The ceremony part is mainly for wedding ceremonies; therefore it only provides sightseeing on appointment. On the other hand, the dating part has various functions. There are facilities such as the Chin-chin Restaurant, Carton King, Lavender Cottage, Marche Market, and the Chochoco chocolate store.
With its beautiful and creative design, Moncoeur has become lovers’ best choice for dating. If you come on ordinary days, you can see couples strolling and taking pictures. You can even witness people proposing to their loved ones here!
An air of sweetness is whirling around Moncoeur. All who fall in love will be blessed here. Lovers, what are you waiting for?*Address: No. 1, Fāngtíng Rd, Beitun District, Taichung, 406 *Opening Hours:
Carton King Creativity Park
紙 箱 王 創 意 園 區
Zhǐ Xiāng Wáng Chuàng Yì Yuán Qū
Carton King Creativity Park is located in the Dakeng Scenic Area in Taichung. In former times it was Tiān-Rǎn Garden, which featured DIY plant dyes and beautiful scenery. Though it has now been transformed into a creativity park, it still has the features of Tiān-Rǎn Garden.
Despite its fine scenery, the most special part of Carton King is that almost everything is made from cartons, from the outdoor decorations of landmarks from around the world to a small chair inside its distinctive restaurant. There’s also a zoo full of carton-made animals for visitors to take pictures of. If you are interested, you can find these carton-made animals in the Carton Museum along with other paper artworks and DIY items.*Address: No. 1, Lane 281, Section 3, Xitún Rd, Xitun District, Taichung, 407 *Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.