Things to do in Taichung, Taiwan

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Ni Hao! Last month, I went to Taiwan last month and Taichung was one of the places that we have visited. This is the very first post for the Taiwan series, and I can't wait to share more my trip!

If you're wondering what activities you could do in Taichung, below I have listed four things that you could try out. 

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1. Food Trip

Isn't it exciting to start the city explorations through gastronomical adventures? The moment we arrived in Taichung, we immediately went to satiate our hunger for some Taiwanese cuisine.

Banana New Paradise

Found at the North District of Taichung, Banana New Paradise is a retro-themed restaurant with a variety of Taiwanese cuisine to choose from. We ordered some of the famous Taiwanese food like Sweet & Sour Pork and Steamed Dumplings. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of my meal. I totally recommend this restaurant if you want to enjoy some authentic Taiwanese food.

Address: No. 111之1號, Section 2, Shuangshi Road, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404

banana new paradise

banana new paradise

banana new paradise

I'm Talato

If you're craving for dessert, you can head to I'm Talato. With 150 NTD, you can get yourself two scoops of gelato of your choice! There's also a pool of gelato waiting for you to take that Instagram-worthy shot. You're only allowed to stay an hour so make the most out of it!

Address: No. 451號, Yingcai Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403

i'm talato

i'm talato

i'm talato

Chun Shui Tang

If you're a fan of milk tea, then head to Chun Shui Tang. The restaurant is popularly known as the first maker of pearl milk tea. Their milk tea is creamy and very refreshing. The pearls are perfectly cooked, soft and chewy. To pair this off, they also offer Taiwanese food on their menu.

Address: 30號, Siwei Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403

chun shui tang





2. Rainbow Village

Another popular destination in Taichung is the Rainbow Village. The village has gained its popularity when a military veteran, Huang Yung-Fu, decided to paint the houses and streets with colorful artwork when he heard the government will be demolishing the village. Because of the artworks, the demolition was prevented and the village remains until today as a tourist destination. 

Address: 408, Taiwan, Taichung City, Nantun District, 春安路56巷25號

rainbow village


rainbow village

rainbow village

rainbow village

The artist, more popularly known as Rainbow Grandpa, still maintains the artwork in the village and sometimes come out to sign some of the souvenirs the village is selling. We are lucky enough to catch him there and I got one of my postcards signed by him. Truly an honor!

Huang Yung-Fu
That's him! Signing my postcard!

Huang Yung-Fu


3. Xinshe Castle


A summit resort made built on the mountainsides that feel like you have transported to some European region with castles, lake, and gardens. This place is great if you want to just relax and be one with nature. You have to pay NTD 200 for the entrance into the castle, NTD 100 of which is consumable for any food & drinks in their cafes which, I believe there were two, in the area. The resort is quite a big place so you may have to spend more than an hour or two to really go around the area.


Address: No. 65號, Xiezhong Street, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan 426

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

xinshe castle

3. Zhongshe Flower Market


If you're looking for another Instagram-worthy location in Taichung, then Zhongshe Flower Market is the way to go. An expanse of land with several arrays of flower beds, featuring a variety of floral species every season throughout the year. With the entrance of NTD 150, you can take as many photos as you want in the area. Also if you're feeling hungry, there's a BBQ restaurant right at the flower market where you can have your meal.

We went during the summer/monsoon season, so the sunflowers were in full bloom. We didn't get enough photos throughout the place as twenty minutes after arriving at the area, there was a heavy downpour.

Address: No. 333號, Section 5, Sanfeng Road, Houli District, Taichung City, Taiwan 421

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zhongshe flower market

zhongshe flower market

zhongshe flower market


Two tips when traveling Taichung:

  1. If you're traveling around the main city area, the bus fares are actually free if you travel within 10kms. Just make sure to tap your metro card once you get on and out of the bus. I tried to have not tapped out of the bus correctly and got NTD 20 deducted from my metro card on my next ride.
  2. Rainbow Village, Xinshe Castle, Zhongshe Flower Market is quite far to go if using public transportation. I suggest if you hire a car to drive you around some of the popular tourist destinations in Taichung. You can get some private cars through Klook or Ownrides. You can customize the tour depending on what places you prefer to see.
  3. If you're looking for a hostel, Getcha Bar & Bistro is a super good place to stay! 
If you're traveling in Taiwan, you can use a voucher: GUIDETOTW in Klook. You can save P200 off
and can redeem until September 6, 2019.

Those are some of the places and tips I can share while traveling around Taichung. Let me know if you've been to Taichung and have visited the places I have mentioned above. Also, if you have any more suggestions when visiting Taichung, comment below!


A shout-out to Flaire and her mom for being super companions on this trip!



I'll be posting more of my Taiwan trip in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

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16 Comments

  1. The rainbow village looks amazing! :D It goes to my bucket list!!!

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    1. It is! And it has so much history, as well! 💕

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  2. I love all the colors on the houses and the Xinshe castle looks so interesting as well. Definitely will put this on my list to visit!

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    1. Awesome! I hope you’ll enjoy your trip 💕

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  3. Wow! This looks amazing. Thanks for including the addresses so that I can find these places later when I visit. I love gelato ever since I visited Italy and I think it's quite unique to find it anywhere else. The rainbow village and the milk tea place look pretty cool too. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are great!

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  4. Give me all the bubble tea! :) I grew up in Mainland China but never got to visit Taiwan so I'm pinning this for the day I hopefully get to visit. It looks so pretty there!

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    1. Bubble teas are love! <3 You'll definitely get drowned by the amount of bubble tea shops in Taiwan! Have fun once you go there! :)

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  5. I have never been here but your descriptions make me want to visit. Will definitely add to my places to visit list. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Hope you go visit! It’s a lovely place! 💕

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  6. Your pictures sell the article, good job! Rainbow village looks so cool!

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    1. Thank you! It is really a beautiful place, and with so much history as well!

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  7. What a beautiful place, and the food looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

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  8. The rainbow village looks like a thing out of dreams <3

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    1. It is, and with a beautiful history, as well!

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