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COMPASS MAGAZINE > August 2008

The votes are in! The Top Eight Tourist Spots in Taichung

Words and photos by Taichung City Government
Translated by Sho Huang

During the past month, almost 180,000 people visited the Taichung's official website to cast their vote for their favorite city hot spots. After all the votes were tallied, eight popular places were chosen as the new Top Eight Tourist Spots in Taichung.

Topping the list is the Taichung Metropolitan Park. Situated on Dadu Mountain, this large, green park stretches on for acres and provides a lovely view of the city, as well as the ocean on clear days. Selecting the park as the most popular place in the city shows Taichungers' tendency to enjoy the outdoors.

The second to eighth place contenders are as follows: YiZhong Street Shopping District, Dakeng Scenic Area, Taichung Park, Wan He Temple, Feng Chia Night Market, Art Museum Parkway Shopping Center, and the National Museum of Natural Science, respectively. In addition, the Taichung City Government highly recommends two hundred-year-old historical sights, the Taichung Train Station and Taichung Old Radio Station.



Taichung Metropolitan Park

 

Taichung Metropolitan Park

Straddling the border between Taichung City and Taichung County, the Taichung Metropolitan Park rests on top of DaDu Mountain. This great ecological park is home to wild animals and a host of indigenous flora, which lines every walkway and fills up every corner. In the park there is a botanical garden, rock garden, duck pond, koi ponds, a star map and astronomy corridor, plus a small restaurant. The river walkway, which stretches along the Moon Corridor and dance walkway, is a great choice for a Sunday stroll with the family. There is also a sheep farm and a pottery studio nearby. The view here is unparalleled in the city, especially at night. On a clear day you can see Tou Ke Mountain and, from walking trails, you can see the ocean.


YiZhong Street Shopping District

 

YiZhong Street Shopping District

The shops here are full of youth ful energy. Although most of vendors have something to do with food, there are also several stores which cater to students' needs. Lots of shops here sell things like glasses, clothing, books and sports equipment. Funky restaurants, teashops and boutiques are all over this area as well. Chung Yo Department Store, the former Taichung Mayor's Residence, the Old Taichung Radio Station and art galleries are all within walking distance.


Dakeng Scenic Area

 

Dakeng Scenic Area

Though Taichung might be a concrete jungle, a real jungle lies just outside the city limits in Dakeng Scenic Area. Ten walking trails of various difficulty levels lead hikers through rain forests, along farms, up treacherous mountains and past interesting cultural sites. Tropical birds, small animals and even monkeys can be seen on excursions to Dakeng. Amazing views of the forest, city, river and valleys make this area a wonderful place to learn about ecology while getting some exercise.

 

Taichung Park

 

Taichung Park

Built around 100 years ago, the well-known pavilion in Taichung Park was made to commemorate the launch of the railroad. Now the pavilion, like the park itself, serves as an important city landmark. Other points of interest in the park include Wan Yue (admiring the moon) Pavilion, the Bird Watching Area, and the broadcast station, which are remnants of another time. The trees, pavilions, lake, lotus pond and arched bridge make Taichung Park a great place to escape from the fast pace of daily life. Boat rentals are also available here.

 

Wan He Temple

 

Wan He Temple

Built during the Qing Dynasty, the glorious Wan He Temple is the oldest temple in Taichung and has been listed as a National Heritage Building. The main building, a shrine to Matsu, the goddess of compassion, branches out into two wings. In one wing, worshipers pay homage to the god of justice, while the other wing reveres the god of agriculture. The palanquin, located in the back of the temple, is 100 years old and delicately carved. A visit to the temple is not only a place for believers to pray, it is also a place to appreciate architecture, history and culture.

 

Feng Chia Night Market

 

Feng Chia Night Market

The night market, near Feng Chia University's main gate, stretches from WenHua Road to FuXing Road. What makes Feng Chia different from other night markets is that it provides not only food, but all kinds of merchandise almost 24 hours a day. Always crowded, it has become a must-visit stop for tourists in Taichung. In 2007, busloads of Japanese and Korean tourists flowed into this area while the World Cup and Asian Game took place in Taichung. Since then, it has also listed as a must-visit spot by Japan and China.

 

Arts Museum Parkway & Shopping Area

 

Arts Museum Parkway & Shopping Area

There is no shortage of green promenades around the Art Museum, but the one on WuQuan West 4th Street really takes the cake. The area has become a hub for exotic restaurants, art galleries and quaint shops. There are about 40 shops, full of things like clothing, art and knick-knacks. The offerings are so diverse that taking a stroll here is like traveling to a faraway place. On the weekend, street artists perform on sidewalks and local artisans come out to show their wares, giving this place a vibrant, artistic energy.

 

National Museum of Natural Science

 

National Museum of Natural Science

The first museum in Taiwan to promote science education, the National Museum of Natural Science is full of informative displays and exhibits like the Science Center, Space Theater, Living Science Hall, Chinese Science Hall, and Earth Environment Hall. In front of the museum, the large promenade is inset with stones that show the history of evolution. The Botanical Garden, situated behind the museum, showcases around 750 species of plants, all native to Taiwan. Visitors can learn about these plants in the Tropical Rainforest Green House and out in the garden area, where low-altitude plants thrive. Exhibitions with different themes are also arranged periodically.

 

Taichung Train Station

 

Taichung Train Station

After officially opening in 1906, the Taichung Train Station underwent a renovation in 1917, which gave the place its Baroque style. Interesting architectural points at the station include a clock tower on the central rooftop, white stone plates, and an extensive use of red bricks. It's been listed as a National Heritage Building and is also the most beautiful train station in Taiwan.

 

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Taichung Old Radio Station

Located on DienTai (Radio Station) Street, the old radio station was built in 1935. Currently, it's used as an exhibition space. Old phonographs and radio broadcast equipment are displayed here and regular educational and cultural events are also held. Listening to old tunes played by an antique phonograph really takes one back to the 1930s.

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