What are some of the best things to do in Taichung, Taiwan? In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we recommend the top 10 things to do in Taichung.

Taichung is the second most populous city in Taiwan, and is the gateway to the world-renowned Sun Moon Lake. In addition, it is also the birthplace of bubble tea! Not to mention that it is home to Fengjia Night Market, the largest night market in Taiwan. In this article, we highlight to you the most unique and fun things to do in Taichung.

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1. Have a feast at Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

We absolutely love Fengjia Night Market for its wonderful street food! You’ll find almost all kinds of Taiwanese Street Food here – fried stinky tofu, fried sweet potato balls, grilled octopus balls, chicken cutlets, fried jumbo squid, pancakes, taro ball dessert, bubble tea….the list is quite endless. What’s more, there are quite a number of famous stalls at Fengjia Night Market, so much so that it will definitely take you more than one night to sample them all!

Read our article on the best food to eat at Fengjia Night Market! Those who take delight in shopping can also indulge in the fantastic variety of shops in the night market. We highly recommend finding an accommodation within Fengjia Night Market to experience it fully.  If you are looking for one, Beacon Hotel is an excellent choice.

Wonderful Street Food at Fengjia Night Market, Taichung
Indulge in the wonderful street food at Fengjia Night Market

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2. Make a day trip to Sun Moon Lake

Making a day trip to the Sun Moon Lake is undoubtedly one of the best things we have done at Taichung. Besides the great scenery here, there are also lots of fun things to do. You can take a mountain bike ride along the beautiful lake – rated as one of the top ten most breath-taking cycling routes by CNN.

You can also choose to cruise the lake and take the ropeway to the top of the mountain where you get a bird-eye’s view of the Sun Moon Lake. We also highly recommend indulging in some great street food at Sun Moon Lake’s Ita Thao Street. You are guaranteed to like many of these delectable street foods that are unique to the Sun Moon Lake.

View of Sun View of Moon Lake from the Ropeway
One of the best things to do in Taichung is to go to the beautiful Sun Moon Lake. This is the view of Sun Moon Lake from the Ropeway

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For those who prefer the convenience of an organized day tour, the best one you can get is from KKDay. This day tour to the Sun Moon Lake includes tickets for bicycle rental, Sun Moon Lake cruise and the Ropeway, as well as time on your own at the Ita Thao Shopping Street.

3. Visit Gaomei Wetlands (高美濕地)

Gaomei Wetlands is a conservation site in Taichung that is home to thousands of birds, crabs and mudskippers. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and marvel at the diversity of organisms that makes the mudflats their home. Those who are more adventurous can wade into the mudflat at the end of the boardwalk and admire the vastness and serenity of the area. Gaomei Wetlands also happens to be the best place in Taichung to watch the sunset against the backdrop of wind turbines.

Best Things to Do in Taichung - Go to Gaomei Wetlands
The sun setting over the vast plains of Gaomei Wetland. This the best place to watch the sunset in Taichung. Even the locals delight in coming here!
Best Things to Do in Taichung - Boardwalk at Gaomei Wetlands
The long and winding boardwalk at Gaomei Wetlands presents visitors with the best opportunity to view wildlife without disrupting them

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4. Indulge in Dessert at Miyahara (宮原眼科)

Miyahara (宮原眼科) used to be a ophthalmology clinic which has been refurbished into a unique confectionery shop cum cafe. The ambiance inside Miyahara is as magical as that of a Harry Potter set. Not only that, this is also the place to pick up gift boxes for your loved ones at home. I assure you that you will not be able to find anything more creative or beautifully packaged than what you can find at Miyahara. If you are wondering what to buy, the pineapple cakes are a great shot because that is what they are famous for.

We also highly recommend having a bite at the Miyahara cafe. They have the most beautiful and mouth-watering desserts. Try their ice-cream, which is easily one of the best things to eat in Taichung. There are 67 ice cream flavors to choose from!

Top Things to do in Taichung - Visit Miyahara
The magical setting of Miyahara leaves much to the imagination
Top Things to Do in Taichung - Visit Miyahara
These beautifully packed confectionery at Miyahara are the best gifts that you can bring home to loved ones

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5. Have your photo taken against the colorful mural backdrop of Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村)

The Rainbow Village is one of the most unique attractions in Taichung. Initially developed to house war veterans and their families after the war, this village later evolved into one with brightly painted wall murals – all painted by Grandpa Rainbow. Today, going to the Rainbow Village is like stepping into a life-sized fairy tale. It is the best place to take a selfie to mark your stay at Taichung. Or if you are lucky, you may just get to meet Grandpa Rainbow who is 97 years old at the time of writing.

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The places of interest in Taichung are not easily accessible by public transport.  If you are looking for convenience, why not consider a day tour to Miyahara, Rainbow Village, Gaomei Wetlands and the National Taichung Theater.  This day tour is value-for-money and covers the above best attractions in Taichung all within a day.

Rainbow Village
The iconic colorful wall murals that covers the entire Rainbow Village makes for a striking backdrop for a selfie

6. Snap a photo of the iconic National Taichung Theater (臺中國家歌劇院)

The National Taichung Theater is Taichung’s version of Singapore’s Esplanade and Sydney’s Opera House. Designed by a Japanese architect, it is a stunning piece of architecture that is impressive both in the day and at night. Even if you do not intend to watch a performance, you can always indulge in the creative shops at the lobby or make a trip to its sky garden for a view of Taichung city.

National Taichung Theater
Marvel at the architectural beauty of the National Taichung Museum

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7. Learn to make your own bubble tea from the inventors of bubble tea

Where better to learn to make your own bubble tea than from its place of origin itself! Years ago, in a stroke of creativity, an established Chinese restaurant called Chun Shui Tang introduced to the world, iced tea with tapioca balls as toppings. Hence began the journey of evolution of the bubble tea. Visitors can now enroll in a bubble tea making workshop at Chun Shui Tang. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to make your own bubble tea at home! You’ll also bring home with you your own shaking apparatus used for aerating bubble tea as a souvenir from the workshop.

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If you are interested in the bubble tea making workshop, you check out the details of joining the workshop here.

Bubble Tea workshop at Chun Shui Tang
At this bubble tea making workshop, we are provided with all the materials, instructions and hands-on demonstration on how to make bubble tea. Its time to shake it up!

8. Have a great Chinese meal at the original Chun Shui Tang Chinese Restaurant (春水堂創始店)

Chun Shui Tang is not just a great place for bubble tea. It is also an established Chinese restaurant with some really great dishes to rave about. Chun Shui Tang has now expanded to more than 40 stores in the whole of Taiwan with outlets in cities such as Taipei. However, Taichung is where their original store started. So other than the great food to eat here, you’ll also get a bit of the restaurant’s history gallery at its basement level. There are some great unique souvenirs and you also get to see the founder’s favourite corner in the restaurant.

At a loss at what to eat at Chun Shui Tang? Try their brown sugar mochi, noodles and herbal soups. And not forgetting their signature bubble milk tea of course! It is undoubtedly the best bubble milk tea you can get in Taiwan.

Best Things to Eat at Chun Shui Tang
Brown Sugar Mochi at Chun Shui Tang. One of my favorites and a highly recommended dish if you like mochi. This is one of the best mochi we’ve ever had

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9. Indulge in food and shopping at Yizhong Street

Fengjia Night Market may be the best night market to go to in Taichung, but its close rival Yizhong Street also packs a punch. Yizhong Street together with Fengjia Night Market are the best places for shopping and eating in Taichung. The entire Yizhong area is a favourite among locals to eat and shop. The street with its younger crowd is the equivalent of Ximenting in Taipei.

There are lots of little boutiques where you can find fashion items at budget prices. What’s more, there’s plenty of good street food around at its night market, so you can have a food fiesta here as well. The good news is that Yizhong Street can be covered within a night unlike Fengjia Night Market which is comparatively much more massive.

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Yizhong Street in Taichung
Yizhong Street in Taichung is a bustling street full of shopping and great street food. You shouldn’t miss this if you are in Taichung!

10. Visit Zhongshe Flower Market

The main attraction here is their sea of flowers – massive fields of flowers bloom in concert with each other, giving rise to a sea of wonderful brilliant colors. Tulip lovers can also get to see fields of tulips in full bloom between January to March.

What is most unique at Zhongshe Flower Market are their wonderful natural and man-made backdrops which are perfect for picture-taking. You’ll think that you have stepped into a fairy tale at Zhongshe Flower Market. Whether you are travelling to Taichung as a couple or as a family, you will definitely enjoy Zhongshe Flower Market.

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Zhongshe Flower Market is not easily accessible by public transport.  If you are looking for convenience, why not consider a day tour to Zhongshe Flower Market.  This day tour includes the cost of admission.  It also includes a visit to Yuemei Sugar Factory and a museum.

Zhongshe Flower Market - Best Things to do in Taichung
Tulips in full bloom at Zhongshe Flower Market

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