Taichung one of the third largest city after Taipei and Kaohsiong is a beautiful place with its natural landscapes and friendly people around. It had been 2 months since my last traveled to Taiwan and I highly recommend you guys to list the interesting places below in your bucket list. Get your camera ready when you’ll be coming to these scenic places and my advice is to hire a driver along to reach the destinations. ☺
1. CARTON KING CREATIVITY PARK 紙箱王
There are so many Carton Kings around Taichung , Taiwan and this is one of the interesting place which display all sorts of stuff made from cardboard including the restaurant, furniture, window, door and etc. You may spend one and half hour here by visiting their theme zone, such as Carton King Zoo, Paper Panda Area, Box Story Telling, Bee Story Telling and many more which in human sized cartoon creations. In addition, there are also landmarks of the world such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and etc in the garden. It is really a creative and fun place to visit if you are in Taichung and don’t forget to redeem a gift with the tickets at the end of your journey! Visit their website: Carton King Creativity Park 紙箱王 for more info.
2,Aly 2, Section 2, Dongshan Road, Beitun Dist, Taichung City 406, Taiwan.
Operation Hour | 10:00 ~ 21:00
2. LAVENDAR COTTAGE 薰衣草森林
Lavendar Cottage is a dreamland that owned by 2 city girls who quit their jobs and cultivate the lavender farm in a remote place. It is a great place where you will be surrounded with serene ambience and beautiful flowers. There are lots of seat spreading throughout the garden to pleasant your visit. Moreover, there’s a mini playground that may bring you back to your childhood memory in the garden. There are also some sample of scented soaps and lavender mist that you can try in the washroom before purchase.Visit their website: Lavendar Cottage 薰衣草森林 for more info.
20, Zhongxing Street, Xinshe Dist, Taichung City 426, Taiwan.
(Mon – Fri) 10:30 ~ 18:30 | (Sat) 10:00 ~ 19:00 | (Sun) 09:30 ~ 18:30
You can redeem anything from here with the TWD 100 ticket voucher
Mini Post Office
Don’t forget to post a postcard to your family and friends!
Cafe in the Lavendar Cottage
Redeem ice-cream with TWD 50 ticket voucher
Scented soap and lavender mist are available for purchase
Variety of scented hand cream
And now you can even DIY your own souvenir from Lavendar Cottage with just TWD 50~ 60 with the lavender seed!
3. RAINBOW VILLAGE 彩虹眷村
Rainbow Village is one of the lesser known landmarks in Taichung. It was built for Nationalist Soldiers in the 1950s and later it became a residential area. Grandpa Huang who is 92 years old sole surviving veteran soldier paints at the wall and floor everyday. It is a truly special place and don’t forget to have a picture with him if he’s around during your visit. There’s no entry fee required, however you may show some support by buying some souvenirs from his stall. Visit their website: Rainbow Village 彩虹眷村 for more info.
Chunan Road, Nantun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 408.
4. MIYAHARA 宮原眼科
Miyahara is one of the retail shop that renowned of its house brand ice-cream and pastries. The queue was always long and crowded with dessert lover. Miyahara has up to 17 types of chocolate ice-cream for you to choose and try before purchase. You may check out my June 2016 blog or visit their website Miyahara 宮原眼科 for more info.
5. GAO MEI WETLAND WINDMILL PARK
Have an enjoyable and a lovely evening at the beautiful Gao Mei Wetland where you can enjoy the tremendous sunset and windmill here. This is certainly a good place to enjoy some less commercialized attraction and the diversified species of plants and animals such as birds and crabs along the pathway. Just follow the pathway that leads you to a long wooden bridge and surrounding by the spectacular greenery wetland view. Evening is a good time to visit Gao Mei Wetland with the sunset view. If you plan to travel to Gao Mei Wetland by bus or train, do check out the schedule and plan ahead to prevent time wasting.
Qingshui Dist, Taichung City 436, Taiwan.
6. FORMOSA ABORIGINAL CULTURE VILLAGE 九族文化村
The Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village is one of the largest outdoor museums in Taiwan to display the traditional homes and architecture of Taiwanese nine principal aborigine tribes. It is also an amusement themed park, which consists of lush forest and beautiful European Garden. It was awarded the “Premium Award Theme Park” from the Taiwan tourism bureau. You may need to spend a day exploring the park and don’t miss out the free show, which will be performed at 11:00, 15:00 & 16:00 daily. Visit their website Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village 九族文化村 for more info.
555, Taiwan Nantou Country, Yuchi Township.
Operation Hour | 09:30 ~ 17:00
TWD 780 (adult) | TWD 580 (child)
7. SUN MOON LAKE 日月潭
Sun Moon Lake is renowned for its crystal clear and sparkling blue water set against the mountain backdrop. It’s one of the largest lake in Taiwan and also a site for massive swim for swimmers to swim across the 3km lake. Moreover, Sun Moon Lake is also a traditional honeymoon spot for newly wedding couples. It has also been a center of aboriginal life with aboriginal people involved in the tourist industry since 1930s. The top visitor spots in the area include:
- Ci’en Pagoda 慈恩塔
- Grandma’s Tea Egg 阿婆茶葉蛋
- Hanbi Peninsula 涵碧半島
- Ita Thao Village 伊達紹村
- Lalu Island 拉魯島
- Meihe Garden 梅荷園
- Qinglong Mountain Trail 青龍山步道
- Shuishe Village 水社村
- Wenwu Temple 文武廟
- Xuanguang Temple 玄光寺
- Xuanzang Temple 玄奘寺
You need to take a ferry in order to enter and explore the lake. Visit their website: Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 for more info.
599, Jhongshan Road, Yuchih Township, Nantou Country 555, Taiwan.