About Taichung City
Taichung, officially Taichung City, is a special municipality located in central Taiwan. Taichung has a population of approximately 2.82 million people and is Taiwan's second most populous city, overtaking Kaohsiung in July 2017. It serves as the core of the Taichung–Changhua metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area in Taiwan. The current city was formed when Taichung County merged with the original provincial Taichung City to form the special municipality on 25th December 2,010. Located in the Taichung Basin, the city was named under Japanese rule, and became a major economic and cultural hub. Originally composed of several scattered hamlets, the city of Taichung was planned and developed by the Japanese. It was called "the Kyoto of Formosa" in the Japanese era because of its calm and beauty. The city is home to the National Museum of Natural Science, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the National Taichung Theater, the National Library of Public Information, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as many cultural sites, including the historic Taichung Park, the Lin Family Gardens, and many temples.
The Charm of Taichung City
1. Pleasant climate city to enjoy everytimeTaichung has a pleasant climate and environment and an average temperature of 22.4℃. Taichung has a warm humid subtropical climate bordering on a tropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 23.3 °C (73.9 °F). The highest temperature of the year occurs in July and August, while the lowest temperature occurs in January and February. Daytime temperatures remain warm to hot year-round, though night time temperatures during the winter months are significantly cooler than those during the summer and the warm daytime temperature. The average annual rainfall is just above 1,700 millimetres (67 in), relatively low compared to other major cities of Taiwan. The average humidity is 80%. Along with this climate and with a rich history and beautiful natural scenery, as well as well-priced culinary delights, assorted shopping areas and arts performances, making it well worth a visit.
2. A complete city where history and modernity laid togetherThis city has a highly developed industrial and commercial base, thriving cultural scene, friendly people, and beautiful scenery, all of which contribute to its status as an international-class city. Centrally located in the western half of Taiwan, Taichung welcomes visitors with a pleasant climate throughout the year. The city first rose as a major political, economic, transportation, and cultural hub during the Japanese occupation period, due highway, railway and shipping port development during that time. Through dedicated preservation efforts, Taichung has saved many of the city's historic sites and retains the original "chessboard" street plan from the Japanese era. Among the many sites of interest in the city are the 200 years old Lecheng Temple, the ornate and much-visited Chenghuang Temple, and the three hall style Wanhe Temple. The Chang Liao Family Shrine as well as the 200 plus years old Zhenlan Temple in Dajia further add to Taichung's yesteryear charms. There are also a number of department stores and distinctive shopping areas and boutiques. The European-style Jingming Shopping District and Fenglin Restaurant at the Art Garden impart Taichung with a fashionable elegance that recalls the Champs Elysees in Paris.
3. Foods ParadiseAs a melting pot of both culinary and cultural delights, it’s easy to see why this vibrant city is one for the Taiwan bucket list. There is no better way to learn about the local culture than to check out the markets and shopping districts in Taichung, where you will find traditional snacks and the trendiest tastes. For instance, Yizhong Fengren Ice is a local favorite known for the rich toppings and the sweet and sour tastes. In addition, fried chicken nuggets, spicy hotpot, spicy stinky tofu and half-moon-shaped snacks are some of students’ favorite snacks that are delicious and affordable. If you happen to be thirsty, why not try some mung bean smoothie? It is a signature refreshing drink in Donghai. If you like boba, try it with mung bean smoothie. You will find it addictive!
Taichung City Tourist Spots
1. Rainbow VillageThis one-time home for former members of the military is now an incredible place full of vibrant colors. A former soldier who felt that the drab and dreary neighborhood could do with a bit of life and color started the project. Although the area was marked for demolition, Mr. Huang went ahead and painted every surface he could find in every color of the rainbow. Thanks to his efforts, it is now a protected cultural area and is well worth a visit. While the colorful walls of this small collection of dilapidated houses are indeed a veritable paradise for selfies seekers, Taiwan’s Rainbow Village actually has a rather interesting history behind it.
2. Confucius TempleAlthough this temple was built in the ’70s, it’s an impressive recreation of Song dynasty structures. It is a very relaxing place to visit, and tourists are more than welcome to take as many photos as they like. However, if you happen to be there on September 28th (Confucius’ birthday and Teacher’s Day), then be prepared for pure bedlam as locals flock to give thanks to Confucius. This modern temple is also a fine (and uncommon) example of the Song style, colorful and sober at the same time, very different from the Qing and Fujianese styles normally used for temples in Taiwan.
3. Wufeng Lin Family HouseWufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden is the former residence and grounds of the Wufeng Lin Family in Wufeng District, Taichung, Taiwan. Owing to the size of the Lin family clan, the vast site can be divided into two sections, the Upper and Lower Mansions. The Lai Garden constructed by Lin Wenqin is commonly known as The Lin Family Garden . ]At the Wufeng Lin Family House, you can take a look at the stunning gardens of this residence first built during the Qing dynasty. In the following years, many changes were made to the buildings, and you can see both Western and Japanese styles in some of the architecture. Iron Cannon Table erected by Lin Hsien-tang, and written by the jinshi Chen Wangzeng, commemorating the achievements of Lin Jiazu repelling the various gangs of the Dai Chaochun Affair, and attacking Azhaowu. According to legend, it originally possessed an iron cannon foil, but it has long since disappeared.