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Guide to Taichung Outdoors

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Taichung is one of the few major cities without an expressway crossing it, which makes it perfect for cycling around. Rent a bike and explore downtown, or do as the locals do and get yourself a motorcycle to venture out of town. With a mild climate all year round and some impressive hiking trails around the city, Taichung is great for all outdoors-lovers like myself.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Maple Garden

Gardens

Rainbow Village Taichung

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighborhoods

Art Garden

Gardens

Taichung Metropolitan Park

Parks

Tunghai University

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dakeng Scenic Area

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sea of Flowers in Shinshe

Science Museums

Basianshan Forest Recreation Area

Forests

Lavender Cottage

Parks

Chris S's City Tips

  • While going around the city, do stop by local food stalls to sample some of the delicious snacks on offer.
  • Taichung is perfect to get around by bike. Various iBike stations are located throughout the city, and you can rent a bicycle cheaply with your EasyCard.
  • The Taipei public transport EasyCard can also be used on buses.
  • Maple Garden
    Gardens
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    Chris S Says:

    Right in the center of Taichung, you'll find this recently renovated park. While it's not big, it's a great place for a quick stroll and a coffee in the restaurant, overlooking the pond. I like to come here after dark, when there are all kinds of decorative lights scattered across the field.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do check out the bear statues on display. Each of the bears is "sponsored" by a local company and its design is based on the company's branding.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Shalu
    • Oasis in city 04/29/2019
    • Beautiful Mapel Garden In the Middle Taichung 03/14/2019
    • Maple Garden
    Address:
    No.30 Chaofu Road, Xidun District
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 970 303 719
    Other:
  • Rainbow Village Taichung
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighborhoods
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    Chris S Says:

    Also known as 'Rainbow Village,' this small set of houses just outside the city center is one of Taichung's most famous tourist attractions. The friendly old man living here painted the village all by himself and welcomes visitors into his souvenir shop where he sells postcards.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's busy almost every day, so try to visit during off-peak hours: early or late in the day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Nantun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Online is enough... 07/10/2019
    • colourful and nice place to visit 07/04/2019
    • Rainbow Village Taichung
    Address:
    No.56, Chun'an Road
    Taichung 408
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 920 162 888
    Other:
  • Art Garden
    Gardens
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    Chris S Says:

    After shopping at Taichung's hippest shopping mall, Parklane, I always take a short stroll around the Art Garden to check out the latest exhibitions on display. It's a bit hit or miss, but from time to time there's some really interesting work to check out! (Be prepared for lots of youngsters snapping pictures for Instagram.)

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There're several small stores in the garden "square." One of them sells home accessories made by local designers — they make great souvenirs!
    • I love this place for people-watching. Grab a bubble tea from Parklane Mall next door and grab a seat on one of the benches.
    • If you're traveling with kids, there's a puppy "market" (with stray dogs up for adoption) across the street. Very, very cute.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in West District
    • Relaxing 11/23/2018
    • Art and Nature 04/29/2017
    • Art Garden
    Address:
    No.59 Wuquan 7th Street, Xi District
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Other:
  • Taichung Metropolitan Park
    Parks
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    Chris S Says:

    Get away from the pollution downtown and head to the green Taichung Metropolitan Park for a little urban detox. Great for people-watching (especially on Sundays); relax and observe local life pass you by.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Come in the early morning to join the local aunties in their daily dance workout routine.
    • Rent a bike for an hour near the entrance of the park. The park is perfect for some cycling exercise.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Xitun
    • Great Park to Hang Out! 02/14/2017
    • Bring your own entertainment 02/03/2017
    • Taichung Metropolitan Park
    Address:
    No.30-3, Si-Pin South Lane, Situn District
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 4 2461 2483
    Other:
  • Tunghai University
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris S Says:

    There's something very relaxing about visiting university campuses around the world, and Taichung's Tunghai University campus is no exception. The laid-back vibe, green environment, and nice students make for a great stroll around the campus. (The campus is also a tourist attraction because of the contemporary church building located in its center.)

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you visit on weekends, there's a good chance you'll stumble across one of the craft markets that regularly take place here.
    • Don't forget to check out the canteen for some delicious and affordable food!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Xitun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful campus 05/18/2019
    • Not all that picturesque 05/06/2019
    • Tunghai University
    Address:
    No.1727, Section 4, Taiwan Ave
    Taichung 40704
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 4 2359 0121
    Other:
  • Dakeng Scenic Area
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Chris S Says:

    Taiwan's cities can be a bit chaotic, but luckily a green area is never far away. Case in point, Dakeng Scenic Area, which is located only 20 minutes east of the city. The hiking trails in the area vary from very easy to quite advanced, so make sure you check the map to pick one that suits your fitness level. Whichever trail you pick, you're in for lush jungle and rolling hills.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • During the rainy season the trails can get very slippery; bring sturdy boots!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 27 things to do in Beitun
    • Dakeng Senic Area 04/30/2019
    • not so special 07/14/2017
    • Dakeng Scenic Area
    Address:
    Section 2, Dongshan Road, Beitun District
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 4 2228 9111
    Other:
  • Sea of Flowers in Shinshe
    Science Museums
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    Chris S Says:

    While this attraction is only open for only one month per year, I added it to the list simply because it's too beautiful to miss! If you visit Taichung in November, be sure to drop by. Bring your camera, because this is a photographer's dream.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're not visiting in November, it's still worth a visit. There are fruit, vegetable, and flowers for sale here.
    • Arrive early when visiting in high season. Particularly on weekends, it tends to get very busy with locals!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Xinshe
    • Great place to take pictures 05/17/2019
    • Must visit in Taichung 03/24/2019
    • Sea of Flowers in Shinshe
    Address:
    No.30 Xiexing Street, Xiecheng
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 4 2582 5466
    Other:
  • Basianshan Forest Recreation Area
    Forests
    Chris S Says:

    When I really want to escape the city, this area, a short drive away from Taichung, is my go-to place. Although it's home to a beautiful bamboo forest, and rolling hills which stretch as far as the eye can see, the park is not very popular, so with a bit of luck you'll have the best sights all to yourself!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While the trail to the top of Basian Mountain is "only" 6.3 km long, it will take you no less than eight hours to reach the top. Come prepared!
    • Before starting a trail, drop into the visitor center to ask for the latest updates about the hiking trails.
    • You can reach Basianshan by bus, but having private transportation saves you some hassle.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Dongshi
    • Highly recommended place to visit 11/20/2016
    • 風景優美 03/24/2019
    • Basianshan Forest Recreation Area
    Address:
    No.22, Section 1, Dongguan Road, Heping District
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 4 2595 1214
    Other:
  • Lavender Cottage
    Parks
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    Chris S Says:

    When I wish to escape the city, heading out along one of the hiking trails nearby is my go-to option. But when I'm not in the mood for intense activities, Lavender Cottage, a short ride away from the city, is always my plan B. Visiting the cute farmland and adjoining restaurant are the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On busy days when there's no seating available in the restaurant, grab a number, explore the farm, and return back in time to take your seat!
    • This is the only place I've ever seen Lavender ice cream — a must-try!
    • The perfect spot for a romantic date!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Xinshe
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dreams do come true 05/28/2019
    • Very relaxing 05/18/2019
    • Lavender Cottage
    Address:
    No. 20, Zhongxing St., Xingshe Dist.
    Taichung 426
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    +886 4 2593 1066
    Other:
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