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T'ai-chung Travel Guide: 93 reviews and 291 photos

Taichung translates to "Tai center", Tai referring to Taiwan, but a much better translation would come out as "the city at the foot of the mountains with so much smog you can't even see them". Which is true; even though mountains up to 700-800 meters high are directly east of Taichung, you can never see them.

But anyways. Taichung is a relatively nice city, with plenty of good restaurants and some sights very worth seeing. This page will cover places not only in the city of Taichung, but also throughout Taichung Xien (Taichung County). The city of Taichung itself has a population a little over 1,000,000, making it the third largest city in Taiwan after Taipei and Kaohsiung. Although it may not be totally visible, Taichung is situated in a basin, with low hills to the north and west, and rather tall mountains to the east and south.

Taichung also has some interesting night markets, as well as Taiwan's best fine arts and science museums. Eating in Taichung is also good, the city having some of Taiwan's best food (including stinky tofu) In Taichung County, there's plenty more to see, including the village of Wufeng (Wufong), which was heavily damaged by the Jiji Earthquake on September 21, 1999.

The Zhongyang (Central) Mountains lie just east of the city, blocking a good amount of the many typhoons that strike Taiwan annually. Usually, Taiwan will see around six typhoons in a year, none of which will majorly effect Taichung. The 3000-meter peaks east of the city force typhoons to change path and make landfall further south (Taitung) or further north (Ilan), meaning that in Taichung there usually won't be high winds or heavy rain. Still, the advent of a typhoon will usually bring enough rain to clear away the heavy smog that hangs over the city (Clear weather like that usually doesn't last for more than a few hours after a typhoon leaves Taiwan; when it happens, get your camera and be ready.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Food and mountains
  • Cons:traffic, smog, mosquitoes
  • Last visit to T'ai-chung: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • luckymiffy's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    It has been burnt last month. totally wrecked!

  • matt_of_asia's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2006 at 7:25 AM

    I agree, the art inside the art museum is a bit too 'modern' for my tastes. Outside its good green space for the city and it looks more beautiful at night with it lit up.

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