Translated to Chinese by Teresa Lee.
The old and the new somehow miraculously—and harmoniously—coexist in Taichung, in which nature—luscious patches of green are seamlessly integrated into the city’s historic and modern landmarks—also plays a complementary role. It’s these features that sets Taichung apart from other cities on the island, making it also the literal center of arts and culture of this fair isle.
Taichung’s most beautiful and famous patch of green—elegantly named the Calligraphy Greenway—stretches from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts to the National Museum of Natural Science via two Eslite bookstores—one with an impressive living plant wall—and the CMP Block Museum of Arts, a mini outdoor art installation space. With an assortment of quaint cafes and boutiques in the nearby alleys and plenty of activities on the weekends, Park Lane is considered the pinnacle of arts and culture.
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One of the most important art museums in Taiwan and the largest in Asia at 102,000 squared meters is free of entry to the public, much to art lovers’ delight. With an east and west wing connected by a suspended bridge, the museum houses not only a permanent collection but also reserves two floors for special exhibits. A walk around the premise promises a multimedia experience, from the outdoor installations to the mixed media, sketching and 360˚ exhibition rooms inside.
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Although its collection nowhere parallels those of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London, Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural History taught many a Taiwan child about science and history. A popular spot for both school and family trips, the museum is filled exhibits—including life-sized moving dinosaurs, a favorite amongst children—that span the various sciences. Along with the spherical movie theater, the try-it-yourself rooms with brainteasers and puzzles make for a fun visit on any weekday or weekend.
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Gong Yuan Eye Clinic may have been a one of the biggest private clinics during the Japanese occupation era, but don’t expect any check-ups now. It’s been transformed into a Hogwarts-esque store for Dawn Cakes that sells traditional Chinese desserts such as sun cakes and nougat candy, all packaged to look like vintage books on the shop’s mahogany shelves. Although the chain has several other locations in the central city, Dawn Cakes’ flagship store has become a must-visit destination and is also known for its ice cream, which always sees a long line.
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Taichung’s next and soon-to-be defining landmark has already caused quite a stir. Dubbed by the architectural world as “the most complicated structure in the world” for its hollow cave-like exterior, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House was designed by famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who based the building on the concept of the prehistoric human residences—tree-houses and caves. The building is also noted for its curved interior walls, 58 in total, making it a the pinnacle of a seemingly impossible architectural feat.
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A landmark of Tunghai University, the Luce Memorial Chapel was designed by noted architect I. M. Pei—often hailed the master of modern architecture—who was also responsible for the master plan and early development of the university. Named after the Reverend Henry W. Luce, an American missionary in China in the late 19th century, the tent-like conoid structure is set on an irregular hexagonal base and features four warped leaves that rise to 19.2 meters high. This mini-architectural wonder is particularly beautiful at sunset and is incredibly popular with photographers.
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Noted self-taught architect Tadao Ando’s first work in Taiwan is also the first ever art gallery designed by Ando on a school campus. The designer of Tokyo’s 21_21 Design Sight Museum constructed this contemporary and modern art museum out of three equilateral triangles, one on each floor. Opened in only 2013 and with indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, Asia Modern has already boasted previous exhibitions of works by Auguste Rodin, Gustav Klimt and Edgar Degas.
亞洲現代美術館是著名的自學建築師安藤忠雄第一個在台灣的作品、更是他第一個設計的校園藝廊。同時也設計東京21_21 Design Sight的安藤忠雄以三個正三角形構成這座美術館，每層樓一個。這裡於2013年開幕，擁有室內與室外的展覽區，更以先前奧古斯特·羅丹、古斯塔夫·克林姆、和埃德加·德加等藝術家的展覽闖出名聲。
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Opened in 1935 by the Japanese government to further the radio industry, the Taichung Broadcasting Bureau once housed the third radio station in Taiwan, known back then as JFCK. Control of the building was handed back to the Republic of China government after World War II, transforming the castle-like structure into the home of the Taichung Branch of the Broadcasting Corporation of China or BCC. Visit the building to admire its transitional architecture, sunlit rooms and take a trip back in radio history with its special exhibition on the second floor.
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This white modern building is truly a library for and of the information age and a bookworm’s heaven. With five stories each dedicated to a theme, the public library has a wide collection of Chinese and English books, a young adult section, multimedia learning rooms as well as an extensive reference section of both national and international information. All the knowledge you desire is just a library card away.
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