36 Hours in Taichung, Taiwan

Translated to Chinese by Teresa Lee.

One of the fastest-expanding metropolises on the island, Taichung is quickly becoming one of the hottest tourist attractions, if not the hottest, in Taiwan. And it’s not hard to see why; situated in the middle of Taiwan, the central city has just the right amount of elements from the north and the south of the island—a perfect blend of the city and the country (thanks to generous patches of green strewn throughout), with new, contemporary buildings coexisting with the old. With its always-pleasant weather, wide and well-organized tree-lined roads and balanced pace of living, Taichung has rightfully earned its title as Taiwan’s most liveable city.

台中是台灣近年來發展最快速的城市之一,儘管還稱不上第一名、但絕對是最熱門的觀光勝地之一。其實這並不是毫無來由, 位於台灣中央地帶的台中, 均勻的結合了這個小島南部和北部的各種元素—— 自然與都會的完美融合(這座城市充滿點點綠意),和現代化的新穎大樓錯落於古老的建築間。加上永遠的豔陽天, 台中都市規劃完善的道路與行道樹平衡了城市匆促的腳步,也為台中贏得台灣最生氣蓬勃城市的美名。

FRIDAY (週五)

3 p.m.
Urban Taichung | 都會台中

taichung city council government building xitun district taiwan

Kick off your visit by checking out Taichung’s latest developments in “The Seventh Redevelopment Zone”, simply “Qi Qi” (七期) in Mandarin, Taichung’s new city center. The relocation of the city government to the area spawned a new era in the city; a high concentration of luxurious department stores—Shinkong Mitsukoshi, Tiger City and the newest Top City—multitudes of mid-level to high-end dining options, towering apartment buildings and skyscrapers, laid out neatly along the tree-lined streets. Marvel at the impressive contemporary architecture of the new city government building and the soon-to-be architectural landmark of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House designed by Toyo Ito—the “most impossible structure in the world”—before doing some department store shopping and heading to Maple Garden, a manmade valley with a lake and maple trees, at sunset.

從探訪最新的七期重劃區開啟你的台中之旅吧!七期重劃區是市政府的新地標,也為台中寫下新的一頁。群集的時尚精品百貨——新光三越、老虎城、還有大遠百匯聚著中價位到高級奢侈的餐廳選擇,高聳的百貨公司和摩天樓整齊地排列在以綠樹點綴的街道旁。在傍晚瘋狂購物與探訪人造秋紅谷之前,好好欣賞台中新市政府的現代建築之美,別忘了也探訪台中的全新地標,由伊東豐雄設計、號稱「最不可能的建築」的國家歌劇院

image via Fcuk1203

7 p.m.
Hipster Glasses On | 文藝台中

 

tunghai art street taichung taiwan entrance

Travel uphill to the western-most point of Taichung, where sits Tunghai University and its landmark Luce Memorial Chapel, a popular photography spot. Head to the nearby Tunghai Arts Street, which features a coterie of boutique shops, cafes, tea houses, pottery museums and clothing stores. The sloped street paved with a cobblestone sidewalk gives off a distinctively European vibe, a stark contrast to the bustling Tunghai Night Market across the street, one the lesser known but just as good night markets in Taichung, with unique snacks such as its famous chicken feet jelly, braised duck head, chicken fillet burger and grass jelly with taro balls. If you’re in the mood, this would be a perfect time to hit up the Taichung Metropolitan Park and breathe in the spectacular night view of Taichung from atop the Dadu Mountain.

傍晚時分,向上攀爬到台中的極西點,走訪座落於此的東海大學和最有名的拍照景點「路思義教堂」。接下來,前往附近的東海藝術街,那兒充滿著時尚精品小店、咖啡館、茶館、陶藝博物館、和服飾店;坡斜的街道和兩旁鵝卵石的人行道使這個地區充滿歐風,和熙攘的對街的東海夜市形成對比。東海夜市是台中較低調的夜市,但依然充滿美食好料——例如雞腳凍、東山鴨頭、仙草凍加芋圓等。若行有餘力,還可以到台中都會公園,在大肚山上欣賞美麗的夜景。

image via Taichung City Government

9 p.m.
Eat, Eat, Eat | 吃、吃、吃

fengjia night market taichung taiwan food alley

What’s a trip to a Taiwan without a visit to a night market? The mantra holds for practically every major city in Taiwan, Taichung included. At the onset of the evening, make your mandatory visit to the famed Fengjia Night Market to shop, haggle and eat the night away, being sure to cross off every item of the top 10 things to try while at the popular night market, located next to its namesake Fengjia University.

在台灣旅遊,夜市絕對是不可少的行程!而台中也不例外。晚點出門時,直奔熱鬧的逢甲夜市,就在以其得名的逢甲大學隔壁,和老闆討價還價的購物、並隨心大吃大喝,可別忘了閱讀我們的「十大夜市必吃」清單。

image via Rybloo

SATURDAY 週六

9 a.m.
Made in Taichung | 台中限定

ying cai big noodle geng thick soup taichung

One of the best things about central and southern cities in Taiwan is that they offer a whole host of local dishes that is exclusive to the area. Start your morning off with a bowl of big noodle geng at Ying Cai Big Noodle Geng, made from thick noodles in a geng (a thick soup) with a special salty flavor, an authentic taste of Taichung that simply cannot be tasted—or found in fact—anywhere else.

台灣中南部的城市最迷人的一點莫過於它們獨一無二的當地特色料理了。用一碗美好的大麵羹來開啟你的早晨,享受英才大麵羹濃郁的湯頭、配上獨特的鹹味,這就是台中獨家的食物美學。

image via unknown5050

10 a.m.
Breathe | 光合作用

CMP block museum of arts eslite park lane calligraphy greenway taichung taiwan

Next, dedicate a generous block of your afternoon for an escape to the lungs of Taichung for a stroll down the Calligraphy Greenway, a long, luscious dash of green that stretches from the National Museum of Natural Science to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts via two Eslite bookstores and the CMP Block Museum of Arts. Take your time to breathe in the natural beauty that resides within this urban metropolis, exploring every nook and cranny, as you’ll find tucked in each alley artsy boutiques, cafes and restaurants such as the famous Haritts doughnut shop. Finally, head to Eslite Park Lane and check out a book and its impressive green wall.

接下來,用美好的午後時光來探索「台中之肺」。草悟道是一條蜿蜒蓊鬱的綠蔭,從科博館延伸到國美館、途經誠品書店及勤美術館。花點時間在喧囂的城市中深呼吸,探索每條小徑與細節,發現隱身其中的藝品店、咖啡館、和餐廳(例如有名的Harrits甜甜圈),最後,前往誠品綠園道並吸收書香、欣賞書店內的垂直綠牆。

image via Fcuk1203

5 p.m.
Old Taichung | 懷舊台中

gongyuan eye clinic miyahara taichung taiwan

Spend some time in Central District around Taichung Train Station for a glimpse into the city’s past. The weathered and worn buildings preserve the genuine historic Taiwanese lifestyle for all to experience. Visit the Taichung Jianguo Market behind the station, where you can buy traditional trinkets and try out some age-old cuisine that made up the childhood memories of many Taichung residents such as the dishes at Taichung Traditional Mushroom Pork Geng near the train station. Round out your trip back in time by heading to Gongyuan Eye Clinic, a former eye clinic during the Japanese occupation that has since been transformed into the flagship store of Dawn Cakes, a hot tourist destination that sells traditional Taiwanese desserts such as Sun Cakes and nougat candy.

在台中的中央區和火車站附近看看這座城市的回憶吧。老舊的建築保留了台中最深層的歷史記憶,後火車站的建國市場有著傳統小飾品、還有台中當地人充滿兒時記憶、並值得一試的古早美食「台中正老牌香菇肉羹」。隨後繞回改建成日出糕餅概念店的宮原眼科,在這棟日治建築中購買熱門的太陽餅和牛軋糖等伴手禮!

image via Miyahara

7 p.m.
Young Again | 青春年華

chungyo department store toilet coke coca cola can cubicle taichung taiwan

Relive the wonders of youth at Yizhong Street, located around Taichung First Senior High School, a young and hip night market scene akin to Taipei’s Ximending; vendors tend to specialize in trendy clothing, accessories, cute stationery and technological gadgets, the sorts of knick knacks that’d appeal to the younger generation, who flood into the area after school each day for their cram school classes, making the area a main hangout for the youngsters. Next, head to the nearby Chungyo Department Store, one of the oldest department stores in Taichung, if not for the shopping at its three buildings (A, B and C) then for the toilets. Yes, toilets. As in bathrooms, washrooms, the water closet. Why? Because each floor in each building’s toilet has a different theme—a forest, an underwater world, a pub, an art gallery to bathrooms dedicated to the theme of chocolate, the future, romance and even The Great Gatsby—all guaranteeing shoppers a nice surprise upon enteringA crowd favorite is located on Building A’s 10th Floor: Coca Cola can-shaped cubicles.

夜晚降臨,走訪靠近台中一中、類似台北西門町、充滿年輕氣息的一中街。這兒的店大多主打潮流服飾、飾品、可愛的文具、和3C周邊商品——年輕人們在下課後來這裡補習、也造就這裡成為年輕人最愛逛街遊樂的地區。接下來,探訪隔壁最老的百貨之一的中友百貨,在他的三棟建物裡逛街,或看看它的廁所吧。是的,我們就是說廁所。為什麼呢?因為這裡每層樓的廁所都有不同的主題:森林、海底世界、夜店酒吧風、藝廊、巧克力、未來感、浪漫風、或甚至「大亨小傳」的主題廁所,絕對讓來客驚喜連連。最受大家喜愛的可口可克主題廁所位在A棟10樓,那兒的每個隔間都做成可樂罐的樣子。

image via Chungyo

12 a.m.
Dance The Night Away | 瘋狂派對

lobby taichung night club

Cheaper admissions, larger venues, minimal safety concerns—what’s not to like about Taichung’s nightlife? Indeed, the central city’s party scene is fast becoming one of the hottest on the island. Party well past sunrise at any—or all—of the best club this city has to offer—Lobby, Vivo, 18TC, SPIN Dance Club and more.

便宜的入場費、寬敞的場地、安全的保障,台中的夜生活可說是無可挑剔。確實,這座城市的派對文化已經漸漸延燒到整座台灣島了,挑一間(或不如每間都去吧)喜愛的夜店並享受一個台中熱鬧瘋狂的夜晚吧。

image via lobby

SUNDAY 週日

10 a.m.
Traditional But Better |
 傳統而美好

pork egg toast sandwich breakfast taichung

Cure your hangover with a slice of breakfast heaven at Pork Egg Toast, yet another Taichung local favorite. It’s a concoction you’d find at any traditional breakfast store, yet somehow this stand’s marinated meat sandwich just tastes significantly better. The steady line out the door every morning is testament enough.

就由台中的天堂美食早餐、台中人最愛的「肉蛋吐司」來治治前一晚造成的宿醉吧。儘管在任何傳統早餐店都能找到他的蹤跡,在這一攤的醃肉片就是嚐起來比較美味,由每天的排隊人潮就可以看出端倪。

image via mini QQ

12 p.m.
Ciao! | Ciao! (義大利文的再見)

jinming 1st first street taichung taiwan little italy

Cap off the your few days in Taiwan’s most liveable city by heading to Jingming 1st Street, a pedestrian-only walkway with white tile apartment buildings running alongside, housing classy shops with brightly-lit store fronts, art galleries, classy cafes and international restaurants. Sometimes referred to as Little Italy, the area also holds outdoor concerts and events on the weekend, making for a perfect soothing Sunday. Finally, meander through the nearby alleys of quaint art galleries and boutiques before settling down with the perfect cuppa in a sun-drenched cafe, such as Who Together.

在旅程的最後,走訪精明一街徒步區,欣賞兩旁白磚砌成的建築,和其中窗明几淨的的精品店、藝廊、咖啡館、和異國餐廳。有時候又被稱作「小義大利」的精明一街有時在假日會有戶外現場音樂演出或其他活動,也讓這裡成為星期天的放鬆好去處。最後,漫步在附近的巷弄、看看藝品、畫廊,然後找間陽光灑落咖啡廳(例如胡同咖啡館)坐下來享受最後的台中時光。

image via Juliana Su

LODGING 推薦住宿

Forte Orange Business Hotel (福泰桔子商旅) is a moderately-priced yet comfortable option right opposite Taichung Park and close to the Taichung Train Station.

這是一間價格實惠而舒適的旅店,就位於台中公園對面、火車站附近。

Red Dot Hotel (紅點文旅) is a fun, modern designer hotel with a slide from the second floor to the first that is conveniently situated close to both the new and old Taichung city centers.

這是一間有趣而摩登的旅館,由溜滑梯連接一二樓。它位於台中新舊市政府附近、交通十分便利。

The Millennium Vee Hotel Taichung (台中日月千禧酒店) is an upscale five-star hotel located right in the heart of the luxurious residential area in the new city center in Xitun District.

這是一間高級五星級飯店,位於台中核心的西屯區。

feature image via 崧竣 Liao

 

orange hotelThis post is presented by Forte Orange Hotel 福泰桔子商務旅館

Show Store Info

Related Picks

Comments


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Newsletter Sign Up

Trending Posts

The Best Of

More >

Neighborhoods

More >

Sponsor Partners