Top 5 Taichung Attractions

Top 5 Taichung Attractions

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City: Taichung
State: Taichung-Changhua Metropolitan Area
Country: Taiwan / Republic of China

The second most populous city in Taiwan / Republic of China, Taichung is a major economic and cultural hub. Blessed with a pleasant climate, Taichung is home to many cultural activities, shopping places, and natural sights. In particular, the night markets here are very popular.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Taichung, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. National Museum Of Natural Science

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The vast National Museum Of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, houses 6 complexes, including the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall, Global Environment Hall, and Botanical Garden. With over half a million artefacts across 27 permanent and 6 temporary exhibits, spanning the fields of zoology, botany, geology, and anthropology, it is the largest recreational and educational museum in the country. Highlights include the Gallery Of Dinosaurs, the Tropical Rainforest Greenhouse, and the water-powered Armillary and Celestial Tower.

2. Feng Chia Night Market
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Among the biggest night markets in Taiwan, and certainly the most famed in Taichung, the Feng Chia Night Market is named after the nearby Feng Chia University. Commonly frequented by students and local Taiwanese, this ensures prices here are kept competitive, and stalls focused on providing for and serving locals. There's food, fashion, fun, and future technology, like virtual reality gaming, all found here, making it a good shopping, dining, and lifestyle travel experience.

3. Rainbow Village
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Unwilling to leave his village in Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan, after developers began buying the land for redevelopment, former veteran soldier Huang Yung-Fu used his artistic flair to save the 11 houses in his village from demolition. Beginning with a painting of a bird, his colourful and vibrant artwork of animals, people, and scenes of local life soon covered every surface of the village. Authorities relented to petitions by university students who discovered the place, and designated the Rainbow Village a cultural area. Today, artist Huang Yung-Fu receives over a million visitors annually, gamely posing for photos amidst his artwork on the buildings.

4. 921 Earthquake Museum Of Taiwan
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The 921 Earthquake Museum Of Taiwan in Taichung preserves the wreckage of the 7.3 earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday, 21 September 1999. Serving as sobering reminders to the public to be prepared for such events, the site includes the Chelungpu Fault Gallery which crosses the original fault line, the Earthquake Engineering Hall which details the science of earthquakes, the Image Gallery which exhibits photos from the incident and subsequent fall-out, and the educational Disaster Prevention Hall. There's also an earthquake simulator room, which recreates the ground-shaking feeling of the actual disaster.

5. Gaomei Wetlands
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Well known in Taiwan for its breathtaking natural scenery, the Gaomei Wetlands along the coast of Taichung is home to many native wildlife, as well as several large wind turbines which provide electric power to the city. The windy area offers fantastic views of sunset, with the sun dipping below the horizon of blue skies and fluffy white clouds, while the mechanical silhouettes of the wind turbines lend a surreal contrast. The wooden broadwalk offers an easy stroll, but for a greater challenge, head down into the soft muddy soil with proper footwear.