Taichung City was our third stop travelling around Taiwan from Taipei. After staying at the cosy hotel [Life Hotel, Sinsing District] in Kaoshiung for 4 nights, we took the 12.00 noon train from Kaoshiung to Taichung. The train journey was 2 and 1/2 hours. Fare is NT$469. Very comfortable train that makes stops at several places along the route from Kaoshiung to Taichung [Zouying, Tainan, Yongkang, Sinying, Houbi, Chiayi, Douliu, Changhua and Yuanlin before reaching Taichung]. Since we were travelling around lunch time, we bought a sandwich pack [NT$20], a rice bento set [NT$80] and a drink [NT$10] at the Kaoshiung railway station. Quite reasonable price. The sandwich is good with burger, egg omelette and salad leaves.
|Local Taiwanese packed drink|
|Rice bento - delicious simple meal and my favourite|
|Taichung Railway Station|
The hotel [Honeydew Fashion Hotel] we booked was just along the road opposite Taichung railway station. Just about 5-10 minutes walk to Zhongzheng Road [nearer if not using the pedestrian crossings]. Hotel room is old with shaky bed, not cosy as Kaoshiung hotel but location wise is good. Very convenient with foodstalls around the corner, McDonald's and morning market in the vicinity. Bus stations are also nearby. Moreover, the breakfast provided was good because of its wide choice [bread, noodles, porridge with hot and cold drinks] for the room price we paid. [View photos on Cooking Pleasure-Travel - Taiwan Breakfast Food]
|48 metre high General God of War|
|Nine dragons pond|
|Refer to Confucius - all about filial piety|
|Nantian Temple, Taichung - refer here for prosperity|
|Martyrs' Shrine [next to Confucius Temple]|
|Martyrs Shrine and Confucius Temple, Taichung|
|Popular drink stall at Yizhong Night Market, Taichung|
|Taiwanese Fried Oysters [Oh Chien]|
On our first morning Taichung, we made a trip to Changhua [about 45 minutes to an hour by bus] and Lukang [about 30 minutes from Changhua by bus].
On our last morning, we tried to locate the Lim's Clan House [Unesco Heritage 3rd Class Listing] since my hubby's surname is 'Lim' but could not get to the location as it was incorrectly marked on the map. We managed to get to place with the help of the local police who gave us a ride in their patrol car. We were too early and did not manage to enter the premises but took some photos through a small opening at the gate. Seems that there many people with this surname in Taichung.
|My hubby so proud of his Lim Clan House in Taichung, we came here in a police patrol car afterasking for directions from the local police|
By noon, we left Taichung for Taipei by train. Fare is NT$404. The train made several stops on its journey to Taipei [ such as Hsinchu, Taoyuan, Banciao etc].
We skipped visiting Hsinchu from Taichung as we thought we could make a day trip there from Taoyuan. We did not make the trip, instead we visited Daxi Old Street, Taoyuan which is also a nice place to visit.
|We hope to come back to these smaller Taiwanese towns |