A thoroughly modern and historic city

With a population just under 3 million, Taichung is Taiwan’s second biggest city, and it’s a bustling and picturesque blend of natural beauty and well-preserved historic sites. Designed by the Japanese, it still retains a classic chessboard layout, but the Taichung of today is a vibrant city, a foodie hotspot (bubble tea was invented here!) that is also rich in theatres, museums and galleries. If you want to get outdoors, Taichung has mild weather all year round, so you can happily go exploring cinematic wetlands, hiking trails, scenic mountains and pleasant bike paths (some through old railway tunnels!). Taichung’s natural beauty is matched in its stunning contemporary architecture, showcased in buildings like the Taichung Theatre, as well as its European-inspired shopping streets and buzzing night markets. If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll love the many parks in Taichung, as well as the cool activities at the kid-friendly National Museum of Natural Science.

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Things to do: Taichung

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Airport information

Taichung International Airport opens in new window(RMQ)

Distance to downtown Taichung 20 kms

Bus: There are several bus routes that will get you from the airport to central Taichung. Head to the southern end of the international terminal for the bus stops.

Taxi: You’ll find taxis waiting outside the B1 exit.

Car hire: You can hire a rental car or a car with a driver from the car rental counter within the airport.

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When to go

Taichung’s weather is pretty mild all year round, but summers can get humid. The most popular time for tourists is autumn (Sep-Nov).

Happening in March or April, Taichung’s Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage is a nine-day religious festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to celebrate, beginning and ending in Taichung. There are many related events either side of the festival. Cherry blossom season runs from February to May.

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Getting around

The most popular way to get around Taichung is by bus, with multiple companies running hundreds of routes across the city. There currently isn’t an mass transit system, although there is one slated for completion in 2020.

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