Taichung City, Taiwan

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN FOR FIRST TIMERS: Itinerary, Helpful Tips, and Budget for Filipinos


Taichung is located on the western part of central Taiwan. It can be conveniently access for a short trip from Taipei. This blog shows how we maximized our day in Taichung.

Taichung: City in Taiwan

Country: Taiwan
Coordinates: 24.1477° N, 120.6736° E
What to eatBubble Tea at Chun Shui Tang, Mushroom products at Xinshe Mushroom Garden, Pineapple Cakes at Miyahara
What to do: city and nature exploration
Ideal time to visit: Ideal time to visit is from February (nearing end of Winter) to May (Spring). Weather is cool and Taichung flowers are blooming.
Language: Chinese/English
Currency: Taiwanese Dollars: 53PHP = 1USD = 31TWD ; 1PHP = 0.59TWD (rough estimate)

By Air
There are direct flights going to and from Taichung through Ching Chuan Kang Airport or Qingquangang Airport.

HSR is the fastest land arrangement to get to and from Taichung. From Taipei, it would take an hour or less. The HSR is operational from 5:00AM TO 11:30PM. Standard seats would cost 700TWD and non-reserved seats would cost 675TWD. Purchasing tickets in advance or during off-peak hours can give you up to 35% off.

You may book your tickets at Taiwan High Speed Rail Website.

By Bus
Taking the bus is the cheapest option, although it would take you 3 hours to get to Taichung from Taipei. Fare vary depending on the busy company. A Ubus from Taipei to Taichung costs NTD 260.

For time operational schedules and ticketing, You may check Taiwan Bus Website.

I highly suggest hiring a driver to maximize your day. It would be convenient and time-saving. We found Mr. Liu, a Taichung local who has a taxi company offering tours around Taichung.

For only 3000TWD, we got to can see the top sites of Taichung!

Mr. Liu of Taichung
Whatsapp: +886 927 888 032

We conversed through Whatsapp, although he can't speak in English, we managed to book a tour thanks to Google Translate!

🚩 Rainbow Village
According to our guide, the village is was painted by a grandfather for his grandchildren.

Zhongshe Flower Market
This place is absolutely instagrammable! Zhongshe Flower Market feels like a paradise with a sea of flowers! We can't help but take couple pictures too! 😍

Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village
Feed on a healthy lunch in Bai Mushroom Restaurant where all dishes in their menu uses mushroom. 

Xinshe Castle/Summit Resort
Xinshe Sastle is one of the ideal locations in Taichung to see the Cherry Blossoms. 

Feng Chia Night Market
Feast your eyes on all they tempting food stalls, cheap clothes and souvenirs at Feng Chia Night Market. 

Carton King
Gaomei Wetlands
921 Earthquake Museum
Sun Moon Lake
Alishan Forest
CMP Block Museum of Arts
National Museum of Natural Science
National Taichung Theater
Gaomei Wetlands

Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village
426, Taiwan, Taichung City, Xinshe District
Our driver recommended the Mushroom Meatball Soup for 35TWD and Deep Fried Assorted Mushroom for 75TWD.

Chun Shui Tang
No. 30號, Siwei Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
Taichung is the birth place of Boba. Why not try the 'first ever' Pearl Milktea from Chun Shui Tang for only 75TWD

Feng Chia Night Market
Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Feng Chia Night Market is a mixture of souvenir, clothing and food market. There are a lot of choices to eat. Only a few food stalls have seats and tables, most of the people eat while they walk.

Miyahara Ice Cream 
No. 20號, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
Aside from their ice cream and Hogwarts-like interiors, Miyahara is also famous for their pineapple cakes which costs 450-500TWD per box.

This itinerary is good for a side trip to Taichung coming from Taipei. We would start the itinerary at Taipei Main Station.

🚩Taipei Main Station to Taichung Station: 48 mins to 1 hour via High Speed Rail | 675TWD | We saved a lot since Taiwan Tourism and KKDay has a promo for a Two for One Ticket with HSR which cost us 282TWD/481PHP PER PERSON for a one-way ticket! You can still avail it! Promotion period: November 27, 2018 to April 30, 2019 Travel period: November 28, 2018 to June 30, 2019

🚩Taichung One Day Tour: 10 hours via Mr. Liu Tours | 3000TWD (5100PHP), 750TWD/ 1275PHP per person   🚩Rainbow Village: no entrance fee
   🚩Zhongshe Flower Market: 120TWD/205PHP entrance fee
   🚩Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village
   ↠ Lunch at Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village: 150-200TWD for a good meal
   🚩Xinshe Castle/Summit Resort: 250TWD/427PHP entrance fee
   🚩Feng Chia Night Market: no entrance fee
   ↠ Dinner at Feng Chia Night Market: 50-200TWD
🚩Taichung Station to Taipei Main Station: 8 mins to 1 hour via High Speed Rail | 260TWD/445PHP


Although we made Taichung as a side trip from Taipei, we wished to have stayed longer. One day for Taichung is not enough to explore a city full of culture and beauty.


Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Shot using Samsung Note S9 | March 2019

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