3 Days 2 Nights Taiwan Taichung Itinerary

This is a short itinerary post for all who are interested in what to do in Taichung (台中) for 3 days 2 nights.

Taipei Taoyuan Airport > Tze-Chiang (自强号) >Taichung (台中)

Reloading Hostel (绿柳町) > Yizhong Street 一 (中街商圈)

Arrived Day 1 – Taipei Taoyuan Airport > Taichung Reloading Hostel

Upon touching down on Taipei, I took the train Tze-Chiang (台铁 自强号) from Taipei to Taichung (台中) and the scenery was fantastic during this 2 hour train ride. One thing I love about taking the trains in Taiwan is that we can bring our own food and drinks onto the train rides so that we don’t feel hungry during the journey.

Old-Buildings

Love the sights of all these old buildings, gives you a nostalgia feeling you are being teleported back in time.

Tze-Chiang-Train

For those of you who forgot to bring any food, rest assured as there will be a train attendant who pushes a food cart periodically down the aisle.

 

After 2 hours of train ride, I finally reached Reloading Hostel (绿柳町). The decoration was unique and gives you a homely feeling. The receptionist was very helpful as well as she gives me locations of all the yummy food and places to visit nearby. Below are some photos of the hostel itself.

Reloading-Hostel-Entrance

Reloading Hostel Entrance

Lift-Lobby

Lift Lobby

Resting-Area

Resting Area

 

Reloading Hostel (绿柳町)

Address: No. 55, Zhongshan Rd, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400

Website: www.reloading-hotel.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/reloading.Hotel

 

Day 1 Night Time – Reloading Hostel > Yizhong Street

After settling down in the hostel for 20 mins to rest and recharge, I set out to the nearby Yizhong Street for some food as I was starving. It was a pretty walkable distance from the hostel according to Google Maps (estimated 1.5km), however I decided to take a cab as I didn’t want to get myself lost on my first night here.

Yizhong-Street

Check out the crowd here at Yizhong Street on a weekday!

Bubble-Milk-Tea

Every trip to Taiwan is not complete without its bubble milk tea

Diced-Beef

Awesome diced beef that comes with your choice of seasoning.

 

Overall, Yizhong Street is a pretty good first stop to start your Taichung trip, the crowd here are mainly students as there is a university nearby. However, it seems considerably small to me as I finished walking the whole place in 1 hour.

 

Day 2

Breakfast shop (謝氏早點豆花專賣店)

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越)

Top City (大远百)

Park Lane (勤美 诚品绿园道)

Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

Thanks to the recommendation by the Reloading Hostel’s receptionist, I had my breakfast at this traditional breakfast shop (謝氏早點豆花專賣店) which is only a short walk away. All I can say is that it totally blew my mind, how I crave for such traditional and affordable breakfast whenever I wake up.

Breakfast-Shop

The shop front may look unimpressive, but the food is heavenly.

Old-School-Menu

Check out this old school menu, tons of choices available that I can’t make up my mind.

Shop-Interior

The crowd doesn’t lie, even the indoor has this old school vibes.

Comfort-Food

Milk tea check, egg pancake check, pork chop sandwich check, tau huay with pearls check.

 

(謝氏早點豆花專賣店)

Address: No. 136, Jiguang St, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400

Next stop, I visited Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越) and Top City (大远百) for some shopping. These are basically your run of the mills shopping malls with some unique brands that you can only find in Taiwan.

Shin-Kong-Mitsukoshi

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi – Image Credit http://news.housefun.com.tw/news/article/16511287233.html

 

Address: No. 301, Section 3, Taiwan Blvd, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407

Next, I went to Park Lane, this is basically a books cum shopping cum dining super complex. From what I can understand from the description available, the entire building features unique “green” architecture throughout, including tons of living plants and natural lighting. You can come here if you are into books, otherwise, I can suggest you to give it a miss.

Park-Lane

Park Lane – Image Credit http://reader.roodo.com/hax/archives/6224501.html

 

Address: No. 68, Gongyi Rd, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403

The highlight of the day definitely belongs to this next attraction I am about to mention, which I believe to be the number 1 night market in Taichung – Fengjia Night Market!

Chicken-Chop

Look at this crazy queue for the chicken chop, I wanted to try it but gave up as I was too starving.

Smelly-Beancurd

A bowl of steaming smelly beancurd to warm my stomach in this chilly night.

Shellfish-Queue

There is even a number queue system for this lala stall here in Fengjia, hence I have to try it as I am a shellfish fanatic.

Cute-Whale-Packaging

Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here, look at the cute packaging, and the taste ain’t half bad either, fresh, sweet and piping hot.

 

Day 3

For the last day, I visited this very touristy spot Miyahara (宫原眼科), and boy was it crowded, it was packed with both locals and tourists. I could be wrong but I read somewhere that Miyahara used to be a hospital and it was refurbished in 2010 to become a drinks, desserts, ice cream establishment. People who visit here can have a glimpse of its’ illustrious past and well preserved buildings, I like how you have this feeling of  being caught in between a modern and old school era at this place.

Address: 400, Taiwan, Taichung City, Central District, Zhongshan Rd

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Miyahara-Entrance

The entrance to Miyahara, please tell me that’s not the queue to entering the building.

The-logo-of-Miyahara

The logo of Miyahara.

House-Milk-Brand

It has its own brand of milk tea here as well.

Milk-Tea

This is where you order your milk tea, TWG anyone?

Well-Decorated-Interior

Look at the well decorated interiors of this place, last thing you could guess they are selling desserts and ice cream here.

Customized-Ice-Cream

Highly customized ice cream + 20 minutes of queue is totally worth it, just look at the amount of toppings they put on the ice cream.

 

This concludes my short 3 day itinerary of what to do, see, eat and play in Taichung. Comment more below if you have more places to recommend!

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