Theme Week Taiwan – Taichung

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Taichung, officially known as Taichung City, is a special municipality located in central Taiwan. Taichung has a population of approximately 2.8 million people and is Taiwan’s second most populous city since July 2017. It serves as the core of the Taichung–Changhua metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. The current city was formed when Taichung County merged with the original provincial Taichung City to form the special municipality on 25 December 2010. Located in the Taichung Basin, the name of the city was created under Japanese rule, and became a major economic and cultural hub. Originally composed of several scattered hamlets, the city of Taichung was planned and developed by the Japanese. It was called “the Kyoto of Formosa” in Japanese era because of its calm and beauty. The city is home to many cultural sites, including the historic Taichung Park, the Lin Family Gardens, and many temples.

Taichung is home to many industries. Taichung’s Industrial Zone, located in Xitun District, is home to many factories, while nearby World Trade Center Taichung hosts many industrial conventions every year. Taichung is also home to the Central Taiwan Science Park, known for the many semiconductor factories located there, most notably TSMC. Taichung is also known for it’s bicycle manufacturing. Notable business located in Taichung include Giant Bicycles, SRAM, and TRP Brakes. Merida Bicycles is also located in nearby Dacun, Changhua. Taichung is most famous for it’s suncakes. Taichung’s Chun Shui Tang teahouse is where bubble tea was invented. The recent surge in population resulted in the growth of the retail sector, with the opening of large department stores in Xitun District.

Wen Chang Temple © Ludahai/cc-by-sa-3.0 Taiwan Boulevard © Taichung photo/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Howard61313 Shrine to the martyrs of Taiwan © Ludahai/cc-by-sa-3.0 National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art © Essolo/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lin Shi Family Shrine © Ludahai/cc-by-sa-3.0 City Hall © Ludahai/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Taichung photo/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Taichung photo/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Taichung photo/cc-by-sa-4.0 Taichung Central Business District © Earthnick/cc-by-sa-4.0 Night Market © AngMoKio/cc-by-sa-3.0
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  • The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts houses the world’s largest collection of Taiwanese art.
  • National Museum of Natural Science together with National Palace Museum in Taipei and the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung are called “the Museums of Taiwan”. Across 22 acres (89,000 m²), the Museum is a six-venue complex housing the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Chinese Science Hall, Global Environment Hall and the Botanical Garden, excluding the Earthquake Museum in Wufong, which is dedicated to public education on seismology, located just 10 kilometers east of the main complex of NMNS. Over 30 permanent exhibit areas cover subjects on astronomy, space science, paleontology, ecology, gems and minerals, Taiwanese Aborigines, and tropical plants. Rotating special exhibits are a constant occurrence.
  • Taichung Municipal Cultural Center: The Municipal Cultural Center is located on Yingcai Road on property adjacent to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Taichung Folklore Park: This park is dedicated to presenting a more traditional Taiwanese way of life. It includes a combination of authentic and recreated buildings and streets in an attempt to recreate a more rustic Taiwan.
  • 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan: This museum is located in Wufeng District. With the rebuilding of Kwangfu Junior High on its present site, the Earthquake Memorial Museum was renamed the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan on February 13, 2001. The new plan retains the original sites as a record of the damage wrought by the earthquake, and it also adds technological and educational facilities designed to inform the public and school children about earthquakes and disaster readiness.
  • Asia University Museum of Modern Art: This museum is located at Asia University in Wufeng District. On May 4, 2007, Dr. Tsai presented the project plan and officially invited Mr. Tadao Ando to design an art museum for Asia University. Therefore, the main purpose of inviting Tadao Ando to design the museum was to educate students and create the opportunity for them to have contact with art works from masters of international status. This museum provides various and amazing exhibitions which are related to Asian art and modern art.

Taichung has several open-air night markets that feature local food and diversions:

  • Fengjia Night Market – located adjacent to Feng Chia University. It has been considered as the best night market in Taiwan.
  • Yizhong Street – located at North District, closed to Taichung Park. One of the most popular night market in Taichung.
  • Zhong Hua Night Market – located in the heart of Central District, along ZhongHua Road.
  • Zhong Xiao Night Market – located south of the Taichung Railroad Station around the intersections of ZhongXiao, Taichung and GuoGuang roads.
  • Donghai Night Market – located at the western side of Xitun, close to border with Longjing. A small street northwest of Tunghai University.
  • Hanxi Night Market-A large night market which is located in the Hanxi East Road Section 1 at East District.

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