Unique Finds and Playful Eats in Taichung, Taiwan
Last fall, we made a brief stop in Taichung, Taiwan. Join us in this latest installment of YOUR STORY as we explore what some call Taiwan’s most livable city.
In the morning, we decided to visit several hidden architectural spots. We started our day by making a visit to Tunghai University, where you will find the Luce Memorial Chapel. Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, it is a visually striking chapel that resembles a golden tent. Since we happened to visit on a Sunday morning, there were plenty of people going in and out for service.
Nearby there were students and locals relaxing in the field. It wasn’t uncommon to find unique art installations and open space for recreational activities.
On the way back, we also stopped by Pan Ding Church. Its unique structure resembles a blue and white boat ready to set sail. Apparently, it’s not even the only boat-shaped church in Taiwan, but it is quite striking.
From there, we made it back to downtown Taichung for lunch. Not only can you take your pick from street eats, diners or more, the options are quite affordable. Of course we had to grab milk tea and ice cream in the afternoon.
With the amount of shopping and eating, it’s a good thing I brought along my Century tote. Since it’s spacious, I had no trouble fitting in my DSLR camera, water bottle, daily essentials and snacks.
The large number of green space also makes Taichung great to explore on foot. Calligraphy Greenway is one such area that connects prominent museums and cultural spaces in a 3.6 km path. In fact, you can begin from the National Museum of Natural Science in the north and walk all the way to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in the south.
Along the walk you’ll also find many hip shops, eateries and galleries to browse. Since the holiday season was coming soon, we saw various themed decorations, like this herd of singing reindeer. You can definitely spend the whole day here without running out of things to do.
Finally, we ended the day at a place that will be familiar to Studio Ghibli fans. In an unassuming street you will find the Totoro Bus Stop, where you can take photos with your favorite Studio Ghibli characters. Created by an interior design and housing repair company on the same street, it is a popular spot that brings back childhood memories. With that, we headed off for dinner for another round of delicious food.