Category: Places

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Taichung Taxi Cards

Do you need some help getting around? Do you often use taxi’s? Then please feel free to download these cards to your mobile device. The cards have a Mandarin Name and/or Address as well as the English name of a location. Just show it to the driver or even your Taiwanese friends if you are...

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The ShengHui Bakery Supply Store

The ShengHui Bakery Supply Store is another great place that both expats and locals alike will enjoy shopping for cooking supplies. The store is large, well organized and divided into two sections – food and cooking equipment/supplies. The location is in the West District, right underneath the high speed rail line one block off Fuke...

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The Food Material Mall in Beitun

The Food Materials Mall in Beitun is a large warehouse type store stocked with a variety of frozen, canned, bagged and boxed goods as well as baking and cooking supplies that might be useful to you. In particular for those not from Taiwan, there are some imported items that can be difficult to find in...

Central Taichung History & Culture Tour
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Central Taichung History & Culture Tour

Are you interested in the history and culture of Taichung City? Do you like exploring? Come join us for a walking tour of the old downtown and learn some Taichung history and culture while having fun. Here are some of the places we’ll explore: The First & Second Markets – the First Market will be closed...

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Where Can I Workout in Taichung?

Here is a list of several gyms and other facilities that are popular with expats in Taichung. Of course there are more around the city, so I’ve included how to search. Information is subject to change, so please check with the gym for current prices and times.  If you have any suggestions or information that would be...

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Grappling with Ghosts Festival 頭城搶孤

This past weekend, three friends and I visited TouCheng 頭城 near Yilan 宜蘭 to see and experience the once a year event known as “Grappling with Ghosts”.  As many of you already know, this past month in the lunar calendar has been the celebration of Ghost Month. Strangely enough, even to most Taiwanese, the meaning...

What is the Dragon Boat Festival? 端午節
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What is the Dragon Boat Festival? 端午節

By Todd Blackhurst In Chinese culture, the Dragon Boat Festival is one of the more important festivals. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This year it will be celebrated on May 29 & 30. It’s origin was to remember the well loved poet Qu Yuan. There are many differing stories about...

Western Restaurants in Taichung
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Western Restaurants in Taichung

Here’s a list of restaurants that serve Western fare in Taichung & Taiwan. I have added my comments for those places that I feel particularly cater to the western palate. In addition, here is a link to my TripAdvisor Profile where I will post reviews regularly for any place I visit. CLICK HERE These restaurants primarily cater...

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Taichung City Information

Taichung has 29 distinct districts. The downtown area, which is known as the traditional Taichung City, is composed of eight districts (the traditional Taichung City): 1. Central (中區): This area encompasses the core downtown, Taichung Park and the train station. 2. North (北區): Science Museum, the Chungyo Department Store and the Chungshan Hall. 3. West...