Taichung City is located on the west coast of Taiwan, and is the third largest city in Taiwan. We decided to stop there for a couple of nights after our stay in Hualien because of it's proximity to the Sun and Moon Lake, the largest lake in Taiwan and a popular sightseeing destination. It is only about an hour and a half from Taichung to the Sun and Moon Lake.
We took the train from Hualien to Taichung. It was actually the first train ride we have taken in Asia, and we were super impressed by how punctual, efficient, and clean the train was. Each stop was announced in English as well as Chinese, and the name of the stops was displayed on a screen at the front of each carriage.
We arrived in Taichung on a Sunday evening, and the city was packed with locals out shopping and eating in restaurants. We took a quick walk around the city after checking into our hotel, and had some lunch before letting Charlotte have a rest in the hotel.
One of the things that Taichung is famous for is it's night markets and street food, which pop up in a few different places in the evening. That first evening, we took a walk and checked out what was on offer, and Charlotte and I shared some pork and cabbage dumplings. This girl likes her dumplings too!
|Taichung City Park|
|A little book library in the pavilion by the lake|
|A very old tree in the park|
|A very large goat statue in the park (we're still not sure of its significance?!)|
|A pretty little waterfall|
The next morning, we decided to take a walk to the Taichung city park, which was a short walk from our hotel. In the middle of the park there is a small lake, and a pretty Japanese style pavilion overlooking the lake and the red bridge.
Have I mentioned before how much I love the trees in Asia? The trees in Asia are so different to ones I've ever seen before. Here, trees don't care about city planning or walkways, or even walls; their gnarled, twisted trunks and roots spread out wherever they like and form such complex and interesting shadows and shapes. Pretty different to a skinny, straight up and down eucalyptus tree!
After walking through the park, we decided to peruse the shopping district. We didn't have much planned for the day because it was a Monday, and all the museums were closed, so there wasn't much sightseeing or activities to do in the city. We did however have to buy nappies/diapers, so to the shopping mall we went!
We didn't find nappies, but we did find a fancy bakery with the most delicious looking desserts, above. Which one would you choose? I like the look of the strawberry macaron personally 😋
|The busy streets of Taichung|
|A baby friendly cafe!|
|Pretty plant pots in the street|
I hope you've enjoyed reading about our quick stop over in Taichung. I'll be back soon with pictures from the beautiful Sun and Moon Lake :)