Taichung City Day Tour

TAICHUNG CITY 1 DAY TOUR – TO SET OFF EARLY

After breakfast, we commence our journey to Taichung for a 1 day tour.

From Taipei to Taichung City

  • Take HSR from HSR Taipei Station to HSR Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 50mins to 1hr4mins.
  • From HSR Taichung Station, walk about 5mins to TRA Xinwuri Station to take train to Taichung City.
  • TRA Xinwuri Station to TRA Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11 mins.

From TRA Taichung Station, we go to Miyaharu, which is about 190m (3 mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.

From TRA Taichung Station, take a slow walk to Taichung Second Market ( 第二市場 ) for eating & shopping.

  • About 700m (9mins) walk from Miyaharu

Taichung Park is nearby the Taichung Second Market. Can drop by for a walk / sightseeing.

From Taichung Second Market, it is about 11 minutes’ walk (850m).

After that, will procced to Yizhong Street for eating & shopping.

  • About 850m (11mins walk) from Taichung Park.

From Yizhong Street, walk to Banana New Paradise for eating & shopping.

  • About 950m (12mins walk)

Taichung Confucius Temple & Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine are nearby. Can drop by to visit if keen.

Exploring the Night Markets in Taichung City:

Smile Life Night Market

  • About 230m (3mins walk) from Banana New Paradise

Fengjia Night Market

  • From Smile Life Night Market, take Bus No. 33 from 進化國瑞街口 & alight at 河南崇義街口 . Walk about 65m.
  • Total Travel Time is about 1h11mins.

After Fengjia Night Market, we will head back to Taipei City.

  • Take Bus No. 25/35 from 頂湳仔 & alight at Gancheng Station, walk about 130m (2mins) to TRA Taichung Station.
  • Total travel time is about 1hr.
  • Take train from TRA Taichung Station to TRA Xinwuri Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11mins.
  • Walk to HSR Taichung Station from TRA Xinwuri Station & take HSR back to Taipei.
  • Total travel time is 50mins to 1hr4mins.

From HSR Taipei Station, walk back to hotel to rest for the day.

Summary of places:

Miyaharu 宫原眼科-醉月楼沙龙
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Address: No.20, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Used to be an Ophthalmology Clinic, previously owned by Japanese man named Miyaharu during the Japanese Occupation period of Taiwan. Now it is opened by Dawncake – an established store in Taichung that sells pineapple tarts and other pastries in nice packaging. Worth visiting to see the shop’s interior & to buy some gifts for friends & relatives.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g297910-d3539748-Reviews-Miyahara-Taichung.html

Taichung Second Market 第二市場
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 16:00
Address: No.87, Sec. 2, Sanmin Rd., Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Built in 1917, used to be famous for its delicate & pricy goods. Now, it is a 7000sqm market with more than 50 shops & 300 stands. Special characteristic of this market is that its design is hexagonal. It is now famous for its food. This market reflects the history of Taichung.

Yizhong Street 一中商圈
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Yizhong St., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Yizhong Street is a shopping area and there is a night market too. It is like our Singapore Bugis Street where most youngsters hang out.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d2385711-Reviews-Yichung_Shopping_Street-Taichung.html

Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 00:30
Address: No.111, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
One of the most extraordinary teahouses in Taichung, comes alive with a recreation of a Taiwan street between 1920 & 1940, complete with Qing dynasty & colonial-era stone fronts, & original antiques & collector items.
It is also a restaurant whereby visitors can sit at tables along the street or inside the shops to enjoy affordable Taiwanese meals in very Taiwanese setting.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1590010-Reviews-Xiang_Jiao_Xin_Le_Yuan-Taichung.html

Taichung Confucius Temple 台中孔廟
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine 忠烈祠 
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Next to Taichung Confucius Temple, Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine is dedicated to the fallen heroes of China’s wars. The impressive gateway & the traditional Chinese palace-style architecture makes this impressive neighbour to the Confucius Temple.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Smile Life Night Market 微笑世紀國際觀光夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 00:00 (Fridays to Sundays)
Address: Shuangshi Rd and Yule St intersection, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404, Taiwan (R.O.C)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00
Address: Fengjia Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Night market in Xitun District, Taichung. It is located next to Feng Chia University & claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

Note: Nearby TRA Taichung Station, there is a big shopping mall, Taroko Mall. It consists of 13th levels of shops, restaurants, etc. About 1.0km (13mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.
http://www.tarokomall.com.tw/index.html

Here are some photographs taken in Taipei.

Visit Taipei

Singapore to Taipei

Meet 06:00 at Changi Airport Terminal One, Cathay Pacific Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.

Have a light snacks / shopping before boarding.

Plane take off at 08:00 & arrive at HK Airport at 12:00. Take next plane that take off at 13:10 & arrive at TPE Airport at 15:10.

Upon arrival at TPE, proceed for Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.

Purchase Taiwan Prepaid Mobile SIM card (10-Day Pass)

Proceed to UBUS Service Counter to purchase bus tickets to THSR Taoyuan Station.

  • UBUS No. 705
  • Frequency: 5mins
  • Travel Time: 25mins

Exchange for THSR Pass @ Taoyuan Station. We make seat reservation at the same time for our HSR Train from Taoyuan Station to Taipei Station. Otherwise we can simply just board any train that comes along.

  • Travel Time: 21 to 23mins depending on which train we are taking.

Note: To purchase THSR Pass online prior to departure.

From Taipei Station, walk about 10mins to Taipei M Hotel – Main Station to proceed for check-in.

Explore the Taipei Main Station & purchase the EASYCard /iPass at the Taipei Main Station Metro.

Slowly walk to Ningxia Night Market for shopping, eating, etc.

Ningxia Night Market
  • About 1.2km (17mins) walk from our hotel

After visiting the Ningxia Night Market, slowly walk back to hotel to rest.

Trip to UK

Depart from Home at 10:00 am to Changi Airport Terminal Three, Singapore Airlines Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.

Go to KrisFlyer Gold Lounge located at:
Passenger Terminal 3, 3rd Floor, Near to gates A1-5
To have light snacks/shopping before boarding.

Plane departs at 12:35PM & arrive at Heathrow Airport at 7:15PM.
Upon arrival at London, proceed to Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.
Can use Free WiFi network @ _Heathrow Wi-Fi and follow the on-screen instructions.
Proceed to airport underground station ticket office at Level 1 to purchase Oyster card and load the 7 day Travel Card Zone 1 and 2. GBP5 is refundable.

To Top up £30.00 for each card = £90.00
Follow the signs to the Heathrow Express station and walk to take the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington – transfer time is 15 minutes.

Return trip price – (£5.5 X 2 = £11.00 per person X 3 = £33.00)

Heathrow Express – Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes. The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes.
Email tickets: Simply print the email and hand it to our on-board staff. Booking a return journey and printout is valid for both trips.

From Paddington Station walk to the London Underground (Tube) Station.

  • Take the Hammersmith & City Line to Hammersmith Station, 8 stops away.
  • Total travel time is 14 mins – 23 mins
  • Alight at stop 8, Hammersmith Station
  • 5th stop: Wood Lane, 6th stop: Shepherd’s Bush Market Underground Station, 7th stop: Goldhawk Road Underground Station.
  • About 0.2m (4mins) walk to our hotel.

Fare Zones: 1, 2
Walk against the traffic from Hammersmith Train Station to Adria Hotel and proceed to check-in.

After Check in, we make a stop at Sainsbury Supermarket at Kings Mall Shopping Center or Tessco Metro at Hammersmith Broadway (close at 12:00am) for some groceries.

  • To walk (4 minutes) – follow the traffic direction (keep right) until cross junction (after The Swan – A219) to go against traffic (Starbuck Coffee – left side) reach the hammersmith station.
  • By bus (5 minutes) – Walk against the traffic direction to Iffley Road bus stop – 2 stops to Hammersmith Station.
  • Bus Numbers: 27, 190, 266, 267, 391, H91, N9, N11

Note: Hammersmith Broadway Toilet must pay 50p.

Refresh and relax and recharge for next day activities.

Bamboo Forest and deer park in Japan

Bamboo forest in Japan. It is a nice place to visit and you will definitely enjoy the  scenery. It is really amazing and you get to breath in the fresh air.

Deer park in Japan
Went to the deer park and look at these deers as they are so carefree as they roam the street while resting at the pavement. All I can say that it is a lovely place to visit and enjoy the nice environment.
Amazing food can be found in Japan and if you are a lover of sushi, then you will definitely love to come to Japan and enjoy it.