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About Taichung

Situated on the western side of the island of Taiwan. Taichung is quickly becoming a favourite holiday destination among travellers from all around the world. With a population of nearly 3 million people, it is the third largest city in Taiwan. Spanning a history of Chinese and Japanese rule, Taichung is the cultural pinnacle of Taiwanese origins.

Cheap flights to Taichung are now available for a limited time only, so book your flight today and experience the cultural fusion and interesting design elements this city has to offer! Taichung is home to Taichung International Airport (TXG), a 30 minute drive from the city centre. TXG serves many airlines, including Cathay Pacific Airways and China Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Taichung, but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 16 hours, 45 minutes.

Why visit Taichung

architecture and design

Architecture and Design

The fusion of Chinese and Japanese history has left its mark in the interesting design concepts and architectural structures of spaces and buildings around the city. Luce Chapel and Pu-Lu Monastery attest to the transformation of old to new.

tea culture and cuisine

Tea Culture and Cuisine

Renowned for its origin of bubble tea, the city houses many eclectic and trendy tea and coffee bars where you can try out new fusions. By night, scout the local markets in search of authentic Taiwanese food.

nature and parks

Nature and Parks

Take a hike through the hilly region of Dakeng or watch the sunset over the picturesque Gaomei Wetlands. The famous Taichung Park is a testament to Japanese rule in the 1900s and is the oldest park in the city!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Taiwan
Currency New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 2.36 NT$
Language Mandarin Chinese (many locals speak English)
Hub Airport Taichung International Airport (TXG)
Airline China Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 08:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Taichung

Taichung experiences varied, and often unexpected, weather patterns throughout the year so when planning your trip, it is advisable to check weather forecasts and seasonal changes. The best time to go is during late spring in April, when clear skies and warm weather creates the perfect environment for sightseeing and outdoor exploring. The Mazu Festival takes place during this month, which celebrates the birthday of the patron goddess of the sea and you can see many street processions, colourful costumes and dragon dances all around. Avoid going between June and September as this is prime time for typhoons!

Weather & Climate in Taichung

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 12°C 12°C 14°C 18°C 21°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 20°C 17°C 13°C
High °C 20°C 19°C 22°C 26°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 28°C 25°C 21°C
Rainfall (mm) 32 62 87 135 216 335 286 350 147 16 14 20

Overview

Located 20km from the coast and 100km south of Taipei, Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan and is recognised as a major manufacturing hub. While the temples, markets, parks and museums of Taichung are a favourite among visiting tourists, perhaps what the city is most well-known for is Bubble Tea!

Don’t miss the remarkable National Museum of Fine Arts, boasting the biggest collection of Taiwanese artworks, and follow the scenic walkway down to the Natural Science Museum. The Taichung Folklore Park will give you a glimpse into the history of the region. It is dedicated to representing a more traditional way of Taiwanese life. You’ll see both authentic and recreated buildings and streets that are much more rustic than those of modern Taichung.

With inner city shopping options that have been likened to that of Hong Kong and Singapore, a bustling nightlife, and local fare guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest palates, it’s safe to say Taichung is a great spot if you’re visiting or just passing through on your way to nearby Nantou, Sun Moon Lake, and MiaoLi County.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders travelling to Taichung do need a Visa for Taiwan. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

The Taiwanese Representative Office can be reached at the following address:

1147 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
Tel: (+27) 12 430 6071
Website: www.taiwanembassy.org/za

Health & Safety

There are no mandatory vaccinations to enter Taiwan, unless travelling from a region prone to Yellow Fever, in which case a certificate proving immunisation is required. Recommended vaccinations are for Hepatitis A & B and Japanese B Encephalitis (particularly if travelling for longer than a month between June and October). Dengue Fever is also a risk, so ensure you have mosquito repellent and take necessary precautions.

Taiwan has some fantastic healthcare facilities and medication is generally cheaper than in western countries, however, if you require specific medication, be sure to bring it with you with a doctor’s prescription (if necessary). Tap water is generally safe to drink but if you can, stick to filtered water which is widely available at all information centres and hotels.

Crime levels in Taichung are very low and tourists can enjoy the safety of walking around the city. Petty crime does exist, so exercise the usual levels of vigilance when out and about. Be aware of typhoon season between June and September and adhere to weather warnings.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG TAICHUNG
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 36
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 19
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 30
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 8
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 38

Where to stay?

Whether you’re visiting Taichung for a short getaway or planning a longer stay, there are a range of accommodation option to choose from. You’ll find many affordable hotels and guesthouses around Taichung Park and within the West District. The lively, colourful area near the Fengjia Night Market also makes for a popular lodging spot in the heart of many cool bars and Asian eateries.

For a more intriguing experience, why not stay at one of the sultry “love motels” the city is famous for? Rooms are reasonably priced and are individually themed for an unforgettable experience.

Getting Around

Walking around the different districts of the city is a great way to familiarise yourself with the cultural subtleties of each neighbourhood. You may need to dodge traffic now and then due to vendors using the sidewalks to set up shop. To experience Taiwanese food at its best, head down to Second Market in the Central District and Fifth Market in West District. Walking through Xiang Shang Market (in the Central District) will give you an unpretentious idea of what the old Chinese marketplaces must have been like.

Hiring a scooter to zip around the city is a popular option among tourists, while taxis are also convenient and relatively cheap. The bus system is dominated by the BRT Blue Line, for which you’ll need an entry card.

Main attractions in Taichung

National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Fine Arts

Luce Memorial Chapel

Luce Memorial Chapel

Fengjia Night Market

Fengjia Night Market

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