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Looking for some free things to do in Taichung? No problem.

Taiwan is a small, sweet potato-shaped island off the coast of China. This beautiful country is known for its amazing weather, beaches, food, and unbelievably kind people. 

We highly recommend you put this country, and the western city of Taichung in particular, at the top of your bucket list. Whether you live in the city, or are just stopping by, you have to check out this list of free things to do in Taichung.  

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1. Visit Gaomei Wetlands

This shoreline is absolutely beautiful and teeming with marine life. At super low-tide, you may have to walk about 30 minutes just to get to the water! But it’s a fantastic walk if you’re willing to go that far on the sand.  

There’s a new boardwalk that runs about a quarter mile out into the water.  At high tide, the water flows in, and if you can time it right, makes for an amazing sunset. 

If you plan on driving, the only exception is that parking costs roughly 100 NTD.

2. Feng Chia Night Market and Yizhong Night Market

Two of the biggest night markets in Taichung.  Both markets boast incredible street food, entertainment, and shopping. 

While some markets only go up on the weekends, these two markets are up and running all week long.  Most spots open around 5 pm, and things slow down around 11 pm.  

You can’t make a trip to Taichung without seeing this unique piece of Taiwanese culture!

3. Climb Xueshan

The 2nd highest mountain in Taiwan.  If you’re lucky to be visiting during the coolest months, January to March, you may even get to see snow at the top! Snow! In the tropics! 

Xueshan is part of Shei-pa National Park, found in the Heping District of Taichung. 

4. Play Frisbee in Taichung Park

Taichung Park is the oldest urban park in Taichung.  It’s located right in South District, near downtown.  It’s a great place to take a walk, go for a run, sit and relax, or spread out and play some games with friends or family. 

5. Hike Dakeng National Forest

You can hike 10 different trails in Dakeng Forest, all with incredible views. Trails #1-4 are the most difficult.  Trails #9-10 are for the more leisurely weekend warriors. You’ll even pass through a morning market on the way to 9 and 10! 

Hiking Dakeng Forest is a perfect outing when the weather is cooler and you’re looking for some distance from the city. 

6. Rainbow Village

What was originally built as a military community in the early 50’s, later became an abandoned village of decaying houses. 

One former Taiwanese brought some life back into this community by painting absolutely EVERYTHING. He later won the rights to preserve this village, and it’s now an attraction that brings in over a million visitors per year!

7. 921 Earthquake Memorial Museum

Ask an elder in Taichung about the earthquake of ’99, and they’ll share a major piece of Taichung history with you. This museum is dedicated to one of the 7.3 earthquake that hit Taiwan on September 21, 1999, one of the most devastating to ever hit Taiwan.  

Admission to the museum is free before 10 am on Wednesdays (otherwise, tickets are 50 NTD for general admission).

8. Painted Animation Lane

Get your best Instagram photo in Painted Animation Lane. Located in West District, this city alley features paintings of famous cartoons and anime characters, including Lilo and Stitch, Pokemon, and Super Mario.

9. Huoyan Shan

A beautiful hike just a 20 minute drive from the city.  It’s a red rock canyon with some great hiking and and more beautiful sights.

10. Aofong Mountain Sports Park

Parkour! This massive park is great for kids, but may be even more fun for adults. The park boasts physical, mental, musical games, all for free. A great place to take an easy walk, or get your workout for the day. 

Feeling inspired yet?

If you still want more travel tips for Taiwan, check out the best-ranked travel guides in the world, from Lonely Planet! They’ve got the best guide to Taiwan, and nearly every country in the world. 

We love this city rich in art, history, and beautiful people, and we hope you’ll take the time to fall in love with it, too! Start your journey with these free things to do in Taichung.

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