A February 2004 trip
to Taichung by panda2
Quote: Taichung is probably the third largest city in Taiwan after Taipei and Kaoshiung, and has a slower pace of life than the other two larger cities.
When taking the train out of town, verify which platform you're supposed to be on several times. We missed our train by being on the wrong platform. We were confused about the correct platform.
The walls are thin, and we could hear someone else’s phone conversation. The beds are typically hard or very firm. The air-conditioning was turned off because they thought it was cold. But we thought that they were trying to keep their expenses low. A man at the hotel showed us to the room and provided us with a couple of bananas, some candy, and chilled bottled water. There are sliding panels for privacy and to block out the light, but these were on the verge of falling apart. The room was clean, with fluorescent overhead lights uncovered.
The hotel was conveniently and centrally located next to the train station. So if you get lost, just get in a taxi and show them the card, or just tell them to take you to the train station. The room was just so-so, but the staff is really nice and helpful.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2004
Fuh Chun Hotel
1 Chung Shan Rd.
Phone: (04) 2224-0609-10
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2004
You are asked to remove your shoes and place them in storage next to the front desk before going in. The place looks relatively new and clean, with modern stand-up showers. There’s a TV lounge, computer access, complimentary drinks, dark areas, and private spaces. It’s not busy on weeknights.There's a large fruit and vegetable vendor at the corner of the block, which sells delicious fresh-squeezed bottled orange juice.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2004
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2004
We saw the Mars exhibition with videos from National Geographic. Then we saw a film; The Meaning of Life is the English title. Everything else was in Mandarin Chinese, and I recommend passing on the film.We paid a separate admission to watch a couple of 3-D animation films in a separate building (about a 5-minute walk away if you don't go in the wrong way), one called Panda Vision and the other called Dog and Bugs. Panda Vision was better than the second feature.Other exhibits include the Science Center, Life Science Hall, Chinese Science Hall, Global Environment Hall, Theaters, and Botanical Garden.There are refreshments.There was also a large temporary photographic exhibit by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. They had beautiful mural-sized images taken from the air with an ecological critique with what is wrong around the world. The display is outside of the museum, where it is accessible even after the museum closes. It was only opened for about a week.Hours: 9am to 5pm daily, closed MondaysPhone: 886-4-23226940Take any of the following buses from the Taichung train station:Taichung Transit CompanyNo. 22, 27, 46, 47, 103, 106, 135Jenyou Transit CompanyNo. 22, 38, 45, 125Chuyeh Bus CompanyAny bus heading toward Shalu or TachiaHigh Potential BusBrown line, green line, or orange line.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2004
National Museum of Natural Science
1 Kuan Chien Rd.
+886 4 2322 6940
It looks like a tourist trap for an over-hyped view of the lake. We spent several hours and a very expensive cab fare to come here from Alishan for this rather disappointing view since there was no direct bus service and the route was a scenic ride only available by car.The water views driving along the roads in and around Juneau, Alaska in the US are far more numerous and much better looking, but also with a much colder and wet climate and clean air.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004
Sun Moon Lake