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A February 2004 trip to Taichung by panda2

National Museum of Natural Science Photo, Taichung, Taiwan More Photos
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.

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Taichung Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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Taichung is Taiwan's third largest city. The National Museum of Natural Science is good for a full day trip, perhaps even two days. We didn't cover all there was, but one afternoon was the amount of time we spent there.Quick Tips: Carry small coins for the bus fare.Best Way To Get Around: There are several bus companies, all with very similar routes, but the fares vary depending on the bus company, whether you can figure out where you need to go, and which bus lines will get you there. You can take a taxi, but the ride may be rather lengthy. 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...Read More
Fuh Chun Hotel Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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Fuh Chun Hotel is conveniently located just across the street from the Taichung Train Station. There was someone available to speak English. A restaurant is attached to this establishment. 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 fl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2004

Fuh Chun Hotel
1 Chung Shan Rd.
Taichung, Taiwan
04-22283181

I Mei Bakery

Attraction

I Mei Bakery Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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I Mei Bakery serves dim sum, sticky rice, sandwiches, and desserts. The bread is fresh and soft when biting into their sandwiches. It's conveniently close to the Taichung Train Station. It closes at 7pm.

Phone: (04) 2224-0609-10

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2004

Dai Shanghai

Attraction

Dai Shanghai Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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Dai Shanghai is a gay men's sauna a few blocks from the train station. The staff person was very friendly, but spoke little English. In and out privileges are available for 24 hours, but you must let the staff person know you want to return on the same admission you already paid. 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-sque...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

Purple Grindery

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Purple Grindery is a gay-friendly karaoke bar. It’s open from 9pm to 5am. The minimum drink price is NT$400 per person. The staff and customers are friendly, making rounds to keep you company so you're not lonely, though no one there spoke English.

Phone: 220-2126

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

National Museum of Natural Science

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Attraction

National Museum of Natural Science Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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The National Museum of Natural Science is a large complex of several buildings. We went in through the employee's entrance and got escorted to the proper area to pay the admission of NT$100. But upon entering to turn over our tickets, we were asked if we have our US passports. We were instructed to return to the ticket office and get a refund. The person at the office was puzzled and phoned to someone. A moment later the money was returned to us. I think they are doing a temporary promotion to encourage tourism from the US. We saw the Mars exhibition with videos from National Geogra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

National Museum of Natural Science
1 Kuan Chien Rd.
Taichung, Taiwan
+886 4 2322 6940

Sun Moon Lake

Attraction

Sun Moon Lake Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's only large natural lake located in the middle of the country in Nantou Hsien. It's a very large lake indeed, but not what I had hoped for in terms of a view. It looks like a large body of water with a haze of pollution overhead. There are busloads of tourists coming here. But now that I have seen it, I wouldn't recommend it. It looks like a tourist trap for an over-hyped view of the lake. We spent several hours...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Sun Moon Lake

Taichung, Taiwan

Geographical Center of Taiwan Marker Photo, Taichung, Taiwan
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The geographical center of Taiwan Marker is in Nantou County, just outside of Puli, near the Hutou Mountain and Carp Lake, which provides additional scenery and walks in the forest. There's a plaque on the marker.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

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