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Its 'chessboard' style street plan hawks back to Taichung's Japanese colonial past and more nods to this era can be seen all around the big and bustling city. That's not to say Taichung's not contemporary though - just one look at buildings like the city's convention centre with its cluster of pleated, venetian blind-like volcanoes reveals the forward thinking nature of the city. Buzzing night markets lure in locals and visitors alike with the sweet smells of oyster omelettes and satay chicken on sticks, while museums, galleries and characterful temples ensure culture lovers get their fix too. Head a little out of the city, and its lush green hills beg to be hiked, biked and explored.

Things to see

There's no shortage of things to see and do in the city so why not begin your day with a trip to the 200-year-old Lecheng Temple with its pretty flower-beaded pillars and ornate red and gold interior. As you potter around the sweet smell of incense drifts in the air creating a real sense of calm. By comparison the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts might look ordinary and unassuming on the outside but as you step inside you'll witness a trove of classical and modern Taiwanese artworks. It’s captivating collection ranges from Ming and Ching Dynasty treasures, to works produced after the Second World War. As night descends on the city, there's no better place to head than one of Taichung's night markets. FengJia Night Market by its namesake university is a sprawling warren of stalls piled high with everything from colourful clothes to trinkets. And then there's the endless food. Smells of fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, spicy hot pots, fish omelettes and more fill the neon-lit alleys. Adorned with pretty white pavilions, shimmering lily-pad lake and raised wooden walkways, Taichung Park is a lushly green affair and the ideal place to escape the bustle of the city for some peaceful contemplation.

Hotels in Taichung

There's no shortage of places to stay in Taichung - this is after all Taiwan's 3rd largest city. If you're looking to splash out on a plush pad, luxury hotels in Taichung don't skimp on the extras with sprawling onsite swimming pools, often a choice of restaurants and spas where you can be massaged from head to toe before being wrapped in seaweed to totally distress. Mid-range options, for example, Hotel 7 Taichung, are plentiful offering guests a more than comfortable stay in a guestroom with WiFi, minibar and flat-screen television. For those on a budget, cheap hotels can be found in the city centre too.

Where to stay

Given its sprawling size, there's more than a few districts in Taichung to book yourself a hotel in. For those who want to be in the heart of the action, the aptly named Central District is busy and bustling, home to Taichung Train Station and Taichung Park as well as numerous galleries and museums. For top notch restaurants and a massive choice of dining experiences, the West District will certainly appeal, while for one of the city's best night markets and its best selection of glossy malls, choose to base yourself in the Xitun District.

How to get to Taichung

For those arriving by air, Taichung Airport will most likely be your entry point and receives flights from a raft of nearby countries including Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Alternatively you could fly into Taiwan's capital, Taipei, and then take a domestic flight from Taoyuan International Airport to Taichung or catch one of the high speed rail services from the city. Zipping around on a scooter is one of the most popular ways to whizz around the city, but if that doesn't appeal, taxis are plentiful – just bear in mind most drivers won't be able to read English so ensure your destination's printed in the appropriate symbols.

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