If you’re looking for the most Instagram-worthy spots in Taichung, then this post is for you. This photo guide highlights the absolute best Instagrammable places in Taichung, plus top tips to help you find the city’s best gems.
As the second biggest city in Taiwan, Taichung has plenty to offer travelers from near and far. Although most travelers to Taiwan hardly ever make it out of bustling Taipei, Taichung is one of the coolest cities on the island! Here, you will find culture, an up-and-coming art scene, delicious street food, and sublime mountain drives. All within easy access!
If you are planning a Taichung itinerary, be sure to make a stop at these Instagram-worthy spots in Taichung!
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Top Instagram-worthy Spots in Taichung
There are tons of cool places to see street art around the world, and while Taichung is probably not the first that comes to mind, it is one of the most colorful places in Taiwan. Here are the most Instagrammable places in the city.
1. Rainbow Village
Rainbow Village is one of our favorite places to visit in Taiwan. It is also one of the most touristy spots in Taichung. For a good reason. Once home to more than 1,200 veteran homes, the village soon started to dwindle when local developers began buying up land and demolishing most homes.
However, a local veteran, Mr. Huang (also known as the ‘grandpa’ of Rainbow Village), had something quite different in mind. What started as a hobby quickly spread to the remaining houses of the village. When local university students got word of the colorful transformation, protests soon led to Rainbow Village’s birth.
Today, thousands of locals and international travelers flock to Rainbow Village to enjoy the colorful art painted on the veterans’ village’s remaining streets and homes. If you are lucky, you might even be able to take a selfie with Mr. Huang!
Make sure also to head to the back of the village for some great Instagram snaps. Here, you will find different Chinese good luck charms on each wall! Whether you want to wish for everlasting love, good fortune, or health and safety – you are bound to find the perfect message here!
Tips for Visiting Rainbow Village
Entrance fee: Free.
Best time to go to Rainbow Village: The Village is open 24/7, but it does get quite crowded on weekends and public holidays. Therefore, the best time to visit is on weekdays, especially if you want to skip the crowds. Also, early mornings or late afternoons are generally the best time to visit anywhere in Taiwan as there won’t be too many people around. This probably goes without saying, but if you want to get really instagrammable shots, go on a hot, sunny day.
How to get to Rainbow Village: Rainbow Village is just a 10-minute drive from the Taichung High-Speed Rail Station. A taxi ride to the village shouldn’t cost you more than NT$200 one way.
Address: 408, Taichung City, Nantun District, 春安路56巷.
2. Painted animation lane
If you love cartoons and anime as much as we do, you simply have to check out the painted animation lane. This small yet colorful alleyway is nestled among a couple of houses and every street art lover’s dream. Here you will find colorful paintings of popular cartoon and anime characters painted on existing homes’ walls and doors.
The illustrations are exceptionally well done and range from classic Walt Disney characters, such as Bugs Bunny and Popeye to One Piece and Pikachu, to name just a few.
The Lane is only a few 100 meters long, so you don’t need to spend too much time here. Work on roughly 15-20 minutes to have a nice walk around and take some cool pics.
Entrance fee: Free.
Best time to go: Anytime during the day.
Address: Lane 100, Linsen Road, West District, Taichung City, 403.
There’s a huge hype on the internet about this luxury dessert store, which sells all kinds of yummy cakes, cookies, and ice cream. So, we just had to see what all the fuss was about!
Although the ‘coffee and salt’ biscuits are ‘oh so delicious,’ we suspect crowds flock here for the store’s eccentric history and interior. Miyahara was originally an eye hospital founded during the Japanese-era in 1927. And if that isn’t strange enough, here’s another interesting fact – today, the store is renowned for its Harry Potter-like interior. The shop boasts ceiling-high bookshelves, an old-school staircase, and some red velvet touches, to name just a few!
Harry Potter or not. Miyahara is worth checking out – even if it is to devour the sweet treats!
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily.
Address: 20 Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, 400. Miyahara is a 2-minute walk from the Taichung Train Station, so it’s pretty easy to find.
4. Park Lane
Taichung has plenty of parks where you can enjoy some fresh air and greenery, but our top pick is undoubtedly Park Lane. The Lane stretches over a couple of blocks and is home to the ultra-cool CMP Block Museum – a high-end department store and tons of quirky shops and hipster restaurants. It’s also a great place to people watch and enjoy the local street performances.
On weekends local vendors sell all kinds of weird and intricate handmade crafts. You can find just about anything here – from coffee cup holders and cute potted cactuses to handmade jewelry and artsy trinkets.
Insider’s Tip: On weekends, local vendors sell all kinds of weird and intricate handmade crafts. You can find just about anything here – from coffee cup holders and cute potted cactuses to handmade jewelry and artsy trinkets.
There is no entrance fee to the park itself, but scooter drivers need to pay a small parking fee. Parking costs NT$10 per hour, and you can pay it at any convenience store.
5. Gaomei Wetlands
If you love a good sunset, there’s no better place in Taichung than Gaomei Wetlands to see one!
It takes about an hour’s drive from Taichung to get to the beautiful and serene Gaomei Wetlands. But trust me, it is worth it! The wetlands, located on the south of the Daria River mouth, span over an impressive 1,500 acres. Both bird lovers and shutterbugs should head here to enjoy the scenic view and the rich ecosystem.
Insider’s tip: Head over to the water walkway for great pictures of the wind turbines in the distance. Also, don’t forget to bring something warm, as it gets quite chilly here.
Entrance fee: Free.
Best time to go: The best time to visit this Gaomei Wetlands for photographers is at sunset. The sunset here is simply breathtaking, and you’ll be able to get tons of Instagrammable photos!
If you are a bird watcher, best visit Gaomei Wetlands during autumn or winter when large flocks of birds migrate here.
Address: Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui District, Taichung City.
Also read: The Best Instagram Spots in Kaohsiung
For those looking to dive even deeper, why not head to one of Taichung’s oldest neighborhood? It’s the perfect spot to catch a glimpse into the local culture and offers tons of Insta ops. Check out this guide on Wufeng’s Guangfu New Village to learn more.
Taichung Instagram Spots in Conclusion
Have you visited any of the Instagram-worthy spots in Taichung? I’m sure there are heaps of other great Instagram-worthy things to do in Taichung! Feel free to share your top tips, best photo spots, and anything in between in the comments below! We’d love to check them out on our next visit.
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Taiwan looks fascinating! Love the rainbow ice cream popsicle and all the colorful artwork. Nice work spotting Super Mario Bros! 😉
Thanks Lisa, that sure was a lucky find!
Rhonda Albom says
You’ve found some incredible spots. The Rainbow Village would be my first pick for getting some colourful photos. I wouldn’t mind some sweets at Miyahara.
Thanks Rhonda! The Rainbow Village is even more awesome in real life!
My husband is an anime fanatic and I’m sure he’ll love to see the Painted Animation Lane and Rainbow Village (he also loves to draw! 😉 ). Personally, I’d love to see the Miyahara (HP fanatic here! 😀 ) This is such a timely post as we’ve been eyeing plane tickets for Taiwan sometime this year and I’d definitely check if we can include Taichung on our itinerary!
That’s great, Marvi! Hope you guys get to enjoy Taichung on your trip! Btw, Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to explore Taiwan. 🙂
I always dreamed of living in a rainbow land hehe… I must visit the Rainbow Villiage, and it sounds like fun. You have fantastic photos. Love the beautiful art and colors. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
#1 and #2 are my favorites. I can hear my son’s complaining because he’s my model. lol.
This is an incredible place! Taiwan is high on my list of places to visit. I love the colours here, and Rainbow Village is very instagrammable. A great post!
Lydia Smith says
I’ve never been to Taiwan, but Taichung looks so beautiful. Rainbow village will be the highlight for me. I just love the colours and that ice-cream, I feel like grabbing it from the picture. Thanks for sharing
Having visited Taiwan quite a few times to some amazing places like Sun Moon Lake and Yehliu Geopark (which are really Instagrammable as well!), I have been to Taichung for a brief period of time after attending a competition in Changhua. I vaguely recall visiting the Animated Art Street which was quite cool, but would love to return to discover more now that I’ve learnt about these amazing places!
Thanks, Nathan. How cool that you’ve been to the Animation Lane! And yes, you are right; Sun Moon Lake and Yehliu are stunning!!! Did you get to see Jiufen, too? It’s an easy day trip from Taipei and really worth it!
Hope you get a chance to go back to Taichung one day and discover all the other amazing places!
I love art and colourful places! Rainbow Village is my favourite on this list and I love the story behind it! Amazing how one person can really make a positive impact! Miyahara also looks super cool because I’m a big Harry Potter fan and I see the theme there! Thanks for putting in the tips and details about each place to make it easier for visitors!
Thanks Taiss! Totally agree. 🙌🏻 Just shows you eh; if there is a will, there is a way.
Marky Ramone Go says
I agree, Taichung has a thriving art culture, reason why there are a lot of places that looks good in real life and even looks better on pictures 🙂
That’s true Marky, great places make for great pictures! 🙂
Love this! What gorgeous images – lovely.
Vicky (Spud on the Run) says
Great post, I love the photos of Rainbow Village!
I love those rainbow village photos! And the animation lane. When I was in Stockholm I rode the subway out to the suburbs just to get a picture of some similar super mario murals… sounds like I would need to do the same thing if I ever go to Taiwan!