In this series called “Restless In”, Annie and I will list out several things we did in a particular city. This includes places we visited, restaurants we tried, and activities we did, as well as what we thought of it.
I’m not the type of person to plan anything for my birthday but this year my friend and I went on an overnight trip to Taichung and Miaoli to celebrate my birthday. It went from “let’s drive to the beach and sleep overnight in the car” to a full-blown trip.
Here are the few places we visited:
1. Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地
This is a great place to take a stroll and shoot scenic photos. Most people come here for the sunset but because it becomes really crowded during that time, we decided to come earlier. The view was still beautiful with the windmills in the background. You can also walk to the end of the boardwalk and dip your feet in the sand and water. There are many small wildlife creatures to see and catch if you’re with kids.
2. Shen Ji Village 審計新村
We arrived here after dark but even then, it had a really nice atmosphere. There are a bunch of hipster-y shops that sell jewelry, gelato, and more. During the day a bunch of stands are set up outside the stores where young entrepreneurs sell their handmade things. We got there a bit late so many stands were packing up. I’d recommend coming here earlier during the day so you can check out all the cool things people sell.
3. Flower Expo 台中世界花博展
This expo is free which is awesome but that also means there are A LOT of people. The official exhibition period is between November 3, 2018 and April 24, 2019. The expo consists of three sites: Waipu, Houli, Fengyuan. We visited the Fengyuan site and it was HUGE. We weren’t able to get through the entire thing but I think it’s a cool place to check out and enjoy all the artist’s work with flowers from all around the world.
For more info: https://2018floraexpo.tw/En/
4. Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Probably one of the most popular night markets in Taichung – a must go if you like night market food and shopping. Not much to say about it besides it being a really crowded place. We did a quick walk through because 1. It was past 10PM and we were exhausted and 2. Night markets in Taiwan are pretty similar so there wasn’t much to see that we hadn’t seen or eaten before. If you’re not a big fan of night market food then I don’t think it’s necessary to come here – there are other cool places to check out in and around the city.
5. Cypress trees 落羽松秘境
If you enjoy taking photos, this is a nice place for it. Cypress trees are also tall and gorgeous to begin with especially when the leaves are changing colors so definitely a great spot to visit to appreciate the beauty. There are multiple cypress tree forests around the area so you don’t have to come to this specific one. Look around on google maps and you’ll definitely find some other ones. This one was nice because there weren’t too many people there during a Sunday.