Changhua City is often overshadowed by its bustling skyscraper neighbor Taichung, which is understandable. If you’re looking for a more relaxed and authentic vibe then Changhua City is the perfect place to base yourself from while you explore this area. It’s a short bus ride to Lukang (The first settlement in Taiwan) and Changhua County also has the Baguashan Mountain range to hike and take in the beautiful scenery.
Breakfast: My favorite part of the day…because coffee! I would suggest stopping in at Morni’s for a delightfully surprising cheap breakfast. It’s supposed to be an Italian restaurant but they offer plenty of Asian inspired dishes alongside some delicious coffee and milk tea.
Sector Garage: This isn’t anything super exciting but this is the old train garage and is one of three in the world that are open to visitors. Take a look around at the sculptures made out of old train parts and go up the viewing tower to check out all the train engines. It also makes a neat spot for your OOTD pictures 🙂
Confucius Temple: This temple is usually empty so it’s nice to have a quiet walk around the temple. It hasn’t been kept up very well but I think that’s what makes it more charming.
Yellow Brick Road: Taiping Street is a small walking street mostly for shopping and there’s a few arcades. There’s also a little bar called Stable Fly and it’s a nice place to stop for a beer or two. It’s a very quirky bar with little arts and crafts to do while you’re taking some time out from the sun.
Big Buddha: To keep up with the Asian theme of every city having a big Buddha, of course there is one in Changhua. I really recommend this one for the view you get. Follow the signs that say Bagua Mountain and hike up the little park. It’s a beautiful change of scenery and it even feels a little cooler while you’re in there. Once you made it to the top you’ll have an awesome view of the city and you can even see the Windmills in Taichung if the air isn’t too smoggy. There’s even a suspension bridge if you keep walking and it will eventually lead you into the mountains.
Dinner: It’s been a long day of walking and exploring so enjoy a big hearty meal at Pizza Rock. This is where I go for a treat. The pizza options are all great and the tuna melt is divine. They offer a decent range of craft beers and they even have root beer. It’s a chain store owned by a Canadian so you won’t get any Mayo covered pizza unless that’s actually what you want.
Have you been to Changhua City? Have I missed any important landmarks?