It’s a laid-back metropolis in the northwestern part of the country, and it’s known for its windy atmosphere. Apart from the relaxing vibes, Hsinchu, Taiwan also has natural treasures, well-preserved historical sites, and a park that is dedicated to upgrading Taiwan’s high-tech industry. These are the top ten places you should visit when you’re in the Windy City.
1. Eighteen Peaks Mountain Park
This lunar-shaped park in the East District has 18 shallow peaks, all of which are filled with thick forests and colorful flowers. You can go for a stroll or head to one of the pavilions to enjoy the scenery and the lovely fragrance. Eighteen Peaks Mountain Park also houses over 24 Guanyin statues made from stone. There’s a flower festival held every March, and it’s the best time to see peaches, apricots, camellias, azaleas, and more.
Eighteen Peaks Mountain Park
Address: Bo’ai St., East Dist., Hsinchu City
2. East Gate
Four brick and stone gates were built in 1827, but three of them were torn down in 1902 to make way for the construction of the road. The East Gate in Zhongzhen Road is the only one left standing, and it’s now the city’s most beloved historical landmark. Revisit the past as you enter the arched granite walkway and admire the concrete design of the upper half of the gate. Outside, there’s a stone stela that provides information about the city’s ancient period.
Address: 75, Zhongzheng Rd., North District, Hsinchu City
Opening Hours: 24 hours
3. Hsinchu City God Temple
This structure in Zhongshan Road is dedicated to the City God, who is believed to be the protector of the metropolis and the one who decides the fate of those who passed away. Hsinchu City God Temple is also regarded as the highest ranking City God Temple in the country. Visit this legendary site and be fascinated not only by the well-preserved Buddhist architecture but also the deity sculptures and colorful wall paintings. The 29th of November on the Lunar Calendar is the birthday of the City God, and it’s where you can witness a display of firecrackers and a traditional parade.
Outside of the temple is a night market dating back to the Japanese Colonial period. After exploring the temple, you can visit the food stalls for a chance to try some of the most delicious dishes such as pork meatballs, spring rolls, oyster omelet, rice vermicelli, and cuttlefish thick soup.
Hsinchu City God Temple
Address: 75, Zhongshan Rd., North District, Hsinchu City
Contact: +886-3-522-3666, +886-3-522-4888
Website: Hsinchu City God Temple
4. Glass Museum
This building used to be the residence of Japanese royal members and the offices of different Taiwanese government agencies, but now it’s the location of the first glass-themed museum in the country. Marvel at the European-style architecture of the museum and see its wide collection of intricate glass artworks. Apart from the exhibitions, there are also areas where you can learn how to make your own masterpiece. The Glass Museum is located in Dongda Road, and it’s perfect for the whole family.
Address: 2, Sec. 1, Dongda Rd., East Dist., Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan
Price: from 1 USD
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on Mondays)
Website: Glass Museum
5. Image Museum
It was an air-conditioned theatre that showed movies, concerts, and operas, but in 1991, it closed down due to the rise of video. In May of 2000, it was turned into a museum that aims to bring back the magic of the theatre and promote Taiwanese films. The Image Museum, which is between the East Gate and the Hsinchu Municipal Government Hall, will enthrall you with its unique combination of Roman and Arabian architecture. Inside, you can watch art or classical films and see the many cinema-related exhibits. Film lovers will certainly learn a lot here.
Address: 65, Zhongzheng Road, Hsinchu City
Price: from 1 USD
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (closed on Mondays)
Website: Image Museum
6. 17 kilometer / 10.6 mile coastline scenic area
Hsinchu’s coastline from Nankang to Nanliao used to be disorganized, but thanks to the efforts of the government, it’s now home to some of the city’s best scenic spots. Let the attractions of the 17 kilometer (10.6 mile) coastline scenic area give you fun-filled moments. At Seaview Park, you can just relax on the grass and enjoy the ocean view. It’s also famous for its windsocks, which were given by the city of Okayama in Japan.
The Mangrove Park is the first eco-park in Hsinchu, and apart from its beautiful trees, it also has rock climbing and sand carving areas. Another highlight of the park is the display of paintings from local artists. When you reach Nangang Bird Watching Area, prepare to be astounded by the sight of herons, sparrows, bitterns, and many other feathered animals. The camouflaged screen makes it easier for you to see all the migratory birds. You can also rent a bike for around 5 USD to explore the other scenic trails.
17-Kilometer Coastline Scenic Area
Address: Haibin Rd., North Dist., Hsinchu City
7. Hukou Old Street
This 300 meter (984 foot) long street in Hsinchu County will take you back to the Japanese Colonial era. Go for a walk on Hukou Old Street and see over 200 red brick buildings with carvings of dragons, cranes, and deer. The structures were built in the 1920’s, and they retain their original look. There are also restaurants where you can try out delicious Hakka dishes. The tranquil atmosphere will make your visit even more memorable.
Hukou Old Street
Address: Hukoulao St. Hukou Township, Hsinchu County 303, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 24 hours
8. Hsinchu Science Park
Many consider Hsinchu Science Park, on Xin’an Road, as the most popular attraction in the city. The park focuses on semi-conductors, optoelectronics, and telecommunication, and it’s also the location of the National Chiao Tung and the National Tsinghua Universities, two of Taiwan’s most prestigious academic institutions. Visit this site to see all of the high-tech buildings and the impressive man-made lake. Along the lake, you can go for a relaxing stroll and enjoy the sunset. Barbecue parties are also allowed, but you need to inform the park administration first.
Hsinchu Science Park
Address: 2, Xin'an Road, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Website: Hsinchu Science Park
9. Leofoo Village Theme Park
Leofoo Village is located in Gunaxi Township, and it’s one of the most famous theme parks in Taiwan. It has four sections, all of which are sure to give you and your family a great time. The South Pacific is where you can ride some of the country’s biggest roller coasters. You will surely love the view of Guanxi area from the top. For the kids, they can try out the Bird Flight, Lost World and the Sea Serpent. At the Arabian Kingdom, enjoy the rides inspired by the stories of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and the Forty Thieves. You can also watch the impressive Middle Eastern shows here. The Wild West replicates a 19th-century Arizona town, giving you an authentic cowboy experience. One of the most popular rides in this area is the Screaming Condor, where you will be placed in a U-shaped sling and make a 360-degree swirl. If you’re into the wildlife, then don’t miss the African Safari. The zoo houses over 70 species of wild animals.
Leofoo Village Theme Park
Address: 60, Gongzigou, Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County 306, Taiwan
Price: from 33 USD
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Website: Leofoo Village Theme Park
10. THSR Hsinchu Station
Even if you’re not riding the train, you will still have a memorable time at THSR Hsinchu Station on Koatie Si Road. It won the 2006 Award of Taiwan Architecture, thanks to its brilliant combination of modern and ancient design. The station is inspired by Hakka structures, and it’s equipped with wafers and semiconductors. Take photos of the intricate features of the building and head to the exhibition center to learn more about the city’s transportation system.
THSR Hsinchu Station
Address: Kaotie Si Rd., Jhupei City, Hsinchu County
Opening Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:45 PM
Website: THSR Hsinchu Station
Time to explore Hsinchu
Winter time in Hsinchu is colder than most cities in the country, so don’t forget to bring your jacket if you’re planning to visit during that season. It’s relatively hot from July to September, but the winds will surely calm you down. Explore Hsinchu and let the good times roll.
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