Day two of our Taiwan Budget Itinerary. We went to Taichung. For this day, we only have two places in Taichung to go to – Zhongshe Flower Market and Rainbow Village. Why? Simply because those where the only places that our time can permit us to visit. ^_^ I think all travelers knows that aside from money, you also need to budget your time. 🙂
How to go?
Since we are on a Taiwan Budget Itinerary. For me, the best way to travel to Taichung is by train. There are two major rail operators in Taiwan – Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) and Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA). But of course, taking a bus or a private car is also an option.
Rent a private car – 2,200 NTD for 1 day
BUS – 290 NTD (3 to 4 hours)
TRA – 380 NTD ( 2 hours and 30 mins)
HSR – 800 NTD (1 hour)
We took the HSR going to Taichung because we already bought 3 days unlimited HSR Pass through Klook for only Php 3,100. (Please use this Klook link to purchase your ticket.)
Zhongshe Flower Market 中社花市
ZhongShe Flower Market is probably the most Instagram-worthy destination we’ve visited in Taiwan. There’s a lot of different flowers. All of them are beautiful. The place can also be super during summer season.
140 NTD for every person but we took the 300 NTD because it has Unlimited BBQ Meal and Free Pass to the flower garden.
Directions: We took HSR going to Taichung. Taichung HSR Stations is just connected to TRA Xinwuri Station, where we boarded a train going to Tainan Station. Upon arriving at Tainan Station, we rode a taxi 50 NTD each going to the Flower Market.
This was created by former soldier, Huang Yung-Fu. He began painting these houses to save them from demolition.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Directions: From Xinwuri Station take a Bus No. 56 for 10 to 15 mins going to to Rainbow Village.
Outside the Rainbow village, there’s a grandma that is selling homemade ice cream.
After that we went back to Taipei. We took the same bus number going back to Xinwuri Station, where we took the HSR back to Taipei Main Station.
We arrived at our hotel at 6PM. Took a little rest and went to Shilin Night Market.
This day was very tiring for me, but a very rewarding too. I want to visit Taichung again and maybe try other tourist spots too.