Just before school starts, I had a getaway in a city in the middle of west Taiwan. I’ve spent few years of my childhood in Taichung, and it has changed a lot. This city may not be the largest in Taiwan, but because it doesn’t contain as much business buildings or high-rises as Taipei, it has more space to have buildings with more special exterior. These are some of the buildings that I’ve been to or passed by before, and I think they are good places to visit and take photos at!
National Library of Public Information
This modern-like building is a library. Can you believe it? It has five floors and each floor has their own theme. You can even book a personal space with a TV included. There you can sit on the sofa and watch videos with your family or friends! While I was sitting on the sofa and reading the magazine, I felt really great, because the windows next to me was big and the daylight makes me feel good. One of the things I find interesting is the automatic book-returning system. You drop the book into the machine, and it sorts the book on the conveyor itself. How cool is it!
Hours: 9:00 a.m.~9:00 p.m. Doesn’t open on Mondays.
This building used to be an abandoned parking lot, and it was covered with iron sheet. However, the architecture group wanted to apply nature on the building, so they used the natural plantings as the materials and made them become part of the building. Now, the plants grow on themselves without changing! This is actually a department store, but more cultured. I love to go to the bookstore, because it’s quiet and the books smell really good! After you finish shopping inside, you can go out and stroll around. The road across Eslite is a really greenery place, and there is a lot of street artist for you to enjoy!
Hours: 11:00 a.m.~10:00 p.m. Mon.~ Fri.
10:30 a.m.~10:00 p.m. Sat.~ Sun. Holidays.
Taichung Police Department 5th Precinct
This is the most fashionable police station, I would say. The exterior has a simple mixed style,and on the side has a white sign that looks like a peace dove. It is also approved as green building. Every time my dad drives pass here, I would always take a look at this modern police station, because it’s really cool. People sure can be aware that it is a police station at a glance.
National Taichung Theater
This building was designed by a famous Japanese architecture designer. It was thought as the most difficult building to build, because of the curved walls. However, it is now standing there magnificently. I haven’t been inside the building, but I can feel the energy already standing outside admiring it.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.~10:30 p.m. Mon.~ Fri.
10:00 a.m.~11:00 p.m. Sat.~ Sun. Holidays.
Caffaina ( café)
Usually, the coffee shops in Taiwan are small, but this one is huge and the food is delicious. My parents and I love having afternoon tea. We were looking for places to take a break at, and I googled and found this. We were surprised at how big it is but still pretty crowded. This café uses high quality materials on the coffee and their dessert. The dessert on the top is soufflé. They have various kinds of desserts, and they also have salad and classic warm food. When we were there eating, we saw the salad that people ordered. Man! That’s the biggest bowl of salad I’ve ever seen!
Hours: 9:00 a.m.~ 12:00 a.m. Mon.~Sun.
$: Desserts NT$ 28~120
Drinks NT$ 95~175
The beautiful view on the way back home.
My thoughts for the day…
Most of the buildings are built with green materials. It’s amazing that they can look so spectacular while being eco-friendly. Now living in Taipei, which is the main city, is really hard to see such architecture around. Sometimes, going to other not business-focused cities can find us some special things that we don’t usually see. Taiwan may be a small island, but it sure has some big and magnificent buildings.
Next time I’ll be introducing the main city, Taipei! The food, shopping places, and more!