Attractions in and around the city

Taichung is Taiwan’s second largest city — a modern, well-developed metropolis with a good selection of hotels and easy access to Taoyuan International Airport (Taipei) via high-speed rail and Taichung International Airport for regional flights.

Two of the convening organizations are located in or near the city, and the city is conveniently located for visiting the main tomato growing areas to the south. Dates for the symposium have been chosen so there will still be tomatoes in the field and the summer typhoon season will not have started.

More than 200 years old, the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple is one of the most famous temples in Taiwan. Mazu, a sea goddess, is revered throughout Taiwan. This bustling temple is filled with pilgrims all year long, who come to honor the gold and violet jade Mazu statues, the treasures of the temple.

Near the campus of Feng Chia University, the Feng Chia Night Market attracts as many as 30,000 people on the weekends, who come to sample the tasty local snack foods and shop for clothes and trinkets. A sensory feast for both the eyes and palate! (Xitun District)

Century-old Taichung Park in central Taichung has a man-made lake, pavilions, arched bridges and other landscape features, as well as an outdoor stage, children’s playground, tennis courts and other recreational facilities.

Gaomei Wetlands, an important ecological conservation area, is located on the south side of the Dajia River Estuary in Qingshui. More than 120 bird species and a rich variety of other fauna and flora can be seen in the wetland mud flats, sand beaches, and swamps. It’s also a great place to watch beautiful sunsets over a unique man-made landscape: Gaomei Lighthouse and wind turbines. A bicycle track and boardwalk runs through the area.

The Wufeng Lin Family House reflects a mix of Chinese, Western and Japanese architectural styles. Originally built during the Qing dynasty, the complex of buildings, a school and gardens offers a fascinating look at Taiwan’s history.

The Asia Museum of Modern Art designed by architect Tadao Ando houses painting, sculpture and other contemporary works of art.