Day trip to Taichung on the HSR. A 6-7 hours drive cut down to an hour and a half. It was clean, it was fast. Before you could even blink, you’d arrived.
Taiwanese rice rolls in 7 Eleven. I’ve seen these being eaten in Taiwanese TV shows and thought it was so plain that they eat rice with seaweed but there are actually different flavours… corn, chicken, tuna. I tried the tuna one and it was nice. Perfect for a snack or a light meal.
My tuna rice roll.
We got to Taichung and found out that they even offer free shuttle buses into town from the train station! How awesome is that?!
It was raining (so unlucky!) when we arrived so we decided to have lunch at the nearest restaurant which turned out to be Korean. It was super busy in there which is always a good thing but you can tell the owner was getting quite frazzled trying to serve everybody. The food was really good and they had this complimentary cold Korean honey tea with orange marmalade which was really really nice!!
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
We strolled around the park of the Fine Arts Museum and then tried walking towards the heart of the town. It looked walkable on the map but after about 2 hours of walking and countless of “just down the road” directives, we gave up and went back to Taipei. The taxi driver did mention that Taichung is best known for its food in the nightmarket so the best time to check it out will be at night. There’s plenty of night markets in Taipei though so it’s not enough of a pull to get me to come back.