Sprawling in the east of Taichung City, Taiping District was originally established as a rural township following the handover of Taiwan between Japan and China in 1945. It’s dotted with Buddhist temples and traversed by several hiking trails while offering sweeping views across Taichung City from the Hongxi Taiping Golf Course.
Things to do in Taiping District
One of the most unique attractions in Taiping District is the Batman Cave Bridge, a bat-themed footbridge connecting across a stream of the Dadu River to the Bat Cave Extension Trail. This short but picturesque hiking route leads through the nearby woodlands and offers photogenic views of the Buddhist temple complex that lies nearby.
For a cultural fix, visit the Taichung City Tun District Art Center, which provides a venue for art exhibitions, musical performances and cultural events throughout the year. It occupies a monumental building constructed on the site of a military practice field, with an outdoor amphitheatre, an experimental studio and a state-of-the-art auditorium among the facilities.
Keen golfers can test their skills at Hongxi Taiping Golf Course, which offers sweeping views across Taichung City from its strategically-designed greens. Non-golfing family members can visit the nearby Eye Organic Farm, where free-range chickens are raised amidst a variety of fruit trees on the banks of a meandering waterway.
Getting around Taiping District
Taiping District is a 15-minute drive from Taichung City and 35 minutes from Taichung International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Asia. Buses connect to destinations along the main highway through the district, while having your own car gives you greater freedom to explore.