Hsinchu Travel Guide
Hsinchu County is inhabited by an overwhelming majority of the Hakka people, whose unique culture and customs will impress you a lot. In recent years, the Hsinchu City in that region has gradually developed into the “Silicon Valley of Taiwan” for its advanced technology.
Location: in the northwest of Taiwan Island
Area: 40 square miles (104 square kilometers)
Best time to visit: The best time to come there is autumn, while you are recommended to avoid visiting in winter, when it is windy. What’s more, from the late April to the mid-May, you can go to Caihe Mountain or Jiuxiong Lake to see tung flowers.
Attractions - Things to Do
Natural Scenic Spots
Dabajian Mountain: It looks like an upside down cask, so people also call it “Cask Mountain”. The cliffs are steep without any plants. Ladders and ropes on them can help you climb. During the climbing, you can see native cypress forests and many kinds of animals. The Atayal and Saisiyat people believe that Dabajian Mountain is their ancestors’ birthplace, so they regard it as a sacred mountain.
Ta-pu Reservoir: It is located at Ta-pu Township of Hsinchu County. Dense trees and mountains are reflected on the lake, forming a beautiful scene. Several drawbridges are hanged above the lake, among which Ximaopu Bridge is more famous. A Buddha statue is also worth visiting. There are roads surrounding the lake for you to be closer to the lakeside scenery.
Naoliao Fishing Port: It used to be the distributing center of fishing boats. Now it becomes a paradise for fishing lovers, and good place to eat seafood as well as fly a kite. There is a long breakwater with “an underwater world” painted on it. It is also the landmark of the port.
Leofoo Village Theme Park: It has four theme villages including Arabia Palace, Great American West, South Pacific, and Animal Kingdom. The magic fountain show in the evening is the most popular performance there. In summer and holidays, you can also watch the firework show.
Neiwan Town: The Guangji Temple, the Neiwan Station, and the theatre are all in retro style. The architectural style of the buildings in Neiwan Station is still the same as that from the 1950s to the 1960s. Most of the residents in the town are Hakka, so lots of Hakka foods are sold including wild ginger flower rice dumplings, jade vegetable buns, Lei Tea, Lei Tea sorbets, and mochi. The town is famous for its drawbridges. At the stream bank under the bridge, you can catch shrimps and crabs.
Peipu Town: Surrounded by mountains and fields, Peipu Town is a Hakka town in Hsinchu. Red brick houses that are so close to each other lie on both sides of the narrow roads. The lanes twist and turn, which look like a maze. Citian Palace and Chin Kuang Fu House in the town are both historic sites.
Hukou Old Street: It is a well-conserved old street where red brick houses lie on both sides. They are in gorgeous baroque style with exquisite wall decorations and arch corridors.
Smangus Tribe: It is an Atayal tribe at Jianshih Township. The mysterious tree groups were found in 1991, thus the tourism began to develop. You can not only experience the traditional life of the Atayal but also eat their farm products like honey peaches.
Fangliao Yimin Temple: It is the ancestral temple of all the Yimin temples in Taiwan. It was first built in 1788 and reconstructed in 1899. The statues of Yimin God, Yan Emperor, and Kwan-yin are in Baozhong Pavilion. The temple is the religious center of the Hakka. The activities are held every year during Yimin Festival.
City God Temple: It was first built in 1748. The city god here is superior to any others in Taiwan, so a large number of people come to worship every year. In addition, the snacks around the temple also attract many tourists such as meatballs, fried rice noodles, squid broths, squid noodles, Kangyuan soups, and mushroom wonton soups.
Other Attractions in Hsinchu: Glass Museum, Former Residence of Chang Hsueh-liang, National Tsinghua University, Green World, Green Grass Lake, Siangshan Wetland, Eighteen Peaks…
How to Get to Hsinchu
In Hsinchu, you can take the Neiwan Branch Rail Line to Neiwan. The train starts from Hsinchu and arrives at Neiwan by way of 11 stations such as Hsinchuang and Jhudong. By buying a one-way ticket that costs TWD 82, you can get on or off at the stations unlimitedly on that very day.
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By long-distance bus: The cities in the west of Taiwan all have passenger transport buses to Hsinchu. The bus from Taipei Bus Station takes about 1.5 hours. To travel around the scenic spots, passenger transport buses, city buses, and shuttle buses are available.