Taichung’s cultural heritage is a blend of Taiwanese and Japanese.
Here, the flavor of the yesteryear seems to permeate every single street and building.
The buildings reflect the architectural style during the Meiji Restoration, with red brick walls, granite stone roofing, and intricate design.
Through preservation efforts, these cultural relics remain in good shape. Some are re-designed but retain much of the old charm.
An open-air gallery built on the site of an old beer factory, featuring multiple styles of art.
The architects only alternate the interior of these buildings. They intentionally retain chimneys, metal frames, and brick walls.
At first sight, you might mistake this area for a playground.
From roofs, and walls to the front yards, every inch of this village is cloaked in vivid childlike illustrations.
The man behind this unusual village is Mr. Huang Yung-Fu, a former soldier.
Under Mr. Huang’s hands, the former military settlement was transformed into a child’s world, full of colors and imagination.
The building appears like a giant cube, with wave-formed glass facades running around.
Its interior is also characterized by powerful, curving structures, for instance, the walls, the stairways, and the rooftop garden.
Aside from its main role as an opera house, Taichung National Theater serves as a meeting point for home-grown designers and artisans.
A beautiful gem created by mountains and water, this lake seems like a world unto itself.
The lake’s eastern end has a round shape like the sun, while its western end is curved like the crescent moon. Hence, it’s named Sun Moon Lake.
Interestingly, the lake is actually man-made. It was formed as the result of a hydroelectric power project in the 1930s.
Each hour casts the lake in a different light, evoking poetic sceneries.
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