“Middle of Taiwan”, as it literally means, Taichung is a perfect blend of tradition and metropolis. Flourished under the Japanese rule, the city is often referred to Kyoto for its sublime beauty. Qing dynasty of China that empowered the region before the Japanese, have gifted the city by building traditional Chinese temples, which the city worships with all its heart. Be it either art or music, the city proves to be a dynamic hub for both, for instance hosting the Taichung Jazz Festival – an annual jazz festival visited by more than 40,000 tourists per year, and on the other hand, boasting traditional museums depicting Taiwanese way of life. Though the reminiscents of Chinese architectural elements peek through a few structures, the modern style architecture flaunts in its own way, which now has become one of the major attraction in the city. Special treats from Taichung? Binge like the locals – snack on the yummiest meatballs in town – the Taichung Meatballs filled with spiced meat and fresh bamboo, taste the local sweet nothing – Pineapple cakes and savour the local wine – something that the city dwellers love to do during their leisurely evenings alongside the cakes. Oh, and the Ji Guang Fried Chicken is like the KFC of Taiwan of which the city is an originator, so shall we need say more?!
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