What to Do in Hsinchu
Hsinchu may be a charming old country city but travelers will not be bored nor feel dampened by the lack of activities. On the contrary, nature lovers will revel in the countless hiking trails and paths to be explored. Those who are less adventurous will be content by kicking back and relaxing at the many parks scattered across the city. It is no wonder that Hsinchu is considered one of the greenest cities in the region, and is well-loved by many conservationists for its plethora of bird-watching spots, sprawling parks and crystal-clear lakes.
Besides exploring the shopping possibilities, visitors may also want to plan on exploring the many national parks in Hsinchu. These parks come well equipped with basic amenities, and some even have resorts located nearby so accommodation is not an issue. The mountainous area is also a great place to explore and there are also a couple of hot springs around the Hsinchu mountain areas - look out for small, cosy spas.Read More
All-you-can-eat oranges at the Orange Farm
There are numerous orange farms around the vicinity of Feifengshan. Be sure to ask your guide if a trip there can be arranged. Tip: It’s better to visit early in the morning when it is cool so that your hike up the side of the mountain on the way to the farm is not an overheated experience. Once there, you pay a fee to be allowed to pick as many oranges as your bag can carry (bags are provided upon request).
- Location: Feifengshan, Hsinchu
Bike racing at the Hsinchu Bicycle Racing Field
The Bicycle Field near the Shih-Ba Chien Mountain is a popular hangout with the locals. Bike racers congregate here to strut their stuff, while those not participating are content just sitting on the podium or on the grass taking in the beautiful scenery. Some families and couples also have picnics, and travelers will have a great time taking photographs of the expansive bicycle field.
- Location: Shih-Ba Chien Mountain trail
Bird-watching at Jin Cheng Lake
Although originally known as the Devil’s Lake, there is nothing demotic about this scenic spot. On the contrary, the rolling verdant hills are a pleasant sight to behold. Besides that, you can also feast your eyes on the many wild fowls and migratory birds. Tip: September to May is the best time to indulge in some bird-watching so do come equipped with your binoculars and packed lunch.
- Location: North side of the Keya River Estuary
Explore Kuchi Peak
What used to be a dull spot called Pinpu Peak has been transformed into a fascinating scenic area. This is actually a resort where travelers can book a room for the night and spend the day exploring the temples and amusement park. The Kuchi Recreational Park offers glorious photo ops with its various relics, paintings and sculptures.
- Location: Gaofong Road, Hsinchu
Explore the hiking trail at Feifeng Mountain
Also known as Feifengshan, the mountain offers travelers many a scenic spot. Feifeng was thus named because the locals pointed out that the shape of the slope resembled that of a descending Phoenix. The hiking trail is relatively easy and not as taxing as one would expect. There are plenty of wooden benches and gentle slopes for you to rest periodically, and refreshments are sold near the peak. It is said that you can even see the famous Taipei 101 building at the peak if the weather is clear.
- Location: Feifengshan, Hsinchu
Go fishing at Hsinchu Fishing Port
Hsinchu Fishing Port is a great place to relax and unwind, but if you want to keep yourself busy, you may rent some equipment and try your luck at fishing. If you are lucky, you may catch some fish which you can cook yourself over an open fire near the port. Otherwise, you may want to try flying a kite or just kick back and watch the boats using the telescopes at the dock.
- Location: Hsiangshan District
Hike to the top of the Eighteen Peaks Mountain
There is a sprawling boulevard here near the Eighteen Peaks Mountain and it’s perfect for a stroll on a cool morning. Otherwise, explore the park before embarking on a hike to the top of the mountain. The highest peak stands at 131.79m so be prepared to start early or you may not be able to finish the hike on time.
- Location: Move along Guang Fu Road, take a left turn into Nanda Road and head towards Baoshan Road
Locate the 33 Kuan Yin statues at Shih-Ba Chien Mountain
For the uninitiated, Kuan Yin is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. There are 33 stone statues of the goddess strewn around the Shih-Ba Chien Mountain hiking trail, and each looks different even though all of them are approximately one metre in height. However, no map pointing to the locations of all statues existed, so it is a common sight to see both locals and travelers trying to find all 33 of the statues.
- Location: Shih-Ba Chien Mountain
Visit the Fantasy World theme park
Kids will love the Fantasy World theme park. Covering up to 120 hectares of land in the heart of Hsinchu County, the park offers many an attractive activity for all members of the family. The animal show features amusing parrots, miniature pigs and peacocks. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the ecology enclosures where you are allowed entry inside the area for an up close and personal encounter with the flora and fauna species there.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: No. 81, Ruifeng Village, Zhudong Township
Watch Taiwanese Opera at the Chenghuang Temple
Chenghuang Temple is not just any old temple. In fact, it is one of the most vibrant places in Hsinchu! When night falls, the place is one of the busiest places to visit. There are scores of food stalls so you may think that you have arrived at a night market instead of a place of worship. Traditional Taiwanese opera is performed here in the expansive courtyard, so be sure to come early if you don’t want to miss it.
- Location: Chenghuang Temple