Hsinchu Activities

What to Do in Hsinchu

Hsinchu may be a charming old 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.

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Jincheng Lake

Although originally known as the Devil’s Lake, there is nothing demotic about Jincheng Lake. On the contrary, the rolling verdant hills of this scenic spot 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 come equipped with your binoculars and a picnic lunch.

  • Location: Xiangshan District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300

Feifeng Mountain

Also known as Feifengshan, this mountain to the south-east of Hsinshu City offers many a scenic spot. Feifeng was so named because the locals pointed out that the shape of the slope resembled the shape of a descending Phoenix.

The hiking trail to the peak is relatively easy and not as taxing as you’d expect. There are plenty of wooden benches and gentle slopes for you to rest periodically, and refreshments are sold near the top. It’s said that you can see the famous Taipei 101 building at the peak, if the weather is clear.

  • Location: Qionglin Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 307

18 Peaks Mountain

There is a sprawling boulevard near the 18 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 131.79 metres, so be prepared to start early or you may not be able to finish the hike on time.

One of the other peaks is Shibajian, where you’ll find 33 stone statues of Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Each is about 1 metre in height, but they’re scattered about, so finding all 33 can be quite a challenge.

  • Location: East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
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