What to See in Hsinchu
Hsinchu may not be as overly vibrant or popular as Taipei or other bigger cities, but it does come with a certain charm that many travelers find simply bewitching. Life is neither as fast-paced nor hectic as the capital city of Taiwan, and this probably is the reason why some travelers opt to visit Hsinchu. Their chosen travel itinerary can be as laid-back as ever, but they will still be able to see most, if not all, of the attractions here.
There are many things to see and do in Hsinchu, but most of them revolve around the attractions in the older part of the city. It will take you at most a day to see all of them, but most travelers spend more time hiking and exploring the beautiful countryside, something that they won’t be able to experience in Taipei.Read More
Also known as the Hsinchu City God Temple, this temple is visited by tourists from all over Taiwan. The market stalls in front of the temple offers tempting varieties of Taiwan street food and a must-try are the Hsinchu meatballs, a yummy savoury delicacy that’s sure to pique your taste buds.
- Location: No.75, Zhongshan Rd., North District
Gangnan Coastal Area and Canal
The Gangnan Coastal area and canal used to be a swimming beach for locals but seeing the potential as a nice attraction site, the city government took proactive steps to develop the canal area. Today it features numerous facilities including shady picnic spots, beautiful bridges and bicycle paths. The canal is equally as picturesque at night.
- Location: No. 600, Haipu Rd., Xiangshan District
Green Grass Lake
Also known as the Ching-Tsao Lake, this scenic spot is highly popular amongst couples - so popular in fact, some have been known to propose to their lovers by the lake. Throughout the years, sedimentation of soil caused some parts of the lake to deteriorate, but the Hsinchu government is taking proactive steps to restore it to its original beauty.
- Location: Off Ming-Hu Road
Hsinchu Botanical Gardens
The Hsinchu Botanical Gardens are also known as the ‘Green Library’ of Hsinchu City. Back in the 1930s when it was first founded, the Gardens were then known as Tsu Too Chih Forest Experiment Field, and today they feature as many as 300 different sorts of plants in the nurseries. There are both tree saplings and trees as old as 50 years and above, and travelers will have fun learning about the Taiwan acacia, eucalyptus, Ceylon olive as well as other species.
- Location: Baoshan Road nearby Tsing-hua University
Hsinchu Glass Craft Museum
It is no secret that Hsinchu is well known for its long glass-making history. Originally the Hsinchu Civic Hall, the complex has undergone remodeling and is now the Hsinchu Glass Craft Museum. The museum features a well-maintained exhibition area where travelers can view exquisite glass pieces, a workshop where artisans craft their masterpieces, a well-stocked library as well as a souvenir shop that sells delightful pieces of glass handicrafts specially created by adept artisans.
- Opening Hours: Wed - Sun 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: No.2, Sec. 1, Dongda Rd., North District
Hsinchu Science Park
At the heart of Hsinchu City’s modernity is the Hsinchu Science Park. This high-tech town is surrounded by a manmade lake and a spacious park. There are also barbecue pits for the public to indulge in a bit of picnicking. You do, however, need to ask permission from the Hsinchu Science Park authorities beforehand.
- Location: No. 1, Gongye E. 2nd Rd., HSP
Hsinchu Zoo may not be the biggest in the region, but it is quite possibly one of the best maintained. Adept staff members conscientiously care for its 250 inhabitants. The Primate Enclosure is one of its most popular spots - the chimpanzees are a hit with both children and adults alike.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:30 (closed on Mondays)
- Location: No.279, Gongyuan Rd., East District
Municipal Image Museum
In the 1930s the museum was the first theatre to be equipped with air conditioning in Taiwan. After the Japanese occupation ended, the government refurbished the complex and it became a popular cultural hub in Hsinchu where regular performances and shows are held. Travelers can visit the museum to learn more about its history or even grab a ticket to an old classical movie.
- Opening Hours: Wed - Sun 09:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00, 18:30 – 21:00
- Location: 65, Zhongzheng Road
NCTU Bamboo Lake
The Bamboo Lake located on the National Chiao Tung University campus grounds provides travelers with a great place to relax and unwind while taking in the beautiful sights. Willows and bamboos can be found in abundance, and the Chen Wu Pavilion makes a great scenic spot for photographs.
- Location: National Chiao Tung University campus
The Canal Around Park
This park is constructed around the oldest moat in Hsinchu City. Flowering shrubs and shady trees can be found in the park, allowing travelers a brief respite from the hot sun and the hustle and bustle of the city. Cafes dot the area around the moat, and travelers can also enjoy cultural performances and mini concerts on the two small stages erected along the canal.
- Location: Between Lin-sen Road and Choung-Yang Road