9 Best Things to do in Hsinchu

Hsinchu Attractions

Hsinchu has a certain charm that many travellers find simply bewitching. Life is neither as fast-paced nor hectic as Taiwan's bigger cities, which is a big attraction. Your chosen travel itinerary can be as laid-back as you can make it, but you’ll still be able to see most, if not all, of the essential must-sees here.

There are many things to see and do in Hsinchu, and most of them are found around the older part of the city. Once you’ve ticked those off, you can spend more time hiking and exploring the beautiful countryside – something that isn’t really possible in Taipei or other major cities around Taiwan.

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Chenghuang Temple

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 Taiwanese street food. A must-try are the Hsinchu meatballs, a yummy savoury delicacy that’s sure to pique your taste buds.

  • Location: No. 75, Zhongshan Road, North District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 522 3666
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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 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.

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Green Grass Lake

Also known as the Ching-Tsao Lake, this scenic spot is highly popular among couples – so popular in fact, that some have been known to propose to their loved ones by the lake.

The island in the middle of the lake is especially charming. You can reach it across the decorative Yingyue Bridge and, once there, can enjoy the simple but pretty garden. There’s a small patio facing to the west – if you’re going to pop the question, doing so there at sunset would be extra-romantic.

  • Location: East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
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Gaofeng Botanical Garden

The Gaofeng Botanical Garden is also known as the Green Library of Hsinchu City. Back in the 1930s, when it was first founded, the garden was known as the Tsu Too Chih Forest Experiment Field. Today, you’ll find as many as 300 different varieties of plants in the nurseries. There are both saplings and trees as old as 50 years and above. You can learn more about the Taiwan acacia, eucalyptus, Ceylon olive and plenty of other species.

  • Location: Baoshan Road, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
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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 those who want to indulge in a bit of picnicking. You do, however, need to ask permission from the Hsinchu Science Park authorities beforehand.

  • Location: No. 2, Hsin Ann Rd, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 577 3311
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Hsinchu Zoo

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.

  • Location: No. 111, Bo'ai Street, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 522 2194
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Image Museum of Hsinchu City

Image Museum of Hsinchu City is a great place to learn more about the culture of this historical city, mostly through the medium of classic cinema. It’s based in a beautiful building with a history of its own. Built in 1933, it 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 the popular cultural hub in Hsinchu it is today, where regular performances and shows are held.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9.30am to 12pm, from 1.30pm to 5pm and from 6.30pm to 9pm
  • Location: No. 65, Zhongzheng Road, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 528 5840
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NCTU Bamboo Lake

The Bamboo Lake on the National Chiao Tung University campus grounds provides 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: No. 1001, Daxue Road, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 30010
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Hsinchu Moat Park

The Hsinchu Moat Park is constructed around the oldest moat in Hsinchu City. Flowering shrubs and shady trees can be found throughout, giving you a brief respite from the hot sun and the hustle and bustle of the city. Cafés dot the area around the moat, and you can also enjoy cultural performances and mini concerts on the 2 small stages erected along the canal.

  • Location: Zhongyang Road, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
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