What are some of the best things to do in Hsinchu, Taiwan?
After all, when people talk about Taiwan, often times you’ll see them mention Taipei as being the best city to go to. Mainly for its amazing culture, nightlife as well as delicious foods.
However most people tend to say just that.
They don’t really mention any other cities in Taiwan.
Which I think is a shame because a lot of these cities, although aren’t as popular as Taipei, still have some great things about them.
One of my personal favorites is Hsinchu, which is located in the northern part of Taiwan, just under Taipei itself. It is about an hour ride to reach Hsinchu from Taipei by most forms of transportation.
It is known as the windy city and holds quite a bit of things for visitors to see and do. There is a certain charm about it that makes it so alluring.
A lot of the things you can see and do are often found in the older parts of the city. But not only that, this city allows you the chance to explore the beautiful country side of Taiwan. Which is something that really isn’t possible in Taipei or any other major cities in Taiwan.
So if you are wondering what things there are to do in the city of Hsinchu, you are in luck!
In this post we’ll be detailing the 12 best things you can see and do in the city of Hsinchu.
Are you ready?
Things To Do In Hsinchu, Taiwan
In no particular order, here are the best things to do in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Chenghuang Temple is also known as the Hsinchu City God Temple. It is one of the most vibrant and colorful places in the entire city. It is visited by locals and tourists from all over Taiwan.
Aside from the temple, you’ll also find quite a few market stalls located right in front of the temple that offer many kinds of Taiwanese street food. One of the best things to try are the Hsinchu meatballs, which is a yummy delicacy that will make you scream in joy.
Another thing that happens here is that sometimes there will be a traditional Taiwanese opera being performed in the courtyard.
18 Peaks Mountain
18 Peaks Mountain is a mountain that offers stunning views of the area. It is a forest park in a lunar shape cultivated during the Japanese Colonial Era. The reason it is named 18 peaks is because it literally has 18 peaks. With the highest peak reaching about 131.79m and the lowest reaching about 50m.
It has become a popular hot spot for exercise and recreational activities.
Also located inside the mountain are amazing statues of Guanyin (Buddhist goddess of mercy) that are scattered all around the area. Each of the statues are about 1 meter tall.
Feifeng Mountain is a local mountain in Hsinchu that offers many scenic spots. It got its name from the locals as they pointed out that the shape of the slope resembled the shape of a descending Phoenix.
The hiking trail is about 2.5 miles long that features little traffic. Along the trails you’ll be able to find beautiful wild flowers all around. There are also many wooden benches and gentle slopes for you to rest on in case you get tired.
It is said that apparently you can even see as far out as Taipei 101 on a very good day.
Green Grass Lake
Known as the Ching-Tsao Lake, it is one of the most beautiful places in all of Hsinchu. Couples from all over flock to this spot to go on dates or to take pictures.
There is also an island located in the middle of the lake in which you can access by going across the Yingyue Bridge. Once you are on the island, there is a nice garden where you can roam around.
A great place for couples and anyone in general.
Hsinchu Zoo might not be the biggest zoo in Taiwan, however it is still a zoo in which people can go and learn about animals. It is also the oldest zoo in Taiwan.
There are about 300 inhabitants of over 100 different species located in this zoo.
It features sites like Deer’s Wonderland, Reptile Kingdom, Tropical Rain Forest, Bird’s Paradise, Primate’s Families and the Children’s Zoo.
A great place to visit as a family and learn all about these interesting animals.
Gaofeng Botanical Garden
The Gaofeng Botanical Garden is also known as the Green Library of Hsinchu City.
It is here where you can find over 300 different kind of varieties of plants all around. They have both saplings as well as trees that are as old as 50 years or more.
They even have an area where you can learn about the Taiwan acacia, eucalyptus, Ceylon olive and many of other species too.
Hsinchu Science Park
Hsinchu Science Park is one of the world’s most significant centers for semiconductor manufacturing, industrial and computer technology development. It is home to over 400 high profile tech companies who do all their tech work here in this area.
Aside from that, the area is also surrounded by a man made lake and a spacious park. Visitors are able to come here for a picnic or do some barbecue with the pits available here.
The only problem is that you have to ask for permission from the Science Park authorities before you can come here and roam around.
Image Museum of Hsinchu City
The Image Museum of Hsinchu City is a fantastic place if you want to see some history about this city.
Fun fact, it was the first theater to be equipped with air conditioning in Taiwan.
This building often does regular performances as well as shows for people to attend and watch.
Bamboo Lake Of NCTU
On the grounds of the National Chiao Tung University, you are able to find a beautiful Bamboo Lake. Surrounding the lake are an abundance of Willows and Bamboos all around.
It makes for a perfect place for anybody to relax and unwind as well as a place for many people to take pictures of the scenery.
Jincheng Lake is a fantastic place to visit if you love birds. Often times you’ll be able to see many wild fowls and migratory birds that include thousands of Black-winged Stilts and Black-faced Spoonbills.
Aside from that, the lake itself is a pretty decent lake.
Visitors are able to relax or roam around and be one with nature.
Hsinchu Moat Park
The Hsinchu Moat Park is a nice little park that was built around the oldest moat in the city.
Here you’ll be able to find big shady trees as well as flowering shrubs all around. Which makes the place a perfect area for anybody to relax and unwind.
Not only that, but there are cafes nearby in which you can grab a bite to eat. And depending on when you go, there are also cultural performances being played and mini concerts held on the 2 stages along the canal.
Gangnan Coastal Area and Canal
The Gangnan Coastal Area and Canal is a nice attraction to visit in Hsinchu.
It use to be a beach where the locals can go swimming, however because the area was so nice, the government decided to develop it into a canal area.
After the transformation, it not features many amazing things like picnic spots, bicycle paths, stunning bridges and much more.
A perfect place for you to relax and get your mind of things.
Overall the city of Hsinchu is a pretty fun place to be in.
Just looking at this list, there are a ton of amazing and fun things for anyone to see and do.
So hopefully this list will inspire people to travel to other cities in Taiwan besides just the capital.
Also, if you are planning to visit Taiwan anytime soon, you might also be interested in some of my other Taiwan posts.
- Taipei – best restaurants in Taipei, Taiwan
- Taipei – 15 awesome things do to in Taipei Taiwan
- Food – 15 delicious foods you must try when visiting Taiwan
- Taipei – best themed cafes in Taipei, Taiwan
Or you can check out my complete list of things to do in Taiwan by clicking here.
Let me know how your trip goes!