Surrounded by mountains, Taichung is Taiwan’s third-largest city and the birthplace of bubble tea. Within easy walking distance from the Taichung Train Station, Le Méridien Taichung is located on Jianguo Road in the Central Business District. The Taichung City Government is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and the Taichung Industrial Zone can be reached in 15 minutes. Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport (RMQ) is only 25 minutes away by car.

Learn about Taichung’s storied history, starting with its many intriguing temples. Visit the city’s 200-year-old Le Cheng Temple, the ornate Chenghuang Temple, the three-hall Wan He Temple, and the Chang Liao Family Shrine. Peruse the wonderful rotating exhibits at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, just five minutes from the hotel. The world-class Museum of Natural Science is also worth seeing. Peruse more than 3,000 cultural and folk artefacts at Wen Ying Hall. Located on Shuangshih Road, it also frequently hosts local art exhibitions and events centred on traditional Taiwanese woodblock prints and crafts. Catch a world-class opera performance at the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, designed by the highly-regarded Japanese architect Toyo Ito.

Hike along a mountain trail in one of the Taichung’s nearby national parks, scenic areas, or forest recreation areas. Back in town, Taichung has a number of other distinctive shopping areas and department stores, including the elegant Jingming 1st Street. In addition to its chic boutiques, this pedestrian street is filled with cafés, European-style restaurants, and art galleries. It also hosts music and arts performances on weekends and public holidays.

Like Taiwan’s other major cities, Taichung has many bustling night markets, with vendors selling all sorts of goods and delicious snacks and drinks. Savour a wide assortment of exotic local delicacies at the popular Fengjia night market, located next to Feng Chia University; the Zhong Hua Night Market, near the hotel; or the Zhong Xiao Night Market. Taichung is also well known for its Chinese bakeries offering sun cakes, pineapple tarts, and other sweet delights.