Nestled between the Bagua Mountains and the Maoluo River, Nantou City is a vibrant urban area south of Taichung City. Its rich history is showcased at the Nantou County Culture Park, as well as at an elaborate temple dedicated to the goddess Mazu.
Things to do in Nantou City
In the heart of Nantou City is Nantou County Culture Park, which occupies a historic building constructed in 1937 as the Wude Temple. Browse the displays detailing the people and events that have shaped the city, then check out the exhibitions in the Art Archive Hall or admire the creations in the Nantou Pottery Exhibition Hall.
A short walk away is Zhongshan Park, a popular recreational area that centres around the elegant Jufang Hall. Built in 1922 as the Nantou District Produce Exhibition, this European-style building was used to station troops following World War II, has functioned as a county health centre and once served as the Nantou County Library. After photographing the Jufang Hall, you can stretch your legs along the riverfront trails or let the kids run loose on the children’s play equipment.
Nantou City is home to several ornate temples, including the Nantou Peitian Temple that was founded in 1799. Admire the carved lions dominating the temple square and take note of the dovetailed roof and antique, carved beams. You can experience the hustle and bustle as devotees come and go or pick up trinkets from one of the temple stalls.
Getting around Nantou City
Nantou City is a 35-minute drive from the centre of Taichung City and Taichung International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Asia. Buses are the main means of getting to Nantou City and most of the city’s attractions are within walking distance of the bus station.