Translating to “peach garden” in Chinese, Taoyuan City once flourished with peach orchards and agricultural communities. It now thrives as a hi-tech hub and is home to flourishing industrial parks.
Things to do in Taoyuan District
Head over to Daxi Old Street to experience a traditional Taiwanese Old Town strip with diverse shops housed in Baroque-style structures. Once a bustling hub for camphor and tea trading, it harbours small tea shops where you can converse with locals and taste cakes and pastries.
Interested in local culture? Daxi Street is where to find the Daxi Wood Art Ecomuseum, a complex of museums integrating cultural assets, such as a martial arts training centre and a group of classic Japanese-style structures.
Spend an afternoon at the Window on China Theme Park. You’ll find a water park, amusement rides and a miniature world containing tiny replicas of renowned city landmarks. You can also rent bicycles and explore Shihmen Reservoir, before having lunch at one of the reservoir cafes.
History buffs can stop at Cihu Mausoleum, the final resting place for Chiang Kai-shek, the former ruler of the Republic of China. Taoyuan is also host to several sports teams, where you can snag tickets to a Lamigo Monkeys game at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.
Getting around Taoyuan District
Arriving in Taoyuan is easy, with the primary Taipei Taoyuan International Airport located just outside the city limits. You can pick up a rental car or take buses, rail and rapid transit to get around.