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Top Choice Gallery in Hsinchu

Guqifeng Gallery

This fantastic collection includes a four-poster bed of pure jade, dragon boats made of ivory, statues of Southeast Asian deities, intricately carved replicas (the size of two pool tables) of villages and temples, a…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Hsinchu

City God Temple

First built in 1748, and masterfully restored in 1924, this Hsinchu landmark has the highest rank of all the city god temples in Taiwan, and is a splendid example of the fine work local artisans were capable of in t…
Top Choice Noodles in Hsinchu

Duanchunzhen Beef Noodles

Don't be disheartened by the lines – the wait for a table at this clean, modern joint is around 15 minutes if you go early. The Chungking-style beef noodles (重慶牛肉麵; Chóngqìng niúròu miàn) and stewed beef noodles (紅燒…
Confucian Temple in Hsinchu

Confucius Temple

First built in 1810, this is one of Taiwan's most elegant wooden structures. As with any temple, don't rush through: stand in place and tiny treasures such as stone relief panels, carved plinths, hanging woodcarving…
Taiwanese in Hsinchu

Temple Duck Rice

This clean and efficient little shop very close to the City God Temple serves tantalising Taiwan-style roasted duck (烤鴨; kǎoyā). The duck can be served on its own, or – more popularly – shredded on a bed of warm lus…
Museum in Hsinchu

Municipal Glass Museum

This little museum in a heritage building on the edge of a very pleasant wooded park is dedicated to the local history of glassmaking, which goes back to 1880. The 1st floor exhibits recent works, while the 2nd high…
Historic Building in Hsinchu

Hsinchu City Hall

A fine example of government architecture in colonial Taiwan, this dignified Western-style monument was built in 1925 and features red and grey reinforced bricks and Japanese black tiles.
Historic Building in Hsinchu

Art Gallery & Reclamation Hall

This 1920s building with a traditional Japanese roof atop a modern Western-style structure features artworks ranging from classical ink-and-brush paintings to travel photography.
Gate in Hsinchu

Eastern Gate

Hsinchu's central landmark is this handsome gate topped by a pagoda. Originally built in the 19th century as part of the city wall, it's now all that remains of it.
Historic Building in Hsinchu

Image Museum

This classical Roman-style building with Arabic details was Taiwan's first-ever air-conditioned luxury cinema when it opened under Japanese rule in 1933. It now houses a cinema and the small Image Museum which offer…