Expats living in Taichung, Taiwan, can take advantage of the city’s rich history and thriving cultural scene. The city is home to a multitude of temples such as Pao Hueh Temple, which features a giant gold Buddha statue, and the 200 year old LeCheng Temple, which is dedicated to the “Scholar God.” Taichung is known as “The Cultural City” and houses a large amount of museums and monuments such as the National Museum of Natural Science and the Taichung Winery, wine museum included. The city is also home to the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden, which gives expats in Taichung visiting this attraction an insight into the Wufeng Lin dynasty and the history of Taiwan. There are also a number of open air night markets in the city that provide an exciting introduction to the local food and culture. Unlike much of Taiwan, Taichung is sheltered from monsoons by the Central Mountain Range and expatriates living here can enjoy this milder climate.
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The Taichung International Airport makes the city easily accessible to expatriates moving to Taichung. However, there are a number of other things to consider when deciding to relocate and moving to a foreign country can be overwhelming at times. InterNations social networking site can help connect you to a global expatriate community. Through online forums and a private messages system, people already living and working in Taichung can advise you on the best ways to make the most of Taichung’s cultural wealth. And of course, you can also actively ask other expats for advice on more practical matters in such as housing and storage, Taiwan visa, and the best areas for living in Taichung. Since InterNations is also open to expatriates from around the world, expats in Taichung can not only use our platform to interact with one another but similarly get in touch and socialize with people from further afield.
Taichung’s economy is largely based around small independent businesses and many entrepreneurial expats have been drawn to this aspect of the city. Expatriates may also find work in the city’s extensive education sector, either teaching English in public schools, or a range of subjects at any of the 3 international schools. However, despite the high literacy rate and international presence in the city, many expats living in Taichung may still encounter communication and cultural barriers at work, especially if they do not speak the local language. InterNations Expat Magazine can give practical advice on how to deal with these concerns. Covering such topics as international finance, culture shock, communicating cross-culturally, and much more, this online collection of articles also includes features penned by fellow expatriates and InterNations members, sharing their own experiences of life abroad.