Known as the ‘land of a thousand ponds’ and ‘flower kingdom’, some of the natural attractions in Taiwan can be found in the wide stretch of Taoyuan County. The scenic spots along the North Cross-Island Highway as well as the ancient Chiang-Kai Shek and Chiang Ching-Kuo Park are only a few amongst the many great reasons to fly to Taoyuan. Getting to Taoyuan is easy and convenient with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport located within the county as well as the numerous city buses and modern high-speed railways.
Where is Taoyuan County? In addition, what is the difference between Taoyuan District and Taoyuan County? This county lies in the northwest part of Main Island Taiwan, situated along neighboring regions namely New Taipei City, Yilan County and Hsinchu County. Geographical coordinates is 25° latitude and 121.2° longitude with an average elevation of 96 meters. Taoyuan means ‘peach garden’ as it used to have plenty of peach blossoms in Qing period. It is the native home to the aboriginal tribe of Pingpu. Taoyuan City serves as the major economic seat of the county while Zhongli City is the biggest urban district of Taoyuan and is home to large factories and industrial headquarters.
Taoyuan District vs. Taoyuan County
One should not be puzzled between these two places in Taiwan. Taoyuan District can be found in the Kaohsiung County, south of Taiwan and is regarded as the most mountainous and farthest district from Kaohsiung City. Needless to say, just take note of their respective locations to avoid confusion – Taoyuan County being on the northwest while Taoyuan District at the south.
Taoyuan is considered a major gateway to Taiwan and with this, the county is very accessible, either by land or by air. Getting to Taoyuan by air is via the Taoyuan International Airport, which is located nearly 50 kilometers away from Dayuan Township of Taoyuan County. It is one of the four international flight hubs in Taiwan, including the Taichung Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport and Taipei International Airport. Taoyuan City is almost 25 minutes’ drive from the airport or 30 to 40 minutes when coming from Taipei.
Besides getting there directly by plane, another option is getting to Taoyuan by land. People coming from other counties or cities in Taiwan may opt to take either the bus or high-speed train. Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) uses trains that can reach speeds of about 330km/hr and hence, highly favored by many locals, as it is as convenient and fast as planes. Trains run from Taipei going all the way to the south with regular stops in Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan. Getting to Taoyuan by train from Taipei takes 25 minutes at NT$160.
Yet again, getting to Taoyuan by bus is the cheapest choice among all transport options. There are buses leaving from Taoyuan International Airport, and these cost NT$60 and clearly marked with Chinese and English signs such as Guo-Guang Motor Transit Co., Taoyuan Motor Transit Co. From Kaohsiung International Airport, you can catch buses of the transportation route of the airport including Bus 301, Chung- Nan Motor Transit Co., Guo-Guang Motor Transit Co. or Kaohsiung Motor Transit Co.