Taoyuan County may not be the hottest spot in Taiwan but it sure has plenty of natural attractions to offer with numerous mountain parks, flower gardens and ancient buildings all over the region. Currently, the county controls one urban township, five township-level cities and seven rural townships. The main downtown district is considerably small and so, getting around Taoyuan is easily done by foot. However, if you want to visit the outskirts of the downtown Taoyuan, several transport options are available.
Like many other cities in Taiwan, you can depend on land transportations to reach every city and town in Taoyuan County. Getting around Taoyuan downtown area is easy and convenient, not to mention the city is quite compact and small. Buses, taxis, train and scooter/motorbike are the most popular forms of transportation in the city. If you want to visit different towns for other great attractions, taxis are recommended and taxi fare is relatively cheap at around NT$80 with NT$5 for the succeeding 0.3 kilometers.
Taoyuan City buses are also available and can be found almost everywhere. The bus station is located in Taoyuan Train Station, along Zhongzheng Road. Unfortunately, most buses don’t use English characters and so, it would be difficult to get around if your Chinese skills are not up to par. In general, the city’s bus system is decent and caters to major parts of the town. However, it is not as convenient compared to Taipei’s bus system/MRT.
To make the most of your trip, you may consider going outside the city, visiting almost every township and the many cities in the county. This is best done by taking the Taiwan Railway Association trains, which is also the cheapest option. However, the fastest and the most convenient way of traveling around the county, especially in mountains, is by motorbike or scooter. You can access any hotspots and attraction when using this transport options. Several scooter rental shops are available near Taoyuan Train Station and costs as little as NT$350 per day. Make sure to put sufficient petrol in your tank since there aren’t many gas stations available outside big towns or cities. Be careful with riding a scooter during nighttime as many Taiwanese drive or ride under the influence.
Do Taoyuan locals speak English? In recent years, the basic English education of the country has begun in elementary school level. In Taoyuan, more and more bilingual schools or the so-called English buxibans have been opened. Patterned from the English Village in South Korea, the Taoyuan English Village provides students with intensive English teaching to develop the students’ interest and confidence in speaking English. Unfortunately, not all Taiwanese families can afford the large tuition fees for extra English tutorial.
It is recommended to visit every township in Taoyuan County to visit the different natural attractions each township boasts. From Cihu Mausoleum, Windows on China to flower gardens, there are plenty of interesting places in Taoyuan that you should never miss. Getting around Taoyuan is easier if you rent a car, especially if you do not understand any Chinese.