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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Weekend Days in a City Garden - Calligraphy Greenway

   Coco Hsiao

       In downtown Taichung city, there is a special place where you can forget all your worries and enjoy an incredible time. This is my favorite garden – The Calligraphy Greenway.

All photos courtesy of the author
 Calligraphy Greenway is a scenic parkway that runs from the National Museum of Natural Science all the way to the Eslite bookstore. Start your tour at the Science Museum, where it is convenient to park your motorcycle.  You can also get to the museum by bus number 83, 86, or 88. Walk from the museum to Taichung Port Road 5 minutes away.  Cross Taichung Port Road, and you will see a greenway in the median full of tall, straight trees covered by a blue sky with white clouds. Take off your shoes and ramble barefoot on the grass. As you walk along the Greenway, you will come across beautiful artistic waterfalls which are lit by a light show in the evening. Put all your problems aside and focus on one thing – relaxing. As your mind becomes tranquil, you will know that this is Taichung’s best place to release pressure.  


Following the parkway from Taichung Port Road, you will see “CMP Block Museum of Art” on your left. Every month, this museum holds literature and art exhibitions or shows some creative art pieces in an outdoor area. For example, there is currently an interesting fair called, “Fun Ten – Taichung Creative City” that introduces the best way to visit ten noteworthy small cities in Greater Taichung. The museum is also a stage for artists to share or express their opinions through their works of art. It is like they want to use this exhibition to tell visitors, “You can discover surprises anywhere.”

After walking for 5 more minutes, your second stop is the Eslite Booksore inside the勤美department store. Here, you can enjoy a wonderful afternoon reading in the natural sunlight that passed through the windows and listening to the classical music.  It is a wonderful atmosphere. Eslite is not only a good place to browse through lots of books and learn new things, it is also a great place to find yourself some space to think alone.

When the sun is about to set, it’s time to sit out at one of the many small restaurants along the greenway. The Naked Café is my favorite American country style restaurant. They sell American light meals or snacks such as hamburgers and submarine sandwiches. I love sitting outside in the evening with one of their fresh vegetable sandwiches and a cup of coffee. It’s a delicious “snack” that can easily fill you up like a meal. Here you will also relax while musicians perform Chinese traditional music. These artists make this environment a place permeated with art and literature. That’s why I like to spend my free time here on the weekends.

The Calligraphy greenway is a precious place that other cities don’t have. It’s a terrific place to enjoy your free time and refresh yourself before the next school week starts!      

Cmp Block Museum of Arts
257-2 Taichung Port Road Section 1, West District, Taichung
Hours: 14:00 – 20:00 (Close on Monday)
Phone: 0800-266-155

The Naked Café
575 Meicun Road Section 1, West District, Taichung
Hours: 07:00 – 21:00
Phone: 04-2326-1168

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