Hop into a taxi and 15 minutes later come face-to-face with an explosion of bright, vivid colors when you step into the Rainbow Village. Hand-painted by a former military soldier when the houses were facing demolition, the Rainbow Village has now become a protected attraction in Taichung. Visit in the morning and see if you can spot the grandfather of the Rainbow Village wandering around the property.
Journey back into history and explore the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion. The largest, finest and most complete traditional compound in all Taiwan is worth the price tag if you're a history or architecture buff. Or head to the Lin Family Gardens next door, which is free to enter and has several traditional buildings and exhibits to see.