Walk Around the Maple Garden
Fancy a stroll after a play? Want a breath of fresh air after browsing the nearby malls? Maple Garden is a short walk up Henan Road from the National Taichung Theater, adjacent to Chaoma Bus Station. It has a lake with fish, nature trail and quiet overlooking cafe. The garden is recessed from the nearby road to give the impression of a quiet natural oasis amidst the busy city around.
Best visited by day, the nature trail is interesting with lots of English signs, and plenty of room for kids to run around. The nearby coy lake has a surprising range of birds too including egrets, ducks and geese – bring your own bread if you want to feed the ducks and fish. Nighttime brings a romantic ambiance to the place, though you may need a flashlight as interior lighting is remarkably insufficient. Bug spray is a must too as mosquitoes tend to proliferate around this time. Occasional musical performances are given on the cafe balcony from time to time. Entrance into the park is free.
Coming from Taichung Train Station, take the bus up Taiwan Boulevard from Taichung Train Station to the Maple Garden Bus stop. The park is also conveniently situated a few hundred meters up from Shin Kong Mitukoshi (新光三越 台中中港店) and Top City (台中大遠百百貨) malls.