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Since you’ll be in the area, make sure to consult my guide to Taichung City and Taichung itinerary suggestions. And while it’s worth spending the night in Taichung, it is also possible to visit Rainbow Village as a day trip from Taipei.
2024 Update: I first wrote this article in 2018. After being vandalized in mid-2022, Rainbow Village was closed for a year. It’s open again now, but very different than before. All the pictures below were taken before the damage. To see what is looks like now, read my new article: Is Rainbow Village Still Worth Visiting?
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Where is Rainbow Village?
Rainbow village is located in Nantun district (南屯區) west of the Taichung city center, an area that was a part of the original Taichung City before it was amalgamated with Taichung County to become a supersized city in 2010.
Rainbow Village a little out of the way from the city center, and there isn’t much else to see in the area, but it’s still easy enough to get to by taxi, renting a scooter, or taking public transportation. I’ll cover all of these options at the end of the article.
Practically unknown until the last decade or so, even by those living in Taiwan, Rainbow Village is quickly becoming one of the trendiest and most popular things to do in Taichung, with over a million visitors per year. It sure tops the list of most “Instagrammable” places in Taichung, but huge Lihpao Discovery Land, one of my favorite theme parks in Taiwan, is another contender.
Best Rainbow Village Tours
Rainbow Village is included on this half-day or full-day Taichung tour, which includes a stop at the equally popular Gaomei Wetlands. Combined, the two sights make for one of the best day trips from Taichung.
You could also include Rainbow Village on a fully customized tour of Taichung with an English, Spanish, or French speaking local person showing you around, or a private tour with a driver to show you around.
If you register for Klook with this link, you’ll get a 100TWD credit applied to your Rainbow Village tour!
History of Rainbow Village
Later, students from the nearby Ling Tung and Hung Kuang universities discovered his artwork, and successfully petitioned the Taichung mayor to preserve the collection of 11 remaining houses. The village soon acquired local fame, and is quickly becoming one of Taiwan’s hottest new attractions.
Huang, who passed away in January 2024 at the age of 101, went by the nickname Rainbow Grandpa (彩虹爺爺). Until recent years, he used to wake up at 4 am to work on maintaining his artwork every day. Visitors often met him and he always gave the victory sign when posing for photos.
Huang’s artwork has been called a kind of surrealism, with elements of humor, childishness, and love. He is also obviously an animal lover. He has even been called the Hayao Miyazaki of Taiwan.
What to Expect When You Visit
There are also two souvenir shops where you can buy hats, fans, umbrellas and more with Huang’s artwork. The shops are reportedly run by Huang’s grandson. While the village is free to visit, they supposedly accept donations. I didn’t see anywhere to do this, so we made a point of buying a few things.
There’s no specific opening and closing time, but since Huang wakes so early, I’m sure you could show up anytime in the daylight hours, but you wouldn’t be able to appreciate the artwork after dark.
Due to the Rainbow Village’s growing popularity, weekends can be fairly crowded, but even when we visited on a Saturday afternoon, it wasn’t too bad, and fortunately this attraction hasn’t quite reached tour bus-level fame (yet).
If you are really interested in the arts, then you can consider also making a visit to nearby Donghai (Tung Hai) Arts Shopping District (東海藝術街商圈), an art-focused street near Tung Hai University.
How to Get to Rainbow Village
From the Taichung High Speed Rail Station, you can reach Rainbow Village by taxi for NT150-200. Coming from Taipei, you can get a discounted HSR ticket to Taichung on Klook and follow my guide to booking it here. You can also take bus #617 from the station.
From the Taichung city center, you can expect to pay NT250-300 for a taxi. From the north side of Taichung Train Station, take bus #27. Get off at Gancheng Village 6 stop (千城六村站), one stop after Lin Tung University (嶺東科技大學). It takes about an hour, and it’s about a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.
You can also take bus #56 from Gancheng (干城) or Xinwuri (新烏日) train stations, and it stops right in front of Rainbow Village.
If you are continuing on to Sun Moon Lake, it would be most efficient to head to the Taichung High Speed Rail Station after Rainbow Village to catch the Sun Moon Lake Shuttle bus. You can save money on this journey by getting the Sun Moon Lake Pass.
Visiting by car from Taipei, we found it very convenient to make a stop at Rainbow Village on the way to Sun Moon Lake, since it is just off Highway 1.