Taichung, Taiwan Station

In 1 hour the train ride on the Taiwan High Speed Rail from Taichung gets you to Taipei versus the slow bus route or car for an extra 3 hours. The maglevs goes whooshing by in one big speed blur through scenic landscapes and tunnels. Might as well take a nap or read the paper.

At the cost of 18 billion and one of the most ambitious projects the country has taken on. Taiwan’s (台灣高速鐵路 Táiwān Gāosù Tiělù) version of the Japanese Shinkansen started whooshing through 8 major cities (Taipei, Banciao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Zhou Ying) in January of 2007 with 4 more planned for 2015.

One way tickets from Taichung to Taipei can be had for NT$700 (PHP850) for adults and NT$350 (PHP500) for children, seniors and disabled. Money well spent and saves time for more shooting and eating time in Taipei. Do keep in mind that travel on the THSR during major Chinese holidays will be packed with people. Online booking in advance is a good idea.

Get to the train stations early for some photography. Restaurants and 7-11’s are there for convenience. This set was shot with Canon EOS 50D+EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. Original in RAW, converted in DPP and finished off in Photoshop.