ChangHua is one of the major cultural centers of Taiwan. It is the right mix of smaller city feel and traditions that are still apparent in both seasonal festivals and everyday life. The people in ChangHua are known as some of the friendliest in the country.
Located in the middle of the west coast of Taiwan, ChangHua has great weather year round with much less rain than in the north or south of Taiwan. There are two schools sin the area, one in ChangHua city (pop. 230,000) and one in LuGang (pop. 85,000). Both are smaller cities with affordable costs of living, making this area a great choice for people who are looking to save some money while getting a chance to experience Taiwan culture to the fullest.
Its close proximity to the big city of Taichung (only 16 minutes by train from ChangHua City!) means that you can enjoy the low cost of living and slower pace of life, but still get those big city advantages easily. With lots of local sites to see, Changhua will interest the culture vulture. It is a great area that can be easily explored by bicycle or scooter. Whether it is visiting local markets, exploring fascinating temples, or just hanging out with other teachers or locals, ChangHua is a fascinating place to be.
Overlooking the city, is a gigantic statue of Buddha, believed to be one of the biggest in the world. It sits 22 meters (72.6 feet) high and took 5 years to complete. The Buddha is perched on a pedestal adding another 4.3 meters (14 feet). Visitors can climb the stairs inside the 86 foot high statute and look out of the Buddha's eyes to enjoy the view of the city.
LuGang City is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Taiwan. Known for its temples and Chinese architecture, it is an excellent chance to see Taiwanese heritage and history. All of ChangHua is famous for its food, with people from all over Taiwan often visiting just to taste one of their many well-known and delicious snacks.