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Chiayi temple procession - face-painted participant

Chiayi City (sometimes romanized as Jiayi) (Chinese: 嘉義市; Hanyu Pinyin: Jiāyì Shì; Tongyong Pinyin: Jiayì Shìh; Wade–Giles: Chia-i Shih; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ka-gī chhī) is a city located in the plains of southwestern Taiwan. Formerly called Kagee during the late Qing Dynasty and Kagi during the Japanese era, its historical name is Tirosen.

City attractions

  • Chiayi Park
  • Sun Shooting Tower (射日塔) (in Chiayi Park)
  • Lantan (蘭潭水庫) (also known as Dutch Lake or Holland Lake)
  • Historic Archives Building of Chiayi City (史蹟博物館)
  • 228 Memorial Park
  • National 228 Memorial Park
  • Chiayi Museum
  • Culture Road (文化路) Night Market
  • Carrefour Night Market
  • The High Speed Railway

While Chiayi (Jiāyì) is not part of the Alishan National Scenic Area, almost every traveller will have to pass through here on the way in. The narrow-gauge train to the Alishan Forest Recreation Area leaves from Chiayi train station, as do buses and taxis. There are a few better-than-OK sights to recommend in Chiayi so plan to spend a half-day or so before moving on.

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