Calligraphy Greenway is a long, narrow park and sculpture garden that stretches from the National Museum of Natural History to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a wonderful greenbelt oasis in the middle of a bustling downtown, connecting museums, shopping and dining areas along meandering shaded walkways and open grassy fields.
We hopped on the BRT (the Bus Rapid Transit system, which is a free and efficient way to get around town!), got off by the Natural History Museum, then headed south into the park.
The northernmost point of Calligraphy Greenway. As you can see, this would also be a great place to go for a run!
There are lots of little things to discover along the way, like this Reading Bar:
This is just like the Little Free Libraries we have in the US, where you can take and leave books, or just borrow one to read on one of the park benches.
These rental bikes are very popular and available in lots of parks around the city.
You just make a deposit at the kiosk, then return the bike when you’re finished. See those people in the background in the orange shirts? It was a ballroom dance class!
There is public art all along the walkway.
Pretending we’re in Chicago and taking a photo of our reflection in a mirrored sculpture
After a couple of miles of walking, taking time to stop at the various fountains and playgrounds along the way, we finally reached our destination: the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
There was a garden of giant pink ladybugs out in front
The museum is free, and has a variety of temporary and permanent exhibits. My 3 year old is not very interested in fine arts museums generally, but this one has a special Family Room full of interactive art projects for children.
Building block patterns
Almost every surface has something interactive for the children.
Painting with water! There were also white boards, crayons, paper, and sculpture materials available.
Did I mention there were blocks? So many kinds of blocks.
Hugo says he’s building a train. Some of the older children were making very elaborate, multi-room structures that they could climb into.
I’d recommend the Family Room for kids under age 8, since most of the activities are geared toward younger children. We’ll definitely be back again before we leave Taichung!