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Miaoli (苗栗市) is a city in Central Taiwan.


Miaoli is the main center of Hakka culture in Taiwan. Hakka cuisine and language differ significantly from those of the majority Taiwanese speakers in Taiwan.

Politically, due to its large Hakka population, Miaoli is considered to be a KMT stronghold, though the DPP has made inroads, particularly among the younger generation.


Hakka is the main local language in Miaoli, though most locals are able to speak Mandarin as well.

Get in[edit]

Miaoli TRA Station

By car[edit]

Miaoli can be accessed from Taipei on the Sun-Yat Sen Expressway (中山高). The interchange is located to the south of the city.

By bus[edit]

Miaoli is served by intercity buses from Hsinchu and Taichung. The bus terminal is located next to the train station in the middle of Miaoli.

By train[edit]

Taiwan's Mountain Line passes through Miaoli. Due to being the home of the county government, most express trains (自強號) stop at Miaoli station.

  • 1 Miaoli station (苗栗車站). Miaoli TRA station (Q11616129) on Wikidata Miaoli railway station on Wikipedia
  • 2 Nanshi station (南勢車站). Nanshi Station (Q6964244) on Wikidata Nanshi railway station on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Due to Miaoli's small size, buses run throughout the county but none specifically within Miaoli. Taxis can be found right outside the train station.


Gongweixu Tunnel entrance
Miaoli Railway Museum gate.

History and culture[edit]

  • 1 Gongweixu Tunnel (功維敘隧道).


  • 2 Miaoli Railway Museum (苗栗鐵道文物展示館), +886 3 732 0157. A national level museum of the TRA system in Taiwan. The museum is only a short walk south from Miaoli station. Miaoli Railway Museum (Q11616127) on Wikidata Miaoli Railway Museum on Wikipedia
  • 3 Miaoli County Urban Planning Exhibition Center (苗栗縣城市規劃館), No. 102, Xianfu Road, +886 3 736 9477. 09:30-16:00. A gallery covering the history of Miaoli County. Miaoli County Urban Planning Exhibition Center (Q30623641) on Wikidata Miaoli County Urban Planning Exhibition Center on Wikipedia


  • 4 Miaoli Wenchang temple (文昌祠), No. 756, Zhongzheng Road, Miaoli City, Miaoli County, +886 3 733 3993.
  • 5 Nayeli Mazu Temple (天后宮), No. 794, Zhongzheng Road, +886 3 732 1245. 07:00-21:00. An ornate temple dedicated to Mazu. Nayeli Mazu Temple (Q56556181) on Wikidata

Parks & Nature[edit]

  • 6 Miaolishan Park (貓貍山公園), No. 430 Gongyuan Road, Miaoli City, Miaoli County, +886 3 733 7910. Maolishan Park (Q15933994) on Wikidata






  • Wang Fu Hotel (王府大飯店) is located near the train station. Turn left immediately after leaving the station, walk 50 m and the hotel will be on your right.
  • Li Hua Hotel (栗華大飯店) is a little farther away. If unfamiliar with Miaoli, perhaps a quick taxi trip for under NT$100 is preferable to getting lost. It is located on the corner of ZhongHua Road (中華路) and YiMin Street (義民街). The hotel has a restaurant on its first floor.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Miaoli (THSR)
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Routes through Miaoli (National Highway)
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