Well to rub it in, it seems to be pretty much sunny all the time in Taichung, even in winter it hardly rains, just a bit cold and windy.
Taipei is easier to get around due to the MRT, has more things going on (for Taiwan that is), more shops and restaurants. bookstore (there is no real English bookstore in Taichung) Taipei has Tamshui, Yangmingshan, Wulia, Fulong all very enjoyable in the spring and summer.
Taichung has a lot of cool places nearby too if you drive a car…this weekend I was in Yunlin at a honey factory, very tropical around there, banana trees, sugar cane, smell of fruit trees everwhere…pretty damn nice! Then you’ve got Miaoli, Nanzhuang, Houli, Nantou, Puli, Sun Moon Lake and the central cross island highway all within 1-2 hours drive. Taichung is a lot smaller than Taipei in area too. It’s obviously not as convenient for visiting Hualien although you can drive the central cross island highway (this area has some very nice hot springs too), last time I went half way but it was in a bad state of repair. Of course from Taichung you can also go for trips down to Tainan, Pingdong and Kaoshiung when you feel like it.
There has been a big apartment building spree here so you can rent/buy a real nice brand new place for half the price of Taipei. For a family it’s definitely a much cheaper place to live. There are few new office or shopping developments however so some things feel a bit dated compared to Taipei. Getting to Taoyuan airport is an 1.5 hr journey by high speed rail and taxis…so not too bad but still not as convenient as Taipei iespecially f you include the city airport there.
Don’t worry the weather will pick up (after the spring rains mind you!), then you will enjoy yourself more…until you hit mid Summer and the 30C+ and 100 humidity/smog of Taipei…Taipei’s winters are unpredictable, it’s just your bad luck that it rained even more than usual this year.
Taichung will be boring for young people (even a bit boring for me), recommend Taipei for fun! The other thing I’m after realising is that Taipei has better variety and quality of Chinese and Asian food, even Xindian where I lived is superior to most areas of Taichung in this regard, don’t know why but it doesn.