It is almost a year since Taiwan’s High Speed Rail system opened. Last night I took the 5:16 train from Taichung up to Taipei and made it to my evening class at NCCU with time to spare. The furtherest I’d been on the HSR before was from Taipei to Hsinchu.
You should have no trouble getting a taxi at the Taichung HSR Station.
The reserved seating car was almost empty. There seemed to be plenty in the non-reserved car though where tickets are sold at a 20% discount.
There are now menus and shopping catalogues in the seat pockets. It’s just like travelling on an aeroplane. There are simple meals available for NT$100 and the snacks and drinks are reasonably priced. The HSR souvenirs are a little expensive though. The HSR staff in their distinctive orange uniforms provide friendly service.