TAIWAN

Long before traveling in Taiwan with kids, I lived there. Three and a half years, actually. In fact, it was in Taiwan waaaaay back in 1997 that my passion for travel really caught fire. I had left the United States for a year to teach English…and never went back.

I Love Visiting Taiwan with Kids

Before moving to Tokyo, Keiko and I lived in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan from 1997-2001. Then, over a decade later, we returned with our kids to show them the place we loved so much.

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We still LOVE Taiwan. A lot. In fact, I often think about moving back, and we miss Taiwanese food almost daily. The people of Taiwan are some of the nicest, warmest and most open people I’ve ever met. We still have many friends in Taiwan — in Taipei, Tainan, and elsewhere. Some are locals. Others were English teachers like me back then. They loved it so much that they never left.

Taiwan & China

Sometimes people ask me: “Isn’t Taiwan just another part of China?” To this question, I say “Kind of.” It is and it isn’t. In some ways, Taiwan is separate (it is democratic and self-governed), while in many other ways, it is culturally the same. In fact, I would argue that in some aspects, Taiwan is more Chinese than modern China. There was no Cultural Revolution in Taiwan, you see. That’s when Mao Tze Tung was destroying temples, burning books, and smashing artifacts. Around this time, Chiang Kai Shek, Mao’s arch rival, was unboxing all of the treasures he stole from China’s museums that he stole before escaping the mainland.

It’s obviously much more complicated (and contentious) than that, and I won’t get into the history or the politics here. However, my point is that a lot of old temples, buildings, traditions, and customs that were eradicated from Mainland China are still intact in Taiwan today. The Taiwanese people are also quite proud of their heritage, and welcoming of outsiders. Few speak English proficiently, but that’s changing. Either way, the average man or woman on the street will go out of their way to be helpful. And they love kids.

Taiwan with Kids: Our Tips for Family Travel in Taiwan

Taipei with kids National Palace Museum family portrait

Here are a few things I’ve written about spending time exploring Taiwan with kids. I have much more to write about, so watch this space for more posts!

Have you been to Taiwan with kids?

Where did you go? How long did you stay? What did you do and see? I would love to hear about your experience traveling in Taiwan with kids. Let us know in the comments, or contact me directly!

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