You remember my friend Dr Sandhya Sriram of the #TravelnBetterBlog recently traveled to Taiwan with her son? She shared her Taiwan Experience with us on this Travel Blog before, and now she’s back with honest and practical tips on travelling to Taiwan with kids. So here is a guest travel blog post by Sandhya on Taiwan with Kids, hope you find this useful. [Personally, I love it too much, makes me want to take Gauri to Taiwan soon!].
Over to Sandhya.
Travel To Taiwan With Kids: A Family Vacation to Taiwan
This post is following up on the introduction to Taiwan in my last post. I thought it is best I share with the things to do in Taiwan with kids. My Taiwanese vacation in January of this year was with my husband and extremely active 3.5 yo son. He loved every minute of this 9-day vacation and he keeps telling me that he wants to go back to Taiwan!
So here’s the things you can do in Taiwan with your kids – oh yes, it is a must visit – trust me!
- Visit Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is the landmark super tall skyscraper in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. There are beautiful gardens and greenery surrounding this tall building where kids would love to run around and jump ☺ If you wish to view the city on a clear day, you can go to the observatory decks on 88-89th floor (indoor) and 91st floor (outdoor). Taiwan With Kids is great especially because of Taipei! Kids as well as grown-ups will be amazed with the view and will truly enjoy it. But remember to only take the extremely fast elevator up only on a clear day.
- Go to one of the night markets
Night markets are a big tourist attraction in Taiwan – it offers new types of street food (not many options for vegetarians though), cheap shopping, souvenirs etc. A Vacation in Taiwan With Kids won’t be complete without this. Kids will be delighted to see the hustle and bustle of these markets, the lights, the cacophony that it brings along with it. Recommendations for Taipei night markets: Shilin, Raohe Street, Ningxia, Ximending shopping district.
- A day trip to Yehliu Geopark
As said in my earlier post, Yehliu Geopark is truly a mesmerizing and beautiful place near Taipei. It is a few hours away from Taipei by train or car and can be visited as a day trip. The rock formations here right next to the ocean have distinctive patterns and shapes. You can view the Queen’s head, Mushroom rocks, caves etc. My son loved the breeze, the pleasant weather and running around the rocks and puddles.
- A walk through Jiufen’s Old Street
Jiufen is a mountain area near Taipei and Yehliu; a visit to this place can be combined with the Yehliu day trip. A walk through the narrow, winding and colorful streets in Jiufen is an experience by itself. When you’re in Taiwan With Kids, take in the smells, sounds, colors and various options of food available when you walk through. Do try the Japanese food there, or anywhere in Taipei – lot of options for vegetarians too!
- Take in the fumes from the Beitou hot springs and take a dip
Hot springs are a culture by itself in Taiwan and Japan, predominantly. The natural hot water in these hot springs are believed to have healing and therapeutic properties. The Beitou hotspring is a beautiful slightly green colored (one of the two such hotsprings found on earth), fuming hot spring that is amusing to visit. You will know why from my pictures below. You are not allowed to take a dip or bathe in the actual Beitou hot spring as the water has high levels of sulfur and is extremely hot (above boiling temperature), but there are many hot springs around that area where you can bathe. Do note that proper swimming attire is required to enter these places.
- Run around the vastness in Yangmingshan National Park
Living in a busy, metropolitan city like Singapore, we hardly get to enjoy the greenery aorund us – especially with all the tall buildings here. So a day trip to Beitou, followed by a visit to Yangmingshan National Park. This collection of mountains are connected well by a network of roads and a drive through is breath taking. It reminds us of how we forget that this world is so scenic and green with bright colors from the flowers. This is one of the highlights when you travel to Taiwan along with your children. Kids love to run around the trees, flowers, bushes, scrubs, plants and take in the fresh air! Yeh hawaayen, yeh fizaayen types you see ☺
- Visit to Liyu Lake and Horse farm
Liyu Lake is the largest lake in Eastern Taiwan, where there is boating or pedal boating, lot of places to run around, plan a picnic. The view from one of the raised platforms is beautiful over this serene lake. A few kilometers away from the lake are horse farms where kids can ride a horse and touch and feed them for a minimal price.
- Pick those pebbles at the Hualien Pebble Beach
So we visited north, east and central Taiwan during our 9-day trip as these are the most scenic areas in Taiwan, with less population and very less buildings. So you can see the awesome mountains and the ocean during your train ride or drive. As a part of the trip to the east, we visited the famous Hualien Pebble Beach – with its blue water and different colored pebbles. My son really loved throwing pebbles around and collecting different shapes of them and running around.
- Walk the trails in Taroko Gorge National Park
If your kid(s) can walk quite a bit, you should visit the Taroko Gorge National Park in Hualien (east of Taiwan). The walking trails are famous for their teal colored water, waterfalls and caves and taverns. The Shakadang trail is what we did – do note the trail is on uneven ground, they are long and do not have toilets in between – so better visit them when you start walking.
- Baa Baa Black White Sheep – QingJing Farm
This was the highlight of our trip and my son as well as the grown-ups really enjoyed the views, the sheep, the walking, the climb and the yummy food served at the foot of the sheep farm. The QingJing Farm is famous for its petting farm for sheep – you can feed them, pet them, literally stand next to them. The view from the top of the farm is beautiful and so pleasant. You can even ride horses here and watch some shows by animals – though they were cancelled due to foggy weather when we were there. A must buy is the yummy bamboo rice in the food market at the entrance of the farm. My son thoroughly enjoyed eating the ice cream made from sheep’s milk as well.
- Cable car at Sun Moon Lake and some amusement at Formosan Aboriginal Culture village
The cable car ride in Sun Moon Lake was naother highlight of our trip – the day we visited, it was super foggy. So it was as if we were flying in the clouds… we could not see anything. We had to strain our eyes to catch a glimpse of the lake as such. So the cable car ride ultimately stops at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture village where there are amusement rides and games for kids. We thoroughly enjoyes ourselves the whole day there as you can see in the pictures. You can also do boat rides at the lake.
We did do a lot more, but these 11 things are the top moments and visits that you can do with your kid(s) and enjoy Taiwan! Do plan a Taiwan trip soon ☺
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