Things to Do with Kids and Elderly in Taiwan

While planning a family trip, there are always question for where is the best place for kids and the elderly to go in Taiwan. We try to find some attractions to relax and play in northern, central, and southern Taiwan.

In northern Taiwan, Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola is the best recommendation for those travelers with kids. Families could take a stroll for the penguin, koala, Formosan animals, and pandas. The cute pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan definitely cannot be missed. To view the nightscape of Taipei, tourist can take Maokong Gondola to the mountain. Apart from nightscape, Maokong is also famous for its tea and local cuisine. Another family-friendly tourist attraction is Huashan 1914 Creative Park. There are exhibitions held in Huashan 1914 Creative Park every week. Kids and the elderly can experience making the woodcraft in the workshop.

In central Taiwan, Cinjing Farm could be a good option for nature lovers. The sheep shearing show, DIY handicraft, and horse riding show are the unique experience that families can join together and make a stronger bond with each other. Another tourist attraction good for a family trip is Nantou Monster Village. Kids will absolutely fall in love with the cute monsters. Adults and kids can try some bread and desserts like witch’s finger or monster’s eyeball. If you still have the energy to go around after being scared by the monsters, don’t miss the nearby Sun Moon Lake. It is also a good famous place for the family to relax in the mountains.

As for southern Taiwan, Love River is a good place for the family trip with the elderly. Taking a ride of the boat, you can view the riverside slowly and chat with parents. There are also bars along the Love River. If tourists want to have some drinks, you can try some at the bars. For those who want to spend an afternoon to enjoy the river scenery, there are also Cafés for you. Drinking a cup of Cappuccino and chat with families, travelers may laze freely in Kaohsiung. In Kaohsiung, if you are interested in Taiwanese temple culture, Lotus Pond could be a great destination. Around Lotus Pond, there are Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Spring and Autumn Pavilions, and Confucius Temple. Kids can go through the Dragon’s mouth and out of Tiger’s, then they can turn the bad luck into good fortune. There is also Guanyin (Buddhist bodhisattva with compassion and veneration) riding dragon pagoda in front of Spring and Autumn Pavilions, which is also a knowledgeable classroom for tourists to learn the temple culture. Confucius Temple here is the largest Confucius Temple in Taiwan. Confucius is the great teacher of China, who is responsible for education. Built in the style of the Song dynasty, this solemn and majestic architecture welcomes all tourists.

If you are planning a family trip to Taiwan, these spots can be listed on your Taiwan tour. Also, Justaiwantour offers a customized tour for the family trip. Feel free to ask itinerary for the family trip.

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Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage

There are diverse religions practiced in Taiwan like Buddism, Taoism, Christianity, Catholicism, and Islam. According to an unofficial estimate, Mazu believers are up to 140millions, which covers more than 60 percent of the population in Taiwan. Dajia Mazu pilgrimage is the biggest Mazu celebration held annually and has the longest history in Taiwan.

Taiwan has the highest density of Mazu temples with more than 850 temples. In Taiwan, we have the saying goes; “Mazu March Mania” Mazu is a Chinese goddess the sea. In the 18th century, many Fujian immigrants moved to Taiwan by crossing the dangerous Taiwan Strait. To thank Mazu for arriving Taiwan safely, the believers hold the Mazu pilgrimage. In this devotion journey, pilgrims escort the Mazu statue by holding palanquin walking around different cities to celebrate Mazu’s birthday in March of Chinese lunar calendar and hope the Mazu will protect them for the whole new year. This year, people will start this celebration from April 7th to 16th. The pilgrimage route will start from Dajia, Taichung, Changhua, Chiayi, to Yunlin, and return to Dajia.

In the Departure of the Procession, the Dajia Zhenlan temple will hold a firework show around Dajia River. With the noise of firecrackers and vibrant firework show in the sky, this eight-lane bridge will be jam-packed with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and spectators. After this ceremony, the pilgrimage officially starts. Along with this journey, you can find the warmth and friendliness from Taiwanese. Local residents provide free foods and drinks to followers like herbal cake with sliced radish, mochi, and grass jelly. Also, you can experience the Roadside banquet of Taiwanese cuisine. But please mark that the provided food is vegetarian. Followers can’t eat meat until the return route. If you want to participate in the pilgrimage, you can start eating vegetarian food three days before.

In this journey of devotion, you can experience the local color of Taiwan like lion dance, Taiwanese Electric Flower Car, glove puppetry, and Taiwanese opera. This long-lived religious event also develops a unique culture—grabbing Mazu. According to the legend, crawling under and touching the palanquin will bring good luck for a whole new year. Therefore, local groups grab Mazu for attracting good luck for its community in Changhua.

For those who want to have an in-depth tour in Taiwan, Dajia Mazu pilgrimage can definitely meet your satisfaction to learn Taiwan local culture. If you want to join this celebration, don’t forget to have the blessed flag along the pilgrimage and have the temple stamp on it. Apart from the aforementioned information, please find out and follow etiquettes before you take part in this religious event. To have a more detailed travel plan that suits your traveling date, Justaiwantour also provides custom tours. Have fun in this inspiring culture journey.

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