Hi, I was hoping that this might be the best place to ask this question.
I’m an Australian living in Tokyo with my Japanese husband and our 9 year old daughter. We got a great cheap airfare and hotel package, so we will be visiting Taiwan for 3 days from July 23 to July 26.
We are staying in Taipei fairly close to Ximending (have I got that right? I’m trying to go from the Japanese to the Chinese to the English:D)
The first 2 days (1 1/2 days actually) I thought we would stay in Taipei - sightseeing and going to night markets. I’m also thinking of going to Tansui (Dansui?) We have a half day city tour booked.
The last day I thought that maybe we could go somewhere for a day trip. I found information about the Childrens Folklore festival when I looked up summer festivals on the Taiwan tourist information website.
As the first 2 days are really for the adults, I thought it would be nice to do a kid friendly activity for the 3rd day. Especially if it involves water and an escape from the heat:D
I do have some questions and concerns - so if anyone has any idea about the festival or the Yilan area it would really help.
For a non- Chinese speaking child, would it be possible to enjoy activities? ( she is English/ Japanese bilingual )
We would be going during the week not the weekend, but how crowded is it likely to be?
(My daughter is not keen on places that are that crowded. We live in Tokyo though, so we are used to a certain level of crowding- There are some places and festivals here we will no longer go to though because it gets so crowded it’s just horrible)
How easy is it to get tickets or do things there? Should we get tickets in advance or just get then on the day?
I’ve checked information about how to get there. It seems that a high speed train and a taxi is the best option. Is that right? How easy is it to get there?
I am interested in also going to the traditional culture museum and then a night market. Would that be possible/ enjoyable in one day?
And - as a tourist to Taiwan, do you think this would be an interesting thing to do?
Also if you can give me any other suggestions for our trip that would be much appreciated:)