Mum and Dad have already been to Thailand and Indonesia and this year they came to Taiwan. It was the first time any of my family from Australia had come to Taiwan to visit me and it was great to have the chance to show them Taiwan. It was also the first Lunar New Year holiday I had spent in Taiwan.
On the first full day in Taiwan we went to the National Palace Museum. It was a good activity for a rainy day and Mum and Dad were both amazed at some of the treasures on display. The next day we headed south on the HSR down to Tainan. Of course they were greatly impressed by the HSR and also Taipei's MRT.
I love Tainan and Mum and Dad also enjoyed exploring the city and Anping. Tainan was the only place we saw the sun shine for the entire two weeks. I also celebrated my birthday while I was in Tainan and it was great to have Mum and Dad there for that.
Leaving Tainan there were more train trips, first to Ershui and then on to Jiji. We explored Jiji on foot and Mum and Dad loved the quiet rural feel of the town. The next day we headed back to Taipei via Lugang where there was another opportunity to see some more of Taiwan's old buildings and temples.
We spent New Year's Eve at a friend's house and the next day we went to stay with another friend in Luodong. We visited the National Centre for Traditional Arts in Yilan. It was the first time I had been there and it was very interesting. We also saw some of the small mountain towns around Yilan.
In Taipei we visited many places and Mum and Dad got very familiar with the MRT. We also travelled by boat in Danshui and on the Maokong Gondola. (People complained about the gondola in the hot weather. It is also very uncomfortable during a cold winter day!). The 228 Museum helped Mum and Dad better understand Taiwan's history. Luckily the rain let up for a few hours when we hiked to the Neidong Waterfall near Wulai. That was one of the highlights for me as it was a the best chance for Mum and Dad to experience the beautiful nature and mountains of Formosa.
Mum and Dad tried many different foods while they were here. They even tried stinky tofu. My friend Alex and I told them it was "special tofu" (and the tofu from that shop in Luodong is very special). The very last meal in Taiwan was at Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) so they were able to leave on a culinary high.
Mum said, "Taiwan is an amazing country that more people should visit." They plan to come back again!