Airports in major Asian cities have a leg up on American and European counterparts when it comes to making a planned or unplanned layover truly enjoyable. Taoyuan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, is striving to join an elite club occupied by Singapore Changi Airport and Incheon Airport, serving greater Seoul and South Korea. Since Taoyuan’s makeover began roughly a decade ago (with a third terminal on the way in 2020 or 2021, depending on the source), the international terminal has taken a particularly kid-friendly direction. While free WiFi is available throughout the airport, you may want to look up from the screen and have your kids unplug from games to get some air and a sense of place.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
When you arrive in Hsinchu, the oldest city in northern Taiwan, it likely will not take long to realize why it is called “The City of Happiness and Wisdom.” Hsinchu was originally named Chuchien, which means seashore in Taokas; the Taokas were of the tribes of Taiwanese plain aborigines. The reference to seashore is apt — the city’s coastline is more than 18 miles long; four square miles of wetlands and three rivers are also found here.
If you are traveling in Taiwan with different ages within your family or even family friends, you will find there are plenty of options of things to do that appeal to all ages. And even at the same time! Take a look at some of the fun things we found to do that everyone will enjoy.