Saturday, March 10, 2007

Beautiful Miaoli County, Taiwan

Although we are still several months from receiving our travel date, we are very excited for our trip to Taiwan -- both for the obvious reason of welcoming Ryan into our family, and also because we look forward to seeing the beautiful country he comes from. This website,, has hundreds of pictures of places in Taiwan, including pictures from individual cities and regions. Our little guy was born in Miaoli County, where his birth mother lives on a farm. Miaoli is in the northwest area of Taiwan, about 60 miles southwest of Taipei. The picture posted above is of a farm/pear orchard in Miaoli County. The pictures below are of a blossom festival in Miaoli County, and ruins of an ancient bridge there. Since we may not get to see Miaoli on our adoption trip and will not have any pictures of his birth mother's actual home, it is nice to have pictures like this that we will be able to show Ryan when he is older to help him imagine his birthplace.


At 12:11 AM, Blogger Sherry said...

These are some beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing the website & I hope your wait is not to much longer...hang in there that travel calls got to be coming soon:)

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

Hi Rob n' Karin: The girl we are adopting is also from Miaoli County. I have only been through there on a train so I've also been trying to learn a bit about the place as well. Here's the county government's site: The English is rough but has some general information on the place.

By the way - not sure if you discovered this yet but a large percentage (60%?) of Miaoli's population is of Hakka descent. They have some traditions and cultural differences (i.e. language and food) that are distinct from Chinese and even Taiwanese traditions. I'm trying to get a handle on these in case Megan is of Hakka descent.

Lot's to learn! Have fun and I hope you hear about a travel date soon. - Kevin

At 2:33 PM, Blogger TaiwanMommy said...

Congratulations on your beautiful little guy. We adopted twin girls from Taiwan last Sept, it was an amazing journey, and we'll be heading back next year for our son. Can't wait to watch your story unfold!



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