Travel when physically-challenged?
So how wheelchair-friendly was Taiwan to you?
I asked Hazel. Here we’ll read some concluding thoughts by the intrepid lady, sharing from her 10-day Taiwan travel!
To share some ideas of navigating Taipei the city, and the island of Taiwan. So that similarly physically-challenged visitors will know what they may meet and expect when enjoying the island – amid the obstacles.
That they too, may be able to explore and travel beyond where their wheelchair (or other aids) cannot.
Heart to go farther?
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Hazel’s observations traveling Taiwan:
Hey there, thanks for the sweet comments!
It all boils down to planning, execution by your trusted ones and enjoying the trip with an open mind. It helped greatly that the weather was kind. I didn’t have a wet weather plan because should it rain, I didn’t know what to do other than hiding indoors.
For the whole trip, I didn’t wheel myself; my brother pushed me.
I think it’s not easy for one to wheel himself around Taiwan, because even in Ximending alone, on the older streets around the perimeter of Ximending, in between shops, there were some slopes gradients that could be too steep, or it was a step disguised as a slope. The way to get round comfortably is for someone to prop the front wheel up from behind, like how you would push a pram up a kerb.
At times, the street could get very narrow, one have to go on the road. For example, the part near Toilet restaurant in Shilin was quite narrow, just nice for me in my wheelchair only.
Taroko was ok because I had a (hired) driver.
The pavement outside Yanzi Kou got too narrow, so I had to go on the road. But it was not dangerous at all, thanks to the crowd and their buses. The gravel pavement was a super bumpy ride!
I had difficulty looking for a minsu (homestay) with rooms on ground floors, or had lift access.
But I didn’t want to stay in hotel all the time mah.. Only Ocean Bed n Breakfast had a room on ground floor. Even for Neijiang hotel, the lobby and lift were so small that I didn’t know how a lone person can do it because there was no room for turns at all.
Shopping centres are the safest.
I did not go to the washrooms in restaurants and streets. Therefore I had to plan my time and liquid intake very carefully so as not to turn into a preserved prune or make a mad rush to a wet, narrow and possibly life-threatening washroom.
I love all the washrooms I went to. The Taiwanese people were disciplined too, they wouldn’t use the washroom reserved for the physically-challenged unnecessarily.
Based on the places I went and help I had, I would rate the wheelchair friendliness as 4 out of 5.
Thanks for all the help you have rendered directly and indirectly. Dreaming about my next destination now! 😀