Why Should I Learn Chinese in Taiwan in 2024 // 7 Killer Reasons

Discover Why Taiwan is the #1 Place to Learn Chinese This Year

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan?

There are endless reasons why, but today we’ll introduce you to our favourite and most important ones.

It’s really and truly a great place to learn the language and there’s a lot more options than just Taipei!

No visa needed – you can book a ticket and be here next week!

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Introduction to Taiwan

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Traditional Characters

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Where to Study in Taiwan?

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Tradition meets Technology

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Foreigner Friendly

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Everyone Loves Taiwan

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || Visa Free Travel

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || FAQs

Check out a day in the life in Taipei!

An Introduction

Both mainland China and Taiwan’s economic growth is expanding rapidly.

With this, their global influence is also expanding, and more and more people are seeing the benefits of studying Chinese and considering the option to learn Chinese in Taiwan.

When learning Mandarin Chinese, immersion in the country and language are arguably essential.

Textbooks and teachers abroad can teach you the basics, but when it comes to actually using Chinese in real-life situations, with its 4 tones and difficult vocabulary, using the language in the country is essential.

Learning Mandarin Chinese itself can be quite daunting, let alone a move to mainland China where the language, culture and people may all be completely different.

This puts off a lot of foreigners who want to begin learning Mandarin (it didn’t put our summer camp students off, check out their story with us below).

Learning Chinese in Taiwan may just be the perfect solution to this. 

With aspects of both traditional China and a heavy western and Japanese influence, Taiwan attracts many who want to learn Chinese with its foreigner friendly vibes and first-class language courses.

Here’s why you too should learn Chinese in Taiwan.

Traditional Chinese Characters

Studying Mandarin in Taiwan will be unlike studying Chinese anywhere else.

Taiwan Mandarin is the same language as mainland Mandarin Chinese, however, in mainland China, there are a vast number of different dialects that make learning and using the language very difficult.

Travel from North to South and you’d think they’re speaking a different language entirely!

However, in Taiwan, you just have one dialect to deal with.

If you’re feeling adventurous or have a particular interest in languages, you can also give learning Taiwanese (Taiyu/Daigi) a go.

This is an example of just one of the many indigenous languages spoken on the island, still used by much of the older generation and considered an important part of the culture.

Traditional Characters vs Simplified Characters

Learn Chinese in Taiwan: Traditional vs Simplified Characters

In Taiwan, they use traditional Chinese characters, not simplified ones.

This reaps tons of benefits.

Don’t worry – just because they have a few extra stokes, it doesn’t mean they’re more difficult to learn!

DID YOU KNOW – In fact, learning traditional characters first can be beneficial and easier than learning simplified ones, since the traditional characters still keep their original shape and more logical structure of the word the character is representing.

When it comes to which is best, learning traditional or simplified characters – the answer is always both.

Many who study in mainland China will not get to study traditional characters, and if they do it may be more difficult since they will only be surrounded by simplified ones.

You’ll definitely have an upper hand by studying traditional characters too.

Where to Study in Taiwan?

When most people think of places to study in Taiwan, Taipei is usually the first place that springs to mind.

BUT did you know there are several big cities and oceanside destinations in Taiwan for you to study Chinese in? You can even mix and match to make the most of your time in Taiwan!

Here’s some of our top picks…


World's Tallest Starbucks - Located in Taipei, Taiwan
World’s Tallest Starbucks – Located in Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan itself is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, with Taipei as its capital.

Taipei has an estimated population of 2,704,810 and lies in Northern Taiwan.  

This capital city is incredibly modern with lots on offer – so studying in Taiwan will give you the best chance to be able to explore this capital city.

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Things to Do in Taipei (2023 Update) | The Complete Guide

This is a must-visit city. Taipei is incredibly relaxed, very friendly, and boasts some rather incredible food across the city.

It is home to the famous Taipei 101 building, as well as the world’s highest Starbucks – and maybe one of the only Starbucks you have to make a reservation in order to visit! (It’s worth it though).

There are countless attractions to visit in Taipei, as well as just simply strolling the streets, drink Taiwan’s infamous Bubble Tea, enjoy the hipster modern feel of this quirky capital city.

Don’t like the hustle and bustle of capital cities?

No problem. Take a stroll through one of the many parks located in the centre, or head just outside of the city centre to the mountain Yangmingshan, or chill out at the famous Beitou Hot Springs for a well-earned break from studying Mandarin.

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Taiwan Weekend Getaways // The Top 5 Weekend Trips from Taipei

Top 5 Weekend Trips from Taipei // #1 Teapot and Banping Mountain : #2 Jiǔfēn 九份 : #3 Wūlái 乌来 : #4 Baishawan 白沙湾 : #5 Surfing at Wai’ao Beach 外澳海滩


Get ready to learn about Taiwan’s best kept secret.

Located in the middle of the island, Taichung is a bustling city home to 2.8 million people and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and the iconic Sun Moon Lake – the best of both worlds!

Taichung also has a few key advantages over Taipei.

Overall, the city has a lower cost of living and, even more appealing, is the fewer number of foreigners that live there.

In our experience, students who escape the ‘foreigner bubble’ almost always progress faster when studying Chinese.

👉Combine that with living with a local family in Taichung and your Mandarin will be turbo charged like never before.

Last but not least – Taichung is the home of bubble tea! What’s not to love?

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What to do in Taichung (+ Why You Should Visit)

What are the top things to do in Taichung? We’ve put together an ultimate guide to help you see the best sites in Taichung


What to do in Kaohsiung - Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

There’s a reason so many foreigners in Taiwan relocate from Taipei to Kaohsiung – the great weather.

Taipei is notoriously rainy, but in Kaohsiung the weather is generally warm and sunny you can visit the beach pretty much all year round.

People studying Mandarin in Kaohsiung can experience true linguistic immersion and enjoy the spectacular oceanside scenery.

For all you foodies out there – Kaohsiung’s night markets are some of the biggest and best in all of Taiwan.

Not to mention, the Tiger and Dragon Pagodas and Pier 2 Art Center are some of the coolest places to hang out after class!

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What to Do in Kaohsiung || Your Ultimate 2023 Guide

Discover the best things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. From island parties to night markets to art piers, we’ve got you covered with our detailed 2023 guide.


If you’re a fan of history and culture – Tainan is really the place for you.

What to do in Tainan

Taiwan has a rich history and has passed through Chinese, Japanese and Dutch ownership. There’s really no better place to experience this than in Tainan.

The city is also the most ‘traditional’ in Taiwan and you’ll have the chance to experience largely untouched Chinese culture every day.

It’s also extremely picturesque and you can wander through old Dutch forts that have been reclaimed by banyan trees and neighborhoods full of small alleyways decorated with Chinese lanterns.

And of course – one of the best night market scenes in Taiwan.

So really, why wouldn’t you want to study Chinese in Tainan?

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Discovering Tainan’s Treasures: 9 Must-Visit Places in Taiwan’s Oldest City

Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and is teeming with history and culture. Here’s our ultimate guide on where to go and what to eat in the old capital

Tradition Meets Technology

Summer Camp in Taipei || Shifen

Taiwan is an island unlike any other.

It embraces Chinese culture with many elements of its traditional Chinese heritage found throughout the cities and countryside.

But, at the same time, it has become one of the Asian countries in the forefront of technological and economic growth.

This gives you the best of both worlds and means you can delve into the past and catch a glimpse of the future!

Foreigner Friendly

Making a move to China, where the culture may be so far removed from your own, may seem incredibly daunting.

Taiwan, with its foreigner-friendly attitude, may be the solution if you’re looking for a place to learn Chinese.


You can browse the world wide web freely without any VPN restrictions that you may encounter in mainland China.

Food in Taiwan

Traditional Taiwanese food, like much Chinese food, is full of flavour and very yummy.

However, there are times when we just need that Western fix of pizza or pasta.

Taiwan, and especially Taipei’s foreigner-friendly style means that your favourite Western food place will always be around the corner.

Whether it be breakfast in Taiwan, or dinner time – you will be well-fed!

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Food in Taiwan || Top Taiwanese Food You Simply Cannot Miss

Food in Taiwan is full of flavour and variety. Using a base of noodles and rice, with strong flavours and lots of meat (mainly beef and pork) and fish.

People in Taiwan

Taiwanese people are incredibly friendly and welcoming to foreigners.

You may find a lot more English around than in mainland China, however, this does not impede your learning Chinese.

In fact, it can make it easier – since it is easier to make friends and practice your language this way.

Taiwan acts as a great bridge between traditional Chinese and modern Western cultures.

If you are looking for a foreigner friendly place to learn Chinese, but still want to experience traditional aspects of Chinese culture, learning Chinese in Taiwan is perfect for you. 

Everyone Loves It

It’s true, we challenge you to meet a foreigner who dislikes Taiwan!

Taiwan is widely regarded as one of the best places for an expat to live.

You know you always see those articles “Best place to live in 2023” etc… Taiwan is a regular name on these lists, it’s no coincidence.

We were intrigued then, to see what our students thought of Taipei when we opened LTL Taipei…

No surprises, from the very start our students fell in love with the place.

In fact, many have extended their stays in Taipei out of sheer love for the city.

Taipei sells itself with its magnificent night-market scene, it’s wonderful polite people, it’s beautiful cuisine, and diverse scenery.

Need one final nudge… check out what some of our students thought of LTL Taiwan.

Visa Free Travel

Now that the pandemic is well and truly over, it’s business as usual in Taiwan and that means one thing for most foreigners: visa free travel!

90 day visa free travel in Taiwan is offered to almost all countries in Europe, North America and Oceania

One of the biggest hassles of visiting mainland China is the visa application process, it can be time-consuming and is an additional cost you need to consider.

But for those visiting Taiwan? Just grab your passport, book your Chinese course and hop on a plane!

For more details and to see if you’re eligible for visa free travel, check out the government website.

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Moving to Taiwan || A Guide By Those Who Made The Move

Moving anywhere in the world can be a big task. Depending on where you come from, moving to Taiwan may create a big distance between you and your hometown.

Why Learn Chinese in Taiwan || FAQs

Does Taiwan use Traditional or Simplified Mandarin?

Taiwan uses Traditional Mandarin.

Do Taiwanese speak Mandarin or Cantonese?

Taiwanese speak Mandarin, but use traditional characters whereas the mainland use simplified.

Can I learn Mandarin with a Taiwanese teacher Online?

Absolutely, all our teachers in Taiwan are natives, and you can choose to study with a Taiwanese teacher if you so wish.

Is the Taiwanese accent similar to that of Mainland China?

There are differences to Taiwanese Mandarin and Mandarin spoken by mainlanders.

We outlined the differences in a blog post about Taiwanese Mandarin.

Is Taiwan an Island?

Yes, Taiwan is an island based off the east coast of mainland China.

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  1. Very good article! It’s an amazing city I miss very much

    1. Max Hobbs

      Come back Nata!!