What Are Taiwanese People Most Proud Of?

The National Taiwan Museums main building
The National Taiwan Museum's main building | © 勤岸 / WikiCommons
Ciaran McEneaney

If there’s one thing that the vast majority of Taiwanese people have in common, it’s a fierce pride of their region. Take Double Ten Day, for example. It’s the holiday when locals take the opportunity to dust off their flags and wear their patriotism on their sleeves for the day. It’s an immense show of pride, but why is it that Taiwanese are so passionate about Taiwan, and what things are they most proud of?


The Taiwanese healthcare system requires people to pay a monthly contribution and a fee each time they visit the doctor or undergo a medical procedure. Fortunately, though, the monthly contributions and fees are so low that practically everyone can afford them.

The government-supported healthcare system is a relatively new benefit, and it has seen a huge improvement in hospital care and services. And having such easy access to high-quality medical care is a source of pride for many locals.

Public transport

Tell your local friend that you want to take a taxi to the night market because it’s quicker than the MRT or a bus ride, and they will wonder if you’ve taken ill. Taiwanese public transport is incredibly efficient and cheap, and thus locals make use of it whenever possible. They are, in fact, very proud of the fact that their department of transportation is really on point when it comes to public transport.

On the Bannan Line

Taiwanese cuisine

Make friends with a Taiwanese person, and within a very short time, you’ll find yourself sampling their favorite local dish. They really do love their food that much, but they love sharing even more.

Luckily, Taiwanese cuisine is some of the best in Asia, if not the world, so you can easily understand why it instills such a sense of pride in your newfound local friends. From delicious pineapple cakes to the national dish of beef noodles, Taiwanese are fiercely proud of their local dishes.

Taiwanese cuisine at its best

Traditional Chinese

It might seem like a strange thing, but most Taiwanese are incredibly proud of the fact that they still use traditional Chinese characters in all of their written literature, while China has made the change to simple Chinese.

The preservation of both local and Chinese culture

Taiwanese people love their customs and heritage and take great care to pass on traditions to younger generations. Whether it’s for cultural festivals, religious ceremonies, or even just family recipes, young Taiwanese people take their heritage seriously and maintain traditions and customs whenever possible. And this is just as true for ethnically Chinese as it is for the local aboriginal tribes.

Taiwan is also home to the world’s largest collection of Imperial Chinese artifacts, which you’ll find housed in the National Palace Museum. It’s a wonderful collection that the KMT government rescued from China during the Chinese Civil War.

National Palace Museum, 221 Zhisahn Road Section 2, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan


While there are many cultural arts that the Taiwanese hold close to their hearts, puppetry is probably the one of which they are most proud. Puppetry is so popular here that there are TV shows and movies that are incredibly popular, while the puppetry museums are always busy.

Attend a puppet show during ghost month, and you’ll notice that there are a few empty seats at the front of the crowd reserved for wandering spirits. Yes, that’s how important this wonderful performance art is.

A popular local puppet show

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