Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan, is the
centre of Taiwanese commerce and culture.
It is a modern city with newly planned business
districts and impressive achievements, such
as the construction of Taipei 101, the tallest
building in Asia; Taipei World Trade Centre,
the exhibition halls, and Eslite Xinyi Bookstore,
a twenty four hour book palace. In addition,
this city offers a wide range of entertainments,
such as shopping malls, night markets, night
clubs, and exotic restaurants.
There is a massive construction taking place
to build a new motorway that will run directly
from the city centre to the airport.
Tipping is not customary in restaurants or
taxis (but is still appreciated). However,
sometimes a 10% service charge is added to
the bill (not sure if this is shared shared
with the staff, or not).
The Taiwanese are more polite, sophisticated
and advanced than the Chinese
They are more courteous on road crossings
Drivers obey the yellow boxes on junctions
whereas the Chinese ignore crossroads creating
blockages during rush hours.
There are lots of identical scooters, not
many bikes and no cycle lanes in Tapei
Excellent MRT – the trains have faster
acceleration (the progress bar of stations
is better on the Chinese MRT)
7 Eleven stores – there is one for
every 20K of population (also Family Mart)
Lots of Japanese restaurants, - excellent
food and value
People are free from the Communist ‘Big
brother’ ie more democracy and freedom
on internet and in newspapers
The Taipei 101 lift is extremely fast and
smooth - it goes up 90 floors in 37 seconds
There is some exceptionally beautiful scenery
but not many tourist attractions for old
buildings, (Lukang Historic Area is not as
charming as Beijing’s Hutong area).
Lots of English signage (with incorrect grammar)
although not many museums have translations
(except the National Palace Museum)
Plenty of clean toilets at all public places.
They are undergoing a change with much of
their manufacturing moving to China
My Top places to visit:
Sun Moon Lake
North Coast – Yehliu, Jiufen, Gold
Ecological Park, Nanya Rock Formations
Taipei - National Palace Museum, Miniatures
Alishan (when it has been restored following
the typhoon damage)