The awesome bits about living in Taiwan

Working in Taiwan is definitely not the best experience in the world. However, living on the island has many other perks one should consider when picking an Asian country to settle or visit. It’s easy to get jaded with time, like everywhere, but there are some aspects of Taiwan that are great for newcomers.

It’s safe

Criminality in Taiwan is one of the lowest worldwide. You will feel safe in 99,9% of the areas you visit at any time of the day, whether you’re a man or a woman. In addition, people here are extremely honest and it’s very rare to hear about a foreigner being scammed by locals. It does not mean you should be completely careless. Basic principles and precautions still apply when you travel in Taiwan.

Nature is great

Taiwanese mountains, beaches, lakes, and trails are pleasant, clean (most of the time), and conveniently accessible, especially if you have a scooter/car. The island features hundreds of well-maintained hiking trails, dozens of hot springs (some of them still in their natural form), great beaches for surfers and cool spots for diving. If you love nature, you will find nice corners all around Taiwan that will satisfy your needs for wilderness.

The convenience

Taiwan, and especially Taipei, has the highest concentration of convenience stores worldwide. There are some corners from where you can see 4,5 or even 6 of them. Family Mart, 7-11, Family Mart, OK Mart, and so on. This example shows how everything is fairly convenient in Taiwan. Shops are closed late, night markets are here for late night snacks, the Internet is accessible and fast, there are good public transportations, etc.

Central position

Even if there is a lot to do in Taiwan, you might want to try another country. Taiwan is ideally located to visit many Asian countries like the Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, etc. You can find cheap flights and going to the airport is super convenient thanks to the newly built MRT.

The people

Hospitality is an integral part of Taiwanese culture. People will be worried about you having a good time in their country all the time. It’s not uncommon to have at least one person asking you if you need help if they see you looking at a map. Taiwanese people will be curious about you and be as hospitable as possible. Even if the language is a bit of a barrier, try to learn the basics of a discussion and you will be welcome by a big smile.

 

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