What we loved…
Night Markets (Food)- Street food is great all over the world, but Taiwan’s street food is unbeatable. Traveling Taiwan is a foodie’s dream-come-true! Night Markets are more a way of life, a national pastime, and a competitive sport. And they challenge you to try everything they have on offer. You’ll never be able to try everything, as each night market has a little something different to offer, but you will fall in love with absolutely everything you do try – and that’s a promise!
Intricate architecture – There are buddhist temples all across Asia, but Taiwan’s temples have a very unique rainbow pop of color, with 3-dimensional scenes of dragons, royalty, warriors, etc. portrayed on the rooftops Plus Taiwan is the home of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings, towering over the rest of the bustling city’s skyline.
Variety – There’s a fair bit of counter culture here, so you’ll see diversity in the locals’ styles, which is a bit of a rarity in some Asian countries. It’s also the land of a million flavors. All the dishes are all so unique and yummy. I mean a standard Taiwanese tea shop has hundreds of choices. Traveling taiwan is like living out your own “Choose Your Own Adventure” book – there are so many choices, but none of them are wrong!
What we didn’t love…
Crowded – An endless sea of people and motorbikes, Taiwan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. And the capital city, Taiwan, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Don’t despair, there are beautiful escapes from the crowds; you just have to get out of the major cities.
Standoffish Locals – This is not a place where the locals appreciate you trying to strike up a conversation with them, and they most certainly aren’t going to chat it up with you. You can try being super nice to your waiters, or anyone else, but don’t expect outward kindness in return. As I just mentioned, they deal with millions of people everyday. I think they’re all desperate for alone time.
Dirty – I suppose liter is no surprise, with nearly 24 million people sharing one small island, but it’s no less repulsive. Streets, sidewalks, parks and beaches are all covered in trash. The air pollution is horrific. Add that to the heat and you can’t help but feel filthy yourself.