I was a bit anxious going to Taiwan initially, being a Chinese speaking country. I was worried I might have a hard time figuring out how to go around the city or how to talk to the locals. So I kept my expectations low and prepared a very detailed itinerary before my flight. Anyway, I was going there to see my brother so that should be fun enough and worth the trip.
Surprisingly, Taiwan has very efficient transportation services. They have way more train lines than Singapore, in the city and going to the provinces, but they were actually so easy and convenient to use. Their locals may have had a hard time talking in English but they were so friendly that communicating with them went so smoothly. I loved it.
It was only a four days trip and went mostly to the touristy spots. I have listed the Top 7 Tourist Spots that I visited during the whole trip:
The shopping district that is open until after midnight.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
Was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2009. I believe that its true beauty is seen best at night.
Shilin and Raohe Night Markets
Juifen Old Streets
Pingxi Old Streets
Shifen Water Falls
At the end of my trip, I realized it was impossible to be hungry in Taiwan. There is just so much street food everywhere, day and night. In fact, I ate so much street food that I craved for “real” full meals as soon as I got back to Singapore and never wanting to eat any more street food in the next weeks again.