When You Decide To Stay In Taiwan
By:
Mabel Fatokun

When You Decide To Stay In Taiwan

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Travelling to Taiwan is like a breeze because a lots of kudos to its well-organized transportation networks, convenient stores everywhere you look, and countless excellent eateries.

In general, people here are excited to talk with foreigners, especially if you are chatty or like practicing Chinese. People here are friendly and passionate; they love to offer help and chat with you. However, because we live on an island and only big cities have more international students or foreign workers than other European countries, they may seem a little shy when they first meet foreigners.

When You Decide To Stay In Taiwan

They are eager to help you even if you don’t speak any Chinese at all, but if you know a little bit, it will surprise and excite them and perhaps even earn you a treat! Most people in major cities like Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung can communicate in at least basic English, but outside of these areas, body language is more important if Chinese is not your first language.

FOODS

We never hesitate to declare that Taiwan is a foodie paradise. Everything from gourmet delicacies to regional specialties, from exotic specialties to sophisticated snacks, may be found in one city, including one-night markets. Numerous foreign restaurants can be found in Taipei, including ones that serve regional food from Chinese regions like Sichuan, which is one of my favourites. Outside of Taipei, however, you will find various delicacies that vary by region and are highly sought after.

From day to night, a large selection of reasonably priced street cuisine is available.

SECURITY

The safety situation is something that we all take for granted, but it’s important to note when compared to most other nations because it’s flawless and totally safe to travel anyplace in Taiwan, especially on your own.
Not only from the perspective of a Taiwanese person, but also as attested to by numerous international acquaintances who have visited or resided in Taiwan.

Your backpack will remain on your motorbike even if you leave it there and come back.
Your scooter’s key will either remain in the same spot or, for added security, be replaced beneath your cushion if you forget to take it out.

It’s common practice to leave your bags and personal items at your seats when picking up your meal at Starbucks or any other restaurant.
Walking alone on the street at night is perfectly acceptable and safe; it’s a common occurrence.
Most of the time, you don’t have to worry about theft or robbery when you go out because those things don’t happen here.

INSURANCE

Every citizen is covered by a reliable medical insurance programme here. Although everyone must pay a monthly medical insurance premium, visiting a doctor is mostly covered and only costs 150 NTD (4.3 €).

DOWNSIDE of STAYING IN TAIWAN

Outside of Taipei and Kaohsiung, individuals hardly speak English, with the exception of the younger generation. Being able to communicate in basic Mandarin will be quite beneficial, as people here adore outsiders (because we live on an island).
They will be unexpectedly happy to talk to you, assist you, and treat you if you know a little bit of Chinese. If not, they will still be happy to help you and consider it an honour, but there may be some misunderstanding.

One major drawback if you’re seeking for work here is the limited amount of annual leave!
Here, you only get 7 days of paid leave for your first year of employment, in contrast to Spain, which offers 30 days each year. After two years, you will receive ten days, and after twenty-five years with the same employer, you will receive thirty days of yearly leave.
Therefore, whether employed by a foreign company or one with particularly superior welfare, the amount of paid holidays is just not impressive.

Although foreigners’ salaries tend to be higher than average, they may still be somewhat less than those in the United States and much of Europe.

In addition to what I mentioned at the outset, I want to emphasise efficiency here. however, that’s what I take out from the Spain comparison. We have a hustle and bustle lifestyle, perhaps influenced by Asian culture, and we finish tasks swiftly. It’s an island, not very large; in fact, you can get to Kaohsiung from Taipei in about two hours by high-speed train. However, HSR hasn’t made it to eastern Taiwan yet. It takes about four to five hours to get from Taipei to Taitung, the southern city in the eastern portion, on regular rapid train. Every city has a little distance between it and the natural world!

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