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Old 09-10-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Taiwan seems very well balanced in urban scenery, nature scenery, culture, lifestyle, and being peaceful.

Taiwan recently became more economically wealthy than Japan based on average annual income. Taiwan seems to have more of a Life-Work balance compared to Japan/South Korea, less competitive, and more relaxing while having the economic wealth at the same time.

There is more online articles to further describe the quality of life in Taiwan, and Taiwan ranking above Japan, South Korea, and even number 1 in Asia based on some measures: Asia News | South East Asia News | AsiaOne http://www.taiwaninsights.com/2011/0...y-way-of-life/ The 1st website link includes up to 11+ important characteristics of Life Satisfaction, Education, Environment, Community, Life-Work Balance, Civic Engagement, Health, Safety, Jobs, Income, Housing. The 2nd website link includes relevant quality of life statistics unique to Taiwan and corresponding well for Taiwan deserving more international recognition, appreciation, and respect.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Taiwan seems very well balanced in urban scenery, nature scenery, culture, lifestyle, and being peaceful.

Taiwan recently became more economically wealthy than Japan based on average annual income. Taiwan seems to have more of a Life-Work balance compared to Japan/South Korea, less competitive, and more relaxing while having the economic wealth at the same time.

There is more online articles to further describe the quality of life in Taiwan, and Taiwan ranking above Japan, South Korea, and even number 1 in Asia based on some measures: Asia News | South East Asia News | AsiaOne Taiwan takes pride in its quality of life | Taiwan Insights The 1st website link includes up to 11+ important characteristics of Life Satisfaction, Education, Environment, Community, Life-Work Balance, Civic Engagement, Health, Safety, Jobs, Income, Housing. The 2nd website link includes relevant quality of life statistics unique to Taiwan and corresponding well for Taiwan deserving more international recognition, appreciation, and respect.
I've lived there off and on, and I agree with the general idea of it. That being said, the life-work balance isn't actually all that great for most people--it's true that a lot of people have enough disposable income for a lot of material possessions, but the amount of time put into work for a lot of people there can be extreme. This also goes for the students who spend a huge amount of time in cram schools. The material wealth is also highly concentrated in Taipei specifically and on the chain of cities on the western seaboard in general.

Eslite is an awesome book store though. I can't think of many other places, even those that purport to be 24 hour cities, that have an amazing 24 hour bookstore. Good stuff.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I don't know what actually living there and working an office job or a typical job there is like, but I was quite impressed with what I saw on a 3 week visit, and what the article says does not surprise me. Taiwan feels definitely first world: it's relatively clean (although like in most Asian nations there are the grittier, earthier areas), people are civilised (especially compared to mainland China), the economy feels vital, the place feels alive and people take great pride in it. The people are generally welcoming of visitors, friendly and seem quite happy, especially compared to those in Hong Kong or Singapore. Taipei is an exciting, modern city, which still embraces tradition. It's also close to some really nice scenery. The thing about convenience stores is definitely spot on, even in the most 'remote' part of Taiwan you can usually find a 7-11 or a Family Mart. I also feel there is quite an emphasis on leisure and entertainment in Taiwan, with plenty of opportunities to get away from the hustle of the big city. It's also amazingly quick to get anywhere in the island with the high speed rail service which is both comparatively affordable (compared to Japan's), comfortable and reliable.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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That Taiwan has a higher GDP per capita than South Korea or Japan surprised me. I'm aware of a few Taiwanese companies like HTC, Asus and Acer, but aren't these mid-tier companies in their respective fields compared to the juggernauts like Sony, Toyota, Samsung and LG?
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:17 PM
 
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Taiwan's crime rate is higher than Japan's, Hong Kong's and Singapore's.
There is the betel nut phenomenon which is suprising. The traffic is like Mainland China or Vietnam.
Taiwanese's average income is still lower than Japan, HK and Singapore actually. Yes, Taiwan have more life-work balance. Taiwan is not super wealthy though.
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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People are some of the friendliest in Asia, less pretentious IMO than folks in HK or Shanghai. Taipei is still at a more "human scale" - not as overwhelming as cities such as Tokyo or Beijing. That's what makes it pleasant.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:57 PM
 
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The traffic is like Mainland China or Vietnam.
Vietnam wishes it had Taiwan traffic.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah traffic is much more organised than Vietnam.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:09 AM
 
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The summers are way too long.
I really prefer the climate near Yangtze River, as long as there is heating.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:58 AM
 
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The summers are way too long.
I really prefer the climate near Yangtze River, as long as there is heating.
At least there are mountains to escape too, I suppose.
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