I am a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I would not have stopped by Taiwan had it not been for my middle school best friend living there. In my (sort of) defense, I had a limited budget and time period before leaving Asia, so my travel list was on the short side.
Apart from my flight (Seoul –> Shanghai –> Taipei) with a 5 hour layover, I arrived at the airport with no problems. Taipei was easily navigable. The subway signs had English signs but there were plenty of friendly passerby who answered my questions when I somehow managed to get confused (I was tired!) – the subway stop I was looking for was right in front of our faces. Oops.
You can register for free city-wide wifi even prior to arrival, but you need a valid Taiwanese number, I believe. Luckily my friend registered for me so that I could contact her for emergencies as I was meeting up with her.
Taipei is such an interesting blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture. Walking down the main streets, I saw dozens of Korean beauty stores, Japanese restaurants, hints of Chinese architecture, and English signs. We went a bit crazy on the street snacks, dumplings, and boba. Mmm.
We took the high speed train down to Sun Moon lake. Although it was January, Taiwan was neither cold nor humid (as I’m told it normally is).
I am so happy I had a chance to check out Taiwan. If I had more time, I would’ve loved to stop by the adjacent islands- they are so beautiful!