Anyone been to Taiwan?

United States
June 2, 2012 10:29am CST
Taiwan is a place with so many memories for me! I am American but I lived in Taiwan for 10 months as an exchange student learning Chinese. I lived in the city of Kaohsiung but traveled around basically the whole island! I would totally recommend Taiwan as a travel destination!! The food is delicious and cheap and the people are so friendly. Public transportation is extremely convenient. To anyone else who has been, I would love to share some experiences! Or to anyone who is interested in Taiwan, feel free to ask questions and I can try to answer from my experiences! =)
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Jun 12
Have you met an aboriginal taiwanese? I want to know how to the Chinese Taiwanese people treat them. Do they still speak their language or do they speak Cantonese now just like most of the Taiwanese people. Have you tried eating the infamous Stinky tofu? I heard a lot of hype about that delicacy. I heard its very popular in Taiwan. What makes Taiwan different from China?
• United States
11 Jun 12
Yeah, I have met quite a few. Actually, nowadays there is a lot of interest in the aboriginal culture it seems. I have some aboriginal friends who speak their language (some I met traveling and some from school). However, some of them who live in bigger cities have better Mandarin or just don't speak it. Taiwanese people speak Mandarin and a majority can also speak Taiwanese Hokkien (mostly used by the older people, some of my young Taiwanese friends can't speak it). The public transportation speaks to you in four languages, haha (Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka - another Chinese dialect spoken by some Taiwanese, and English). I absolutely love stinky tofu, haha, actually I don't even think it is stinky, just delicious. =) As for differences from China.. (or maybe I should say the mainland..) I haven't traveled to the mainland before, but I really want to. There seemed to be quite a bit of resent for "China" in Taiwan. I know Taiwanese people have a lot more freedom because there are less government restrictions. For example, mainlanders can't freely browse the internet because many sites are blocked, including Facebook. Also, the Mandarin they speak in Taiwan sounds pretty different than the accents spoken across the mainland. Plus, in Taiwan they write with traditional Chinese characters as opposed to the simplified version.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Jun 12
so The Taiwanese uses an older form of writing while the Chinese are now using simplified form. that is interesting cos they were the younger country. That is nice that the aboriginals are fitting in and not discriminated. what does stinky tofu tasted like? I know a lot of people said its gross but I am curious and I would try one given an opportunity. oops sorry I thought they speak Cantonese.... i didnt know they speak Mandarin as well. Aside from the stinky tofu, what food I should look forward eating once I get there? I heard Korean actors and Japanese actors were able to crossover to Taiwan's entertainment industry. were there non Asian foreigners who are famous locally in taiwan?
• United States
27 Jun 12
Stinky tofu's taste is hard to describe. xD I get mine really spicy though. And non-vegetarian kinds generally have garlic. (Vegetarians in Taiwan do not eat garlic). The fruits in Taiwan are amazing, especially mango. I would recommend trying hot pot. Also, Taiwan has a lot of delicious food from other nearby Asian countries, like South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. I don't know any non-Asian foreigners famous there locally, just a lot of internationally. A lot of music artists come to Taiwan for concerts from other countries, both Asian and Western.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 12
I want to visit Taiwan and give it a try I've never been in there though I traveled in a lot of countries already in Asia. Ive been to Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia. But Ive never been in Taiwan. Imma give it a try Ill just wait for my term break then I will book a plane ticket right away. Thanks for the information by the way.,