Wish I had some better shots of the lanterns on fire... but there were tens of thousands crowding around the shoreline tonight.
wow that's pretty cool!
The ghost banquet the following night was also pretty cool...
so beautiful 😮
Does anybody here have experience buying medication in Taiwan? So far I've had no luck at pharmacies _or_ hospitals. One hospital had an alternative drug, which I'm considering. Would Taipei be better than, say, Kaohsiung? Should I wait it out until I'm there? Any help is appreciated! (the drug is Novorapid insulin FYI, the alternative is Actrapid)
Anybody have experience buying medicine in Taiwan? :disappointed:
So far, no luck (they don't have it, seemingly)
hello! Just arrived in Taipei, anyone willing to exchange some intelligence about nice places to work from? I'm in Biemen, near Taipei Main Station
Hello! Just arrived in Taipei! Can I join anyone to work from a cafe/coworking? Any recommendation on where to work from?
hello Taiwan! Anybody in Taipei these days? Would be fun to meet up and exchange some info, as I've just arrived in town.
That map is a bit old... But I update it now and then. Notch by the main station is a good place to work, I was just there the other day...
Big-time student vibe 😅 but you shouldn't feel shy to step outside for a snack.
bring your passport, you'll get a discount 😉 cc olqlvhqmun
why the passport gives me a discount?
China has recently restricted exit visas to individual Chinese nationals wishing to visit Taipei
recently China restricted exit visas for Chinese nationals wishing to visit Taiwan
the move is thought to be as an economic tool to pressure the Taiwanese government as well as avoid exposing independent tourists to Taiwanese democracy since soon next year there are elections
this coffee shop has a large message on their window saying they'll offer a discount to anyone showing up with a passport
it's more of a publicity stunt probably - anyway, Taiwan travel industry figure are mostly unaffected by lack of Chinese tourists
as far as I know there are still tour groups allowed in, those tend to be on pre approved itineraries and with a mainland or pro China tour guide
by the way xfobje I asked them on your behalf if they'd also accept CN nationals passport, at first they didn't understand what I was talking about, but then of course they said yes - in the end I think no one is really grabbing the offer, as a resident I wouldn't bother
you guys live here long term?
and speak mandarin?
Notch has the passport discount? I didn't notice... (BTW the prices there are already pretty cheap!)
I gave my map a little update earlier today, added a few and removed some noise.
I'm fairly long-term and speak/read a little Mandarin (and always learning more). I travel around but still prefer it here over other places.
Probably a long-shot, but is anyone else headed to Toucheng for the ghost grappling festival tomorrow? It starts at 11pm so you gotta be committed 😅 but I'm definitely checking it out.
been here for 3 years and no mandarin, save for taxi or restaurant use
fun thing I can sometimes exchange a couple of words in Japanese especially with elder Taiwanese. A cab driver the other day said something in Japanese to me as he couldn't think the words in English, and he froze when I replied lol.
Haha that is hilarious! Will keep it in mind when I visit Taiwan in January.
globrnkyrv where are you seeing that the industry figures are mostly "unaffected"
a huge portion of Taiwanese tourism is Chinese
Tldr Chinese individual tours are down, inbound tourism from just about everywhere else is up.
Things get weird when you start testimony daily spend per tourist from various locales tho
I can't find a better link
anyhow, I would argue that chinese bus / group tours are the scourge of Asian tourism a bit everywhere - their itineraries are designed to profit the same people, often mainland chinese or with ties to china
granted, the ban is for individual travel, a much better and welcome form of tourism
which is a shame really, the real victims are Chinese freedoms here, not so much Taiwan economy
Yeah I'm annoyed by this. A Chinese friend was planning to visit in October and won't be able to...
since I arrived here I can take credit for bringing two dozen tourists who probably wouldn't have come to TW 😄
ndpyeunhru I read that Chinese account for 1/3 of tourists
that seems fairly significant
in that link that was posted earlier, it's 28%
for an increasingly flailing economy, dips in things like tourism can be significant
I can't find a better link and have no time for this - there have been countless statistics showing that disengaging from over-reliance on Chinese tourism was a good thing and that tourists from other countries can make up for any loss. From a business perspective is also a no brainer if you put all your eggs in one basket, even without political intervention, a downturn in the economy of that market will bring down your business with it. Besides, who cares. If the Chinese government chokes the freedom of its people for political pettiness I don't see why one should be supportive of that just for the money. Looking for other revenue streams is the way to go and it's working. The mere fact that a government dictates who can go in and out and uses its own people as economical cannon fodder is repulsive.
I'm not advocating one should or shouldn't do anything. You have a monopoly on having made political statements regarding the policy in this conversation. All I did was inquire the source of your numbers, because I was interested - especially since the policy was just put in place earlier this month. Just because there are less Chinese tourists doesn't mean that magically other people want to come to Taiwan in their stead. Diversifying, in general, is of course a good thing - I'm not sure you need "countless statistics" to establish that, however, it's not as if Chinese are taking up precious tourist spots that people are clamoring over, so there seems to be some kind of fixed pie bias in play here. I'm not going too deep into the politics of it, as it's not appropriate for this channel, but you seem to be unaware of the millions of sanctions, tariffs, rules, travel restrictions (E.g. US to Cuba), monetary restrictions, trade restrictions, IP restrictions, etc that are par for course of literally every single nation on this earth. Perhaps you find them all equally repulsive, but such a restriction is far from unique.
This is silly. I explicitly stated I was neither justifying nor defending the policy. You're just clamoring now because you were making conclusory, unsubstantiated statements that have no factual basis, which does everyone a disservice. When someone takes offense at having to provide authority for a conclusory statement, it typically speaks to the value of the statement in the first place.
The ghost grappling festival in Yilan tonight was really impressive!
This mission is on foot + bus + train, only because I'm keeping it short. Normally I'd ship the bike ahead so I have more freedom of motion, but I'm trying to not take too much time off for fun stuff like this 😁
Hi all, heading to Taipei tomorrow. Anyone know what the best sim card/plan is to get? Looks like Emome has a 30 day unlimited plan, but it's supposed to be non-extendable and I'll be there for 50 days..
fnqqfpjknjkjxtvx Are you landing at a reasonable time? The big telecom counter outside of customs has the best deals in the country.
It's easy to find, prices will be closely matched between carriers, Taiwan Mobile or Chunghwa or whatever will probably be about the same (but I use TW Mobile). They'll have 60 day plans. I'm pretty sure.
siettcje landing at 10:30pm tonight, so hopefully they'll still be open. Thank you!
IIRC, TW Mobile is better because you can get 2x30 day plan (which will continue on same SIM), but Chunghwa you need to get two SIM cards or something slightly more cumbersome like that. I think they're the same price otherwise; in terms of speed both are good :)
In case anyone else has this question in the future, I arrived at the Chunghwa booth at a little after 11pm and they were still open and able to help.
Next question - does anyone have a dentist or dermatologist they recommend?
check out Taiwan Adventist Hospital
has English speaking doctors, you can book one at the website; they will take you in even if you don't have a resident card, cost is generally reasonable
as for other dentists outside hospital, can look up any clinic that has good rating 4*+ on Google Maps, and perhaps a FB page, to see if they can communicate in English