Taipei Culture Shock : 7 Things to Love or Hate (video)
Culture shock can vary in range, from extremely unpleasant to mind-blowing awesome. Each traveler has their own gauge of likes and dislikes in experiencing ‘cultural difference’. But overall, experiencing culture shock is what adds to the adventurous fun of travel.
7 things to love or hate about Taipei Culture Shock
1. Taiwanese and their dogs
You’ll find that a lot of dogs are dressed up in little street clothes. Sometimes they’re even pushed around in baby carriages. You could say that dogs are pretty much part of the Taiwanese family.
2. Taiwanese Restrooms
In Taipei, you’ll find two types of bathrooms — highly modern luxury toilets or ‘old school’ squat toilets. The good thing about the Taiwanese squat toilets is that they have this bar, which you can hold onto when you’re leaning back. If you don’t have good knees– which I know some of you have mentioned it in my other video-– this might be a lifesaver for you. Toilet paper. A lot of times they have toilet paper right next to it. That means you don’t have to remember to pick up the toilet paper on your way in.
3. Taiwanese, long lines & food
The thing that I’ve learned is the Taiwanese will wait in line for good food. So whenever you see a line wrapped around the corner at a restaurant or a food hawker. It generally tends to mean that the food is worth waiting for. And that is a local Michellin rating.
4. Public Charging Stations
You’ll find public charging stations in the metro. This is a charging station area for people who need to charge their phones or laptops. You bring your own charger, and they will provide plug outlets for you to plug in.
5. Taiwan and CCTV Safety
Taipei for the most part happens to be a pretty safe city is what I heard. Public places like the metro are pretty well surveillenced by CCTV.
6. Free Public WiFi
The beauty of Taiwan is that there’s a lot of free Wi-Fi in public places like metros, museums. The only catch is that you have to go to one of the tourist information offices (located at some metro stations) and kind of get your phone set up so you can receive a password. You’ll need to take your passport with you… and still, it might not work. What I’ve noticed is that sometimes, you either need to know the language or already have a Taiwanese SIM plan… which defeats the purpose of it being free wifi.
Should you get a Taiwanese SIM?
I wouldn’t waste my time getting one. After 5 days of my Taiwanese SIM not working (even though I had a Taiwanese local negotiate it for me), I finally got a signal. But I had only three days left on the SIM. However, I did get mine at a local shop vs from the airport.
7. Taiwanese & Escalator Etiquette
Like many places in Asia when you’re taking the escalator then the right hand side is where you just want to stay stationary. The left hand side is supposedly where you want to pass. Except for when someone clogs up…clogs that lane up.
What do you think about Taipei Culture Shock? Love or hate it?
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