MADE IN TAIWAN IS NOW WELL-MADE IN TAIWAN!
In the late 1980s, Taipei was a sooty traffic jam barely giving way to a gritty, noisy industrial metropolis heaving with helmet-free scooters doubling as family mini-vans. Today, 23 million people riding 15 million scooters—now all wearing helmets—share the roads with 8 million 4-wheel vehicles…but it works. Rude driving and horn-honking are rare and the air is clear in what is now a dazzling, livable city. You might even see a scooter carrying a dog wearing her own helmet. As amazing as Singapore’s 1970’s turnaround, Taipei’s central planning rebirth makes it a great destination where shopping pedestrians enjoy a genuine right-of-way when crossing intersections. A once polluted river now has a tree-lined riverbank park with bicycle lanes. No food or drink is allowed on their vast, efficient, predictable and odorless subway network; this rule is enforced! And, there areas surrounding Taipei are also amazing. Taipei, Taiwan, and its neighboring regions have experienced an incredible revitalization — and you’ve got to check it out.
Ps, Taiwan is well positioned for a short (or long) stopover on your way to mainland China or Southeast Asia. You have options!
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Revitalized shrines, temples and colonial buildings mingle with dazzling skyscrapers that have repainted Taipei into a contemporary landscape. A transformation miracle reminiscent of New York City’s Times Square, this revolution also showcases Taipei’s green architecture. Welcome to Taiwan — you are going to enjoy these incredible tour of the Taipei and it’s wondrous, historic otherworlds!
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New Taiwan Dollar