I’ve already been in Taipei for about 2 months. Although life here doesn’t count as entirely care free, in comparison to my friends in Europe, life here is still fairly normal. On the disease prevention front, Taiwan leads the way. Taiwan has adopted a range of decisive measures . For example, they have banned foreigners from entering, obligated people who have travel history abroad or who have come into contact with carriers to isolate, carried out widespread virus testing and called on the people to maintain social distancing. Luckily, we are still able to enjoy Taipei life, for example by wandering through the job nightmarkets, visiting temples and going hiking.
In my opinion, night markets are an essential part of Taipei life. Taipei nightmarkets have all sorts of food. From fried chicken and congzhuabing (a bit like an omelette/ pancake, normally with something savoury inside) to Japanese style souffle pancakes and egg waffles, they have it all! My favourite is Raohe because it has lots of delicious, local favourites like the Fuzhou pepper buns. In my opinion, Raohe is heaven on earth! The vast majority of night markets are located next to temples. In Beijing, I went to lots of Daoist and Buddhist temples, but to me, there are lots of different things about architectural style of Taipei’s temples. This is because Beijing’s temples have been influenced by Mongolians and Manchus whilst the architectural style of Taipei’s temples is closer to that of coastal Southern China, especially Fujian.
I really like living in a place that is close to nature so life in Taipei suits me. Last week, a friend and I went to Yangmingshan National Park to hike. Although the weather was terrible with the wind so cold it pierced to the bone, after an hour the wind calmed down and the sun came out. The most unforgettable thing were the so called ‘avoid the cow bollards’. The park staff built these bollards to protect tourists vecahse there are unpredictable wild water buffalos indigenous to Yangmingshan.
Overall, life here is pretty good. On the weekdays I keep chipping away at learning Chinese whilst in the evenings and weekends I explore Taipei’s world renown nightmarkets and famous sights.