Taipei, the city of a million scooters


Taiwan has been an absolute blast so far, each and every day brings new delights, some impressive by their scale others others just from the kindness of ordinary folk.

We don’t speak Chinese, are often totally perplexed by signs, know next to nothing about the culture and yet have had some of the most pleasant experiences of our trip so far.

Until a few weeks ago the very idea of coming here was almost inconceivable, Jane suggested it as a possible solution to our (well mainly my) overheating problems, the flight was convenient and relatively inexpensive, the temperature pleasant and a quick Google was encouraging.

An inspired suggestion by Jane as it has transpired, any initial concerns we may have had about crowded, overpopulated cities, industrialisation and industrial pollution have not materialised as yet. All we have seen are busy, polite and well ordered people going about their business, not unduly bothering about us two, but at the same time, not leaving us looking lost and confused.

These buzzing folks, zipping about on their scooters (about half the population own one, I have never seen so many in my life) Clearly love their country and want visitors to leave with a good impression. To date they have collectively succeeded. When in future I see a label “made in Taiwan”  I shall remember that as well as manufacturing all kinds of goods, they also made two old backpackers very welcome.


Author: Mad Crochet Woman

Crochet, colour, braiding, macrame, jewellery - some of the things I'm currently loving and learning about, often inspired by travel. I also want to explore more about eco-friendly materials.

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