Moving to Taipei
With a combination of global influences, history and modernity, expats moving to Taipei will find a city that proverbially never sleeps.
The pace is frenetic and change is constant. It is a metropolis that hums with the activity of millions of people living, working and entertaining themselves. All of this happens under the shadow of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and the defining image of the Taiwanese capital.
Expats working in Taipei do so at the economic centre of Taiwan. The city kept growing through the Asian financial crisis and came out relatively unscathed, driven by high-tech industries, manufacturing and an expanding services sector.
It is also at the heart of Taiwanese culture. From tasty fare at five-star hotels to xiaochi snacks served at street level, Taipei is a culinary wonderland. Its almost endless choices reflect the history of the city, combining the influences of indigenous tribes as well as Chinese and Japanese cuisine.
As the capital, it is also the most Westernised city in Taiwan, making it a little easier for Western expats to find the things they miss from home.
Despite its large population being concentrated in a small area, getting around in Taipei is easy. Expats will be able to navigate the city using the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) subway system and an abundance of yellow cabs. Scooters outnumber cars on the road and provide a convenient, popular and thrilling mode of transport.
Although it is densely urban, Taipei is close enough to the natural beauty of the Taiwanese countryside and beaches, contributing to the attractions of a city that offers expats prosperity and a high quality of life.