I just got back from Hong Kong, another crowded city chock-a-block with cars and buses and narrow streets. After wandering around downtown on a hot, muggy day, I wiped my sweat-drenched face with a pristine white hotel towel and found the towel was wet (of course) but still white (surprise!).
In Taipei, after just a stroll along the street, if I wipe my face with a towel, there’ll be a dirty smudge on the towel. And have you noticed how dirty the wash water gets washing clothes that only went to and from an office? Also, a thick, sticky dust builds up on everything in the apartment very quickly. Have you seen how much crud builds up on the blades and grate of a fan?
I find Taipei a very liveable city but what’s up with the air pollution?