I arrived last Sunday (21st), and went and had a good look around.
These are my opinions, based on my Living in Beijing for 8 years
Taipei, reminds me of worst of both Hong Kong and Beijing, really overcrowed, nasty traffic, and a quick pace to genral life.
Why did nobody prepare me for the Grandprix of scooters in the early evening, boy, talk about taking your life in your hands crossing the road.
People, like Beijing , were really friendly, my Beijing accent did cause much amusement, in fact, the girl in the Hotel bar wanted to take me home to meet her mum. ( I had no time, and i’m not sure my wife would have approved)
I also thought that the general education of the people I met was much better, awareness of world events outside of China is unusual in even Beijing. But I sat and discussed the Middle east peace problem with a guy in the hotel lobby one night.
I got through the interview, and have been offered a job, I Hope to be back to start work in the middle of May, with my family following soon after.
But the biggest shock was that Irish bar attached to the Western Hotel (Shauns or O’malleys or something), I mean