The Taiwan Tourism Bureau decided to invite Japanese retired people to visit Taiwan as part of a Long Stay program, inviting them to stay not just for a few days or a week, but a good 3 month stay as tourists. The bureau had lots of media attention about this program last year when it got started and now this:
as seen on TV news today and in the papers as well, CHina Post has a good story today as does the Liberty Times (headline: LONG STAYS = NO STAY)…
Turns out that one Japanese couple HATED their stay, stayed only one month in Puli, quitting the program before the 3 month period was over, and telling reporters that:
Puli was full of garbage on the streets, air pollution from cars, dog shit everywhere, noisy neighbors, undrinkable tap water, no dish dryer in house, no clothes dryer in house, they hated Taiwan’s hospitality and good riddance, we’re going back to Japan.
I will post POST link:
chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/deta … 8521&GRP=B
So much for the ROC Tourism Bueau’s well thought out plans…
"Japanese couple pooh-pooh Puli"was the headline…
A Japanese couple, the first foreigners to stay in Puli on a Long Stay visa, yesterday cut their three month stay short and left after less than a month, full of complaints about the region.
The couple surnamed Nakamura, left after two weeks of stay in a Puli township, said there was nothing good about it, citing issues such as air pollution and water quality.
… the couple soon had a complete change of heart, bitterly criticized Puli and said they felt cheated.
They said there were too many motor exhaust fumes and the Taiwan government should be subsidizing a electric trams and trains. They also said there were too many dog droppings on the pavement, which could spread disease.
In addition, they complained their apartment was too humid and had no clothes dryer and plate dryer. They also said tap water was not suitable for drinking.
“This has not only insulted the ‘Yuanpao residences’. It has also insulted the people of Puli and even of Taiwan,” Mr Taiwan said.