Living a happy life in Taiwan
was the Taroko Gorge. There I felt the weakness of humans in comparison to nature. Yes, they managed to drill the rock and build a road, but we still cannot build houses and live there. And even the houses they build do not seem as powerful as the rock walls of Taroko Gorge. Skyscrapers in Taipei seem such gentle and fragile structures after visiting Taroko.
It is an amazing thing about Taiwan that half of it is cities, but half of it is such an amazing and untouched place of nature. I liked the natural half the most. There were many really beautiful places I visited, but Taroko and Taipingshan are the two most special ones I will remember when thinking about Taiwan.
By the way, Taipei 101 seems so lonely. Why don’t you build him a friend?
What I felt as soon as I arrived in Taiwan was the humid air. To someone who had lived in a dry climate for a long time, it felt that it was really good weather. I thought my skin would be naturally moisturized. Although the heavy rain and humid air of Taiwan could be considered disadvantages, I had a good first impression of Taiwan because of this.
I, who had suffered from the “hurry hurry” culture for 25 years in South Korea, could directly feel the leisurely culture of Taiwan. Taiwanese didn’t seem to feel testiness compared to Korean people who live a busy life to live up to society’s aspirations, comparing themselves to others. Of course, Taiwanese also try to enter good universities, have decent jobs, and succeed, but they don’t only focus on those matters. They think about what they want first and make an effort to live a happy life.
What made me surprised most was the existence of natives. To Korean people living in a single- race nation, the word “natives” sounds strange itself. I visited all kinds of places while living in Taiwan for two years, and the most memorable place was Lanyu Island. Natives were still living in Taiwan and conserving and developing their own culture.
Lanyu Island was like a beautiful scenery picture. So many beautiful landscapes overlapped endlessly, which made me totally stunned. I felt time going slower there than in Taipei. I felt that although living in Taipei was leisurely, it was still a city. I could experience another type of leisurely lifestyle on Lanyu Island. Sometimes, I hear many words that I cannot understand on the way. It’s not Mandarin. It seems like another language only used in Taiwan.
While living in Taiwan, there are many chances to learn some simple Taiwanese words. I am pleased to learn Taiwanese. When I speak Taiwanese to the friends that are Taiwanese native speakers, they are really friendlier. However, because the usage of Taiwanese is limited in Taiwan, Taiwanese might disappear gradually in the future. I think preserving and further developing the indigenous culture are quite important.
While I was living in Taiwan, Taiwanese culture was so fresh to me. One would consider it natural because I was a foreigner there, but it was more than expected. I thought it would be no big difference as it’s still in the same Asian region. But I’m sure that I was totally wrong. Although Taiwan is close to our country like Japan, it is definitely a different country.
If you would like to learn more about Taiwan’s delicious delicacies and top organizations’ newest innovations, today is your last chance to explore the Taipei International Food Show (Food Taipei, 台北國際食品展覽會). The grand exhibition unfolding at both the Nangang Exhibition Hall (南港展覽館) and Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC, 台北世界貿易中心) Exhibition Hall 1 is a chance to a taste diverse culture and good cuisine.
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