A predominantly Chinese country that adores things Japanese – from someone with a Chinese descent who has fallen in love with the Japanese culture, this is definitely Taiwan’s charm.
Whether it’s walking into Ximending’s 西門町 contemporary shops or Jiufen’s 九份 novelty boutiques, there is a sense of hearing different Chinese dialects while seeing products similar to those in Japan. As the young store attendants speak clear Mandarin, older boutique owners have tongues of mixed Mandarin 普通話 putonghua and Fukienese 福建話 fujianhua. What they do have in common is the evident Japanese influence on their culture as seen in their interesting, quaint little goods and fanaticism with Doraemon ドラえもん, who earned the Chinese names 叮当猫 dingdongmao and 哆啦A夢 doula A meng.
Talk about culture, food tripping is a must in Taiwan 台灣. But before I even get started with the long endless list of delicious, don’t forget to take time to look around parks, bridges and nearby city mountains – where it’s best to feast your eyes on sceneries as you bite into that scrumptious piece of dumpling 餃子 jiaozi.