Taiwan becoming an Asian oasis for expats

Published:  26 Oct at 6 PM
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Several recent global expat surveys have noted Taiwan is being rated highly for its provision of the good life in tranquil, verdant surroundings.

The island of Taiwan is a relative newcomer to the expat world, having formerly been a well-kept secret, but its prominence in two annual expat surveys has catapulted it into being referred to as the best place in the world for expats. Quintessentially Asian, but on a smaller scale than most other destinations, it’s no surprise that it’s being praised to the skies by resident foreigners.

Expats are changing their priorities as the world grows ever smaller due to mass transportation, with many now looking for less crowded, frantic locations. Those who know the island rate its simplicity of life and cleaner air in comparison to most other Asian destinations, and prefer the Taiwanese lifestyle as a result.

Work hard/play hard locations such as Hong Kong are losing their attraction due to high costs of living and recent cuts in relocation perks such as school fees and rental allowances. For example, rents in Hong Kong average 500 per cent more expensive than comparative properties in Taiwan.

Entrepreneurs and independent business owners are attracted to the island for its comfortable, if more modest, lifestyle as well as the friendliness of the Taiwanese people. Taipei’s quieter neighbourhoods feel safe, and are convenient as regards shopping and eating out, with expats having the option of blending in with the local community culture or finding like-minded souls in their own enclaves.

The number of Westerners settled in Taiwan is comparatively small at present when compared with Hong Kong, mainland China or cities such as Bangkok, but the island is well-known to foreign students wishing to learn Mandarin. All in all, for adventurous expatriates looking for something new and comforting, Taiwan is now the place.
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