Sanne van Oosten
Even though Taiwan is officially part of the Republic of China, it is nothing like China. Taiwan has a completely different feel to it and that is manifested in a host of things you’ll see in Taiwan, but nowhere else.
Every single Taiwanese electricity box is decorated with landscapes and flowers
All trash in Taiwan needs to be disposed of in expensive pink garbage bags bought at any convenience store or supermarket. This way people have the incentive to reduce, reuse and recycle. Garbage can only be put out in the street within half an hour of designated times at which the garbage truck comes to pick it up. Are you hearing a song that sounds like an ice-cream truck in Taiwan? Chances are that it is actually a garbage truck letting everyone know it is in the neighborhood.
Nowhere else will you see so many breastfeeding rooms than in Taiwan, even at the Taipei subway!
Just in case you don’t want to walk into the men’s room to find out that all the stalls are taken. Thanks to this sign you know what you are up for.
At a dinner buffet. The Taiwanese take hygiene extremely seriously.
At all tourist sites in Taiwan you’ll see signs informing Chinese tourists of the things their government is not informing them of.
Taiwan is probably the best place for succulent fruit ever. Here’s just one example of the many delicious fruits of Taiwan: Buddha head.
On the side of the road poor women often sell little bunches of flowers as air freshners and they smell a lot better than any packaged air freshner you’ll ever come across.
No, this is not some traditional Chinese character printed on the asfalt. It’s a person on a scooter. Because Taiwan’s scooter drivers get front row seats at every traffic light.
In Taiwan they always get cute women to lure you into buying stuff. Beetle nuts, juice and here, Taiwan beer.
Books distributed to Chinese tourists on why Communism is evil
Every time you see a sideways halo in Taiwan, you know you can buy beetle nuts there.