GuyInTaiwan wrote:Feiren: The old chestnut of me living in Taidong. Grief. I lived in the north of Taiwan for 2.5 years and went out tons in Taipei. I know how this one works though. Even if I lived in Taipei, and had been living there for twenty years, the charge would be that I hadn't been to the right places.
As I remember it, you lived in Taoyuan for 2.5 years. Even if you came into Taipei every weekend, you still wouldn't know it the way a Taipei resident does. It's not a question of knowing the right places. It's a sense of the scope and what is available. It also depends on where you are in your Taiwan 'life'. For a number of years after I came to Taiwan, I was unwilling to go see live music because the quality was so much lower than what I was used to. But gradually I came to discover that there were good bands out there among a lot of dross and it was kind of a special and more friendly thing that it is in other places. Now the whole Taiwan music scene is exploding in terms of talent and scale so that it is almost unrecognizable in just a few short years.
You completely missed my point. Taipei doesn't have to be like Melbourne, but let's be honest here, when people think of international cities with lots of culture and activities, they don't think of Taipei.
Taipei is not an international city. That's where a lot of its interest comes from. Just because people don't think of Taipei for culture and activities doesn't not mean that Taipei doesn't have them. It just means that people are ignorant of an undiscovered gem.
Even if we narrow it down to Asian cities, they still don't think of Taipei. Most people don't even know where Taiwan is, and there's a reason for that. There's a reason that international acts all make Tokyo a stop over.
Yes, money and venues. Taipei simply doesn't have the fans with the $$$ to support international artists touring Japan. Before it didn't have any decent venues although now with the Wall and Legacy things have improved a lot.
There's a reason tourists go to Japan, China, Southeast Asia, but relatively no one comes here. It's precisely this reason that on the odd occasion when anyone famous from outside east Asia ever comes here, the media make such an enormous big deal about it.
Taiwan is becoming a major regional tourist destination. In my opinion, it's getting too successful.
Also, I mentioned Istanbul earlier. Istanbul is unique, and it's nothing like Melbourne. It's awesome though.
Bombay and Bangkok are two other good examples.
For what it's worth, you can't tear down a night market and "make" a live music scene. It doesn't work that way.
Not sure I follow that.
In any event, I stand by my point that there is a tremendous amount of night life and other activities in Taipei. Some of it is even pretty good. Anyone who is 'bored' in Taipei, really can only blame themselves.