Deuce Dropper wrote:it all depends how you like your turds, fried, grilled or baked. this island takes a nosedive with respect to quality of life for foreigners the minute you leave central Taipei. If you are going to live outside Taipei, go full nature, don't live in a city that is in every way crappier than Taipei, with none of the benefits of being at nature's doorstep.
Its either Taipei or the XiangXia Hinterland. The rest of Taiwan is just dust, signboards and warehouses.
*braces himself for the flaming*
After 7 years in Taipei and about 7 now in Taichung I know both places well.
Taichung is better for things important to me.
Nature's doorstep is close here, even within city limits, Nantou and high mountains a stone throw away, weather is soooo much better, life, rent, immovables all much cheaper. (according to my calculations I spent 150.000 less a year)
I have nightlife at home or with friends at their homes. Jobwise it's the same for me (universities) - heard the air is bad - never ever felt it myself. And did I mention that in Taipei in one month it rains as much as in Taichung in a year.
Lots of culture, exhibitions, concerts (even stuff like Lady Gaga), good museums, good places for kids, good concert hall (walking distance for me) and it's much closer to Kending than Taipei.
I thank my wife that she hates Taipei.