Date
30 May 2017
A less stressful pace of life and an affordable cost of living are often given by Hongkongers as key attractions of living in Taiwan. Photo: Xinhua
A less stressful pace of life and an affordable cost of living are often given by Hongkongers as key attractions of living in Taiwan. Photo: Xinhua

What’s nice about living in Taiwan

Two Hongkongers talk about the different reasons they like Taiwan so much.

Simon, 59, is a retired doctor and a huge cycling fan.

“Cycling is part of my life. I need to find a bicycle friendly place, and Taiwan is such a place,” he told the Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly.

Simon likes Taiwan so much he applied for residency last year.

He is not really planning to settle in Taiwan permanently, but with residency, life will be a lot easier if he wants to stay for a long period.

“To stay for over a month, you need to get a visa,” Simon said.

“You cannot use the banking system or public medical service if you are not a resident.

“Those are the conveniences that come with residency.” 

Chui, 27, is also applying for residency.

He studied in Kaohsiung in the south of the island and took a job there two years ago after graduating.

He has a local girlfriend, and most of his friends are in Kaohsiung.

Things are a lot cheaper there than in Hong Kong, and the pace of life is much more laid back.

Chui shares a flat with a friend. The monthly rent is only NT$3,000 (less than HK$750).

He could get a job in Hong Kong that pays 50 percent more than what he is making now, but Chui has no interest in that at all.

“The political situation in Hong Kong is quite chaotic,” he said.

“Life in Taiwan is very relaxed. Even the speed of lifts is slower.”

A minor hurdle for him is language.

“When my boss is nervous, he will talk to me in the local dialect, and then I have to double-check what exactly he means.”

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