Chinese visitors and tourists to
Taiwan (in millions) , Direct flights between Chn and TW
began at 2008, DPP (Green) in power from 2016
consumption (USD) daily of
pic.: source from TW gov., Apple Daily, Aug., 2019
BBC, UK, 7-31-2019: the number of Chinese tourists (in time) in
2015 is about 4.18 million, dropped to 2.7 million on 2018
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China remaining the top source of tourists to Taiwan is because, LA Times at 8-1-2019 said that (1) satisfying a curiosity, an important channel for knowing Taiwan (2) flights of no more than 2~3 hours (3) strong cultural and deep historic connection (4) religious, architectural and cultural similarities, the result of migration from China to Taiwan that began hundreds of years ago (5) take home new information from Taiwan’s newspapers, news websites and television channels, all free of censorship unlike on the mainland (6) stoking business. How about the current status of Taiwan's tourism industries? Liberty Times (10-31-2019): It's no fun traveling domestically, more Taiwanese would rather spend lots of money on traveling overseas. Apple Daily (8-3-2019) commented that in these years Taiwan's travel and tourism still rely on old low strategies like price-cutting competition, cut-throat competition, or even ripping-tourists-off frauds.... ; Apple Daily (8-10-2019 論壇) wrote the city view of Shi-Mun-Din(西門町, a major tourism site) of Taipei is messy, even worse than some cities of South-East Asia. United Daily (8-2-2019) said Taiwanese government's allowances given to citizens only cure the symptom not the disease, the budget should be used to improve tourism environment and to build up tourism body, e.g., facilities & infrastructure - we only have very little South-East Asian tourists friendly stuffs for them... UDN (8-23-2019), scholar criticized Taiwan tourism counts on slogans and small-eats of night markets, without a long-term plan.
World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel
and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows
Taiwan had the sub-region's largest
decline in competitiveness from 30th
down to 37th. In the overall
ranking list, Asian country
Japan got No.4, China
No.13, Hong Kong No.14, Korea No.16,
Singapore No.17, Malaysia No.29,
Thailand No.31, UAE No.33,
India No. 34,...
|category||Taiwan's rankings and/or score||comparison|
|prioritization of travel and tourism||No75||Singapore No.6 , Hong Kong No. 11|
|Natural & cultural resources||No.58 score 2.6||China No.1, score 6.0 , France No.2, 5.0, Spain No.3, 5.7, Japan No.7, 5.3, Indonesia No.18, Thailand No.21, Korea No.24, Vietnam No.26, Malaysia No.31, HK No.40, Philippines No.46, Sri Lanka No.52, Nepal No.56|
|Natural resources||No. 87||
Hong Kong No. 42, Singapore
|cultural resources & business travel||No. 36 score 2.6||China No1, score 7.0|
|price competitiveness||No. 78||China 5.7|
|Health & Hygiene||No.43, score 6||score worse than Korea, Japan, Mongolia|
|international openness||No. 60||only better than China, Mongolia|
|Safety & security||No. 26||human resource & labor market: Taiwan No.18|
ps: Compared to the report of 2017, Taiwan significantly tightened visa requirements (37th down to 119th), waning cultural resources and business travel (26th to 36th) and recalibrated figures showing a drastic reduction in protected areas (20th to 118th).
For full details : http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TTCR_2019.pdf
, Taiwan's most important indexes for promoting tourism, like "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) ranks world No.87, "Natural Resources" ranks No.55, "Environmental Sustainability" ranks No.75 (No.69 in 2015), "Price Competitiveness" ranks No. 46, "Hotel Price Index" ranks No. 89 (82 in 2015), Taiwan got "n/a" on China's strong indexes such as "World heritage natural sites" as well as "World heritage cultural sites" (world top 5). Taipei mayor Ko just mocked tourism of Hong Kong and Singapore, however, they are very ahead in "Business Environment" and "Ground & Port infrastructure" (world top 2), "Airport infrastructure" (world No.5 & 6 vs Taiwan no. 42 ), "Safety & security" ( No.5 and No.6 ) 。 Taiwan has excellent scores on "Mobile Network coverage", "ATM", etc, but those least likely are main attractiveness to international sightseers that Taiwan needs most. According to government statistics "visitor arrivals by purpose in 2016", only 7.61% foreigners came for business, conference, exhibition, most visitors (70.73%) are for pleasure, so we should not focus on WEF's overall score and ranking for Taiwan.World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017)
man-made disasters , Taiwan tourism's major problems include loopholes in law and regulation 、careless mistakes in administration or not-good-enough system of organization, other malpractices are traveling load-bearing capacity (旅遊承載能力)、road-traffic safety 、aviation safety 、road maintenance 、safety standard for tour bus 、Modified Automobiles/Fix-up tour bus、 … tragic accidents happening again and again open 亡羊補牢 never cease. A big gas-cylinder LPG-explosion in Fengjia (逢甲) night market (known as largest night-market business district in Taiwan) proved this again, the China Times (7-19-2017) lashed out all this sort of night-market districts across Taiwan have similar safety problem, enforcement officials even don't know which is more important - grass-roots or common-people' making money or public security. Food safety is another major issue, good-taste is not equal to safety, Taiwan's most famous Toxicology expert & professor Yin M.D. (殷宗海, U. London ) advised that "Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !major official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, People's Daily (8-4-2016 editorial ): <Chinese tourists not dare to visit Taiwan in the future without safety assurance> / Taiwan tour disasters are sort of
Taiwan has never reached top 30 in <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> in past years. Taiwanese media always reported one overall ranking based on all indexes, but, only about 7% of international visitors came Taiwan for business purpose (Liberty Times, official statistics, 9-5-2015), about 85% Chinese visited Taiwan for tourism (recreation, pleasure) purpose, so Taiwan needs to focus those tourism-related indexes in world reports. According to <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> , Taiwan's index "Prioritization of Travel & Tourism" was ranked world No.82, "Country Brand Strategy" was ranked world No. 125, the ranking of "Tourist service infrastructure" is No. 77, "Quality of Natural Environment" is No.75, "Environmental Sustainability" No.69, "Natural Resource" No.62, "Hotel Price Index" is world No. 82, "Travel and tourism industry development" is No. 53, "Airport Density" No.113, besides, "World heritage natural sites" and "World heritage cultural sites" both n/a are put in the last position. Will world tourists come for some Taiwan's high-score items, e.g., "quality of railroad" (world No.7), " internet users" (world No.24) ? Taiwan likely lack confidence in its travel sights and historic spots, a latest tourism advertisement (by John Wu & Kimura Takuya, costs USD 1.7 million, Sept.-Dec. 2015) being broadcasted in Japan targets small-eaters, instead of sightseers. Besides, World Economic Forum gave a high score to Taiwan's "HIV prevalence" (Taiwan dropped to No.59 in 2017's report), but WEF forgot Taiwan is notorious for HIV and AIDS Social Stigma issue, USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices (released at 6.26.2015) stated 60 percent of HIV carriers in Taiwan left their jobs due to coercion and bullying ( ). The United Nations (UNAIDS) concerns about AIDS patients' education human rights in Taiwan (July 2016). Years ago Taiwan banned, but communist China welcomed Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Referring to another global famous report, 2014/ score is below average perceptions in both the Status and Experience dimensions (indexes including "Value for money", "Range of attractions", "Resort & lodging options", "Would like to visit for a vacation", "Food"; "Historical points of interest", "Heritage", "art & culture", "Natural beauty", etc).
Some other Asian countries without rich
heritages (similar to Taiwan) reached
excellent achievements on tourism &
travel. On 2015's <Travel and tourism
Japan's ranking is world No.9
(Prime Minster Abe is building the
nation upon tourism strategy), Singapore No.11,
Hong Kong No.13, mainland China
No.17, on the list of 2011,
Singapore was ranked world No.10, Hong Kong
No.12, Australia No.
13, New Zealand No. 19, Japan No.22, Korea No. 32, Malaysia No.35.
United Daily News TV (8-23-2015, 8:00 pm, Taiwan) commented tourism is related to a country's living conditions, and analyzed many Taiwanese had trips to Japan because they love to experience high living environment (comments by SHU professor Chen J. Y.). But, UK's Economist Intelligence Unit ― "Liveability Cities" report (Aug. 2015) ranks Taipei world No.60 (Taipei's Tourism leader 簡余晏 8-20-2015 expressed the ranking will go up in next year, hopefully), Mercer's "Quality of Living" ranks Taipei world No. 83, and gives another city Tai-Chung world No.99, Monocle's "Quality of Life" top list includes no Taipei. The China Times reported (9-21-2015) air pollution ( PM10 : 41ug/m3 ) and environmental quality in Taiwan both were ranked almost the last position in OECD countries. () Taiwan university legitimate
Taiwan's tourism has been evaluated as non competitiveness, but surprisingly attracts huge number of tourists and money, Why ?
The Washington Post at 1-5-2018: (The Chinese government...) "encouraging Chinese tourism to this island". The China Times (中國時報, 7-14-2015) points out, increasing communist Chinese tourists led to Taiwan's fast growth on tourism. ( 這「反映出開放陸客的成果」。) In accordance with the Liberty Times(7-7-2015), the number of Chinese tourists is 90,000 in 2008, 540,000 in 2009, 3,330,000 in 2014 (ps: correct number should be : 3,987,152), besides, tourists from China's Hong Kong & Macau (1,375,770 persons) also help a lot. Is this part of communist China's widely-known political policy "Allowance of profits" to Taiwan("讓利"政策)?
◆ Alarm-bell sounds ?!
Some Taiwanese Legislators worried and criticized (7-7-2015) that Taiwan's tourism depending on red Chinese tourists may causes serious national security problems ―― They probably reminded of Japanese "tours for advice & information" ("參謀旅行") before having invaded China in WWII. The China Times (5-15-2017): Losing huge number of Chinese tourists resulted in closing many local businesses (hotels, travel agencies, tour bus companies, shopping stores ). CTI TV news(5-16-2017, 9:30am): Chinese tourists' amount of daily consumption is USD 120, other countries' average amount USD 48; However, The New York Times (5-18-2017): a declining number of Chinese tourists can be offset, to some extent, with visitors from other Asian markets. The United Daily (8-27-2016) editorial: The relationship between Taiwan and China falling back leads to a misery & cutting-throat situation of tourism industry, and soon will affect other related industries - hotel, aviation, restaurants and retails. The China Times(12-19-2016): Taiwan's tourism industry looks like a great boom, but tourism business refuted it " all are fake !", The number of Chinese tourists in time in 2016 decrease 700 thousands, and the number-range keeps dropping big, in average, Chinese tourists stay 7.5 days (around Taiwan), others 3.5 days (mostly in Taipei), Chinese spent USD227.58 per day (52% on shopping, far more than other nation's), only next to Japanese USD227.59. The United Daily (12-21-2015): Taiwan needs attractions - better cultural creativity, value-added elements. According to Central Bank of ROC, Taiwan's tourism balance fell from USD 0.11 billion (favorable balance in 2014/ Q2) down to USD 0.498 billion (unfavourable balance in 2015/ Q2) -ps4. Next TV (1-22-2016) : Chinese tourists with high consuming ability only go to China partnership businesses, Taiwan failed to earn their money and collect enough taxes, besides, China travel agencies owe tour fee up to several billions. Taiwan should worries and needs diversification of risk : attracting new tourists ― Korean, South-East Asian, Middle-Easterners, Westerners, instead of putting all eggs in one basket ― expecting more Chinese tourists.
It's a challenge ! official report found the number of American tourists is only 458,691, Euro. tourists even fewer - only 264,880 (UDN TV (8-23-2015): many westerners regard Taiwan as an electronics factory ... ) . The total number of Westerners is only 1/7 ~1/8 the number of Chinese tourists. Taiwan also failed to attract Asians/Easterners other than Japan (1,634,790 persons), even Taiwanese prefer traveling overseas, in last year, the number of tourists visiting Taiwan is 9.91 million, but Taiwanese went overseas is up to 11.84 million, foreign countries earned Taiwanese money 159.6 billion.
Why?? and what's the solution?
TVBS (7-14-2015, 9-15-2015 8:59pm) : scholars and officials advised cultural creativity cooperating with tourism, and enhancing soft power to promote Taiwan's tourism industry, according to UK based Monocle's global Soft Power Survey (2010/2011~2017), Taiwan's soft power even lost mainland China, and some other Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, UAE. Taiwanese government focused on political elections rather than cultural issues for years, soft power won't grow big overnight.
Unlike some tourism websites' beautified, glamor photo & words (ps 00), this non-profit site gives only true info. and unbiased critiques on Taiwan's tourism & travel. Some small countries' (Croatia, Hong Kong (14.16%), Jordan, Thailand(10.87%)) proportion of tourism income in GDP reached more than 10%, Malaysia, Singapore reached 7%~8% (ref. Liberty Times 10-22-2015, UDN TV 8-23-2015), certainly Taiwan needs forward thinking instead of focusing on "short-swing trading" & benefit, which may harm tourism industry, Taiwan requires accelerating the improvements of those weak elements mentioned in this web-site, so as to ignore the pressures (UDN, 2-25-2016: the number of tour-groups Chinese tourists may reduce 30%~60% daily) from China for political reasons.
United Daily, opinion, 12-30-2017 : Taiwan's foreign exchange earnings from tourism decreased 300 billion dollars. To promote tourism just in number of tourists, Taiwan's new mission “New Southbound Policy” gave up the national principle of mutual benefit and equity, led to illegal drug trafficking and neighbor countries' anger, and illegal collectivized-workings by foreign "visitors". Taiwan's advertisements only focus on "cheat eats" by using some widely-known stars. All these remind us a Chinese tourists slang "you will regret for your entire life if coming to Taiwan".
Woody Allen described New York as "beautiful women ...", in contrast, a money-oriented Taiwan can not build the country an elegant graceful "woman". To promote tourism, Taiwan probably need to use tourists' curiosity (works only once or at most twice), or to attract 'lower class' people, or still need China's "encouraging Chinese tourism" ― communist's political policy "Allowance of profits".
◆ Taiwanese health is much important than making tourism money, Taiwan adm. should put more efforts on food safety and pollution issues.
● Taiwan government's 2 solutions to save tourism
(1) "in depth" tour - just a slogan, equals to give up
the "patient" / UDN, opinion, 10-3-2017
(2) “New Southbound Policy” - equals no borders, cheap prostitutes and frauds from South-Eastern Asia countries
invaded and occupied sex market. /
CTN, headline, 10-17-2017.
UDN 10-20-2017: scholars advised:
markets is no longer
for eco-tourism. cheap-price or duty-free probably
can't save TW tourism.
tourists, Taiwan's foreign exchange earnings
The number of tourists to
Taipei attractions dropped sharply 2.7 million in upper yr.
|● Taiwan's poor creativity and culture can help its tourism industry as scholars advised ??|
● Pic. above-left: Taiwan's college paper, professor, and tourism leader both advised : “is absolute a value-added & critical element in Taiwan Tourism industry” (United Daily, 12-11-2015). Scholar comments that Taiwan needs attractions - better cultural creativity (The United Daily 12-21-2015). TVBS (7-14-2015, 9-15-2015) : scholars and official advised cooperating with tourism, and enhancing soft power to save Taiwan tourism. The China Times (9-20-2015) editorial : "Culture (ps: cultural creativity) is best element to establish a country brand". However, Taiwan's cultural creativity is poor. For instance, pic. left is the logo of Taiwan government, since 11-9-1993, next 3 are logo of Canadian Pacific Rail, since 1968 till out-of-flavour, so it's a cheap-copy suspect. Taiwan's official document states their logo "easy to identify and associate with Taiwan's brand ... a simple shape and modernized & internationalized, aesthetic design " ; but, exactly on the contrary, it's neither modernized, nor as aesthetical simple as CPR's logo...
Pic. above-right : Taiwan's another 2 official logos have similar problems
easy to be associated with world famous logos.
● Government took the lead to plagiarize, and ignored copy-rights, Taiwan becomes "an island of Plagiarism" / Liberty Times 4-6-2016.
◆ this sites' top rankings :
tests at 3-5-2018.
ps: upper 3 are ads.
Pic: This webpage was ranked No.1 on US Google
ps: below is Taiwan Travel Rules by Washington Post
International famous tourism &
Taiwan usually is not included on top ranking list of world travel and tourism rpt.
full rpt. pls. ref. to http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2015 TW overall index 32 in '15.
Economist Intelligence Unit - Global Most Livable Cities , '15
Taipei's livability score ranks No. 60 in 2015, No.61 in 2013 (Tokyo No.15 in '15, Australia Melbourne No.1)
5 elements to decide the rankings - Infrastructure (25%, Housing, Roads, Basic Utilities ), Heath Care (20%), Culture & Environment(20%), stability (25% - crimes & terrorism), Education (10%).
Mercer "Quality of Living" , 2015
Taipei's score was ranked No. 83, Tai-chung city No.99. The factors to decide include Economic environment, Political and social environment, Socio-cultural environment, Medical/health considerations, School and education level, Public services and transport, Recreation, Consumer goods, Housing, Natural environment.
World's best places to retire
in 2015, see
, which includes Asian countries like Malaysia, New Zealand, Thai, Phil,
Vietnam, but Taiwan is not included in there.
MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, '15
the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index reports the following cities as the top ten most popular destinations of tourism worldwide in 2015
1.London (18.82million tourists
5.Istanbul(12.56), 6.New York
9.Seoul(10.35), 10. Hong Kong
(8.66 million). Taipei
Times, 6-6-2015: Taipei
(6.55 million), an
increase of 2.5 percent from
6.38 million last year (2014).
2011-2012 rank /
According to 2009 ECA int'l "the Best Place to Reside"
About Taiwan's travel & tourism
1. Taiwanese food - restaurants in Taiwan
● World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows Taiwan ranking No.43, (score 6) in Health & Hygiene.
● Even Michelin 3 star winner Le Palais was found snacks containing Hydrogen peroxide (過氧化氫) and Benzoic acid (苯甲酸), besides, many tourism hotels / 5 star hotels were found food hygiene not up to standard, e.g., 5 star hotels used expired no-good ingredients, such as HsinChu and Taipei's Ambassador Hotel, The Grand Hotel, Regent Formosa, and so on, reported by CTV evening news, BCC , LTN (12-19-2019) https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/3014179 .
● Michelin Guide was released at 4-10-2019, Taiwanese cuisine was not valued very high, only 4 restaurants won 1 star each, 3 starred chefs are from Hong Kong (Canton) and Macau. The total number of stars and starred restaurants of Taiwan are much less than those of Shanghai, HK, Macao, and Singapore, in both 2019 and 2018. Furthermore, unlike those in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taiwan's night-market, street food failed to won any Michelin star.
● Michelin Guide Taipei was released at 3-14-2018, Taiwanese cuisine was not valued high, only 2 restaurants won 1 star each, European and Japanese dishes won most stars, 3 and 2 starred honors are belong to Chinese dishes and Japanese cuisine, 3 starred chefs are from Hong Kong and Macau. In contrast, Chinese cuisine earned most stars of Michelin Shanghai China, only four European tastes entered 1 ~ 2 starred list. In Michelin Hong Kong & Macao, most starred restaurants' signatures are Chinese cuisine and local specialty. The number of stars Taiwan obtained is much less than those of Shanghai, HK, Macao, and Singapore. Furthermore, unlike those in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taiwan's night-market street food failed to won any Michelin star. ● China Times - Want Weekly, No.185 (2017): To emergently save dying tourism, Taiwan government spent NT$90,000,000 (USD 3 millions) to invite <Michelin Guide> to Taiwan in 2018.
● According to "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" (2018) , Thailand Bangkok's Gaggan consecutively got in the first place, the number of Japanese restaurants selected is 11, Hong Kong & Macao 10, Thailand 9、Singapore 7, Korea and Taiwan both are 3, but Korea won the 11th grade, the best ever position that Taiwan got in this year is the 15th (RAW, 18th MUME, 47th Shoun Ryugin), China got the 8th position. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/asia-50-best-restaurants-2018/index.html
to The World's Best Restaurants (2017)
, Taiwan is not included in the list,
Thailand got No.7, Singapore No.14,
Japan 18th, HK 24th, Shanghai 41th.
In total, 5 Japanese , 4 Chinese, 3
Singapore, 2 Thailand, 1 Korean, 1 India
restaurant(s) entered top 100.
● According to CNN (2-29-2016) "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" , only two Taiwanese restaurants are selected (leMout Taichung (No.30) and Raw Taipei (No.46)), which was raked No. 9 in Asia, next to Singapore (10 restaurants selected )、Hong Kong(9)、Japan(8)、Thailand(4, but Gaggan got best award)、China(3)、Korea、India、Sri Lanka； China's 3 restaurants ranking No. 7,18, 28 respectively , higher than Taiwan's 。 (http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/29/foodanddrink/asia-best-restaurant-2016/index.html)
● According to The World's Best Restaurants (2016) , Taiwan is not included in the list (Italia Osteria Francescana got No.1, Spain El Celler de Can Roca No.2 ), 8 Asian restaurants are selected, including Japan Narisawa (No.8), H.K. Amber (No.20), Thail Gaggan (23), Singapore Andre (No. 32), Japan 龍吟 (31), Thai Nahm (37), China Shanghai's Ultraviolet by P.P. (42). / UDN 6-16-2016
● In UK's Economist Intelligence Unit - Global Food Security Index ( Sept., 2017), Taiwan is not included , China's score of 2017 is 63.7, ranks 45th among 113 nations ( Singapore 4, Japan 18, Korea 24, Ireland 1, US 2, UK 3,); In EIU, Taipei's "Food Security Index" ("1" means "Most Secure") is "42", same score as all other communist China's major cities, e.g., GuangZhou, TianJin, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai. Most-secure-food cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., all are Index "1", Paris Index is "3" , Zurich and Amsterdam index "5", Brussels "7". China's "Food Security Index" of 2016 is No. 42, some other top 40 Asian countries are Singapore No.3, Qatar No. 20, Japan No.22, Korea No. 28, UAE No. 30, Saudi Arabia No. 32, Malaysia No. 35, Thailand No. 51, Vietnam No. 57, world top 11 are USA, Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Nederland, France, Germany, Canada, UK, Sweden, NZ.The Economist (11-29-2014) analyzed Taiwanese black-heart foods caused ruling party " "The failure of Mr Ma’s government to prevent a series of food scandals has also upset many"。
According to official statistics (2012, paper by PingTung Univ. Science & Tech.), the major part of tourists consumption in 2011 is foods & drink (catering), which accounts for the proportion 0.63% of nation's GDP, about 2 times the consumption amount from tourists' shopping, recreation, tourism of arts & culture per year.
● Pic.left: Most 5 star hotel restaurants in Taiwan don't wash the vegetables, they just soak in water and cut them for cooking or eating ... 5 star "SOP" is this lousy, not to mention average restaurants... here advises people to minimize number of times for dining out in Taiwan / Jiang M.D. 江守山's book "食在安心", printed in Oct, 2014. ● ●
Intro. to Taiwanese restaurants:
Din Tai Fung
is a popular point for tourists (including Tom Cruise), and the best-known
ranking No.1 Taiwanese restaurant by
Guide> of 2012).
Din Tai Fung admitted at 5-9-2012 having
used Monosodium Glutamate
/ sodium glutamate (M.S.G.)
addictive in some foods there -
and they won't change this policy so as
to keep major cuisine (e.g., steamed
bun/bao (小籠包), chicken soup) delicious (according
to United Daily News 5.9.2013). They
don't want to enhance the flavor
by good materials, like red
jujube (red date "紅棗")
and Fructus Lycii (GouQuZi "枸杞"),
and United Daily News
(8-15-2015) "Horrible foods for
dining out": Taiwan's food (in
restaurants, cafeteria, etc)
problems include using MSG. Taiwan's
5 star restaurants like Sherwood
Hotel announced any chefs using
MSG will be fired.
According to int'l medical
studies, using Monosodium
Glutamate (MSG) is
controversial. (ref to "The
Dangers of MSG"
Some claimed it
may causes asthma, headache, even brain
Din Tai Fung was suspicious
of being involved in
Taiwanese food scandal, Apple Daily (蘋果日報)10-10-2014
reported that one Taiwanese Dept. of
Health found out Din Tai Fung imported some oil
products from King's Cook which bought lard oil (mixing animal
feed with cooking oil) from Ting Hsin Int'l. (
公司進貨，恐中鏢。) Din Tai Fung denied it.
● (3) Din Tai Fung admitted having usedThe China Times, ) reported professor Kuo H. J. 「國家級醜聞」) But Din Tai Fung still used the "scandalous" G.M. stuff for 2+ years after the news being spread island-wide.
DinTaiFung in USA
Nearly Shut Down for
Unsatisfactory Health Inspection...The
Brand Personality ?
According to 2 US local news
Din Tai Fung (
WA, USA )
failed to pass
(violating cooling procedures,
handwashing, and having valid
permits and operating
procedures, among other items)
and garnered 85 critical food
Din Tai Fung (
3 times ... (China Times,
Fung's Hong Kong branches were
just eliminated their Michelin
one star title at Oct. 31, 2014,
Din Tai Fung USA website
has also been advertising
a similar one in its front-page.
(tests till present at
★ Apple Daily, 9-22-2016: Din Tai Fung did not get any star in Michelin Shanghai (not in HK, Taipei as well)
★ Taiwan prosecutor charged Din Tai Fung for violating copyrights law / UDN 4-12-2018, https://udn.com/news/story/11315/3081736
TVBS (Taiwan) 2-10-2018: experts
expressed their concern or scares of eating Basa
fish imported from Vietnam.
Some international experts like
Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise doesn't
recommend consumers buy Basa,
some states of the US even
banned Basa, for using illegal
antibiotics, questioning polluted Mekong
river and the practices used to
farm Basa, those factors.
Weird !! the deep fried fish in
world well-known Grand Hotel Taipei buffet restaurant has no any remarks
kitchen said it's snapper (鯛魚),
then John Dory, eventually said Taiwan is very "good" at this, so he does
not know what it exactly is.
◆ pic. right: CTS (華視新聞) 4-27-2017(news.cts.com.tw/cts/life/201704/201704271863633.html#.Wv6-Rjoh2Uk) reported Dory in Taiwan are fake! For details pls ref to the CTS website as above.
◆ World famous 5 star hotel hides fish name, and which is sea fish or fresh-water fish ?
quora (2015) had some discussions about "why don't westerners eat river fish?".Independent UK 1-11-2015: Chemicals in fresh water fish put health at risk - according to a new report, they may be putting their health at risk... Singapore's foodie TV program < Cook Eat China > likes to ask chef the fish name before they try. Medical book <you can conquer cancer> (target readers include patients and healthy people)advised to know what-about before eating fish or seafood ......
◆ pic. left: World famous hotel Shangri La's in Taipei at 5-18-2018: upon my question, the kitchen man answered it's Dory fish ("多利魚")，but had no idea about sea fish or fresh water fish (rivers, lakes, etc). Taiwan's CTS TV news (華視新聞) at 4-27-2017 reported (news.cts.com.tw/cts/life/201704/201704271863633.html#.Wv6-Rjoh2Uk): all Dory fishes in Taiwan were fake, foodie gourmets have been fooling for a long times ! Dory then were renamed as Basa― a fresh-water fish farmed in Vietnam, S.E. Asia 。
Real John Dory is also named as Cat Fish, the author had many in Florida's buffet restaurant (even "none star" restaurant marked fish name ), however, in Taiwan's "5 star" hotel can only eat fake Dory ???
◆ pic. right: Another world famous 5 star hotel (headqtr in USA) in Taiwan alsohide the fish name (5-17-2018)。
pic. : Expert in TVBS
(2-14-2018) advised that
pic. : Expert in TVBS
(2-14-2018) advised that
eat it SOON !! sushi / raw fish slices
United Daily (聯合報) 6-10-2017:
Gov. urged eating raw fish as SOON
as possible !!
12 minutes after those raw fish
slices left cold-storage
the number of Vibrio
keeps growing double every 20
◆ Shangri La's Hotel in Taipei Taiwan (6F, 8-28-2018) expressed, their raw fish slices leaving cold-storage will display on serving plates for 45 minutes for customer's taking. All their raw seafood (Tuna, Swordfish, Great Amberjack(紅魽), etc) came from DonGun(東港), Taiwan.
Sheraton (9-12-2018) said they
don't set time limit to display
raw fish slices because of a
cold generator being installed below
(used ices before).
I have not check if the
temperature is good enough.
◆Taiwanese gov. (食藥署) reminded eating raw fish slices without being kept in low temperature is easy to get stomach ache、diarrhea, etc
◆ A scholar in Liberty times (9-5-2018) suggested taking raw Cobia and Tuna, which are more expensive than raw Salmon. Sheraton chef said (9-12-2018) Cobia is more expensive than Tuna and Salmon. Most 5 star hotels' salmon were imported from N. Europe. A top M.D. of NTUH told me European raw fishes are better than those from Taiwan ocean (can't rule out pollution problem).
Famous 5 star hotel buffet's
did not have any sign,
upon my req., they answered it's not GM-free soybean, therefore, some sign must
◆ left: Grand Hotel Taipei used GM beans, photo 6-8-2018
Braised Bean Curd with Crab Powder tastes good, but got no answer if they used G.M.(genetic modified) , GM was called as "national scandal", The China Times, 3-29-2013.
pic. left: a flying insect was
caught by me
◆ 東森新聞(EBC TV news), 12-27-2017
Customers saw a fly (「果蠅」)
Fix the color by DEADLY CO. ― sushi / raw fish slices
◆ pic. left:
in a 5 star hotel (9-12-2018)
Raw Tuna fish slices - how
do you choose
for 100% safety
No too beautiful-colored ones ! No dark brown (tan) ones !
◆ University studies (高雄海科大) found that 80% of raw fishes (Cobia, Tuna, Sword-Fish, Tilapia 鯛) in Taiwan market were stained―― business men pump CO. (carbon monoxide) into those fishes in an enclosed space for beautiful or bright color look / CTS TV news, 2-20-'06
◆ Fishes adding CO is illegal in Europe, Korea, Singapore, etc, because of possible food-poisoning, or even causing Sepsis to die / Epoch Times, 2-20-'06
◆TVBS 8-15-2018: M.D.江守山 commented Taiwanese government ignoring pumping CO into fishes which is illegal in Taiwan (法律禁止 政府未執法) , therefore Taiwanese have risk of eating slough and some unknown consequences. Some other business people used chemical addictives (e.g., 檸檬酸鈉) to keep raw-fish's color unchanged. Red meat fishes after being frozen are still "bright red" colour might be "processed" meat. (ref. to 《食在安心》book by 江守山)
◆ ETtoday News : Cutting red-meat fishes like Tuna to slices made its Myoglobin (「肌紅蛋白」)，iron having oxidized and its meat becoming tan or brown in color. Brownish-red colored meat can indicate spoilage. Taiwanese gov. advised that people should avoid eating those brown colored, or drying out, or no longer elastic fish meat, which were cut long time ago. Eating cooked fish is perfect safe.(health.ettoday.net/news/1017291)
◆ United Daily News (聯合報元氣網) , 9-23-2014:blackfin (blue-fin) tuna toro belly meat should be fresh and red, ruddy, rich oily (油脂豐富), Those darker or red with black tone in color are not fresh ones (暗紅色或偏黑), but carbon monoxide processed fish are beautiful pink colored, and unchanged all the time.
◆ 三立新聞 (3-6-2018 , SET TV news): Fresh raw fish meat are red, ruddy or rosy in color (紅潤)、no fishy smell 、 elastic or bit chewy (彈性) (https://www.setn.com/News.aspx?NewsID=354695)
◆ Daily Mail, UK reported an American guy having raw Salmon almost every day had a 167 cm parasite in his stomach.
◆ 今周刊(1-19-2018): The best way to avoid parasites and bacteria, e.g., Listeria monocytogenes or Vibrio parahaemolyticus , is eating cooked fish.(www.businesstoday.com.tw/article/category/80731/post/201801190019)
pic. : TVBS news of Taiwan - color was fixed in 3 seconds, harming our health
pic. ( left side ) :
Tuna before and after being illegally treated with CO.
pic.: Media of UK reported sushi raw fishes are being treated with 'DEADLY' CO (carbon monoxide) to fix the color of the flesh (ref to May 2018 https://www.auliving.com.au/zh-tw/201805/91186.html)
◆ Almost all 5 star hotel buffet restaurants served farmed Salmon, instead of wild Salmon (expensive, in very orange colored, have not or have little oil stripping).
wild Salmon are orange in color, because they eat shrimps and crabs containing carotenoid, farmed Salmon suppose are gray, because business won't feed them with shrimps which are more expensive than Salmon itself.
However, many dye Salmon by canthaxanthin (斑蝥黃素) to be bright orange in color, eating many those Salmon hurts your liver.
◆ In 5 star hotels in Europe etc, you might see fresh nature "black-headed" shrimps, some Taiwanese business men used chemical addictive (「蝦鮮」保鮮劑，亞現酸鈉plus聚合磷酸鈉) to modify that unpopular black color, eating too many those shrimps might cause allergy、asthma those problems ... ref. to 《食在安心》book by 江守山MD
◆ Lots of seafood problems / Epoch Times (大紀元, 3-14-2017):Okura Prestige Tpe (大倉久和, a 5 star hotel) sold expired frozen shrimps, molded taro (vegetable 芋) etc; SETN news ( 三立新聞 5-16-2016): Some 5 star hotels in northern Taiwan sold black-hearted expired seafoods ; LTN (5-17-2016): 5 star hotels Ambassador and Howard (國賓、福華) clarified this news; Apple Daily (蘋果日報 6-7-2016): Sheraton (喜來登) 's white shrimps contained bleaching agent (漂白劑)，4 times higher than the legal standard，Ranina (Spanner crabs 旭蟹) contained heavy medal Cadmium poisoning (重金屬镉, once entered, never leave your body) 14% higher than the standard...
Not a civilized country
2019, Taiwan High Court Prosecutor Office's chief prosecutor conclusion of a criminal
suit case has shown :
(1) ignorance of two eye-witnesses testimony-documents ( to prove a 5 star hotel restaurant chef did sniff again and again at customers) given in presence of police officials in police station.
(2) ignorance of some phrases to humiliate dining customers (e.g., "the exit is there ! the toilet is out there !!" ) 'shouted' by a 5 star hotel restaurant staff ...
Therefore, the site can conclude that Taiwan is not a foodie-friendly environment or tourists-friendly country, or even not a very civilized country - compared with American's restaurant rules - ref. to Forbes, 9-3-2012, New York Times, 10-29-2009.
◆ Restaurant servers of some 5 star hotels in Taiwan, repeatedly sniffed at customers (excuse or 'reason' is getting cold)、took back used plates by "dragging over the table" and making noises 、gossiped with low class phrase or slang ......
◆ Apple Daily (蘋果日報), 10-7-2018: customers - servers inequality (平等尊重) in Taiwan's restaurants?..... customers don't respect restaurant service. (顧客不尊重餐廳服務)
|pic.: 民視 Formosa TV , 2-19-2018: Many hotel buffets had bad records of using bad food materials or ingredients before, even now, some kind of official certified marks may not be a food-safety assurance in the near future.|
Beaviss : dummy ! there's no poison, addictives, MSG, lard oil, gutter
oil, etc being added in these Chinese heritage arts - pork stone and cabbage jade
a creativity by Z. Zu
pic. below: former US president Bush was
in Taiwan's restaurant - Beijing Do It True;
restaurant said Bush had their dishes
Beijing roast duck, the best duck is Celestial(天廚)restaurant's
Snake Alley, HuaXi street's special
― snake (Cobra, etc) soup (a bowl
for USD 5 ), snake gall, snake blood
◆ 2. World best restaurants (2013-2017) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World's_50_Best_Restaurants http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/
On 2015's top 50 list, Japan is No. 8, on 2013's list, 、 、 、 、 、 、 、 、 、
3. According to New York Times
(12-12-2015), French La Liste's top 10 best restaurants include 3
Asian restaurants, but no any Taiwanese restaurant was included, the
Liberty Times (12-13-2015) mentioned no Taiwan's restaurants included in
top 1000 list.
◆ 4. Miele Guide (2012) : No any Taiwanese restaurant is included in top 20 Asian restaurants list.
Taiwan's restaurants intro. by world
reports pls. ref. to the table at end of
Taiwanese foods we can't live
without" - ranking No.1
NT50 for Large-sized , NT30 Small-sized. But, pls. note no braised egg (NT10) in CNN website's pic. (8-4-2015) is included
in the pork rice, besides, according to United Daily (4-30-2011, 6-5-2014), braised pork rice was selected as one of 10 unhealthy, dangerous Taiwanese foods in night market (see tbl. ), however this never affects a long queue at front of Gin-Fon restaurant.
40 Taiwanese foods that we can't
live without, the picture above
is No.2 food
mayor Ko: Our night markets and markets are too dirty ! United Daily
1-20-2020: Ko wants them to be cleaner, and the food safety standard should be
◎ Liberty Times (自由時報) 1-6-2019 : Taipei City Hall's "Model Night Markets" project, aims at " Japanese tourists are willing to sit down to eat "，however, quite many stalls of Nin-Xia night market, an used to be highly cooperative tourists site, opposed, in that elevating the hygienic level and class increases their running costs (new tables & seats, tableware, etc)， and might loses their characteristics, and human touch ...
◎ Michelin Guide Taipei announced at 4-10-2019 starred restaurants of Taipei Taiwan. Unlike other Asian street food stalls earning some Michelin stars (e.g., Singapore's Liao Fan soya sauce chicken rice & noodle, Hong Kong's Mammy Pancake and Thailand Bangkok's Jay Fai's wok-fired dishes), there's no any Taiwanese local specialty (night market cheap eats, street food) won any starred title. Furthermore, even Michelin 3 star winner Le Palais Hotel was found snacks containing Hydrogen peroxide (過氧化氫) and Benzoic acid (苯甲酸), many tourism hotels / 5 star hotels were found food hygiene not up to standard, e.g., 5 star hotels used expired no-good ingredients, such as HsinChu and Taipei's Ambassador Hotel, The Grand Hotel, Regent Formosa, and so on, reported by CTV evening news, BCC , LTN (12-19-2019) https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/3014179 , therefore it's within reason for us to suspect food-safety of night market's cheap eats.
The China Times (5-26-2015), a critique in media commentary<掉漆的文創> mentioned :"Something we should pay attention to is, a Hong Kong poll on the net selected Taiwan as the most disappointed point of interest or attraction on this planet ― Taiwan's night market is the only place being worthy of visiting
Discovery (USA) called oyster omelette as
"Taiwanese Viagra". Oyster omelet is best dish
/ most typical snack in Taiwan.
ShiLin night market's "Grandmom's family" (「阿婆之家」) oyster omelet was one of 2 stores earliest-selling oyster omelets in Taiwan.
"Loyalty" / "Zhong Cheng" (「忠誠號」) is another most famous Taiwanese oyster omelette in ShiLin night market.
|Discovery (USA) visited and introduced "The Circle Side" ("圓環邊") oyster omelet (46 Nin-Xia Rd. Taipei).||
CNN (July 24, 2015) ranked "Lai Ji" oyster omelet as No.3 among "40 Taiwanese
foods we can't live without" .
Liberty Times (9-18-2015 Weekender):
used soaking in
phosphatic water to enlarger
oysters, formaldehyde (HCHO)
oysters expiration, borax(硼砂)
to whiten (or avoid dark / black
oysters ... better select shops
But, this web-site comments:
3. Taiwanese food - all you can eat buffet
Although world media always introduced Taiwan's "small eat", Taiwanese also love "big eat" ―― There's a widely-known slang in here: Taiwan has 3 "worth-the-value" stuffs: health insurance, labor insurance, and all you can eat buffet.(台灣有三"寶"，健保、勞保、吃到飽) The United Daily (1-10-2016): Taiwanese best-love restaurant is all you can eat buffet... We still must under no circumstances take food safety issue lightly.
This site's article, Taiwan's 5 star hotel - all you can eat buffet , has been ranking world top on US Bing, google and yahoo for years, pls. click for full text.
● 5 star hotel scandals - ◆Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital's physician Jiang So-San M.D. ◆ ◆◆ ◆ ◆◆◆ ◆ United Daily, 11-26-2017: Only 2 pieces of Japanese sashimi (raw fish) slice ( e.g., Tuna, Swordfish) exceeds safety standard, because those kind of large-size deep sea fishes in Taiwan contain "甲基汞" (CH3Hg, heavy-metal material, methyl mercury intoxication)◆ CTV 5-8-2018 19:23 reported that some restaurants or business may add something non-nature to farmed salmon's feed for better look (orange color) ◆ TVBS 12-12-2013: Nitrite，NO2− ( '亚硝酸盐' may cause cancer ) may be applied to raw tuna for bright red color look - ref to https://news.tvbs.com.tw/life/513840
● Cheaper/economic-price buffet restaurants are everywhere too, but "Eastern Broadcasting Co., Ltd.，EBC (東森) TV" evening news (11-30-2015, 8:42pm): having those fake / restructured / glued meat (beef, pork, mutton, seafood: abalone, calamari, etc) is easy to get food poisoning.
5 star hotel all you can eat buffet in Taiwan
5 star hotel
Hi-Lai Harbour Taipei
|Howard(福華)1F, 4F, 2F||
|Grand Taipei (圓山飯店)||Le Meridien, (艾美)||Shangri-La's(香格里拉遠東)||Regent Taipei|
all you can eat buffet
Beijing duck, US strip sirloin, braised US beef in red wine sauce, pan-fried salmon dill cream sauce, sweet sour pork vegetables w dried scallop, braised mushroom, wok fried prawn soy sauce stewed sea bass, pan fried Radish cake XO sauce,US beef Bolognaise Lasagna), deep fried dim sum, Thai seafood fried rice w pineapple, crab sweet corn soup, clam chowder, wined chicken. seafood bar: snow crab, brown crab, mussel, sea shell, mussel, shrimp, etc
Sat. and Sun. 'semi' all-you-can-eat buffet feast serves various red crabs (12-1-2018 data)
seafood bar added: scallops, ,mussel,catfish,whelks, ... hot dish: wok fried lily asparagus shrimps...
Western signature dish: roasted US beef rib eye chimichurri (weekdays), Sirloin steak (weekends);
Western: sauteed pork knuckle green pepper, Caribbean grilled fish, char grull lamb chop rosemarry, pork piccata,
5-6 kinds Japanese raw fish, sea whelks, crab, shrimp, a-bu-ri-su-shi ;
Chinese main: made to order mutton
soup (weekdays), made to order seafood
(fish, shell, squid or tiny oyster
8 Häagen-Dazs, blue cheese, cheese cake, kiwi, orange juice
hot dishes same, add clam chowder soup, fruits add kiwi and small apple2-22-2019: updated hot dish: soak rice with abalone、braised crabs w wine sauce、 grilled salmon w sea salt 、braised fish vegetable Turmeric、beer stewed pork、roast chicken w Truffles, nuts、pork spare rib w salt pepper、stir-fried pork w black pepper、rose ginger marinated chicken、
5-6 raw fish slices : salmon, cobia, snapper, swordfish, etc (no tuna 11-13-'18);
seafood bar : shrimp, small crab、、mussels , squid;
NZ Natural ice cream 6 items,Haagen-Dazs 4 items;
12-10-2018 updated /
Hot dishes:soak rice with abalone..., ox-tongue garlic butter, grilled salmon w sea salt, spicy spare-ribs pork, stir fried beef w water bamboo, green onion, grilled pork w herb, crab & onion w curry, braised pork w sweet sour sauce, roast beef ...
11-13-2018 data / hot dishes: braised pork rib w sweet olive, fried crab w egg yolk, stir fried vegetable, chicken w chili, stewed fish (basa) w SiChun(四川) sauce or steamed fresh-water fish w lemon, wok fried squid w celery, grilled salmon w sea salt ...
updated 3-13-2019:11 different sashimi, but raw fish about 7 :salmon、swordfish, tuna、snapper, sand barracuda、Aishin、cuttlefish; attractions:
spanner crabs and crabs; mussels (
黑貽貝與孔雀), beef a-bu-ri-su-shi(握壽司),assembled abalone(貴妃鮑)
hot: Kung Pao frog legs, Si-Chuan spicy prawn, Xi-Lin sausage, beef soup, Beijing roast duck, 滷大腸、BBQ chicken thigh, steamed sparerib w Fermented black beans, steamed crab shiao-Mai(蟹黃燒賣)、Fried shrimps ball, Thai green curry w duck, seared scallop, German pork knuckle, US roast beef, smoked salmon fried rice, abalone soup, stir-fried cuttlefish w snap bean,Japan deep fried shrimp;
8 items Häagen-Dazs icecream.sorbet,
lots dissert, home-made yogurt
(東森/靖天育樂TV) 5-4-2018 3:00pm :
different kinds of Japanese raw fish slices,
EBC (東森/靖天育樂TV) 5-4-2018 3:00pm :
Hi-Lai serves 10 different kinds of Japanese raw fish slices,
Middle-east Blue Crab (奶油蒜香中東花蟹)、
Thai style spicy pepper Pacific White shrimps(泰式辛辣胡椒藍鑽蝦)
French style shoulder mutton(法式羊肩排)、
Sushi( Japan's beef a-bu-ri-su-shi和牛握壽司)、
different items of raw fish slices
Dolphin fish (鬼頭刀), Nagao Coast
snapper(雞紅鯛), Bonito (鰹), from
Germany cuisine festival ~ 10-21-2018 (德國美食節 ― 包括德國豬腳, 烤蜂蜜帶皮火腿, etc)
lunch, mainly, serves South-East Asian (Thai, Malaysia) cuisine, all are cooked foods, no raw fish sushi those cuisine, dinner adds shrimps (L) and duck, etc
afternoon tea buffet:
South-East Asian (Thai, Malaysia) cuisine,
cold seafood bar : shrimps, crabs, etc,
hot dishes : Malaysia spicy assorted seafood, Thai style steamed fish, fried mussels, Singapore fried rice-noodle, vegetables, HK style disserts (4 different kinds);
small sweet cake/dissert should be taken by working staff, not allowed to take freely.
Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
4th floor is American style buffet, dinner's main are oven ribeye steak, baked scallops, shrimps (明蝦), 3kinds of raw fishes (price about : mon~thur 950, 1050; 1050, 1150, from 2019)
2nd floor offers semi-buffet or economic buffet
items of raw fish slices : : Tuna、Cobia、Salmon、竹莢魚or
swordfish，all are fresh cut upon
req. (it's fresh cut, but not too "free"
deep fried shrimp, and
、deep fried 4-season beans (四季豆)、corn flour (玉米粉);
Häagen-Dazs and Cold Stoneice cream, 8 flavors each brand
4 different kinds
(afternoon tea usually 2~3 kinds) of raw fish slices (生魚片) : BigHead Carp (鰱魚?),
Cobia(海儷), Swordfish(旗魚) and Great Amberjack(紅魽);
lunch and dinner attractions: N.Z. roast beef，all-u-can-drink beer(生啤酒)，seafood include shrimps and crabs, hot dishes usually varies day by day
various hot dishes(蘿蔔絲餅(Crispy pasrty with silky turnip ) 、 燴香菇(braised mushroom)、 海鮮小干貝(braised small scallops), etc), more items than those in Sheraton's afternoon tea buffet ;
But, LTN (自由時報)10-13-2018
gave bad score to their buffet - see
raw fish slices3~4 items;
emperor crabs soup out, oyster & pork rib soup in(原帝王蟹改香菇鮑魚雞湯現再改為牡蠣排骨湯);
oven ribeye steak(爐烤肋眼牛), HK dim-sum(蒸籠港點)、grilled chicken(烤雞)、grilled large shrimp (烤大蝦);
厚切赤味噌烤牛舌(grilled Miso thick-cut beef tongue )、鳳梨蒲燒鰻(grilled eel w pineapple)假日不定時提供;
脆皮烤乳豬(crispy bbq suckling pig), 焗烤生蠔(baked oyster), served irregularly
Seafood bar serves tiny snail, tiny octopus, mussel, shrimps, sushi,
and Japanese raw-fish slices : tuna/ swordfish, salmon,Great Amberjack(紅魽)
India style cuisine 5 items;
Candonese style Siu Mei / Barbecued cuisine (廣式燒臘) , a few items;
data of Sept., 2018
buffet's main attractions:seafood bar: Three-spotted Crab (三點蟹)、Spanner/Crimson (旭蟹)、sakura crab(櫻花蟹),
手卷bar: a-bu-ri-su-shi(握壽司)、炙燒、12~15 different sauces;
raw fish slices about 5~6 different kinds;
signature hot food: oven roast beef(爐燒牛排), Japanese wine (清酒) steamed clam;
CTV(中視)evening news, 12-18-2018: Regent's breakfast buffet serves many Chinese style cuisine, which was intro. by CNN;
Deputy mayor of Shanghai has breakfast in Regent buffet restaurant, has dinner in Grand Taipei (圓山飯店)
|price||lunch Mon ~Thurs NTD 1580, weekend lunch NTD 1980~3380, depends which main dish you order; 02-27156888||weekdays 1480, Sat., Sun.1680, fri, sat. 8:30 pm~10pm 30% off late bird price||
Taipei Dun-Hua(敦化),天母 branches:
Others: lunch 730, afternoon580,dinner 850;
lunch NTD 798,
|lunch 888, Fri, Sat, Sun dinner 1288, Mon~ Thurs no dinner||afternoon tea buffet about 600; Mon.~Thur.750, 800; Fri, Sat, Sun 800, 880||NTD 980 , NTD 1280||
afternoon tea buffet about NTD 600;
Mon~Thur lunch, dinner NTD 1590;
Fri, Sat, Sun 1690
Fri, Sat dinner 1390
weekend lunch 1480、dunner1480
Hotel : SEMI buffet, need to order a
main dish, together with salad
& dissert bar, Sat. Sun. have
seafood bar, but number of seafood
are limited, weekdays NTD 980-2280,
weekends NTD1280-2880, ps2:
de Chin Hotel buffet
are semi too;
ps3: Westin Taipei's closed
in Dec. 2018; ps 4:
further details pls. ref. to the web-pages
Taiwan / 5 star buffet brief of The Liberty Times (自由時報), 7-15-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-17-2016
|W Hotel / Taipei||
Shangri La's Far Eastern
1F / Taipei
|(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai / Taipei||
|(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai / Kaohsiung||(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai / Taichung||(國賓)Ambassador Hotel / Kaohsiung||(饗食天堂) EatTogether / 台中店||Sheraton / Taipei||(欣葉)/ Taipei|
oven roast pib-rib tender, various
countries flavors for more choices, but, pork
chops in Chinese medicine soup(藥燉排骨)
tasted not tender & juicy;
part of seafood open for freely taking ; cakes limited
class and fresh, lots of Sashimi
raw fish slices served , various and fresh
seafood in mini-bar refrigerator, but
(三點蟹) not fresh;
various-items and fine quality desserts
roast duck、oil-chicken(油雞)、roast beef
steak and roast mutton are high quality ;
Sashimi raw fish slices、white shrimps(白蝦)、whelk meat (香螺) are fresh ; crabs not too fresh ; desserts are 5 star ranking
special made roast Ribeye Steak(乾式熟成肋眼牛排)smells
frozen Boston lobster tasted bit too soft after being defrosted, more than 50 hot dishes tasted great, lots of drinking options
|India curry flavor is great, various meats , HaiNan chicken tender, India spicy meat overdone, fresh appetizer , high class vegetables||
fresh, advice starting from seafood;|
traditional style desserts
meat is not upto 5 star ranking, roast
duck not tender;
Haagen-Dazs ice cream without clear marks ;
white shrimps, (旭蟹)Spanner Crabs are fresh, 3 Spot swimming Crab (三點蟹) not fresh，large shrimps, middle-sized Inshore squids(中捲) good flavor(海味足)，fish soup taste good
flagship food is various
4 kinds of fresh crabs,
Assorted Sashimi(綜合生魚片)、smoked shark
angle red shrimps、epicure beef steak,
bee-nested cake(黑糖蜂巢蛋糕) good;|
Sashimi fresh, 3 kinds of crabs
flagship food is seafood:
Spanner Crab、Mangrove crab(旭蟹), Mud crab (紅蟳)，lots ice at the bottom to keep them fresh;
Hong Kong style pot boilcookcrab with XO sauce(港式XO蟹煲)、grilled Ayu(烤香魚)taste good; grilled beef suppose US Prime ramk, various desserts for selection
8~10 different kinds of
Sashimi raw fish slices，seafood are various kinds and fresh，cold
dishes and hot dishes both are excellent;
30+ different kinds of desserts
beef ribs(牛小排) great，，bratwurst
sausage(德式香腸)smells good ;
various cooking styles of seafood cuisine (料理手法多元), particularly Pan-
many items and high quality desserts
|a lot fresh and different items of cold plate seafood||
Emperor crabs fresh ，short-necked clam(熱炒海瓜子)no
pan fried chicken、oven roast beef(爐烤牛肉)、india flavor curry clay oven rolls(印度咖哩燒餅)、 Vietnamese noodle soup usually served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga 越南河粉) Good;
most of cold-plate meats are s;
desserts less items and bit too sweet
Sashimi raw fish
slices fresh ; not enough meats on the bar, but the balance of rare and
well done is controlled in right place ;
desserts are not open for freely taking (須服務人員協取)
How to eat & worth-the-value??
1.Focus on seafood and roast beef/steak
see full text
United Daily News 1-20-2020: The death rate caused by traffic accidents in
Taiwan is 5 times that in Japan.
United Daily News 6-12-2019: 42 died in the highway in recent 2 years, have we had enough lessons?
2 days ago 3 died in <阿囉哈> bus, the government reviews the same issue again and again ...
(1) Japan, USA, Canada ... issued warnings to their citizen-tourists to Taiwan
◎Foreign countries' warning messages
Bad road designs, vehicles and motorcycle all mix on the road ... Japan, the US, Canada issued warnings to their citizens again and again, be cautious of transportation safety while staying in
◎ Canada government also issued warning messages, like bad drivers, bad road condition, pedestrians not in orders, roads in mountains lack of maintenance, riding motorcycle is dangerous ...
◎Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association's warnings :( Japanese version as pic. left) as below:
No other vehicles are allowed to
ref. to <New York Times>: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/world/asia/taiwan-train-crash.html
Taiwan Train Accident in biggest curve in
Taiwan Kills at Least 18 and Injures about 187 Others
( ps: CTV (中視新聞)
19:45pm, 10-22-2018, Prosecutor: over-speed might be the cause
of accident, other suspicious points under investigation
include "Automatic Train Protection (ATP)" being turned off,
abnormal track, etc; ps2: CTV 20:30pm, 10-22-2018 : speed
140km, should be 80km or 65 km) ; United Daily
News, 12-4-2018, editorial : Reviewing the train accident
is a shit, find out the truth? or cover the truth ?
Taiwan's investigations of disaster (except aviation) events
have been always distorted, once judiciary and control power are
involved, the clarification goes afar ...
純粹釐清真相即遙不可及) ... (brief)
● 2011: at least six people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a tree collapsed into the path of a tourist train also serving Ali Mountain.
● 2003: last crash of a similar scale taking place in 2003, when a train serving the mountain tourist destination of Ali Mountain derailed, killing 17 people and injuring 156 others.
● 1981: a collision in Miaoli County, in the island’s northwest, killed 31 people
Apple Daily, 10-29-2018: Taiwan's train
太魯閣號 brake acting up is still running on the railway
United Daily, 10-29-2018, headline news: Taiwan president: Find out systematic problem !
(3) Tourist-bus accidents again and again in Taiwan ― The United Daily (2-15-2017, front-page): So many self-criticisms in the past never stop next tragedy !
● 2017 tour bus accidents
◆ The SUN, BBC (UK) 2-13-2017: BUS CRASH HORROR! Taiwan's travel bus safety "has come under fire in recent months over safety standards..." ;
◆ TTV HD (14:21pm 2-14-2017), CCTV(China): Taiwan laws in vain, lax management (administration) makes disasters.
◆ Apple Daily, Editorial (2-15-2017): Such a high casualty rate most likely ranks No.1 among all civilized states in the world, public opinions and official blames are useless at all, because they saw right through the government, called government's bluff ...
◆ TTV, tv.ifeng凤凰视频 "The most miserable bus accident ( at least 33 dead ) in Taiwan highway".
Taiwan's tour-bus problems:
(1) Drivers overwork/overtime
― many work longer than the time-limits in the US (California
10 hrs per day) ,Euro. , Japan, Thailand, etc
top-heavy & bottom-light, unbalanced
( max 2.49 m, not Euro. standard 2.55m) being assembled with imported Euro. chassis.
● 2016 tour bus accidents
Chinese official news (People Daily's Global Times 環球時報 7-19-2016 editorial) : Taiwan's tourism
system are flawed, how can they goof off year after
year?? tourists are gambling their lives if Taiwan still won't take any step to change
◆ People's Daily (China) editorial (8-4-2016): Chinese tourists not dare to visit Taiwan in the future without safety assurance / Taiwan tour disasters are sort of man-made disasters , Taiwan tourism's major problems include loopholes in law and regulation、careless mistakes in administration 、or not-good-enough system of organization, other malpractices are traveling load-bearing capacity (旅遊承載能力)、road-traffic safety 、aviation safety、road maintenance 、safety standard for tour bus、Modified Automobiles/Fix-up tour bus、 … traveling accidents happening again and again open 亡羊補牢 never cease. (brief)
◆ Apple Daily (7-20-2016) : Since Taiwan opened to Chinese tourists in 2008, in total 90 Chinese tourists died, 390 injured, 62% dead/injury was caused by tour bus; The Guardian (UK) 7-19-2016: Taiwan tourist bus fire kills all (Chinese tourists ) on board... Apple Daily (7-20-2016 head-page) : "The most miserable & tragic bus accident in Taiwan history"；
3 major problems in tour bus:
(1) bus structure / United
Daily (7-20-2016): Taiwan's tour bus is vulnerable because of assembling Taiwan's bus-body with
imported chassis ; Hitravel.tv (寰宇新聞二台,
7-19-2016 8:16pm): Taiwan's assembled buses are top-heavy &
unbalanced in architectures, bus becomes weak tofu while encountering traffic
accident. TVBS : Taiwan tour bus bad welding ... details ref
How to survive in Taiwan's bus fire:
Apple Daily (7-20-2016): Min-Chuan Univ. professor: In Taiwan's tour bus, the
best seat is behind the driver, and avoid the last few rows.
◆ The China Times (12-16-2015）:The PRC government (State Council Office for Tai
The China Times
suggest using small or middle sized tour bus
with carbon fiber top/roof for safety for.
● 201X tour bus accidents
◆ Serious accident in 2010 - a tour bus fell into the sea in HuaLien, all tourists on board were killed. (China Times, 7-20-2016 : a horrible coincidence, the number of death in 2010's bus accident is same as that in 2016 )
◆ Others pls. ref. to PS18
(4) Taiwan's aviation safety - MSN, Reuters, EuroNews, Mirro(UK), NewsWeek, CNN, etc (2-4-2015) :"Taiwan has had a poor aviation safety record in recent years" , full text pls. click... Taiwan's aviation safety
ps Taiwan's train and high-speed train - comparatively safe.
◆ Although Rough Guides (UK, 2017) reported "High-speed trains will whizz you out of cities to steamy forests and jagged mountains", however, tourists still need to take vehicle into the mountains/forest, in most cases. Telegraph (1-25-2017) "The 50 greatest train journeys on Earth" introduced the excellent and frequently scenic railway network to visit Neiwan, for traditional Hakka cuisine, and Tainan, the Alishan (A-Li ) Mountain Railway, was built to extract logs from the forest but now provides access to a magnificent vantage point for sunrise.
3-1-2003 A-Li forest railway train accident, the biggest
ever disaster - 17 death, 205 injuries/wounded。
Baidu: 4-27-2011 A-Li forest train accident again, Taiwan media again questioned the safety of this train. Apple Daily (蘋果日報 4-28-2011): A-Li-Shan forest train (350 Chinese tourists loaded) accident caused 5 death, 107 injuries/wounded.
|●●||PIC: moving coffins and flying coffin / 2010-2016|
entertainment/recreation services in Taiwan
"nude massage" advertisement
|◎ pic. left: Taiwanese massage / Zola Zu's cartoon, exhibited in Japan, Israel, and Taiwan (originally printed in the China Times)||
deals in massage
The China Times (1.19.2014) : The massage became most popular business in Taiwan, opening more and more in recent years since Taiwan's bad economic. Apple Daily news (Dec. 25, 2014) reported a scholar's study ― the reason that barber shops and massage parlors in Taiwan offer "something additional" is Taiwanese sexual repression and men's "needs"/hormones (ps: many Taiwanese customers do it just for "entertainment" and casual fun-fun - ref. to Next magazine 2015, No.722 ). Most masseuse in Thai massage parlors are mainland Chinese women. If Taiwan's Thai massage parlors all get together in one street, that'll be a "China Town" in Taiwan ― definitely the most special, largest China Town on this planet. Wikipedia's interWiki WikiSexGuide (Mar. 2015) :" there are Thai massage places all over Taipei and most places you have a good chance to find extra services".
massage houses are so popular (e.g.,
Foot-Massage Spa Villa) that
seems customers flock to it, you may need a
reservation in advance (just like Michelin one star
restaurants in New York ), otherwise will be in a
queue for service. Taiwan's
media equated Taiwanese (foot) massage with National
Palace Museum (exhibiting ancient China's treasures) and
reported they are Taiwan's major attractions to int'l tourists,
therefore, "Taiwanese massage" certainly needs to be
explored and studied.
massage in Taiwan, you should be cautious of 2 things :
● United Daily News (8-23-2018) reported that any Taiwanese massager without MD license declares massage as therapy or has curative effect (e.g., lymphatic detoxification, cure plantar fasciitis, pathological massage) will get penalty fine. EBC TV (東森電視, 靖天育樂, 9-30-2018, "Hello Doctor"): There's one case scraping (刮痧) improperly caused paraplegic problems ...... massaging improperly may cause LDH, Erectile dysfunction, Gatism, stroke....... Taipei City Hospital (Renai branch) 's M.D. in 康健 Magazine (12-4-2017) said the main difference between massage-naprapathy in medical clinic and massage in massage shops is that the clinic will find out the pathogeny (cause of disease) and give right treatments. CTS 5-4-2018 reported a Taiwanese people with hyperglycemia/hyperlipidemia/ hypertension almost die for having massage in Taiwan.
●BBC 12-13-2019: The back-cracking Thailand massage has been added to intangible cultural heritage list by UNESCO, however, Thai massage changed its form in Taiwan. Mirror (鏡周刊) 5-14-2019: Recently, lots of East-South Asian young girls entered Taiwan to be prostitutes ... you may see them in Thai. massage parlors, as well as in some traditional massage houses. Some underworld (gangsters) own both Thai. massage (erotic) and traditional massage business which may not be "clean" as well. ○
Yahoo headline 11-27-2017 ( and Chicago Tribune, CNN, USA Today, etc) : Massage Envy, a behemoth in massage therapy, is facing hundreds of sexual assault allegations, because massage has "built-in risk" , "just like there was opportunity in the priesthood, there's opportunity in the massage room... your guard is down completely". Washington Post (11-27-2017): "ONE incident is too many". Mirror Media of Taiwan reported at 3-30-2018 that Japan's China massage shops, particularly in "新橋站" (west exit of New Bridge station), offer sexual services ps1 and free-trials such as 'hands down to the lower part of body' as WP reported occurred in some Taiwanese parlors too. CTV(中視)、CTS(華視新聞) TV News at 9-3-2019: a girl college student was separated her legs and was sexual harassed while having massage in tourist-site Xi-Mun-Din area, TVBS News reported a similar case, suspiciously, was happened in the famous brand 『李炳輝第二代』("疑爆猥褻性侵" for details - https://news.tvbs.com.tw/local/353431). Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 12-16-2019 :a massager in Xi-Min-Din (西門町) foot massage shop did "kiss" "outrageously" a lady customer's private part when she was sleepy, the high court can't give him heavy penalty because of lacking evidences。 CTV (中視新聞) evening news, 5-19-2017, 19:07: a female customer was hurt and was drew blood by a massager's "needle" . The Liberty Times (1-8-2016), a massager in a popular night market (RaoHe Street) did sexual assault (by fingers, and kissing) to a cute house wife...
Click to read Massages in Taiwan/ Chinese version , Taiwanese massage /English version.
those Taiwanese male aged above 20 (2.33 million men per yr. ,ps1) The annual value of production of Taiwan's sex industry's is at least USD 200 million. Tai-Nan 2 (aged 60), Tao-Yuan 10, I-Lan 10, Pon-Hwu 6.
A well-known politician Wu B.S. (吳伯雄) has a widely-known saying: Every Taiwanese, except the, knows illegal Casino houses are everywhere in Taiwan. Taiwan's prostitution situation is about the same as Taiwan Casino's. (Police announced at 5-5-2015 "completely root out sex business" (according to The China Times, 5-5-2015 標題"...全面掃除色情"), eventually, only 3 cases in massage parlors got caught, according to official report by Taiwan's Central News Agency, 5-10-2015 )
According to The United Daily News (7.27.2014) and Apple
Daily News (4.12.2014), most massage parlors in Taipei
(Taiwan capital) involve
or actually run porn business. Prostitution
business in Taiwan
firstly, Thai massage parlors
(「掛羊頭賣狗肉」的按摩店(或養生館)), second, call-girls
controlled by agents, thirdly, individual working studio
or so-called one-woman
(「一樓一鳳」). The United Daily
(8-19-2015): The area with highest density of night
clubs ("酒店") / specialized profession ("特種行業",a
beautified term of sex related business including
massage parlors ) in Taipei city locates LinSen N.
Rd. stretching from JinZhou street to
this erotic-landmark area is "a
Taiwan's phony crack down on
prostitution /English version.
pic. : Taiwan's travel advertisement in middle East (2016), a phony piece?
1) Even massage parlors in Taipei's 5 star hotels are not greenish at all, let alone enjoying being purified by the forest's unpolluted atmosphere, besides, u probably won't see Buda decorations appeared in many Western hotels.
3) probably not too easy to do "Buddhist meditation" there because next room may be noisy. more...
Pic. left :
body massage (Dragon-phoenix
Town Thai Parlor)
ads. are everywhere in Taipei;
|pic courtesy UDN 5-5-2016 http://udn.com/news/story/7314/1673634-%E6%8C%89%E6%91%A9%E8%BE%A3%E5%A6%B9%E5%90%B8%E4%B8%AD%E6%9D%B1%E5%AE%A2%EF%BC%9F-%E8%A7%80%E5%85%89%E5%B1%80%EF%BC%9A%E6%9D%9C%E6%8B%9C%E5%AF%A9%E9%81%8E|
small-eaters, instead of sightseers.
◎ pic: 228 Peace Monument ― was not best award winner in the int'l monument design contest, but was selected as a sign for that massacre event.
◎ pic: Taiwanese Presidential Office Building ― this original Japanese governor office which was a symbol of Japanese power's colonial domination sparked a controversy about moving to new place for transitional justice. Taipei mayor Ko also stated it's really weird !
◎ pic: Taiwanese government - Control Yuan, functioning as high-ranking officials supervisor, but it together with Legislator Yuan (like Congressmen house) were criticized as "prostitutes house" by media.
☉ World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows Taiwan ranks No.87 in "Natural resources", No.58 in "Natural & cultural resources".
☉ World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017) shows, Taiwan's most important indexes for promoting tourism, like "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) ranks world No.87, "Natural Resources" ranks No.55. In , Taiwan's "Prioritization of Travel & Tourism" was ranked world No.82, "Quality of Natural Environment" No.75, "Natural Resource" No.62.
☉ Forbes (3-5-2017) "3 Things Chinese Tourists Are Surprised To Find When They Travel Abroad To Taiwan" : "It’s not very modern !", " the wealth wasn’t invested in architecture. So the cities are full of decayed apartment blocks.... the housing isn’t as good.”. The Liberty Times and the China Times (3-10-2017) : local scholars described Taiwan as "ugly cities".
☉ Taipei City mayor Dr. Ko pointed out during a trip to Japan that Taipei is short of aesthetic elements or sense of beauty. / The China Times 1-26-2016.
☉ TVBS (9-15-2015) : Unlike China, Taiwan has no spot of attraction (). Taiwan's latest tourism commercial being broadcasted in Japan bets on Taiwanese foods, you only see the Japanese star (木村拓哉 Kimura Takuya) keeps eating Taiwanese small eats and shaved ice with mango, nothing about sightseeing - this supports an argument, Taiwan has no sight of attractions, Taiwan has little choice but to attract small eaters instead of sightseers.
☉ Professors in Tourism like to teach a case study ― the TV drama "Grandpas Over Flowers"(花樣爺爺) let Korean see Taiwan's beauty from certain angle and increases the number of Korean tourists by 50% (compared to that of previous year). But some mainland Chinese college students also complained in TV talk-shows that Taipei does not looks like those exterior/scenes in TV soap operas they saw before coming Taiwan.
☉ Taiwan, indeed looks much worse than Niagara Falls or Grand Canyon in the US,......
◎ Hehuan Mountain and Ali Mountain are two top-rated scenic spots on TripAdvisor. (阿里山等) ◎ Sun Moon Lake(日月潭)
◎ Kenting National Park(墾丁). 9 nationall. parks, which make up 8.6% of its land. Taroko National Gorge (太魯閣) alone is worth spending at least two days hiking its numerous scenic trails.
◎ hot springs Beitou outside of Taipei, and Jiaoxi in Yilan (北投宜蘭等溫泉)
7. Architectures in Taiwan
Taiwan is a free country, however, most architectures show no free-style designs or boundless creativity, they are just real estates or huge money properties.
Forbes (3-5-2017) "3 Things Chinese Tourists Are Surprised To Find When They Travel Abroad To Taiwan" : "It’s not very modern !", " the wealth wasn’t invested in architecture. So the cities are full of decayed apartment blocks.... the housing isn’t as good.”. The Liberty Times and the China Times (3-10-2017) : local scholars described Taiwan as "ugly cities".
◎ Taipei 101 tower / Taiwan's pride and landmark, Taipei 101 tower, was ranking world No.1 highest construction cost (about NT55.8 billion) business/office building by Global Property Guide on April 26, 2011. But Taipei 101 tower as one of "Ugly Skyscrapers around the world". Its aesthetics elements (like gradation, repetition, texture, shape, rhythm, etc) are obviously much worse than Malaysia's twin towers or Shanghai's Grand Hyatt. Anyway, Taipei 101 boasts the world's fastest elevator.
◎ Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (National Father) Memorial Hall in Taiwan / it dramatically enlarges Chinese-culture roof, but cancels "dougong" or brackets, to show elegant, mild personality, which is totally different from, or even opposite the icon of communist China ―― China's Pavilion in EXPO Shanghai, namely "Oriental Crown" ―― dramatically increase huge number of "dougong" or brackets, layer upon layers, but without roof at all. click for China Pavilion in EXPO Shanghai ...details
◎ Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (October 31, 1887 ~ 1975 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek ) / Former president Chiang was China's leader to fight against Japan's invasion during WWII (ref. to <Economist>, 8-15-2015 ).
Park / for victims in 228
Incident/political event, one of
the most important events in
Taiwan's modern history, the
massacre marked the
beginning of the Kuomintang's (KMT) White Terror period in
◎ Nation's Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mem. Hall (Taiwan)
|◎ pic: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall ― pls. note the name on the mem. gateway "Great Kai-shek (大中至正)" had already been rewritten as "Square of Freedom".||
The personality of
Sun Yat-sen Mem. Hall
ps: only 3 authentic calligraphy works by Dr. Sun were collected in the hall.
World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows Taiwan ranks No.78 in "price competitiveness".
According to , Taiwan's "hotel price index" ranks world No. 82, "Purchasing power parity" ranks world No. 64, "price competitiveness" ranks No. 38. (No.1. Iran, No.2. Egypt, 3. Indonesia)
In Swiss UBS's "most expensive cities" report, Taipei's commodity price was ranked No. 26 - but in last time's report Taipei's ranking was No. 42.
FOX news web-site (USA) at Nov. 27, 2011 selected Taipei as one of ten "Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2012" (the list includes Egypt, San Diego, Canada, Belize, San Antonio, Poland, Taipei, Kansas city, Athens, etc )for hotel price NT4380, the best time to visit Taipei is Oct. and Nov. for better climate .
But, latest information (The China Times, 9-14-2015) shows the average price of 5 star hotels for Taiwanese tourists is NT dollars10494 (more than double of FOX news reported price), price of 4 star hotels is NT5591, some Taiwanese hence prefer to travel in Japan for cheaper expenses.
9. Arts & cultural creativity ―― National Palace Museum (故宮)
UK's Telegraph.co at 3-13-2015 :Curiously, one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese antiquities is not in China – but across the Strait in Taiwan.". (ps: in Taiwan's National Palace Museum (故宮), but foreigners most likely can't see the value of those Chinese calligraphic works )
But, Google's top ranking (2-11-2020) website ChinaHighLights has different information - Taiwan's National Palace Museum, only about 1,700 pieces are on display at a time. China's Palace Museum, less than 1% of total collection 1,862,690 pieces are on display at any one time. For further details please read : The Beijing Palace Museum's collection is much bigger https://www.chinahighlights.com/beijing/forbidden-city/vs-taipei-national-palace-museum.htm
"The study of the influence of Mainland tourists on Taiwan tourism industry" (郭慶萍, 駱芬美教授): "as the former president of Taiwan Tourism Association, Mr. Yen, said “culture is absolute a added-value critical in Taiwan Tourism industry”", Taiwan's cultures promote tourism sustainability.
Taiwan's national palace museum is a place being worthy of visiting,―
Taiwanese government named those 5000 years treasures as ...
Alessi "the Chin Family"
How about "Chinese Creativity"
by today's Taiwanese ??
just directly applied antique pictures on products.
<NPM> should designs Chinese treasures, and makes witty, humorous artworks to represent Taiwan's modern arts. Western tourists suppose like to buy souvenir with Chinese culture & flavor created by ourselves. "Mercenaries" cannot represent Taiwan to Olympics.
10. Best-Buy Shopping: outlet ― world best brand clothes in Taiwan .
Dept Stores/ Malls
At end of 2016,
suspiciously contaminated foodstuffs from Japan Fukushima Nuclear
Accident area being already available in a number of major markets
and Dept. Stores ( SOGO, Breeze, Taipei 101 Jasons, etc ) angers
Taiwanese people, hence, premier of Taiwan government announced
there's no time-table to lift the ban for foods from Jpan's Nuclear
Accident area (福島、茨城、群馬、櫪木、千葉5縣).
●According to , Taiwan's Purchasing power parity index was ranked world No. 64, however, in contrast with large department stores or malls, outlet stores in Taiwan are quite popular.
Department stores or malls are comparatively empty (except small-eat street, supermarket, and in anniversary discount days), some widely known department stores failed to pass security check again and again, e.g., Breeze Center was reported by media in recent years - United Daily (聯合報)11-13-2015 大紀元) 10-09-2013 2013 10-15-2012...
● Major dept. store's customer service may not be always good, e.g., SOGO Taipei took more than one month to reply customer's unbiased email. (12-19-2016).
1-21-2017, <the Liberty Times, Weekender 自由時報> /
Happy Shopping in outlet malls !
|Out Let||contact||Brands - attractions||address / location|
|麗寶台中 outlet mall||04-3702-2888||
Alessi, ABC-mart, Levis,
Citizen, "鬼洗", etc, in
total 120 brands
● Exclusive brands: sapporo drug, Japanese Puding 北海道天使布丁、"北海道新發現"、及Japanese noodle 北海道拉麵"次郎長"、"虎鐵", etc
|華泰名品城Gloria outlet (US style)||03-273-8666||Totally 167 brands, Exclusive 20 brands, Jack & Jones, Palladium, Lanvin, Level 6ix, Maison Promax, "野獸國", Guess, Lock&Lock, etc||TaoYuan 中壢春德路189|
|MITSUI outlet park 三井林口 (Japanese style)||02-2606-8666||220 brands, Porsche Design, agnes b, Cath Kidston, Stayreal, les enphants, "山本耀司" , etc||New Taipei City 林口文化三路一段356|
|Leeco Taichung||04-2258-5166||Brand Off Tokyo, Arnold Palmer, Traveller, etc||TaiChung City 市政路480|
|Taichung 日曜天地||04-3611-2366||Coach, Roots, North face, Prada, Gucci, 150 brands||TaiChung City 自由路二段94|
|高雄義大||07-656-8100||All Saints, Michael Kors, Desigual, top-brands, totally 700 brands||Kaohsiung Cityb學府路1段12|
Aug. 5, 2015, <the China Times> / newly-open outlet malls
Gloria outlets (華泰名品城) - TaoYuan
city : about 260 brands, open in Q4 2015
三井 outlet park - New Taipei City : about 200 brands, open in Q1 2016
麗寶台中 outlet mall - Tai-Chung City: about 104 brands, open in Q3 2016
Nov. 3, 2013, <United Daily News>
Taipei Leeco outlet , 2 branches (Neihu, 公館): (02) 8792-6668,
Kaohsiung outlet (義大) : (07)656-8100, largest outlet in Taiwan.
Gloria outlet : will be open expected end of 2014.
林口中商36 (invested by Japanese 三井): open in 2017 expected.
蘭城新月: largest one in Eastern taiwan.
Taichung outlet (日曜) : (04)3611-2366, The only outlet in middle Taiwan.
◎ Apple Daily News (May 6, 2012):
headline ― Outlet is 3 times popular than before.
◎ TVBS news CH55 (13:01pm, May 6, 2012): Taipei outlet 10% up, EeLan outlet 20% up.
Taipei Leeco outlet : (02) 8792-6668,
Eelan city outlet (爾本): (03) 932-8800, UNIQLO, 無印良品will be here.
Taichung outlet (日曜) : (04)3611-2366,
Taichung outlet (月眉): (04) 2558-2459,
Kaohsiung outlet (義大) : (07)656-8100, Includes YSL, Gucci, etc
(1) There was a "out-let" store street in Tian-Mum : Section 6, Chung San North Road (adjacent to Tian-Mum Circle). Till now many out-let stores have already moved out because the house-rent rose in recent years, some stores remained the same place still offers economic price, i.e., about NT 700 for Ralph Lauran POLO long-sleeve shirt.
(2) A large out-let building Leeco (about 160 brands) located in Nae Hu.
Nautica : phone (02) 8792-6668
Ralph Lauran POLO : 8791-3721, 2719-1838 (head-quarter),
Levi's etc outlet : 8791-2449
Timberland & DATA outlet : 2791-4393
LEECO outlet (Roots, Boss, Samsonite, Rockport, Givenchy, Swatch, CERRUTI, Escada, Max Mara, Moschino, etc) : 8791-3745
a few other outlet stores are nearby.
(3) EDA (義大) Outlet Mall (tel: 07-657-7077) in Kaohsiung city, includes about 300 brands, like Gucci, YSL, Ralph Lauren, etc
(4) A XL-sized clothes store at 81, Sec. 2, JinShan South Road, which is adjacent to the Gas station, near Tamkang University, downtown campus, Taipei.
(5) Some stores around no. 163, section 1, Dun Hua South Road, near the Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Store.
(6) A store namely <King Cheu Store>, located around lane 190, Section 1, Dun Hua S Rd., adjacent to Bossini, a block from Royal Host.
(7) In addition to Taipei, Taoyuan Tai-mall has a few out-let stores.
(8) Some stores in the lane ( cross point : 9, WenZou Street & 260, Section 1, HePing S. Road) not too far from National Taiwan Normal University.
(9) Some other outlet with very economic prices, see The Liberty Times of Mar. 14, 2009, Apple Daily of Aug 10, 2008, or phone (07) 225-5208 etc.
Radio Taiwan International。brief
Liberty Times (自由時報) 4-3-2018 : illegal migrant workers is not only public security issue ( count for 58% criminal rate ) but also state security problem (epidemic prevention, nearly 10 thousands of abandoned babies) brief
台灣醒報 5-6-2019 : Legislative Yuan points out so many illegal foreign laborers...，leads to crime issue concerns.
UDN (聯合報), China Times (中國時報), 9-5-2019: illegal migrants lead to loophole of social security... the government should not avoid the problem。
pts.org (公視), 9-5-2019: Kaohsiung city mayor says illegal migrants make more problems ...
● Many Korean media, e.g.,
Yonhap News Agency (韓聯社), Donga Ilbo (東亞日報), and largest web portal Naver,
reported in Jan. 2017 in large scale or great length to lash out Taiwan's
no-good society security. The China Times (1-17-2017) reported
Korean netizen criticized a number of internet celebrities took money to do
propaganda work for Taiwan
"over-beautified" Taiwan's image. This may harm the increasing-rate
(32.5%, reported by The Liberty Times12-11-2016) of Korean tourists to Taiwan.
ps: Japan increased 17.5%, Hong Kong & Macau 6.43%, East-Southern Asia 12.86%.
The United Daily (1-18-2017): Korean media are busy in warning their tourists to Taiwan, and even criticized Korean diplomatic dept. and Korea office in Taiwan both did a bad job... (UDN Public editorial)
(No.1 on google by English keyword
"comment Taiwan police", 6-23-2016, No.1 ranking on google, yahoo by
"comment Taiwan police" in Chinese
at 1-1-2017, 6-23-2016 )
◎ Judiciary (No.1 ranking on Yahoo, top on google, 11-14-2016, but can't be open in some random-selected governmental institutions - e.g., National Library ( test at 2-19-2016) , ) or backup file http://intlHumanRights.com/TaiwanJudiciary.htm
◎ Prosecutors (No.1 ranking on Google by English keyword "Taiwan prosecutors" at 6-23-2016. but can't be open in some random-selected governmental institutions - e.g., National Library ( test at 2-19-2016) ,) backup file http://intlHumanRights.com/ProsecutorsTaiwan.htm
Singapore's the Straits
Times (head-page and main page) reported Zola Zu organized world
No.1 ranking cartoon contest to promote human rights and freedom of
pic:The monument (1999) at front of National Assembly (ZhongShan Hall, Taipei) to celebrate the triumph in the war of resistance against Japanese invasion and Retrocession of Taiwan. In Aug. '15, textbook protest students want the phrase "(接收)take over Taiwan" instead of "(光復)Retrocession or recovery of Taiwan", in their deep mind, they are against one-China policy.
M.D.s advised Taiwanese favorite new-in spicy hot-pot may causes illness if having much; pic. above is tranditional Chinese ShanXi hot pot in Taiwan for instant boiled meat, was no longer popular.
Shanghai flavor foods,
was intro. by Wall
are no longer popular, only a
few were survived till present
- in there you find
nostalgic flavor and more likely
have 'entertainment' service by
aged female, mostly.
Taiwan police turn a
blind eye to so many
erotic business fr. so many
Taiwan's tourism strategy & tactics
(brief of experts'
embedded marketing / product placement using world movies e.g., Martin Scorsese<Silent>, or Luc Besson <Lucy> work well to boost Taiwan's tourism. / by 王長安United Daily (1-21-2017):
igh mountain ridges and cloud belt forest are good ... / 郭瓊瑩 Chinese Culture Univ. TW.United Daily (1-21-2017):
Increase the number of those "travel independently without tour-guide" (自由行), decrease the number of tour groups, so as to benefit more fields of business in Taiwan.
Promote high-quality tour, theme tour, high-end tour groups 5 star business travel groups, cruise ship tours, in-depth native Taiwanese visiting tour, etc
Focus on South-East Asian new rich class, as well as Korean and Japanese, As for European and Americans
Ref. to neighbor countries' strategies
marketing fragmentation, addingAccording to statistics, tourists' major purpose is sight-seeing, more are female, aged 30-39, Taiwan better expands other
Establish a better living environment, and a more civilized state by improving infrastructures, sanitary / hygienic degree, medical quality, law & regulation, etc.
souvenirs, presents and others, tourism businessmen suggested raising the upper limit of daily entry number for Chinese tourists - group tourists as well as independent tourists up to 10,000 per day respectively. ( ps: Liberty Times 11-4-2015: Tourism government: it's inappropriate to open more Chinese tourists ; Liberty Times 11-20-2015: Taiwan suddenly open more Chinese tourists, 3000 persons extra per day, it's not a health policy ... )United Daily News Group's Economic Daily News (9-10-2015 經濟日報 ): KMT presidential candidate (洪秀柱) in a meeting advised tourism business to promote the safety of accommodation and transportation, and the quality of
Kimura Takuya (leading actor in that film costing NT50 million) is.CTV (<中視>) evening news (10-21-2015): opinions on the net criticize that Taiwan's tourism commercial (by world famous director John Wu) only focused on eating, Taiwan's tourism leader even don't know who
The United Daily (12-21-2015): The number of tourists to Taiwan in 2015 grows a lot, but foreign exchange income decreases, Taiwan needs more attractions, and better high-end tours and value-added (historical & experienced) elements.
The Liberty Times (12-20-2015): Taiwan's number of tourists reaches 10 million persons, It is "win face, loss the real beef" ! because foreign exchange income is far from expected, one problem is Chinese tourists only visit their own subcontractor shops and evade lots of taxes.
Without Chinese tourists, Taiwan tourism entered emergency room middle Sept. , 2016
|major mass media||critic essays||points||author||cyber links|
|The Liberty Times, 9-9-2016||Taiwan tourism nothing special, once is enough (觀光沒特色 一次就看光光)||Taiwan tourism has no attraction, e.g., landmark spot ― Sun-Moon Lake, attracts neither foreigners nor local people, let alone other places (沒有陸客的日月潭，其實並沒有甚麼外國遊客前往，連本國人民來捧場的都不多。像日月潭這樣具台灣指標性的景點尚且如此，那其他的景點怎麼辦？...根本原因就在於我們的觀光對於消費者沒有吸引力 。)||邱智淵||http://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1030401|
|The Liberty Times, 9-7-2016||Taiwan tourism should have forward thinking - no longer "short swing trading" (台灣應反轉中客觀光的短有長空思維)||
Both declined tourism quality and political-conflict factors resulted in the number of Chinese tourists decreased... transformation & upgrading are solutions for Taiwan tourism (中客減少，或許不光是政治因素，台灣日漸低落的觀光品質也該負起部分責任... 提早轉型提升，才是台灣觀光業的百年大計。)
|The Liberty Times, 9-8-2016||Taiwan tourism (中客不來觀光業會死？)||Taiwan needs self-criticism for lousy quality of tourism (沒品質自己要檢討)||陳沂||http://ent.ltn.com.tw/news/breakingnews/1820337|
|9-15-2016||Face the truth why the number of Chinese tourists decreased(<社論>面對陸客減少的真相)||a more serious alarm-bell sounds, Chinese society disguises Taiwan, against Taiwan, abandon Taiwan...||Editorial in chief||brief|
|9-7-2016||Taiwan tourism (觀策站/開錯藥方的觀光轉型政策)||Please no more allowance policy to rescue Taiwan tourism, it's immoral and useless (千萬拜託不要再搞什麼補貼政策...。這樣不僅不道德，也對扭曲的台灣觀光環境沒有幫助。)||包正豪/淡江大學全球政治經濟學系主任||http://opinion.chinatimes.com/20160907004995-262110|
|9-9-2016||short-term bailout won't save Taiwan tourism industry ( 短期紓困 難讓觀光業質變)||Taiwan should do better in Marketing Segment by internet (陸客消費方式也從單純滿足購物欲望轉往體驗型消費，因此如何藉由線上旅遊平台精準招徠分眾客源...)||楊家豪/台灣經濟研究院產經資料庫產業分析師||http://opinion.chinatimes.com/20160909006287-262105|
|United Daily system, 2016-09-09||Slogans won't rescue Taiwan tourism (口號喊一喊 觀光就會活？)||新政府更提不出具體解決的方法 ，只會一再拋出新南向政策鼓勵東南亞旅客、陸客市場轉型、推廣國旅等口號。但這些緩不濟急的方案...)||冷眼集||http://udn.com/news/story/10272/1950542|
|United Daily, 2016-09-09||Broken fishing rod can't get fishes (業者「釣竿都折斷了怎抓魚？」)||shift-funds policy won't save Taiwan tourism industry (300億救觀光？ 要救產業，不是只有挹注資金就能救)||記者侯俐安||http://udn.com/news/story/1/1951394|
|United Daily, 2016-09-09||Only aromatic flowers attract bees (觀光產業 「花若芬芳 蝴蝶自來」)||Taiwan needs a neat, clean, convenient entertain our tourists and customers(重新檢視整備健全美好的接待環境，讓台灣也有如日本、歐美般的整潔便利...)||賴瑟珍／台灣觀光協會會長||http://udn.com/news/story/7339/1949493|
|Apple Daily, 2016-09-09||How to rescue freezing Taiwan tourism industry (觀光產業寒冬如何解)||Taiwan government took a wrong initial step which resulted in local tourism business expanded rapidly before they were prepared for tourists ( 始作俑者是過去政策，未考量國內觀光產業硬體接團條件 ，導致業者盲目擴充)||高洺塗/實踐大學觀光學系講師||http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20160909/37376340/|
|Apple Daily, 2016-09-09||Taiwan tourism under emergency treatment (搶救觀光業)||Tourism industry should take time to improve their weak constitution, otherwise, government can't do anything but concessional loan (政府要觀光業者改變體質，也要給段時間，否則最後也只有優惠貸款這一招 了)||辣蘋果： 余艾苔||http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20160909/37376308/|
|Apple Daily, 2016-09-09||Analyse & comment Taiwan tourism in crisis (陷入危機的 － 觀光「慘」業評析)||Politics cross Taiwan strait is not the only, truly and objective reason, Taiwan tourism needs transformation (若全歸咎於政治，恐難理出真正且客觀要因 。其次是藉機促成觀光產業轉型...)||王維堅／企業顧問||http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20160909/945385/|
|The Liberty Times, 9-9-2016||Taiwan ready for tourism age? (觀光時代來了 台灣準備好了嗎？)||Taiwan needs a policy in an open attitude ( 台灣此刻必須做出快速明確的政策，開放簽證、開放導遊、開放以觀光引導全面政策)||簡余晏/北市觀光傳播局長||http://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1030402|
top 10 tourism destinations in
Asia & the Pacific /
World Tourism rankings
The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as part of their World Tourism Barometer publication. In 2014, the top ten destinations :
ps: No.125, then changed to n/a.
For Taiwan's real images, pls. ref. to these commercial ads. made by a Japanese Air: https://www.behance.net/gallery/10130791/Japan-Asia-Airways.
ps 1 Taiwan's restaurants intro. by world reports :
|< Miele Guide> of 2011/2012||<The Daily Meal> (USA) , 5-16-2013||<The Daily Meal> (USA) , 10-10-2014|
● Din Tai Fung
● 銀翼 (best dishes:文思豆腐,蔥開煨麵)
● 欣葉 (02-25963255, best: 煎豬肝, 菜埔蛋)
● 樂沐法式餐廳, a French restaurant (excellent, evaluated by Relais & Chateaux in 2011)
in Taichung city (04)23753002(best dish: 經典套餐NT3800)
● La Cocotte, a traditional French cuisine restaurant own by Fabien Verge (02)33223289 (best dish: NT980白酒墩牛肚)
●非零餐廳 (meaning translation: Non-zero restaurant)
●義大利餐館(Osteria by Angie), an Italia restaurant
●七十二牛肉麵 (Seventy-Two beef noodle restaurant)
●法式餐廳(La Cocotte, a French restaurant)
● Din Tai Fung
●No.6 Din Tai Fung (was already
wiped out of
Michelin star list of 2014/2015)
●No.43 Le Mout, Taichung (the official website spelt wrongly - "Taiching")
●No.42 DN innovation, Taipei, Taiwan
●No.61 Osteria de Angie, Taipei, Taiwan
●No.73 La Cocotte, a French restaurant, Taipei, TW
●No.79 七十二牛肉麵 (Seventy-Two beef noodle restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan)
|ps: also may ref. to Apple Daily's Next magazine "The Best Restaurants 2013 - high end & low end" in Taiwan (<壹周刊> "美食大賞2013"之"高檔餐廳"與"平價餐廳"二版本)|
ps 2 Asia's 10 greatest street foods. (台灣台北的夜市小吃排名亞洲第二
Top 10 street foods in Taipei's night markets名亞洲第二
|●1. Sheng jian bao (生煎包) / Taiwan Normal Univ. night market( 師大夜市) ● 2. Chou doufu (stinky tofu,臭豆腐 ) / Raohe St. Night Market (饒河夜市) ● 3. Oa misua (oyster vermicelli, ● ) Shilin night market ● Gua bao (pork belly bun or "Taiwanese burger," as it's sometimes called, 掛包 ) / Taiwan Normal Univ. night market( 師大夜市) 5. Hujiao bing ( wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets, 胡椒餅 ) / Raohe St. Night Market (饒河夜市) ● 6. Niu rou mian ( spicy beef soup with hand-pulled noodles, 牛肉麵 ) / LaoPai Niurou La Mian Da Wang, Chongqing Nan Lu Yi Duan 46 Gang, Taipei ● 7. Douhua 豆花 / ● Shilin night market 8. Ba wan (Taiwanese meatballs)肉丸 / Taiwan Normal Univ. night market( 師大夜市) ● 9. Cong you bing ( a flaky scallion pancake made with hand-rolled dough) 蔥油餅 / Shilin night market● 10 . Da chang bao xiao chang ( big sausage wrapped around small sausage)大腸包小腸 / Shilin night market|