are you into hiking, clubbing, shopping, beaches and especially eating. you can do it all. taroko national park is awesome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taroko_National_Park taipei - xi ming ding is like times square. snake alley is really interesting, live snakes turtles waiting to be slaughtered. nightmarkets everywhere kenting in southern taiwan has nice beaches. over 7 years ago
i'd say 80% speak well enough in the big cities, but the little towns 45%. a lot of high school aged learn english in school so look for 18 - 30 year olds about 9 years ago
Planning to go taiwan next year. When is the best time to go and where are the wholesale markets/mall?
taiwan is a tropical island, rainy season is around mid jan to mar. gets very hot and humid june through mid sept. being from the northeast of U.S. i like to go during november, days are mid 80's and cools off at nights. very comfortable every town has a night market on a different night of the week. the bigger cities have alleys, parks that are used in the evenings/early mornings for shopping and eating. taipei has two big ones that run every night of the week. snake alley ( hualien) and near the grand hotel there is shilin. both are very crowded. shilin has better choice of foods. taipei 101 neighborhood has more american style shopping malls very expensive, hugo boss, chanel, louis vuitton, rolex, gucci, all the high priced brand name. over 8 years ago