Isle of Smiles: Taiwan's Hospitality
An eight-day trip whittles away fast, travelers know this is both the curse and the blessing of a week's venture to a new place, culture and in this case, an island.
Whilst staring dumbfoundedly at perplexing sidewalk cafe menus displayed in Chinese characters or trying to explain directions to a Cabbie, I felt a pleasant air about the people. They really want visitors to enjoy their time and act as such.
Some of my best Taiwan experiences were sipping pungent tea from a miniscule pot in Pinglin on a rainy November morning and being offered a harrowing moped ride on the descent from a day hike in Yushan National Park.
I really hope to invest more time in exploring this island and its multitude of welcoming hosts.
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Published on 1/11/05