Taipei is a city that invokes a mixed feeling of love and hate, a Singapore student who loves to visit Taipei said recently in a letter to a Singapore newspaper.
The doctoral student at Nanyang Technological University said she loves Taipei's delicious food, but hates the chaos in politics, when she described her impression of Taipei in a letter on Sunday to Lianhe Zaobao, a major Chinese-language newspaper in Singapore.
The student, whose name is pronounced as Chen Ying, said Taipei is a place where one could go again and again, even for two or three days, because she "was satisfied" during each visit, whether visually or food-wise.
She noticed that there are a lot of aged houses and winding lanes and alleys in Taipei. Street vendors are a little messy without much sense for design.
But she said local people have a natural composure, and their faces show down-to-earth spirit. If foreign visitors are willing to accept this, they would feel very comfortable.
The letter also said that political issues tend to pop up over the dinner table with friends. Everyone mocks the political figures, but their political stances are self-evident. Obviously, the place is not as harmonious and beautiful as it seems.
"The rich and multilateral Taipei leaves one with the mixed feeling of love and hate," she wrote, adding that she loves the delicious food and freedom, but hates the gaseous exhaust of motorcycles and the chaos of Taiwan's politics.
She also said Taipei is a place where one feels no distance. The freedom and mildness of the private sector has been its most valuable edge. The beauty lies in the natural harmony displayed in every corner of the city.
Source from CNA