I was in Hong Kong for about three weeks. Afterwards I went to Taiwan where I still am tonight, going on day three of nine.
It’s too early for me to say conclusively but it seems that Taiwanese people around here around my age (20s) are snobbier than their Cantonese counterparts.
But the food is pretty damn good. Not quite on par with Cantonese food health-wise since Taiwanese food for the most part is either fried or soaking in oil and I’ve been feeling like crap when trying to run or bike for more than a couple miles at a time. But it definitely tastes good.
I’m going to be doing a little comparison for myself, not as some conclusive declaration for others to believe but as what I’d like to think is a unbiased opinion of the two cultures from someone who is not inclined to either. Since I lived with family in Hong Kong and likewise here in Taiwan (my dad was born in Hong Kong and my mom was born in Taiwan).
People rev up and try to wake the living dead on purpose at night when the streets are emptier here too, 7,000+ miles away from L.A.
The only difference here is that most of the cars here are making noise from their engines not a fart can exhaust. Like the random red 458 that just sped by or the matte grey GTR earlier.
Racer over ricer
I’m going to Taiwan!!!!! For at least an entire week!!!!
Haven’t been back since I kid in ‘94.
I definitely need suggestions and tips on where to go and what to do this time around. I’m still in Hong Kong until the 28th and even though this is my 3rd time here in the past few years, I still get lost sometimes. I can’t imagine what Taiwan is going to be like, even if it is an island.
Personally I’m pretty damn proud to be half Cantonese and half Taiwanese. Or actually, I’m happy to say that I’m NOT Chinese.
Both Hong Kong and Taiwan are claimed by China but both places despise the country. For good reason.
Never mind that I’ve been working with Chinese people for over three consecutive years (in California) and witnessed firsthand how unmannered they are. I’ve been in Hong Kong for almost three full weeks now and even the locals don’t seem to like the recent influx of Chinese people, whether residents or tourists. No details but I can understand and literally see why……
Anyways, cannot wait to go back after 20 years. After all this time, all I know is that one U.S. dollar is about 30 Taiwan dollars, everyone speaks Mandarin vs. Canto here, and that it’s hot and humid but not as bad as HK. That and my aunt telling me that Taiwanese girls loves ABCs. Hehehe