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10th in Asia



world's most livable cities  ... include Taiwan's ?
 Taiwan has not been included in the top ranking list of the world's most livable cities  

world's most livable cities
world best surveys Taiwan's rankings
in top list
comparison with
other Asia & Pacific countries
 The EIU's Global Livability Index Ranking   2019  failed in the top 50 No.2  Melbourne,  No.3  Sydney,  No.4 Osaka (Japan), No. 7 Tokyo,  No.10  Adelaide,  No.12 Auckland (NZ),   No.15 Wellington (NZ),   18 Brisbane  (Aus) ,    No. 38 Hong Kong,  No. 40 Singapore,   No.57  Seoul (Korea),  Taipei behind   
Monocle's Quality of Life survey 2019 failed in the top list


No.2 Tokyo (Japan),  No.11 Melbourne (Australia), No.13 Sydney,  No.16 Hong Kong,  No.17 Kyoto (Japan),  No.21 Auckland (NZ), No.22 Fukuoka (Japan),  23 Brisbane,  25 Singapore
Deutsche Bank Liveability Survey
not included in the top list https://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/RPS_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000494405/Mapping_the_world%27s_prices_2019.pdf
No. 2 Wellington (NZ),    No. 7 Melbourne ( Australia ),  No.10 Sydney,   No.14 Tokyo  No.16 Auckland (NZ),  No.17 Dubai (UAE), No. 23 Singapore,   No. 26 Saudi Arabia Riyadh,  No. 29 Seoul (Korea),  No. 33 India Bangalore,  No. 39 Malaysia  Kuala Lumpur,   44 Hong Kong,   46 India Delhi,  No. 48   Shanghai (China), No. 55 Beijing
Safe Cities Index (SCI)  2019,   EIU (Economist UK), NEC failed in the top 20 No.1  Tokyo, No.2  Singapore, No.3 Osaka (Japan),  No.5 Sydney (Aus), No. 8 Seoul (Korea), No10 Melbourne, No. 20 Hong Kong  
ArchDaily / The World's Most Livable Cities in 2019 failed in the top 20 No. 3. Auckland, New Zealand, 11. Sydney, Australia,  No.15. Wellington, New Zealand , No.17. Melbourne, Australia  
 The EIU's Global Livability Index Ranking   2018  failed in the top 50 No.2 Melbourne (Australia),  No.3  Osaka (Japan),  No. 7  Tokyo (Japan) ,  No.10       Adelaide  (Australia),   No.12 Auckland (NZ)    Wellington (NZ) ... ... (omitted),  Taipei 58
 The EIU's Global Liveability Index Ranking   2017  failed in the top 50  No.1  Melbourne,  No. 5  Adelaide,  No. 7  Perth,
No. 8 Auckland (NZ),  No.11 Sydney,  No.13  Tokyo,  No.  14  Osaka,  No.16 Brisbane,   No. 20 Wellington (NZ),  No. 35 Singapore,  No.45  Hong Kong,  No.58  Seoul (Korea),  No.60   Taipei  

EIU (Economist UK)'s  Global Liveability Index evaluates stability, healthcare, culture&environment,  education,   Infrastructure


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.).   The tbl. above compares Taiwan's livability with that of other Asian countries.

Taiwan's soft power  vs.  Asia's soft power

Till 2020, Taiwan has not been included in  Top 30 Soft Power by Portland, etc,  Taiwan's soft power is behind Asian's "world top 20" nations , including Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, India, UAE. 
   for details : click Soft Power

world best surveys Taiwan's rankings
in top 25~30 list
comparison with
other Asia & Pacific countries
Top 30 SOFT POWER by Portland
 failed No. 8 Japan, No.9  Australia, No. 17 New Zealand,  No. 19  S Korea, No. 21 Singapore, No. 27 China
US News: 2020 Best Countries Overall
The Best Countries in the World
n/c No.3 Japan, No.5  Australia, No. 11 New Zealand,
No. 15 China, No. 16 Singapore , No. 20  Korea,
No.22 UAE , No.25  India,  No. 26  Thailand,
No. 30  Qatar
2018/2019 Monocle's Soft Power survey  failed No. 3 Japan, No.8  Australia, No. 11 New Zealand, No.15 Korea, No. 19 China,  No. 21  Singapore,  No. 25 India
2018/2019 Soft Power 30 Study by USC Center on Public Diplomacy  failed No.5 Japan, No. 10 Australia, No. 18 NZ, No. 20 S. Korea, No. 21 Singapore, No. 27 China
2017/2018 Monocle's Soft Power survey  failed No. 4 Japan, No.9 Australia, No. 13 New Zealand, No.17 Korea, No. 19 China,  No. 22 Singapore, No. 24 India
2017/2018 Soft Power 30 Study by USC Center on Public Diplomacy  failed No.6. Japan,  No. 8. Australia,  18. NZ,  No. 20 Singapore, No. 21 S. Korea,  No. 25.  China
2016/2017 Monocle's
Soft Power survey
 failed No. 3 Japan, No.6 Australia, No. 13 New Zealand, No.17 Korea, No. 20 China,  No. 23 Singapore, No. 24 India
2015/2016 Monocle's
 Soft Power survey
 failed No. 4 Japan, No.6 Australia, No. 13 New Zealand, No.15 Korea, No. 21 China,  No. 23 Singapore

  According to a survey of 2020, Singapore ranks No.1, Japan No.7, Korea No. 9 on "enterprise",  Japan ranks No. 5, China No.10 on "engagement", Korea ranks No. 5 on "digital", Japan ranks No.6, China No. 8 on "culture", No any Asian country ranks top 10 on "education" and "govt."

Best Countries overall in 2020:  1 Swiss 2 Canada 3 Japan  4 Germany  5  Australia  6  UK  7 USA  8 Sweden  9 Nederland  10  Norway  11 NZ  12 France  13 Denmark  14  Finland  15 China  16 Singapore  17  Italy  18  Austria  19 Spain  20  Korea  21  Luxembourg   22 UAE  23  Russia  24 Portugal  25  India  26  Thailand  27  Greece  28  Brazil  29  Israel  30  Qatar  31  Saudi Arabia   32 Malaysia   33 Mexico  34  Poland  35  Turkey




 ●   UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage  /    https://ich.unesco.org/en/lists


Asian country heritage items selected
1 China 40
2 Korea 24
3 Japan 20
4 Mongolia 15
5 India 13
6 Indonesia 10
7 Saudi Arabia 8
8 Cambodia 5
9 Philippines 4
10 Qatar 3
10 Malaysia 3
10 Pakistan 3
13  Thai 2
14 Singapore 1
14 Sri Lanka 1
14 Vietnam 1
14 UAE 1


Myanmar, Laos, Nepal 0
Taiwan 0
  Taiwan is doing De-sinicization (getting rid of Chinese culture) for political reason.

◆  sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-hawker-culture-gets-nod-included-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-list-140941296.html  12-16-2020: Singapore’s hawker culture was officially approved on Wednesday (16 December) to be inscribed into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  The biggest thanks must go to the generations of hawkers for nourishing a nation’s stomach and spirits.   Taiwanese like its night market culture, but was not selected.




 ●   US News & World Report 2020,  Asian countries' world influence rankings  

Cultural Influence No. 6 Japan,  No. 8 Australia,  No. 9 Singapore,  No. 16 China,  17. NZ,  18. Thailand,   20. Korea,  22. UAE,   30. India,   35. Qatar,  39. Malaysia,  40. Saudi Arabia,   41. Phil Cutting-edge centers of art, entertainment and fashion
Quality of Life No.5 Australia,   No. 8 nz,   14. Japan,  15. US,  19. China, 20. Singapore,  23. Korea,    25. UAE, 27. Malaysia,  28. Thai.,  30. India,  31. Philippines,  32. Indonesia,  33. Vietnam,   36. Qatar Through all phases of life, these countries treat their citizens well
Heritage No.6 India,  No. 9 Thailand, 10. Japan,  11. China, 18. USA,  21. Vietnam,  22. Singapore,  27. Australia,  29.  Indonesia,  30. Korea,  32. Malaysia,   37. NZ A deep vein of history courses through these countries
Adventure No.5 Thailand  No.7 Nrw Zealand,  10. Australia,  17. Philippines,   25. Singapore,   29. Malaysia,   33. USA,  34. Japan,   38. Vietnam,   40. India The best countries to fulfill your wanderlust






train problems:  news: Taiwan worse train derail accident in decades -  train carrying 490 derails accident, about 50 death, 200 injured : UDN, CTN, Apple Daily editorial、2021-4-3: Serious transportation accidents repeat -  all are SOP ignoring man-made disasters, no one treats seriously the warning message behind each accident, The gov. is good at risk management and focus-shifting, instead of preventive management in advance, all these lead to tragedy again and again. The event is just a tip of a iceberg, Taiwan should establish a culture respecting human life.  Taiwan railway bureau got rigid grading system  and reform failure.  
.............. bus problems:  United Daily, 2021-4-10, editorial: The death rate of traffic accident (8+ per day) is higher than hat of many backward countries.  Large-bus structure is problematic - Jerry-built or bad safety specification. So many gods are hidden in the detail.
..............●  food problems:   China Times, editorial, 2021-4-25: Taiwan has imported pork and pig offal in total 1800 ton from the US since Jan. 2021,  however, in all the markets, there's no any pork and pig offal marked "containing controversial Ractopamine" or even "imported from USA".  Another mysterious thing is Agriculture government (Council of Agriculture) says 70% of them were already used for meat processing, but Health government (Ministry Health & welfare) says 70% of them were still in the refrigerating chamber. chinatimes.com/opinion/20210424003140-262101?chdtv


   WEF <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness (see below for details),  Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia, Taiwan's prioritization of travel & tourism ranks world No.75

               ●   ABC Radio National, Australia, 2-27-2020:  What's most apparent when visiting Taiwan is how ordinary it is — ordinary in the sense of normal, everyday, functional
  Apple Daily editorial, 1-5-2021: chaos !  Taiwanese people lost confidence in gov. pork control strategy.  famous shop "Formosa Chang" was questioned too.  AP, Nov 23, 2020: Taiwanese business may not be ethical ... mix the U.S. pork ( Ractopamine pork banned by 150+ countries ) with Taiwan pork.
   Liberty Times, 6-15-2020, editorial: Taiwanese always love traveling abroad rather than domestically.  Majority of foreign tourists to Taiwan came from China, but most of their consumption-profits are monopolized by Chinese-funded and Chinese-associated businesses.  All these have made Taiwan's tourism industry weak and sluggish-demanded.  It is undeniable Taiwan tourism needs to be improved the following items :

                        (1)  the prices of accommodation, catering and transportation are generally high but the quality is not good, shaping the stereotype that  traveling domestically are not as good as sightseeing abroad.
                        (2)  the tour often lacks
humanistic & cultural connotations, ethnic groups' traditions, characteristics and lifestyles.  Although each area has its own old streets and night markets, it is  difficult to distinguish one from another.  In short, Taiwan lacks in-depth and exquisite tourism.
                        (3)  the government has not given importance to tourism industry,  "Insufficient resource integration capacity, insufficient investment, and insufficient marketing" .
              ●  The China Times 7-15-2020, former minister of Transportation govt.  陳建宇 : Hotels and travel business were "starved" too long for CovID-19, therefore raise the price a lot to "revenge exploit" customers.  advice :
                        (1)  establishing DMO (
目的地行銷暨管理組織 like Japan and Euro.);
                        (2)  quality first,
implement Market segmentation  Precision marketing
Recreating a new tourists-friendly environment,  starts from tourist night market, till now the govt. only work on  innovation/renovation of night market's toilet room, the rest is far behind the standard of  int'l metro...  full text:  https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20200714004912-262105?chdtv  
  Apple Daily, 2021-3-12:  Popular tourists-site Shi-lin night market "miserable street scene" , more bosses than customers, in that “expensive”, "smoke smells", "too homogeneous & unattractive", "delivery platforms are emerging", ... most ever stores closed in recent 30 yrs.
Apple Daily, 7-14-2020 editorial: Why do Taiwanese love travel overseas instead of domestically ?  The price is high and quality varies, therefore Taiwanese prefer Japan, Korea and South-East Asia.  Price cutting competition and  low-cost airline  exclude In-depth and exquisite tourism from tour list .  Govt.'s economic relief package only works on avoiding close-down instead of tourism enterprise transformation.   
full text:  https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20200714004912-262105?chdtv  

                  ●  Korean ilbe(일베저장소、일베)slams Taiwan's messy & dirty environment,  cultural deprivation、 unpretty women、 the sense of Japanese  identification, which triggers hot argues after mainland Chinese posting Chinese version of it  (Sept. 2020)


 CNN 8-1-2019,  Wall Street Journal 7-31-2019,  New York Times, 7-31-2019, : China, an Eye on Elections, bans solo tourists from heading to Taiwan.   Independent UK  8-1-2019:  It is a blow for Taiwan’s tourism industry.   L.A. Times, 8-1-2019: The indefinite suspension is likely to prove a major economic hit to Taiwan, as well as a blow to cultural interplay.  Liberty Times 8-28-2019: Taiwan may loss 35,400 million dollars from the gross annual value of tourism in the second half of 2019.    United Daily (8-17-2019, editorial) : Very most part of Taiwan's current tourism difficult situation is caused by cross-Taiwan-Strait policy.    United Daily (8-22-2019, editorial) : Pension reform might be among key issues in Taiwan's tourism, because public servants, military and education field no longer support domestic travel as much as before.    United Daily (8-23-2019) :  Taiwan president Tsai: tourism won't go old route, current policy is to balance tourists flow, stimulate domestic demand, increase consumption-amount, satisfy tourist's appetite by bubble tea and local cuisine.   United Daily (8-28-2019, Focus) :  Visa-free and allowance can save tourism?  Lots of allowances were given to domestic tourists, but the number of Taiwanese traveling overseas hit new high again and again.   The United Daily 3-7-2019: Taiwan's tourism output value is suffering wallet homicide ! the deficit of foreign exchange is NT1728 billions, the deficit of the number of tourists is 5570 thousands.   Apple Daily, opinion, 12-25-2019: Give up "almozo" policy to promote tourism,   go "quality oriented" route !   Nikkei Asia Review, 4-30-2019: Since 2016, China has attempted to punish Tsai (DPP) by reducing tour groups to Taiwan, but inbound tourists have steadily set records surpassing 11 millions for the first time last year...    The United Daily 10-6-2018 editorial opinion: Taiwan's 'heresy' policy of tourism (subsidies, visa-free) led to 800+ billion dollars decrease of earnings, because of lower consuming ability of South Eastern Asian tourists and smaller number of Chinese tourists.   Apple Daily,  head-page, 12-31-2018:  The amount of tourists spending per day and the number of days tourists staying decreased   The Washington Post at 1-5-2018: (The Chinese government...) "encouraging Chinese tourism to this island" (ps: during KMT in power ~ 2016 ).    New York Times at 2-22-2018: "The Chinese government has discouraged tourism to Taiwan...".   CTV news 3-9-2018 : beautiful island turns into killing island (traffic accidents), Taiwan's tourism might be a long dark night.   Apple Daily, opinion, 2-12-2018: lacking of monument elements, mature cultural creativity, and inexpensive tour-site hotels ...  shallow, careless, low-end quality led to an extremely low return visitor rate to Taiwan.   Apple Daily, Headline news 1-15-2018:  Taiwan tourism collapsed like a snow-slide, the number of tourists to Kenting National Park(墾丁貓鼻頭) dropped 59%,  to Taroko National Gorge (太魯閣) dropped 43%, etc, because of the number of Chinese tourists declined a lot and local people don't like those sites -  Apple Daily opinion 1-17-2018: expensive hotels, crowded traffic, getting ripped-off by greedy shops' ...  UDN opinion 4-11-2018: tourism-related business everywhere are complaining of great hardship (齊喊苦)   ;   food safety issues never end /  The China Times,  editorial 10-20-2018, UDN editorial 12-4-2018.  The United Daily 12-10-2018: tourism deficit expansion!  The number of Taiwanese traveling abroad is more than that of tourists to Taiwan.





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Chinese visitors and tourists to Taiwan (in millions) ,  Direct flights  between Chn and TW began at 2008,  DPP (Green) in power from 2016
source:   Nikkei Asia Review, 4-30-2019, Taiwanese government



Average consumption (USD) daily of foreign tourists
 (Japan, Korea, China, HK&Macau, USA, Singapore, Malaysia)  from 2015 till 2017

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 (https://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-49178224 7-31-2019)
Telegraph, UK, 7-31-2019: China remains the top source of tourists, with close to 2.5 million visiting last year



data 2018
area population number of tourists (person in time) times
Hong Kong 7.3 million 65.1 million 1:9
Macau 0.65 million 35.9 million 1 : 55
Singapore 5.6 million 18.5 million 1 : 2.3
Taiwan 23 million 11.25 million 1 : 0.5


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  One of the most underrated tourist destinations in Asia

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,...

Taiwan Travel and tourism competitiveness -  10th on Asia
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 No.120
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



pic.: In World's Best Restaurants list, In Asia area, Australia, Singapore, Japan, India, Thailand, China, Korea are winners , Taiwan was not selected.




pic.: In Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, Singapore, China, Japan, Thailand are big winners 



pic. above: Taiwan's restaurants were loser or behind in EATER's "world best restaurants awards",  CNN "world's best new restaurants" and Economists EIU "Global Food Security Index".



   ●   Michelin Stars (2020) comparison among Asian cities

Michelin Guide cities

number of starred restaurants

number of 3-stars restaurants

number of 2 stars

1 star

Tokyo 226 11 48 167
Hong Kong,
85 10 19 56
Kyoto 100 8 21 77
Osaka 111 3 16 79
Seoul 31 2 7 22
Singapore (新加坡) 44 2 5 37
Taipei  (台北) 26 1 6 19
Shanghai (上海) 23 1 2 20




According to  World Economic Forum (WEF)  <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017), 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. 

BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017):  "Bus Crash Horror !" Taiwan's "safety standards need to be improved".   A few days later another fatal tour-bus accident occurred.   The 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 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 busLow-end tour groups tragic accidents happening again and again open Pandora's box, too many tourist victims reveal Taiwan tourism's problems, Taiwan authority tried to do something (亡羊補牢) each time a tragic accident occurred, but it seemed late and same kind of tragedies 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. (顏宗海, U. London ) advised that "Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !

Taiwan has never reached top 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> of 2015,   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 (  Taiwanese personality ).  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, 2014/2015 <Country Brands Index>, Taiwan's 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 competitiveness report>, 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.  (by Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. TAIWAN)   Taiwan university - college of Public health's associate dean: Taiwan's PM2.5 air-pollution-control standard is 15 years behind, and hence create a legitimate environment to kill people (1-4-2016 L.T. http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/paper/945998).   BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017): Taiwan's transportation "safety standards need to be improved".

  One of the
fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world

In spite of these bad scores, MasterCard study (6-2015), in terms of the number of international overnight visitor arrivals last year, ranked Taipei 11th in the world and sixth in the Asia-Pacific region (ps: see tbl below).  Taipei is fast-growing tourist destination over the past five years.  The annual growth rate 14.9% is ranked world No.1, In terms of international tourist spending last year, Taipei was ranked 11th in the world and fifth in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, international tourists in Taipei spent US$9.28 billion  (Taipei Times, 6-6-2015) . Euromonitor International released at 1-28-2017 "Top 100 City Destinations" ranking in terms of international tourist arrivals in 2015, Taipei ranks No. 14 (higher than Tokyo , Seoul), Taichung No. 97. (No.1 Hong Kong, No.2 Bangkok, No. 4 Singapore, No. 6 Macau)


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:
(1) new image and positioning, street food/night

markets is no longer good enough.
(2) demassification & niche marketing, specific strategy

 for eco-tourism.  cheap-price or duty-free probably

can't save TW tourism.  



PIC:  Without Chinese tourists, Taiwan's foreign exchange earnings
 decreased 267 billions (NT dollars)  per yr.  / The China Times,  10-4-2017

The number of tourists to Taipei attractions dropped sharply 2.7 million in upper yr.
 / United Daily, 10-20-2017




  ●  Taiwan's poor creativity and culture can help its tourism industry as scholars advised ??

Taiwan government logo



Western (Canadian) logo appeared earlier


    Taiwan state-owned enterprise logo
pic. right:  Western logo

logo designed by Taiwan's national university     
pic. right: Korea Seoul city logo


Pic. : Ranking No.1 on Google by English keyword "comment Taiwan tourism" at  9-4-2018, 11-9-2015,  6-6-2016, 1-1-2017, 1-27-2018.

Pic. No.1 "comment Taiwan travel" on google, 12-8-2016, 12-15-2015,  3-22-2016, 1-1-2017, 1-27-2018..

Although Telegraph (Jan. 2017) mentioned Taipei's  "pioneering creative scene",  however, in fact ......

Pic. above-left: Taiwan's college paper, professor, and tourism leader both advised : culture 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 Taiwanese cultural creativity 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.

  International famous tourism & travel reports

  Taiwan usually is not included on top ranking list of world travel and tourism rpt.


 2015 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report

Taiwan's weakness : Taiwan's strength :
Index Taiwan's world rankings Index Taiwan's ranking
Country Brand Strategy No.125 taxi airport charges No.17
Prioritization of Travel & Tourism No.82 Internet Users No.24
Hotel price index No.82 access improving drinking water No.33
Tourist service infrastructure No.77 Mobil network coverage No.1
Environmental Sustainability No.69 quality of railroad No.7
Natural Resource No.62 Fuel price No.22
Purchasing power parity No.64 domestic transport network No.7
World heritage cultural sites the last position, n/a ps (China No.5) Business cost of violence No.11
World heritage natural sites the last position, n/a (China No.3) Taiwan has never been included in top 30 on <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (2011~2015).
major car rental companies No.120
Travel and tourism industry development No.53

full rpt. pls. ref. to http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2015   TW overall index 32 in '15.


Country Brands Index 2014/2015

Taiwan's score : Taiwan's score location - "Countries" (left lower place)
Taiwan locates in "Countries" category, a lowest area  ―   having below average perceptions in both the Status and Experience dimensions.

Critera :
tourism / Value for money, Range of attractions, Resort & lodging options, Would like to visit for a vacation, Food ;
HERITAGE & CULTURE / Historical points of interest, Heritage, art & culture, Natural beauty;

“Country brands” – Countries that have above average perceptions across both the Status and Experience dimensions and have measurable competitive advantages over their peers as a result.
“Experience countries” – Countries whose perception strength is biased towards dimensions relating to Heritage & Culture, Tourism and Made In.
“Status countries” – Countries whose perception strength is biased towards attributes relating to Value System, Quality Of Life and Business Potential.
top 20 countries: Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Norway, United States, Australia, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Finland,Singapore, Iceland, Netherlands, France, Italy, United Arab Emirates, South Korea.

top 20 most influential cities:  NY, London, Beijing, Washington, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, Dubai,  HK, Singapore, New Delhi, SaoPaulo, Rio De Janeiro, LA, Rome, Toronto, Seoul, Mumbai.



  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  http://internationalliving.com/2015/01/the-best-places-to-retire-2015/   , 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 arrivals), 2.Bankok(18.24), 3.Paris, 4.Dubai(14.26), 5.Istanbul(12.56), 6.New York City, 7.Singapore(11.88),8. Kuala Lumpur(11.12), 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 /  Country Brand Index


2011-2012  Rank  

Asia's best 1. NZ, 2 Jap, 3 Aus, 4 Sing, 5 Maldives, 6 Thai, 7 India, 8 Korea, 9 Mal, 10 Fiji, 11 Vietnam, 12 Nepal, 13 chn, 14 Indonesia, 15 Phi, 16 Laos, 17 Cambodia, 18 Bangladesh, 19 Iran, 20 Pakistan
Resort & lodging options 1 Maldives, 2 Mauritius, 3 Japan, 4 Swiss, 5 US, 6 UAE, 7 Spain, 8 Bermuda, 9 st Lucia, 10 Thai, 12 NZ, 13, Fiji
Food 1 Italy, 2France, 3 Japan, 4Spain, 5 Singapore, 6 Thailand, 7 India, 8 Brasil, 9 Malaysia, 10 Swiss, 11 Germany, 12 Vietnam, 13 Greece, 14 Australia, 15 USA
Shopping 1 US, 2 France, 3 Italy, 4 UK, 5 Japan, 6 China, 7 singapore, 8 UAE, 9 thai, 10 Germany
Attraction 1 Japan, 2 Italy, 3 France, 4 US, 5 Israel, 6 UK, 8 Egypt, 9 Spain, 10 Swiss, 11 Aus, 12 Peru, 13 India, 14 Austria, 15 S Africa
Value for Money 1 Thai, 2 US, 3 Malaysia, 4 Argen, 5 India, 6 Laos, 7 Indonesia, 8 Cam, 9 Vietnam, 10 Turkey, 11 Aus, 12 NZ, 13 Spain
Night Life 1 US, 2 UK, 3 Brasil, 4 Spain, 5 France, 6 Italy, 7 Aus, 8 Thai, 9 Argentina, 10 Germany, 11, Japan, 12 Holland, 13 Singapore, 14 Greece, 15 China
Beaches 1 Aus, 2 Brasil, 3 US, 4 Maldives, 5 Bahamas, 6 Thailand, 7 Greece, 8 Spain

In 2008 Top Country Brand Index Ranking ,Japan(日本) is the only top 10 Asian country, China is the rising star in the next 5 years.


2007-2008 rankings:  ( underscore for Eastern nations)

"Arts & Culture"

France, Egypt, India, UK, Greece, Red China, Russia, Japan, Spain.
"Fine dining"  Italia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, UAE, Malaysia, Spain, Argentina .
"Friendly locals"  Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Thailand, Sweden, Fiji, Turkey, Arab, Austria
"Best shopping"  UAE, Singapore, Italia, Japan, France, UK, Canada, Thai, S Korea
"authenticity"  Red China, S Africa, Japan, Thai, Egypt, India, Peru, Morocco
"Ideal for business"  Red China ranks No.1,  Singapore and Japan rank top 10. 

     According to 2009 ECA int'l "the Best Place to Reside", Taipei ranks No.57,  Asia top 3 are Singapore, HK, Tokyo( both world No.15).  2010's rank :  Taipei No.55, Singapore is still global No. 1.




 The Star Online, 2-20-2020: US travel advisory warns of Taiwan
 "apparent community spread" ...
community spread": people infected with the CoronaVirus ...
are not sure how and where they became infected



About Taiwan's travel & tourism



1.  Taiwanese food - restaurants in Taiwan      


  Financial Times, 8-28-2020: Taiwan eventually eases restrictions on US pork and beef imports.  Must bear in mind you may eat beef and pork with controversial Ractopamine from 2021 on, because the cost of local meat is much more expensive.   United Daily (Economy Daily News, Taiwan) , editorial, 1-17-2021: Taiwan imported US beef (aged 30+ months), US pig offal and pork with controversial Ractopamine since Jan. 2021, it's not safe enough for customers because (1) A new branding initiative (Taiwan pork logo) that helps customers distinguish whether shops and restaurants are using predominantly local or imported pork was officially launched, however, it's very easy for businessmen to have that logo (2) Marking "US pork" in restaurants and shops is not arbitrary for political factor.   83% of Taiwan's Michelin 2~3 star restaurants, and 33% of Taiwan's Michelin star restaurants, failed to pass sanitary/health inspection (kitchen things/equipment not clean, food materials on the floor, without staffs' health examination proof ) , but they passed second inspection, such as 3 star restaurant Le Palais, 2 star restaurants RAW、態芮-Tairroir、祥雲龍吟( RyuGin Taipei )、 鮨天本(Sushi Amamoto).   ref. to Liberty Times, 3-30-2020, Apple Daily 3-31-2020.    CTV, 1-12-2021: 18 star-rated tourist hotel restaurants were found to be irregular/illegal in expired ingredients or other food-safety issues, including many 5 star hotels e.g., Ambassador Hotel, Regent Taipei's 晶泉丰旅、日月行館 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UapKrGPkjUM)  

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 9Singapore 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 positionhttps://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/asia-50-best-restaurants-2018/index.html


         According 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.   http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners#t51-100.
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)KoreaIndiaSri 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 Liveability Country Level Index (Jan. 2015), 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 "has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats" since 1949,  "The failure of Mr Ma’s government to prevent a series of food scandals has also upset many" The New York times (9.8.2014): The authorities in Taiwan are scrambling to control a tainted-cooking-oil scandal that has affected hundreds of manufacturers and raised fears about health risks posed in many commonly consumed food items... the new scandal shows that there is still not enough being done to eliminate lawbreaking production lines”.  BusinessWeek (9-8-2014): "The new gutter-oil scandal has “shocked local consumers in Taiwan".   BBC (11-19-2013): Consumers in Taiwan have been shocked by a series of food safety scandals.      

         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 ... , a 5 star restaurant made Japanese sashimi by fresh-water fishes, this may causes serious infection even cancer, according to Japanese studies in 2013... 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.   
Another book, "Fruits , Vegetables" ("遠離毒蔬果", June 2015) by IMEI (義美) group's leader Luis Ko (高志明), page 162 quoted Dr. Gaston J.C. Wu (professor & dean, Taiwan Normal University) saying that Taiwan's vegetables and fruits should be flushed thoroughly with plenty of flowing water, those tiny gaps and hollows need to be cleaned by 'brush' before cooking or/and eating.  No just soaking vegetables and fruits in water in a large basin ... 
The Liberty Times (9-16-2015) scholar's comment-article "洗菜只沖不刷, 蟲卵農藥統統下肚" also supported this suggestion for avoid pesticide (a lot more than US vegetables ) etc.





       Intro. to Taiwanese restaurants:

   1. Din Tai Fung is a popular point for tourists (including Tom Cruise), and the best-known restaurant ( ranking No.1 Taiwanese restaurant by <Miele  Guide> of 2012).   



  (1) Din Tai Fung admitted at 5-9-2012 having used  Monosodium Glutamate / sodium glutamate (M.S.G.) as 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"), mushroom, etc.  According to  National Health Research Institutes 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" : http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/the-dangers-of-monosodium-glutamate.htm)  Some claimed it may causes asthma, headache, even brain damage. )


(2) 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. ( http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20141010/485241/   台中市衛生局調查發現,鼎泰豐曾向購買頂新正義油品的台中金品調理(KingsCook) 公司進貨,恐中鏢。) Din Tai Fung denied it.



(3) Din Tai Fung admitted having used G.M.(genetic modified) soy material(豆類) for a long time (until July 2015).   The China Times, (3.29.2013) reported professor Kuo H. J. (National Taiwan University, Department of Agronomy) comments - Taiwan using G.M.(genetic modified) is "national scandal" (國家級醜聞」), French scholar Seralini found G.M. foods may cause cancer with higher probability,    BBC (6.6.2013)<Taiwan diet danger everywhere>: Taiwan is the only country eating cured products made by animal-feed, G.M.(genetic modified) soya beans.  (主妇联盟说台湾是世界上唯一直接食用饲料级基改黄豆加工 的豆制品国家。)  But Din Tai Fung still used the "scandalous" G.M. stuff for 2+ years after the news being spread island-wide

CNN (7-24-2015) dropped Din Tai Fung down to No.20 position  in Taiwanese foods list.



a DinTaiFung in USA  Nearly Shut Down for Unsatisfactory Health Inspection...The Brand Personality ?
Din Tai Fung Michelin star


According to 2 US local news (4-15-2016), Din Tai Fung ( Bellevue, WA, USA ) failed to pass health inspections (violating cooling procedures, handwashing, and having valid permits and operating procedures, among other items) and garnered 85 critical food safety violations, Din Tai Fung ( Seattle ) also received unsatisfactory health inspections 3 times ... (China Times, 5-22-2016)


Din Tai Fung's Hong Kong branches were just eliminated their Michelin one star title at Oct. 31, 2014,
Taiwan's Din Tai Fung never won any Michelin star title, but it is advertising itself a Michelin star restaurant by posters at front of largest Japanese mall, Mitsukoshi Dpt. Store in Taipei (photo Aug. 22 2015)  and in SOGO Dpt. Store (2-27-2016).


Din Tai Fung USA website (http://DinTaiFungusa.com) has also been advertising a similar one in its front-page. (tests till present at 9-17-2015)
 ps: the China Times analyzed losing Michelin most likely it's because of inconsistent quality problem.  (http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20141031001358-260405) 


  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



controversial fish


pic.: 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.
Some 5 star hotels in Taiwan seemed love to serve cheap-price Basa ―  however, they used English name Bassa or Balsa ( not fish name ), instead of Basa,  but, the Chinese name used is Basa for sure.
pic. left is a hot dish served by a Taipei's 5 star hotel buffet restaurant,  "Thailand steamed Bassa fish"  (photo at 4-24-2018);  Pic. right is another top hotel   Sheraton Taipei's buffet food -   "Balsa" fish ( photo in Nov. 2017 ).







pic. left: Weird !! the deep fried fish in world well-known Grand Hotel Taipei buffet restaurant has no any remarks (July 2018)upon my question, the 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 also hide the fish name  (5-17-2018)





pic. : Expert in TVBS (2-14-2018) advised that
 so called Parabramis Pekinensis(魴), Dori, Basa all are Catfish (鯰) from Vietnam, basically,
the Dori we eat are not Dori, the Patagonian (鱈) we eat actually are Toothfish (比目魚).

 Further more, those have addictive and even medicine problems.
Too many fakes and tricks !! even in 5 star hotel restaurants.
Do we have fake chickens ? tricky coffee ...?


  eat  it SOON !!    sushi / raw fish slices




pic.: 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 (7c), the number of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus (腸炎弧菌) keeps growing double every 20 minutes (倍數滋生) or so,   in normal temperature (常溫 30c~),  ... ref to https://udn.com/news/story/7186/2512857;TVBS,11-1-2016.

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.  
A Hong Kong media revealed some widely-known Japanese restaurant in Taiwan displayed raw fish and other sushi more than 30 minutes.  A famous M.D. said (TVBS, 8-15-2018) displaying no more than 30 minutes suppose fine for sushi with a cover to keep it cold. 

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).



  GM tofu




pic.: Famous 5 star hotel buffet's tofu (豆腐皮, July 23, 2018) did not have any sign, upon my req., they answered it's not GM-free soybean, therefore, some sign must be there


left: Grand Hotel Taipei used GM beans, photo 6-8-2018

right: Sherwood(西華飯店), photo 5-28-2018
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
in Taiwan's 5 star hotel restaurant,
one of most popular ones. (Sept. 2018)
 I also saw a fly in
another Taiwan's world famous hotel restaurant in 2018,
and a top hotel buffet restaurant in South Korea about 20 years ago.


◆  東森新聞(EBC TV news), 12-27-2017

Customers saw a fly (「果蠅」) flying around,
and another one fly in their soup, while having
buffet in 5 star hotel restaurant (NT 1000 per person)








  Fix the color by DEADLY CO.      sushi / raw fish slices

pic. left:



in Sheraton buffet (top~bottom)




pic. middle:
 tuna in
Shangri La's

Taipei, cafe




pic. right:

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.
 ( right side ) : Salmon 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

◆   In May 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)




    more ...





 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.


 Taiwanese foods


US president Bush was in Taiwanese restaurant


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
Butter-Head: so, we can eat these health foods now?!

a creativity by Z. Zu 

pic. below: former US president Bush was

 in Taiwan's restaurant - Beijing Do It True;

the restaurant said Bush had their dishes
ps: DIT doesn't have Bush's favorite,

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
Pic. above is a huge golden-color Patteraless (python)
Vedio below shows peeling a painful, curling, long snake for a  regimen-meal


     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/
      There's no any Taiwanese restaurant on the best-50 list.
         On 2015's top 50 list, Japan is No. 8,  on 2013's list, top 10 all are Western restaurants (No. 1, Spainish El Celler de Can Roca No. 2, Danish Noma No. 3 Italia 4. Spain 5. USA 6. Brasil 7. U.K. 8. Spain 9. Austria
10. Germany), the highest ranking Asian restaurant is No.20 Narisawa which is located in Tokyo Japan,  No. 75 is Hong Kong's Candonese restaurant "龍景軒".

    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.

     ps1: Taiwan's restaurants intro. by world reports pls. ref. to the table at end of this web-pages




best street food - braised pork rice in Taiwan




CNN( 7-24-2015)"40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without" -  ranking No.1 is Gin-Fon(金鋒)Braised pork rice,
which is next to Nan-Men Market (on Roosevelt Rd. - for honoring US former president);
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.









CNN: best beef noodle in Taiwan






CNN(7-24-2015)recommands 40 Taiwanese foods that we can't live without, the picture above is No.2  food  
― Lin_Dong_Fang beef noodle in Ba-de road, Taipei. (neighborhood of the headquarter of
KMT, Taiwan's ruling political-party '08 ~ '16)
you can see a long queue in each weekday's dining time , but,
It looks bit awful,  even it tastes awesome,
ow do Westerners feel about the "restaurant"?  another one CNN recommended is TaoYuan Street Lao Wang beef noodle,
 their beef is sort of pink-colored (look like roast beef), very tender, and less salty than Lin Dong-Fang's. (ps: new shop near Fu-Xin N.  / 2019)





2. Taiwanese food - night market, small eat ( 小吃)   

   1.     Taipei 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 upgraded. 
  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

       ◎ T
he United Daily (3-1-2017): Many Taiwanese night markets closed down due to lacking of distinguishing feature or quality, and the number of Chinese tourists sudden decreasing.

       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".    
The China Times (8-8-2015) : Taiwan failed to establish a high-quality image of tourism & travel, but just impressed tourists a place filled with cheap goods, e.g., small-eat,  because of marketing strategy problem.

   2.  CNN readers to Vote (June 15, 2015): "Which destination has the world's best food? ",...please ref. to Taiwan night markets  of this site groups.
CNN's article ( 2 -11- 2015) "10 things Taiwan does better than anywhere else",...please ref. to Taiwan night markets .
CNN Go (3-23-2012) selected Taiwan's Taipei as one  among "Asia's 10 greatest street foods cities"... please ref. to Taiwan night markets .
Business Insider (6-10-2015) introduced Taiwan's tour ―― Let's start with the food. ... please ref. to Taiwan night markets .



Discovery (USA) called oyster omelette as  "Taiwanese Viagra".  Oyster omelet is best dish / most typical snack in Taiwan.
Taiwanese government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) announced via Guardian (UK) and United Daily (Taiwan) in 2010 that Taiwan
will spend NT1 billion dollars on promoting "country brand" by popularizing typical foods, oyster omelet and stinky tofu... 

Bizarre Foods of Andrew Zimmern in Nov. '15 mentioned Americans are afraid of street foods ...





oyster omelet reported by Discovery USA


oyster omelet reported by CNN 7-24-2015

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" .

ps: The Liberty Times (9-18-2015 Weekender): some businesses used soaking in phosphatic water to enlarger oysters, formaldehyde (HCHO) to extend oysters expiration, borax(硼砂) to whiten (or avoid dark / black color) oysters ... better select shops with reputation.



    But, this web-site comments:


   (1) stinky tofu (臭豆腐): This tasteful food may has some problems, including G.M.(genetic modified) soy as material, and deep-fried food being not healthy widely known already.
   (2) beef noodle (牛肉麵): They usually use a source namely DorBanJian(豆瓣醬), so, better select restaurants with reputation to avoid aflatoxin which may contains in 豆瓣醬 and may leads to liver cancer.
oyster omelet (蚵仔煎) :  It is most typical Taiwanese food ( you can see this street snack  in any night market), but not exquisite & elaborated food.    The oyster omelet in Discovery channel uses peanut-powder.  Be careful of fatal
aflatoxin may be in peanut-powder in infamous shops, since a famous peanut product made in USA found aflatoxin before.  The Liberty Times (9-18-2015): some businesses used
soaking in phosphatic water to enlarger oysters, formaldehyde (HCHO) to extend oysters expiration, borax(硼砂) to whiten (or avoid dark / black color) oysters ... details (night markets)    details (dangerous foods in Taiwan)


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 -  A book (Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital's physician Jiang So-San M.D. 江守山 "食在安心" (10-2014)) said many 5 star hotel restaurants don't wash vegetables ...  some 5 star hotels made sashimi raw fish slices by using fresh-water fishes, this may increase the probability to get cancer  (for details 台灣餐廳  or  台灣美食Taiwan Night Markets ) ; 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 metal Cadmium poisoning (重金屬镉) 14% higher than the standard...;  Apple Daily (蘋果日報 7-2-'13): Taiwan's tourist hotels' food ingredients expired 2 years,  only 3 out of 21 hotels passed the security check and sanitary examination etc conducting by Taiwan Administration, e.g., Shangri-La's (tnn) did not separate their cutting tools for cooked foods and raw foods;    FTV news, 5-18-2017: 13 ingredients / materials expired in a 5 star hotel in Taiwan;  CTI TV news (5-17-2017, 19:33): What can we eat in Taiwan? people are uneasy for food here...  ◆ 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

Mandarin Oriental
Taipei (文華東方)




Hi-Lai Harbour Taipei
饗食天堂 Sherwood
Howard(福華)1F, 4F, 2F Ambassador
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

1-29-2019  data:


weekdays 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)


2-18-2019 updated

seafood bar added: scallops, ,mussel,catfish,whelks, ... hot dish: wok fried lily asparagus shrimps...


12-26-2018 data

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 蚵)soft rice;
Ningbo style braised eel fillet yellow chive, braised sea cucumber, Shanghai dumpling, roast duck, wok fried chicken basil, braised pork belly bamboo shout preserved bean curd sauce, wok braised fish preserved vegetable...;


8 Häagen-Dazs, blue cheese, cheese cake, kiwi, orange juice






3-4-2019  updated

hot dishes same, add clam chowder soup, fruits add kiwi and small apple

2-22-2019: updated hot dish: soak rice with abalonebraised 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


EBC (東森/靖天育樂TV) 5-4-2018 3:00pm :

   Hi-Lai serves  10 different kinds of Japanese raw fish slices,

 and abalone;


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)




 fried scallop(煎干貝)、


French style shoulder mutton(法式羊肩排)、


Sushi( Japan's beef a-bu-ri-su-shi和牛握壽司)、


baked oyster(焗烤生蠔)

3 different items of  raw fish slices : Dolphin fish (鬼頭刀), Nagao Coast snapper(雞紅鯛), Bonito (鰹), from Tai-Dong, Taiwan.


  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)

3-4-2019 updated:

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 offer