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         Taipei house

ugly, but more expensive than Tokyo's


★  comparison Taiwan's cities with world metropolitan

Demographia / Major Housing Market Ranked by Affordability,   2022 Q3

World Rank Metro. Market Median Multiple
94 Hong Kong, China 18.8
  Taipei, Taiwan (2022 Q4, pip.moi.gov.tw/v3/e/scre0105.aspx) 15.77
93 Sydney, NSW, Australia 13.3
  New Taipei , Taiwan (2022 Q4, pip.moi.gov.tw/v3/e/scre0105.aspx) 12.68
92 Vancouver, BC, Canada 12.0
89 L.A., USA 11.3
  TaiChung , Taiwan  (2022 Q4, pip.moi.gov.tw/v3/e/scre0105.aspx) 11.11
87 San Francisco, USA 10.7
  City average, Taiwan  (2022 Q4) 9.61
83 London , UK 8.7
47 Singapore 5.3
demographia.com/dhi.pdf      Taiwan gov. pip.moi.gov.tw/v3/e/scre0105.aspx


globalpropertyguide.com   Residential Real Estate Market Analysis 2022 2022-12-6
Taiwan's house price growth continues to accelerate, amidst robust demand buoyed by the ultra-low interest rate environment.  Lutheran home price index rose strongly by 14.77% (10.79% inflation-adjusted) in during the year to Q2 2022,  the biggest y-o-y growth recorded since Q4 2013.
Taipei is one of the world's most expensive cities. Taipei's house price-to-income ratio has risen sharply from just 6.4 in 2004 to about 15.8 in 2021– higher than most world metropolitan (except Hong Kong)


Demographia / Major Housing Market Ranked by Affordability   2020 Q3

Rank Metro. Market Median Multiple
92 Hong Kong 20.7
  Taipei 15.8
91 Vancouver, BC, Canada 13.0
90 Sydney, NSW, Australia 11.8
85 San Francisco, USA 9.6
83 L.A., USA 8.9
82 London , UK 8.2
50 Singapore 4.7
demographia.com/dhi2021.pdf     Taiwan gov.   pip.moi.gov.tw

Unmonitored speculation, low housing supply, and a long tradition of homeownership pushed house prices in Taiwan, particularly in the capital city, and particularly on high-end properties.   buying a home remains unaffordable for most young Taiwanese, a situation we don’t expect to change in the medium term,” said Emily Dabbs of Moody’s Analytics. An average household in Taipei needs to pay two-thirds of income for a mortgage loan, far above the affordable limit of 30%.
Taipei now vies with Monaco for the lowest yields in the world. Taipei is not a happy place to be a landlord. Currently, average rental yields in Taiwan hover around 1.5%.  Paradoxically Taiwan has one of the highest home ownership rates in the world at 87%, while social housing accounts for about 5% of households. And the trend towards home ownership is increasing. Because of this, Taiwan's rental market is quite small, around 8% of around nine million households.


Numbeo Property Prices Index by country 2023
comparison among Asian countries


world rank country Price to Income ratio Gross Rental Yield City Centre Affordability Index
3 Hong Kong 44.9 1.7 0.1
5 China 34.6 1.6 0.4
11 S. Korea 26.0 0.9 0.5
16 Taiwan 20.1 1.5 0.8
32 Singapore 15.5 3.3 1.0
72 Japan 10.3 2.5 1.7


  comparison among Asia's cities

city Price to Income ratio Price to Rent ratio city center Loan Affordability Index
Taipei 29.68 87.01 0.57
New Taipei City 35.45 37.11 0.48
Taichung 17.77 53.61 0.95
Kaohsiung 12.49 47.37 1.28
Tokyo (日本) 12.65 32.18 1.41
Singapore (新加坡) 15.73 29.11 0.96
Shanghai (大陸) 47.11 60.75 0.27
Beijing 46.06 61.61 0.27
Seoul () 30.40 90.68 0.47



House Prices/GDP per Capita in Taiwan compared to Asia




1 Cambodia  139.08x
2 India 93.39x
3 Philippines 92.29x
4 Vietnam  50.94x
5 Taiwan  48.70x
6 Hong Kong  45.19x
7 China 42.79x
8 Thailand 37.36x
9 Japan 23.63x
10 Indonesia 20.05x
12 Singapore 17.69x
13 Malaysia 13.25x
Taiwan does not publish official house price statistics. Sinyi Realty has quarterly and monthly house price indices. 


  China Daily , 2023-5-26: Taiwan people unhappy with DPP, polls show  Taiwan's residents are disillusioned with Tsai Ing-wen's performance and the DPP administration's reluctance to address important issues such as the income gap, affordable housing and unemployment.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202305/26/WS646fc82ea310b6054fad5234.html


  United Daily 經濟日報, 2023-5-20: The price index of houses in Q4, 2022 reaches 127.5, which increases 28% since Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016The prices of pre-sale houses increase even much more ( 87% )  The young people cannot afford buying a house, therefore more and more choose not to get married and not to have baby, which is called national security crisis (risk).  udn.com/news/story/7338/7177628?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2  
  China Times , editorial , 2023-5-21: When Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, the house price-to-income ratio is  9.32, Mortgage Burden is 38.34%,the house price-to-income ratio in Q4 2022 is 9.61,Mortgage Burden is 40.25, showing an obvious upward trend.  As of April this year, the supply of new housing projects in the metropolitan area has decreased by about 10% compared with the same period last year, but prices have even continued to rise Given the low wages of young people in Taiwan, what kind of price and area "suits young people's ability" as Minister of Interior said? Single renters in Taipei spend an average of 35% of their monthly salary on renting a suite. How can they save some money to buy a house? The current unemployment rate among young people aged 25 to 29 is as high as 6.13%. Young people can't even find a job, let alone buying a house?   chinatimes.com/opinion/20230520003246-262101?chdtv   

China Times ,
editorial , 2023-5-19: According to governmental statistics, nearly 80% of young people's salary is to pay home loan, how can they have enough money to live ? DPP's 2024 presidential election candidate Lai (賴清德) gave a wrong saying to youngsters "house price is dropping"Minster Lin (林右昌) gave a tricky word : Young people can buy a house if they make planning or not to pick "high-price location".  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230519004400-262101?chdtv


economist / The world's most liveable cities in 2023
City liveability index, Mar. 2023   -   Taipei ranks world No. 65, Asia's No.14


cities in Asia

90+ Melbourne, Sydney, Aucland, Adelaide, Osaka(Japan), Perth, Tokyo(Japan), Brisbane, Wellington, Singapore
 80-90 Seoul(Korea), Hong Kong(Chn),  Busan(Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Kaohsiung, Taichung
60-80 Noumea, Nantong, SuZhou, Beijing, ShenYang, Shanghai, etc
top 5 cities: Vienna 98.4,  Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney, Vancouver ... No.10 Osaka, Aucland 96
Score out of 100*  five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.


  經濟日報 United Dailyeditorial, 2022-10-2:  The government praising real estate industry is  "the shield to protect the country"(「護國群山」)" the engine of economic development" (「經濟發展的火車頭」) triggers anger of law-makers, scholars, and civil communities.  Taiwan's Ratio of house price to income (房價所得比) in 1st Qtr. rises to 9.58 which is 8.97 times of that in 2nd Qtr. 2016, and hits record high in 20 years. Mortgage Burden (房屋貸款負擔率) hits record high as well.  Besides, the housing rental index (住房租金指數) reaches 106.64  udn.com/news/story/7338/6655387?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2   brief

  National Interest ,  2022-7-9:   Taiwan faces many internal problems. First, low wages and high housing costs are affecting the marriage rate and leading to decreases in fertility.    nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-china-cant-afford-attack-taiwan-203504

  <United Daily > editorial, 2022-3-27: In a seminar in National Cheng Kung University, 41% students chose to embrace  ‘Lying Flat’( lie around like a couch potato)...Soaring housing prices have become the biggest pain for young people...the real wage is pretty low...The central government is reluctant to promote the Taxes on Housing Speculators , and is passive and perfunctory to adjust the housing policy    udn.com/news/story/7338/6194409?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2


  United Dailyeditorial, 2022-4-6:  Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen reneges on her main policy,  housing justice - failures on building social houses, and the housing price has been rapidly soaring...    udn.com/news/story/7338/6217258?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2


  VOAnews ,  2022-4-1:  Taiwan's rising housing costs have also made it difficult for young people...
Today, even small housing units in Taipei can command prices exceeding $1 million,...housing prices across six cities including Taipei rose more than 30% between 2019 and 2021.  Much of the inflated prices in housing is fueled by the long running problem of property speculation in Taiwan and very little social housing.    voanews.com/a/survey-shows-young-taiwanese-lack-savings-are-highly-indebted-/6510937.html


  China Times, 中國時報 editorial , 2022-1-31 To solve the lowest birthrate (world lowest "Fertility Rate", 1.1, by The World Fact Book (cia.gov/the-world-factbook/field/total-fertility-rate/country-comparison) ), the first thing is to reduce the financial pressure of the common people; and the most important among all is housing prices or rent price.  However, the more new restrictions by the Central Bank to curb rising housing prices, the higher the housing prices rise.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20220129003035-262101?chdtv


  New York Times ,  2022-1-21: At the time of the fire, the deadly "ghost building" had suffered years of neglect ... Piles of garbage had accumulated on lower floors and in the stairwells, which fire officials said had accelerated the fire’s spread and impeded rescue effortsThe blaze also highlighted the lack of support for poor and older people who are desperate for housing and often have no choice but to live in dilapidated buildings.   nytimes.com/2022/01/21/world/asia/taiwan-fire-ghost-building-suspect.html


   United Daily  經濟日報  editorial, 2022-6-25:  From Jan. 2021 till March 2022, the average housing price rose 11.5% ( TaiNan 21.7%,TaiChung 18.9%, Kaohsiung 13.3%)the most important factor is low interest rate in recent years...   udn.com/news/story/7338/6413909?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2


  聯合報  United Daily2022-9-23: The government has not been very active on Tsai's political views declared during running for president - social housing construction  (1) electoral considerations,  not to offend the builders. (2) Encourage house purchasing (3) Not to spend money on “charity” (4)  Government values ​​entrepreneurs over civilians  udn.com/news/story/121823/6634051?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub121823_pulldownmenu_v2  


  New York Times ,  2021-10-16: The Kaohsiung building (46 killed in a fire) is one of many aging structures across the island that have fallen into severe disrepair as a result of weak management and government neglect.  Skyrocketing housing costs in Taiwan’s cities — and a rapidly aging population — have exacerbated these issues in recent years and have outpaced the government’s efforts to resolve them...  the lack of support for Taiwan’s rapidly aging population... older buildings that had been constructed under outdated safety guidelines were often overlooked   nytimes.com/2021/10/15/world/asia/taiwan-building-fire.html


  New York Times ,  2021-10-15:  At least 46 die in a Taiwan apartment fire...alarming safety conditions inside the building, including exposed electricity cables, corroded water pipes and heaps of detritus obstructing dark stairwells...Taiwan has a spotty record when it comes to fire safety. The tragedy on Thursday was Taiwan’s deadliest building fire since 1995, when a blaze broke out in a karaoke club in the central city of Taichung, killing 64 people... to raise questions about whether the self-governing island,... had overlooked basic safety concerns in the rush to develop nytimes.com/2021/10/14/world/asia/taiwan-apartment-fire.html


  《 Bloomberg》 ,  2021-7-1 (bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-01/taiwan-s-red-hot-housing-defies-challenges-from-covid-to-china?srnd=prognosis) : Taiwan’s Red-Hot Housing Defies Challenges From Covid to  the constant threat of invasion from China / Prices defy sale curbs, falling population, high vacancy rate, Covid outbreak slows deals, but low rates drive prices higher.   Taiwan home prices jumped the most in six years in the first quarter and may reach new highs by the end of the year, residential and office deals in Taiwan’s six largest cities surged 27.9% in April from a year earlier, smaller families are creating new demands, such as for small- and medium-sized apartments....The government is not bringing its ultimate game to fight the overly-hot market.  “The real solution for restraining prices lies in raising property taxes.”


  China Times, 中國時報 editorial , 2021-10-15 Behind the fire sea in Kaohsiung building (城中城) is the government's discrimination and indifference to those underprivileged group who can not afford buying fire-fighting equipments, the Kaohaiung city hall was not intend to purchase the equipment for them, and just gave them up and let them live their own lives.


  United Daily 經濟日報 editorial  , 2021-10-19The Kaohsiung apartment fire reflects not only the tragedy of the elderly living alone and low-income households but also the real estate marketing failure (The housing market is clearly oversupply, but the housing price-to-income ratio has risen ) and  gov's   not imposing house taxes, not establishing a sound leasing system, not working well on urban renewal,  not  revising the housing law, not imposing house tax version 2.0, and failures on social housing , apartment building management, land use zoning  control, housing justice, population policy, etc   


  China Times, 中國時報 editorial , 2021-11-29Since the assessed land value (officially announced land price) is much lower than the actual market price, the "effective tax rate" for  tenancy (real estate) in Taiwan is only about 0.1%, which is about 1/10 of that in the US, 1/4 in UK, 1/2 in Japan, or Singapore.  The number of Non - occupier owner (nature person) for real estate speculation increases 7%.   


China Times (中國時報) , 2021-4-18, opinion: The crucial reason that young couples are not willing to and do not dare to have baby is high housing price.  The legislative measure "tax version 2.0 (房地合一稅2.0)" was once called "nuclear bomb to high housing price", but actually promoted the price of pre-sold house and newly built house in Northern Taiwan (北台灣第一季新成屋、預售屋平均成交價全面走揚,基隆、新竹改寫歷史新高價,台北、新北及桃園則創下反彈以來最高點,北市每坪均價更暌違5年重返9字頭)。The point is driving interest rate down leads to higher housing price.   chinatimes.com/opinion/20210417003637-262101?chdtv

finance.yahoo , 12-30-2020, (finance.yahoo.com/news/retire-taiwan-costs-visas-more-215449948.html), SmartAsset  (smartasset.com/retirement/retire-in-taiwan

       purchasing an apartment in Taiwan, is significantly more expensive than in the U.S. An apartment in a city center in the U.S. will cost an average of $292 per square foot, according to Numbeo. In Taiwan, it costs an average of $761 per square foot to purchase an apartment in a city center.   When it comes to renting, Taiwan is still significantly cheaper than in the U.S. In the average city center in America, a one-bedroom apartment costs an average of $1,346 per month. In Taiwan, the same apartment costs about $485 per month. If you were to choose a three-bedroom apartment, it would cost $2,156 in the U.S. and $1,132 in Taiwan.

《China Times 中國時報》 , 2021-4-18, opinionYoung couples are not willing to and do not dare to have baby - the crucial factor: high housing price.    chinatimes.com/opinion/20210417003637-262101?chdtv   CIA, The World Fact Book (cia.gov/the-world-factbook/field/total-fertility-rate/country-comparison), Japan Times, 2021-4-21: CIA estimates Taiwan's "Fertility Rate" in 2021 to be world's lowest.  Taiwan ranks No. 227, probably caused by many house-wives being busy in work as well as in household duties, according to Liberty Times 2021-4-20.  Japan ranks 218,  China 185, Singapore 225.

《United Daily》, 2021-6-17:  udn.com/news/story/7340/5537697?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2  Medical expert 楊志良 project found out:  under the circumstances of low salary and high housing price, it will be less and less marriage and child born。

SETNnews》,  1-1-2021 :

Ratio of house price to income The "Ratio of house price to income" (Q3, 2020)
rises again !

"Ratio of house price to income" of Taipei, 15.29,
means you should save every penny of your salary, and
spend nothing for 15.29 years
 to buy a house
in Taipei city

 Taiwan 9.19
Taipei (Taiwan) 15.29
New Taipei City (Taiwan) 12.16
Tai-Chung 9+
Chang-Hua 9+

《 China Times 》 12-5-2020:  editorial Taiwan's lawmakers can not give Residence Justice
       Taiwan's lawmaker
s have close relationship with construction companies.  Now those companies have been trying to rolling up housing price by all sort of means, the government's measures to cap rising housing-price (such as 「預售屋納入實價登錄」、「揭露售價至門牌」、「增加查核權與罰則」etc ) won't work as long as those lawmakers give slight influence to the issues. (brief)  https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20201204005012-262101?chdtv


China Times 12-5-2020:  Government's "phony" measures to blasts real estate speculation should focus on Property Tax, otherwise the administration's policy in this time is just a propaganda https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20201204005133-262105?chdtv周信佑》政府打房 只是打太極


《Apple Daily》editorial, Dec. 9, 2020
Rising housing price recently will make the rich are richer, but those youngsters struggling minimum wage even do not dare to have housing dream... today's Taiwan has been polarizing the differences between the rich and poor, the middle class is moving downward, not to mention the situation of service industry's furlough and being jobless is getting worse and worse.   tw.appledaily.com/headline/20201209/KPGCQUPML5FAXIRHL3ZDRXXPGY/


《 SET i News》 Dec. 4, 2020 :

world top 5  -  House price grows % world top 3  -  office & commercial building  rent grows % 
No. 1 Taipei Taiwan (台北) 3.4% No.1    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (胡志明) 1.0%
No. 2 Seoul Korea (首爾) 2.3% No.2 Taipei  (台北) 0.6%
No.3 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (胡志明) 0.8% No.3  Seoul Korea (首爾) 0.2%
No.4 Osaka (大阪) Japan  0.7%, No.5 Shanghai 0.5% rent drops most - Hong Kong, New York


《United Daily - Economy Daily》editorial,  Dec. 7, 2020 : https://udn.com/news/story/7338/5071620

Ratio of house price to income Low interest rate environment is core factor to
drive Taiwan's housing price higher and higher



"Ratio of house price to income" of Taipei, 14.39,
means you should eat & drink nothing for 14.39 years
 to buy a house
in Taipei
 Taiwan 8.66
Taipei (Taiwan) 14.39
Kao-hsiung (Taiwan) 7.27
Tokyo (Japan) 5
Singapore 4.5

遠見 Dec. 2020:  Taiwan's house price is growing, if the government will not modify the tax system,  those measures (e.g.,「實價登錄2.0」) to cool off the housing market or to reduce property speculation,are nothing but "cure the symptoms, not the disease", the administration's policy becomes a "paper tiger" 。www.msn.com/zh-tw/lifestyle/other/房市買氣六年新高-行政院打擊炒房五大招-恐淪為紙老虎/ar-BB1bCCvk?ocid=msedgdhp


《Apple Daily》editorial,  Dec. 7, 2020 : Try to get an balance between "residence justice" and marketing mechanism.  The sharply rise of Taiwan's house recently is because the foreign money and the hot money have kept flowing back into Taiwan to hit history top.    https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/20201208/SPFEDEHQCBEVJAFQXESCWJW4JU/


world's most livable cities


Biggest movers down the ranking in the past 12 month

Taipei (Taiwan) ranks world No. 53 

  City Location Rank Index Rank Move Index Move
1 Wellington New Zealand 50  85.7  -46  -8.0
2 Auckland New Zealand   34  89.2 -33  -6.8
3 Adelaide Australia 30  90.7 -27 -3.3
8 Taipei Taiwan  53 85.1 -20  1.2



world's most livable cities  ... include Taiwan's ?

Till 2020, 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   
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 聯合報》 8-8-2020 editorial: Taiwanese government most welcomes international architecture works, but its double standard angers local architects.
Chinese text: 國際競圖原意是希望帶動台灣建築師創作力,但後來在執行面出現不少問題,最普遍的就是國外建築師不熟悉台灣歷史、地理,就把既有想法塞進來尤其,國際競圖機制往往埋著國內建築師與國外相比的兩大不平等條約。各級政府國際競圖時,為吸引國外建築師,將設計費率提高二、三倍至百分之十三起跳,更可議的是,近年又冒出「變相國際標」,鼓勵國內建築師事務所找國外建築師設計,若獲選,設計費就可從原一般造價費的百分之四到五,略增到百分之六點二,評分總分還可加分。建築界痛批把國內建築師當「文化買辦、仲介」。)


Apple Daily 蘋果日報》, 9-28-2019:  "the root of all evil", the biggest injustice : land trades ( 台灣萬惡之源台灣最大的不公不義: 土地交易...) , in the past decades, the richest Taiwanese earned huge fortune by land-trades.

Apple Daily》, Taiwan,  4-3-2019  It's difficult for people earning less than NT one million (USD33 thousands) per year to buy a house in Taipei city.

《 United Daily 聯合報》 9-6-2019:  "the root of all evil - high real estate price", Taiwanese politicians kept trying to earn sudden huge profits by their secret weapons - distorting tax rates, land-value assessing,    changing land category, and wrongly using political power (在稅率估價上行種種遷就現實的扭曲成為炒作地價法寶配合變更地目千倍差價借助公權力圖謀暴利乃成大小政客的聚寶盆 ... / 馬凱)

《United Daily 》Taiwan,  7-2-2019   The Implementation of registering the "Actual Selling Price" of Taiwan's houses is still just a "gossip", giving little influence to the transparency of Taiwan's real estate price.

《United Daily 》Taiwan,   8-26-2019,  headline news: "can't afford buying a house, salary remains, no solutions yet  since 1989"






  pic.: UDN, headline news, 8-26-2019: still can't afford a house, salary remains the same as 30 yrs ago,



《 United Daily 聯合報》 4-12-2019 headline news -  Lancet Planetary Health (April 10, '19): "The 4th worst for rate of kids getting Asthma from traffic air pollution" 中國時報 China Times》, Taiwan,  4-12-2019 : the government was criticized that lacking intention to improve air pollution.


  <The New York Times>, 2-27-2018

★     Taiwanese are "in a near panic" over shortage of tissue paper, which highlights high price sensitivity, Taiwanese wages stagnated for years, but housing prices went up. (brief)

  <SETN, Taiwan, 三立新聞網>, 1-30-2019  "Chinese tourists :How lousy is Taiwan's housing ! (台灣人住好差) "

          ... Many Taiwanese live upstairs above loudly and messy night markets, even dirty traditional wet markets, most Taiwanese live not in a community with parking lots,  parks, and environmental greening designs,  it's, overall dirty and messy ! (「整個很髒亂」), very bad quality of living, very similar to backward towns in communist China.


China Times》, Taiwan,  4-11-2019  Home ownership scheme to slow down "fewer babies born" .

《UDNApple Daily》Taiwan,  2-8-2018  The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings? (ps: may face death in 6 magnitude quake)    (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

Apple Daily》, Taiwan,  7-18-2018
According to gov. rpt., Taiwan's vacancy rate (house) is 10.22%, the rate is too high since 2008, the normal rate of a country should be about 5%.  The ratio of House Price to Income (Taipei) is 5.8 in 2002, 15 in 2016, which means if your annual income NT 1.6 million (about USD 55000), and don't eat anything for consecutive 15 years, thus you can afford a new house (30 Ping, USD27000 per Ping, 1 Ping = 3.3057 sqr feet) .

《The Economist Intelligence Unit》, UK
Taipei ranks No. 58 in the 2018 survey "The world's most livable cities".  
       "The 2017 global least and most stressful cities rankings" shows Taiwan's "gender equality" No.113, "race equality" No. 78, "green space" No. 115, "social security" No.140,  "physical health" No.15, "mental health" No. 96, "air pollution" No. 92, "noise pollution" No.110,  "Density", No. 127, "public transport" No.2,  "Debt per Capita" No. 43, etc.  ref to
https://www.zipjet.co.uk/2017-stressful-cities-ranking,《聯合報》, 10-3-2018

Apple Daily》, Taiwan,  9-23-2018
"Are Taiwan's architectures ready for soil liquefaction ??"   /  賴明煌
Those congested area in Taiwan's western corridor along the coast, such as 彰雲嘉南, about 20~30% of them are on high-potential liquefaction area...... and Taipei ――  located at high ground water level aggrading lake basin ...

 Forbes , 3-5-2017   "3 Things Chinese Tourists Are Surprised To Find When They Travel Abroad To Taiwan" : "It's not very modern !",  " the wealth wasn’t invested in architecture.   So the cities are full of decayed apartment blocks.... the housing isn’t as good.”. 

《UDNApple Daily》Taiwan,  2-8-2018  The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings? (ps: may face death in 6 magnitude quake)    (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

Apple Daily》Taiwan,  4-18-2017   headline news

        It's the hardest ever time in Taiwan's history for citizens to buy a house  40% of their monthly salary is used for loan/mortgage.

China Times》,《United Daily》of Taiwan,  7-7-2017  

        Latest study shows rich Taiwanese ( with property more than USD30 million ) invested 39% of their money on real estate owned 4 houses in average,  which is ranked world no.2.

《The Liberty Times》Taiwan, 2-24-2017  

        Keep eating nothing and drinking nothing for 33+ years to buy a new house in Taipei !    Taipei's  Ratio of House Price to Income  is 33.3, New Taipei city is 20.25.

<CTS HD>, 5-23-2016 1:25pm, "華視新聞雜誌"
    17 million Taiwanese people ( totally 23 million population) live in "potential danger" (潛在危險) houses, according to <遠見>study, Taiwanese people gave a "failure" score (53.5) on "living safety".

 Amnesty International (The London-based organization), 2-25-2015

The organization concerns Taiwan’s  inhabitation (housing and land) rights issues, in addition to several other issues, e.g., prison conditions, the freedom of peaceful assembly, continued use of capital punishment, and gender discrimination.

<Lloyd's >, 9-17-2015

 Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025 analyses the potential impact on the economic output (GDP risk) of 301 of the world's major cities, Taipei was ranked world No.1 - within the next 10 years, Taipei is estimated to loss 45% of GDP, about USD18120 billion, 44.78% of them is for typhoons, 16.38% earthquakes, 15.77% (global) financial markets are volatile .  

Liberty Times》Taiwan, 12-19-2015


Misery!  Nearly 90% Taipei's families can't afford Taipei's house price, according to Taiwanese government's latest research "Buying house opportunity index".

Liberty Times》Taiwan, 1-24-2016


    90% of Taiwanese landlords refuse to rent their house to the elder living alone.

Liberty Times》Taiwan, 8-4-2015

Keep eating nothing and drinking nothing for 16+ years to buy a house in Taipei !

5 major cities' (Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiiung ) the Ratio of House Price to Income and house load affordability rate (房貸負擔率) all reach new high since Taiwan's first-time survey being conducted in 2002.  Besides, Taiwanese payroll (compensation level薪資) retreated, so it's even harder (higher misery index) for citizens to buy a house.

Ratio of House Price to Income (times) and house load affordability rate (%) of major cities in Qtr.1, 2015 : Taipei 16.16, 68.63,  New Taipei City 12.78, 55.27, Taoyuan 7.17, 30.44, TaiChung 8.53,36.22 ,TaiNan 6.69, 28.42, Kaohsiung 7.88, 33.46, all these are higher than the number published in 5-12-2015.

Asian City  the Ratio of House Price to Income
Hong Kong(Chn) 17
Taipei (Taiwan) 16.16
New Taipei City (Taiwan) 13.02
Tokyo(Japan) 11.79
Seoul首爾(Korea) 7.85
source: annual Demographia International Housing Affordability

ps: The Misery Index is bit slow down - still take 15 years without eating and drinking to buy a house in Taipei / Liberty Times 9-6-2016


《Liberty Times》Taiwan, 5.12.2015             ps: Taipei's "the Ratio of House Price to Income" of Q4, 2014, 15.73, is higher than world No.1 Hong Kong's ratio 14.9 in 2014!

 Keep eating and drinking nothing for 16 years to buy a house in Taipei !

Taipei's the Ratio of House Price to Income 15.73 reach top since Taiwan's first-time survey being conducted in 2002

Ratio of other cities in 4th Qtr., 2014 :  New Taipei City 12.78, Taoyuan 7.11, TaiChung 8.35, TaiNan 6.54, Kaohsiung 7.72.

Asian City  the Ratio of House Price to Income
Hong Kong(Chn) 17
Taipei (Taiwan) 15.73
New Taipei City (Taiwan) 12.78
Tokyo(Japan) 11.79
Seoul首爾(Korea) 7.85
source: annual Demographia International Housing Affordability

The China Times, 9-21-2015

        Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.  published rankings of OECD (2015), Taiwan's environmental quality was ranked No.35 within 37 countries, Taiwan's air pollution index, particulate matter - PM10 being up to 41 ug/m3, already was ranked No. 36 for consecutively 2 years.   Besides, a drinking water survey conducted by Taiwan's government last year found 57.2% of Taiwanese complained their water smelling stinky, or/and like liquid-medicine, 54.1% complained water containing precipitate, impurity and something else, 29.1% complained bad taste,  22.3% complained their water with color or turbidity,  5.6% don't even trust water quality.

The China Times, 10-12-2015

        Taipei's High house price led to extremely low (超低) fertility rate in Taiwan.

The China Times, CTS, SETN, etc ,  4-16-2014

According to annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey (USA), Hong Kong (14.9) tops the Ratio of House Price to Income in the world, the 2nd highest metro city is City of Vancouver, Canada (10.3), the 3rd is S.F., USA (9.2), 4th is Sydney, Australia (9.0) .

Taiwanese government just reported at April 15, 2014 that Taipei's Ratio of House Price to Income is 15.01, New Taipei city is 12.67, Taiwan's scholar (莊孟翰, Tam-kang university ) pointed out both cities should rank world No. 1 and No.3 if  Demographia's survey included Taiwan.    The meaning of the ratio number is how many years in average a resident of certain metro-city takes to have a house, so, a citizen of Taipei City needs to take 15.01 years without spending a penny on eating and drinking, anything, during that period to own a house.   The ratio of Taipei city is 6 times larger than that of Seoul Korea.

The ratio number of other Taiwan's major cities are: Pon-Ho 8.65, Tai-chung city 8.14, Hsin-Chu 7.62,  Kaohsiung city 7.34,  Hsin-Chu City 7.30, Hua-Lien 7.16, Kee-Lung 4.84, Pin-Tong 4.51.


       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.

  ECA international

     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 rank :  Taipei No.55、 Singapore is still global No. 1.

    Taiwan is not be included in top 30 countries in <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> from 2011 till 2015, In 2015's report, Japan No.9, Singapore 11th, HK 13th,  China No.17 ; 2011 ranking - No.10 Singapore, no.12 HK, no. 13 Australia, no. 19 New Zealand, no.22 Japan, no.32 Korea, no.35 Malaysia.

Taiwan's National Chung Cheng university survey, 1.27.2014

Is Taiwan or Taipei a living safety place? Low personal risk is the most important factor of criteria by The EIU's Liveability Ranking ( the Economist Intelligence Unit global “liveability” study), Monocle's Most Liveable Cities, Mercer Quality of Living Survey.  According to Taiwan's National Chung Cheng university survey (1.27.2014), nearly 70% Taiwanese people are not satisfy Taiwan's society security/public order (criminal rate,"治安狀況"), 50.4% Taiwanese worry becoming next victim in criminal/security cases("遭侵害"), which reach a new high within recent 5 years (<Apple Daily>, 1.27.2014). 

Do you accept these legal judgments ?  someone being least welcome & being evicted/expelled kept staying in your house, and infuriated a 90 years old grandma suffering with Cardiac failure (weak heart), Coronary artery heart disease, Hypertension etc (more likely leading to a death in Fall or Winter) , but you failed  to ask/evict and pull/push (not strong enough because of having serious disease ) the 'home invader  / unlawful detainer ' out, then this suspected invader  continued to insult by strident voice & violent words like "You're incapable", and stayed 30-50 minutes after receiving formal expel-notice to leave, eventually police with guns came ....

Taiwan's prosecutors of Taipei District Court judged the 'home invader' was not intend to stay because the 'invader' left the house after armed police's communication & persuasion, so the prosecutor decided not to indict the 'invader'.   Instead, this prosecutor decided to indict the house owner for Offenses of Causing Bodily Harm (appear  minor injury not proved to be done by house-owner yet).

PS: This web-page will call (according to Taiwan's criminal law - Article 306, "Crime of Home Invasion") the house-guest unwanted & failed to be expelled  as "home invader" (means "home invader suspect" or "unlawful detainer suspect") for the offence of illegal infringement of citizens.



 Taiwan's judicial system evaluated by famous institutions local & int'l
  National Chung Cheng university's survey found: nearly 80% Taiwanese people don't believe the impartiality of Taiwan's prosecutors.
(the China Times, Liberty Times, United Daily, 1.28.2014,Apple Daily, 1.27.2014)

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, Feb. 27, 2014
...The judicial system (Taiwan) suffered from corruption, and that the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high-profile and politically sensitive cases had been questioned.

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, April 19, 2013
One of the principal human rights problems reported in Taiwan 2012 were judicial corruption. “Although the authorities made efforts to eliminate corruption and diminish political influence in the judiciary, some residual problems remained,” the report said.
The report also said that political commentators and academics had publicly questioned the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high-profile and politically sensitive cases.

  <Transparency International>, Germany,  July 9, 2013

The finding of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB),  ( the Gallup Poll to interview 114,000 people in 107 countries all over the world):
36% of  people (surveyed in Taiwan) who had used any of eight government services in the past year had paid a bribe (the number is higher than global average).    Taiwanese people think the No.1 Taiwan's corrupt/extremely corrupt institutions: need paying bribery is judicial system(最需行賄的機關,竟是司法體系).

<The Economist> UK,  July 22, 2010

 The article under the theme of (Corruption in Taiwan--Confirming the worst suspicions) reported :   Three high-court judges and a prosecutor had been detained amid allegations that they took bribes to fix the outcome of a high-profile case, has brought public outrage to boiling point.

<The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD )> survey, Dec. 10, 2013
According to 2013 survey conducted by The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD ) & SHU that shows a "F" score (rating 2.7/5.0 points) on overall human rights status, 2 points were given to " Non-external intervention of the judiciary", 2.3 points to "fair trials".  Both are "Failure" scores! (rating range 0.0~5.0)

<Liberty Times>, <TTV>, etc, 1.28.2014
... Facing
an apparent suicide bid (Taiwanese man drives large truck into presidential office building for protesting Taiwan's judiciary problem - injustice), Taiwan president Ma expressed that Taiwan's government should think about Self - examination and fundamental/radical reform to reduce the popular agitation/public grievances/Taiwanese people dissatisfaction. (政府也要思考、檢討,因為民眾不滿才會有這樣的動作,如何從根本面減少不滿,這是政府必須要檢討的。)

   More judiciary ranking records are on the top on the net, click ...
   No.1 rankings "human rights in Taiwan" on Yahoo, google, etc  please click ...  

Closer look at these 2 legal cases:


Prosecutor's view

House owner's comments


no need to (has not) summon the eye-witness

The prosecutor's judgment should unbiased hear all the evidence given by both sides. 
But, the prosecutor did not summon house-owner and 2 eye-witness persons to the court-room, and did not see DVD ( as eye-witness evidence) which recording home invader's bad behavior and intension not to leave, and  then jumped to a conclusion ― prosecution of the house owner (90 years old person's son trying to save his mother).
2 Ignore serious criminal cases Taiwan's prosecutors ignore so many rape cases in Taiwan, but to indict a  little self-defense case.  Taiwan does not have enough prosecutors and judges to access many cases, so important & serious cases should be accessed first (rape crime hurts Oriental women badly, worse than tiny injury - if any).
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices (2013) criticized Taiwan's prosecution rate of rape cases is too low ― "as of September there were 10,951 reports filed for rape or sexual assault. As of September, courts indicted 1,814 persons and convicted 1,685 persons...".  USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices (2014) is about the same.
There're also many serious domestic (marriage) violence ―
 abusive behavior that one partner to maintain power and control over another intimate partner, Taiwan's prosecution rate of those serious cases is very very low.  
3 The home invader left the house after policemen's communication/persuasion, so prosecutor concludes  this proves the invader was not intend to stay in other's residence  If the home invader was not intend to stay for a long time, why did the house owner call the police to come ?  Policemen with gun came, certainly the home invader scared and left the house very soon.
4  The home invader said that arguing with and making things clear to the house-owner is why the home invader stayed so long regardless of expel-notices.  But the prosecutor think it's a very reasonable reason for the invader to keep staying another's house. (1) The home invader is dangerous ― endangering a 90 years-old person's health&life by violent words, so this invader should leave immediately. 
(2) The home invader admitted having driven a 90 years old grandma very mad so as to strike the table .
(3) The home invader didn't explain anything, but make noise and violent words (see DVD).
(4) The home invader should leave the house very soon after the house owner asked invader out, according to scholar book,
High Courts  judgment precedents and the criminal law - Article 306: Anyone stays in other's residence regardless of house-owner's expel-request, will be charged sentence below 1 year ...  . 
5. The house owner held a chair against (椅子頂) the home invader's chest. (1)Even the home invader changed this phrase (no longer say "held a chair..." since investigation court, and no longer say it in the statement document forward to the legal court) but the prosecutor sill believed house owner did battery to the invader by a chair by her so called "free evaluation of evidence through inner conviction".  2 eye-witness persons already expressed the house owner did not did any battery to the house invader by chair or stool or fist. (see DVD)

(2) Taiwan's police was even more absurd ― changed the house-owner's statement in the police-station initial-questioning report and made a phony story (that even the home invader has not said)  ―  the house owner "flung (by a chair) the home invader to the ground".  

6 Taiwan's prosecutor thinks this case happened for a trivial (little "細故") matter. The home invader suspect should at least committed the following criminal offenses (The home invader admitted some bad behaviors, video camera's DVD recorded  home invader's some bad behavior and violent words.):

(1)  the Crime of Unlawful staying in the Dwelling House of Another Person ―   the 2nd part of article 306, the Crime of Illegal Intrusion into Other Persons Residence, Taiwan Criminal Law.

(2) Offenses Against Reputation. (by home invader's lots of humiliating words like "Your son is no good!, You're incapable ... !")

(3)  Offenses Against Abandonment.

(4) Crime of insulting another.

(5) B
lemishing the peace and privacy of personal residence.  The object in the crime of intrusion is the personal and property right connected with the residence.

(6) Domestic violence.

Are criminal behaviors that be against Criminal Law - Article 306 etc, Civil Law, Article 18, 19, 184, 195 a "trivial matter"??
Taiwan's prosecutor's conclusion is against  Taiwan's Supreme Court precedent and probably international understandings.

7 The home invader stayed more than 30-50 minutes (1)The home invader admitted <a>understanding house-owner's expel-notice, but just choose to stay with no reason. <b> Eating, drinking, sleeping are some reasons to stay there.
(2)According to scholar book,
High Courts  judgment precedents, the home invader should picks all belongings and leaves the house immediately .  At that day, the home invader only has 2 small bags, and in hand already (see DVD), so the invader should leave the house very soon .

8 The criminal fact is " beating" on home invader. (1) It's not "beating" or attack, It's a defense (legitimate justifiable self-defense by bit pull & push) to save house owner's 90 years-old, suffering heart-failure mother who was attacked by home invader's violent, insulting words. 
The house owner failed to get rid of  the home invader by mild action during invader's instant attacks (violent words...), because of  house-owner's weak health status (having a serious tumor).

(2)According to famous dictionaries e.g., Collins , the term "battery" has meanings: "with the intention of bringing a harmful or offensive contact",  "a hostile or offensive manner", obviously, the house owner only intends to save his mother.  

9 the prosecutor chose with no reason one phrase from some of the home invader's testimony-phrases contradicted to each other. The home invader's testimony (prime accuse) contradicted that of the preceding testimony phrases by the home invader.
Firstly : the invader said the house owner held a chair against the home invader and punch by fist .
After one month, the invader's changed the phrase earlier, and said the house owner waved / swing a small stool to hit the home invader.
In the court-room session, the phrase was changed again - the invader said "the house owner beat and push the home invader". 
Eventually, the prosecutor chose the phrase she prefers or/and believe with no logical reason in her prosecution document -  "held a chair against the home invader and punch this suspect by fist ".
10 Medical checkup (1) The home invader put off the emergency examination for 21 hours long ― it's  suspicious.  The interval time is long enough for anyone to make minor injury for lots more money than she can earn in restaurant's kitchen-work. (ref. US movie "the Surrogates")
(2) Report shows Just some small or minor injury : 3
bruises,1 swelling, and with no evidence that who did these (the home invader is a heavy-work poor laborer in restaurant kitchen, those injury may happen anytime and easily).
11 Same prosecutor accesses 2 cases sort of contradicted to each other. "the Crime of Unlawful staying in the Dwelling House of Another Person" leads to "self-defense" (or Bodily Harm) case.  Once the prosecutor indicts the latter one, means she probably won't accept "Unlawful staying in another person's house".  The prosecutor should transfer another case to some other prosecutor, or the prosecutors office should not assign 2 cases to same prosecutor. (According to news report, there're some other cases are same  same judge judged same case through 3-layer court sessions, he probably won't deny the correctness of his previous judgment )
12   to be continued...


PS1:  CNN, 1.25.2014

Truck Rammed into Presidential Office of Taiwan's Regime in Exile http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1078129   

Around 5 am today in Taiwan, a 41-year-old truck driver rammed his 35 tons heavy gravel truck into the front door of the so-called Presidential Hall of a regime in exile called Republic of China, where the head of the pseudo government works only 20 meters away from the collision site. The driver is now hospitalized and alive, though in critical conditions....The shocking news inspired supporters of Taiwan’s pro-independent movement to have conversations on facebook to start a revolution attempting to solve all problems of widespread injustice and corruption accompanied by worsening economy due to the one-china policies of the current regime’s rule. One of them said, "This is the first canon ball of our revolution to establish a country in our name, Taiwan."


PS2:  Taiwan prosecutor's not-indictment document (main part) pls click to read details 

  ps: Taiwan High Prosecutors Office cancelled the Taipei District Public prosecutor's not-to-indict judgment (crime of home invasion - Criminal law, Article 306) and returned this case to another prosecutor of Taipei district prosecutors office for further investigation.  It's an unbiased judgment.   New prosecutor determined that home-invader suspect did violate Criminal law, Article 306. (against Article 306 is an unbiased judgment)... to be continued.

But indictment about another case (body-harm or self-defense) already directly forwarded to Taipei District Court without reviews by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office ... ( to be continued)