'Hidden gem' Taipei ranked 10th in global quality of living survey

06/21/2022 12:15 PM
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Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Taipei has been named the 10th best city in the world for quality of living in an annual survey by the editors of Monocle, a U.K.-based global affairs and lifestyle magazine.

The survey, which will be published in the magazine's July/August issue, selected the world's top 25 cities based on factors including cost of living, retail, hospitality, culture, and access to green spaces, as well as feedback from Monocle correspondents.

Taipei's 10th place finish was actually one place down from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the survey ranked Copenhagen, Denmark as the world's best city, with Zurich, Lisbon, Helsinki, and Stockholm rounding out the top five. Among Asian cities, only Tokyo finished above Taipei, placing sixth.

"Taipei is a subtropical oasis teeming with stunning hiking trails and walkable city streets," the magazine noted in an article introducing the city, which was described as a "hidden Asian gem."

The city is known for "tantalizing food stalls that are open 24 hours a day, with vendors slinging out bowls of cheap rice and noodles for early commuters or night owls," it said.

Taipei's Ningxia night market. CNA file photo

The survey went on to laud Taipei for its low crime rate and "world-class healthcare system," as well as its convenient public transportation and cheap cost of living.

The article also highlighted the way nature "nestles in" with Taipei's urban environment, citing the gardens that many residents keep on their balconies and the city government's practice of labeling trees with QR codes to help people identify them.

In terms of drawbacks, the article argued that Taipei needs to adopt a right of way for people crossing the street, saying that "despite improvements, it is still not always safe."

The "antiquated banking system" in Taiwan also needs an upgrade, according to the article, with editors suggesting that banking services be made more easily accessible for both residents and travelers.

In closing, the article notes that Taiwan's borders are still closed to tourists due to COVID-19 restrictions, though the government "has announced plans to slowly open up to visitors later this year."

Taipei's Yangmingshan National Park. CNA file photo

(By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta)


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