Chinese everywhere. Being living in Malaysia for almost all my life, I’m not used to be seeing Chinese and only Chinese all around me when I first landed in Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport (TPE).
The immigration officer that manages the queue was a Chinese, the other immigration officer that checked my passport was a Chinese as well. The police, the cleaners and anyone else that keep the airport operational are Chinese. Well, this is a norm in Taiwan, of course.
The main gateway to Taiwan is the Taoyuan International Airport (臺灣桃園國際機場) with the IATA code, TPE. Opened in 1979, the airport was known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. It is the airport that serves the nation’s capital Taipei city and it’s suburbs.
Quoted from Taoyuan International Airport’s wikipedia
Taiwan Taoyuan handled a total of 21,616,729 passengers in 2009. It is the fifteenth-busiest air freight hub in the world and thirteenth-busiest airport by international passenger traffic.
Connectivity from the airport is good. I took the shuttle bus from the airport to Taoyuan High Speed Rail (HSR) station in a mere 10-15 minutes journey that only costs 30TWD per person.
From the station, you can get to almost everywhere in the country from Taipei at the north to Taichung in the middle to Kaoshiung in the south.
Quoted from Taiwan High Speed Rail’s wikipedia
The system holds the record for the world’s longest viaduct at 157.3 km (97.7 mi), from Pakuashan in Changhua County to Zuoying in Kaohsiung. The system also ranks Taiwan as the country with the third-fastest trains, with express trains from Taichung to Zuoying averaging 244.7 km/h (152.0 mph) over 179.5 km (111.5 mi).
Alternatively, there are also bus services right from the airport itself that basically connects you to all the vital places all over Taiwan.
Transportation that really works! Comparing to Malaysia’s transportation, it’s like living in heaven here in Taiwan. Different means of transportation connect to each other as seamless and easy as possible.
Heck, you do not need to climbing up and down checking out and back in again in Taiwan when you need to switch to another line when commuting using subway system.
In Malaysia, one can only ponder.
In Malaysia, one can only ponder upon how Taiwanese’s transportation work so beautifully connecting with each other at tremendous rate of efficiency.