CNN lists ten things that Taiwan excels at, many of which are relevant to tourists visiting the island.
In the rankings published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Taiwan earned the top spot in terms of “female access to the internet, average fixed broadband latency and average mobile latency” and placed 16th overall out of 75 countries.
In a study of 87 countries worldwide in late 2016 and early 2017, Taiwan ranked 11th in overall mobile data speed defined as “the average mobile data connection a user experiences based on both the speeds and availability of a country’s 3G and 4G networks.”
In the Heritage Foundation’s 23rd annual Economic Freedom Index rankings in 2017, Taiwan moved up from 17th to 11th place as one of the freest economies in the world based on “rule of law, government size, regulatory efficiency, and open markets”.
In the Best Student Cities index published by QS in 2017, Taipei is deemed to be the 21st in the world, followed by Hsinchu in 75th place, “based on university rankings, student mix, employer activity, desirability, affordability, and student views.”
A culture of acceptance and an active civil society have paved the way for marriage equality.
In an online survey conducted by a travel agency in Japan, the Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area in Qingshui District, Taichung, made the top of the list and was described as “a tidal flat where visitors can catch the sea breeze and watch the beautiful sunset against a backdrop of windmills.”
It took first place overall and in terms of both quality of life and personal finances and ranked in the top 10 out of 67 countries on every other index in 2016.
The small, formerly colonial Japanese mountain town is also known for its night market, creative bed and breakfasts, hiking, gold museum, and abundance of cats.