Entertainment & Leisure
Taiwan has many foreigner owned and operated pubs, bars and restaurants, especially in the major cities. There is a wide selection and style of cuisines including western sports theme, Turkish cuisine, East Indian, all the way to British pub themes. The larger discos and clubs are generally Taiwanese owned and operated. As of 2010, they generally offer you all you can drink for one door entrance fee, There are many corner style neighborhood Taiwanese style bars and pubs in every city. A lot of these are piano style talk bars.
Bars, discos, clubs, pubs and talking pubs are quite abundant throughout Taiwan but most Taiwanese are work addicts and very family oriented, so needless to say, they generally don't frequent bars regularly. I have known and met women in their early thirties that have never yet step foot inside a bar. However, the younger Taiwanese generation and college kids are breaking the pub scene more and more every year. The trend making an abundance of bars opening up every day like wild fire. Even though it may not seem like there is a lack of foreigners in Taiwan when visiting clubs and clubs, overall, the ratio of foreigners to Chinese is very small and you will find that many of the most popular clubs ask cover charges for foreigners on the weekends, and have special foreigner nights. It's becoming more popular to pay a standard entrance fee from $300 to $500 NTD and all your drinks are include for the entire night.
There can be good and bad in any bar scene, so be aware. Although the "Bamboo" and 'Triads' or Chinese Mafia don't frequent the foreign bars and clubs, if you decide you want to, frequent and visit night clubs which don't have a large percentage of foreigners, be aware prepared to swallow your pride, bite your loose tongue and try not to step on any toes. There are many known cases where a drunken foreigner has been too mouthy or too forward with a young Taiwanese gal and has been found beaten unconscious in the street waiting for a lift to the nearest hospital. Just keep in mind that we are in their backyard, you are a visitor and respect others and you'll never have a problem. For the most part, try to keep to yourself and your friends and don't be too aggressive, touchy feel or too quick to approach others. Just approaching a chick, asking for a dance is considered uncommon. However, it is not uncommon to be minding your own business and get approached by a friendly Taiwanese wanting to meet you and practice their English or meet the outstanding minority, or new face in the crowd.
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Vocal talent means nothing in the karaoke world. It has never mattered whether or not one sings well. The point is that it is a moment to shine -- on or off key. It is the one form of entertainment where you can only blame yourself -- the entertainer -- for not having a good time
While karaokee may not revolutionize the musical world, who is to say that stars won¡¦t be born as they find themselves at the mic within the confines of a KTV. One thing is certain however ....the Taiwanese truly love to sing. While most westerners are more reserved about karaoke, often times willing only to sing in large groups or while under the influence of alcohol at bars, the Chinese travel in hordes to KTVs, with family members, friends, co-workers and strangers. It rare to meet a Chinese person who has not willingly visited a KTV once or twice in his or her life.
All foreigners living in Taiwan should take on the KTV experience before returning home. It may not seem authentic, traditional, or cultural for that matter. And it's not be as fun as majong or as meaningful as tae kwan do and most would agree that it's artificial entertainment at its best. But when the lights hit you and the music starts, you'll understand the karaoke craze. Maybe you'll want more, maybe you won't. But you'll never know unless you try.
Drugs seem to be everywhere in the world. Drugs are highly illegal in Taiwan and those caught selling face the death penalty, although it is difficult to recall any case where a foreigner has been treated this badly. The rave scene is thriving in Taiwan however and 'ecstasy, Kitamine, coke and other hard drugs are readily available and can sometimes be seen out in the open in some bars/clubs. As of 2007, it's getting more strict and less seen in the open. After hours places breed this type of behavior.
HOW BAD IS The Drug Problem In Taiwan?
Compared to Western countries and the ROC's affluent Asian neighbors, drug abuse in Taiwan did not appear to be a serious problem before 1970 and only a minor problem during the 1970's and 1980's. At that time, while some teenagers practiced glue sniffing, young adults used pentazo-cine and sedatives. Their number was rather limited. Addicts of heroin or morphine were found mostly in the underworld. In the later half of the 1980's, double-digit economic growth, low inflation and minimal unemployment steadily pushed economic prosperity in Taiwan towards new heights. The process of political democratization further loosened the social discipline. Dramatic changes began to appear in the drug scene. Since 1990, methamphetamine suddenly replaced soft drugs as the most popluar drug in Taiwan, and its abuse spread at an astonishing speed. Meanwhile, heroin consumption also started to jump and leap during 1990-93. A look at the volume of illegal drugs seized and the number of offenders convicted may give us a clearer picture of just how bad the problem is.