Cost of Living in Taipei

Summary of cost of living in Taipei, Taiwan:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.72 € 2.86-8.58
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 28.59 € 20.01-80.04
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.57 € 4.14-5.72
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.29 € 1.29-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.86 € 1.72-5.72
Cappuccino (regular) 3.17 € 1.43-5.15
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.94 € 0.71-1.72
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.66 € 0.57-1.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.36 € 8.66-12.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.57 € 1.04-3.11
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.26 € 0.65-2.33
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.62 € 1.81-4.12
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.46 € 3.89-10.37
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.79 € 1.56-5.19
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.42 € 4.54-15.56
Apples (1 lb) 1.90 € 1.04-3.24
Banana (1 lb) 0.94 € 0.52-1.69
Oranges (1 lb) 1.08 € 0.52-1.97
Tomato (1 lb) 1.43 € 0.65-2.59
Potato (1 lb) 1.15 € 0.52-1.94
Onion (1 lb) 1.03 € 0.52-1.56
Lettuce (1 head) 1.53 € 0.71-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.10 € 0.63-1.43
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.43 € 7.15-28.59
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.43 € 1.03-1.82
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.12 € 1.29-3.43
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.57 € 3.43-5.72
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.86 € 0.43-1.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 34.30 € 34.30-36.59
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.43 € 2.29-2.57
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.15 € 0.83-1.38
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.58 € 6.43-13.72
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.41 € 3.25-3.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,842.88 € 28,585.61-34,302.74
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,223.43 € 21,439.21-25,727.05
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 86.52 € 57.17-142.93
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 17.28 € 10.00-34.27
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 23.50 € 17.15-34.30
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.53 € 22.87-48.60
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.68 € 5.72-14.29
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.58 € 7.72-10.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 630.57 € 428.78-1,000.50
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,268.60 € 8,575.68-28,585.61
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 55.05 € 28.30-91.47
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27.78 € 14.29-57.17
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.38 € 51.45-100.05
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.85 € 57.17-142.93
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 605.62 € 428.78-943.33
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 453.17 € 285.86-714.64
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,466.61 € 1,143.42-2,143.92
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,011.08 € 800.40-1,429.28
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,103.58 € 796.70-1,858.97
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 521.85 € 398.35-929.48
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,705.92 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.85 1.50-2.50

Prices in Taipei

This city had 1964 entries in the past 12 months by 285 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
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38 Comments so far
Meemee on May 01, 2024:
I love China. But your trolls are ridiculous. LMAO. I will visit Taipei in 2 days.
Anne Rud Lehmann on Feb 02, 2024:
I live in Taiwan. If you live in taipei, the prices are 3 times up. If you are an expat it is expected to pay more in rent. A lot of landlords don’t rent out to expat because of taxation. We are looking for a flat with 4 bedrooms and most landlords want 220.000- 300.000 + service fees
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2024:
Why tf are there so many clown comments from China... So much irrational hatred towards Tsai expressed through absurd spam language.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2023:
Energy is cheap in Taiwan, electricity cost is probably cheaper than 90% of countries out there. Bunch of clown comments from mainland China, just read the stats in the list, I can verify they are pretty accurate from living in Taiwan.
jon on Sep 21, 2023:
Hi I think Taiwan is cool but those traitorous traitors are causing the energy to be expensive (you know who you are)
Anonymous on Sep 17, 2023:
ROC is dangerously encountering the national security now due to the traitor Tsai and her treacherous democratic party who are disowning and manipulating the institution of ROC treacherously and wickedly to the extent of causing worldwide unrest now so instead of waiting for the untrustworthy election next year (which might be deliberately rigged again just like on the previous election which probably resulted the most popular candidate Han lost the dumb traitor Tsai unbelievably), Kuomintang should immediately provoke the 2nd revolution immediately in order to save ROC from destruction under the traitor Tsai and her treacherous democratic party or else over the billions Chinese worldwide shall no longer accept the treason of the traitor Tsai and her treacherous democratic party upon the China motherland and consequently war shall follow to result the destruction of Taiwan.
Anonymous on Apr 24, 2023:
Taiwan is a great place for me to do a mini retirement every year. I fly in, allowed 90 day stay. Great food. So many places to explore, amazing places to see. Mountains to the Coast. Great hiking. Incredibly clean and safe. I will return every year. People of Taiwan are the best, super friendly, understanding.

I would avoid Mainland China at all costs. Terrible clown show government there. Really a sad state of affair Mainland China is in. Avoid traveling there. People are treated like slaves and animals there. Lots of criminal activity goes on in Mainland China. People there have Zero rights. Pooh Bear president Xi Jinping is a complete disgrace to the world and should be in jail for the genocide of the Uyghurs and Tibetans. CCP Chinese gov needs to be punished also for stealing land not theirs.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2023:
Taiwan has become an incredible animal kingdom under the current foolish president Tsai Ing-Wen where her current foolish government announced recently to subsidize dogs and cat for its food, clothing, and other necessities starting from this 6th June while Taiwanese have to work like slaves to pay for the pet's subsidy unfairly according to the news at the link below.
https://topics.amcham.com.tw/2023/04/taiwans-pet-subsidies-bring-happiness-in-fluffy-abundance/

Not only Taiwanese are being treated worse than animal to the extent of working for animals now in Taiwan under the current foolish president Tsai Ing-Wen but also the worst is that the current foolish president Tsai Ing-Wen even skyrocketed the rice price imprudently from less than 20 NT dollar per kg to more than 40 NT dollar per kg under her administration while the current international rice price is less than 10 NT dollar per kg especially among Myanmar, India, etc and this unfairness is absolutely unacceptable to Taiwanese and it's no wonder the birth rate in Taiwan has been collapsing unlike never before in Taiwan history due to traitor Tsai Ing-Wen's unforgivable sin of skyrocketing rice price.

So Taiwanese have an unfinished business to settle with traitor Tsai Ing-Wen and her democratic party for the sake of justice and that is to send traitor Tsai Ing-Wen as well as all traitors of her democratic party to jail until the end of the world.
Anonymous on Jul 23, 2022:
Stereo apartments are being rented out as low as 4,000 NT dollar per month in Taiwan.

Unfortunately, the robber regime of Taiwan announced recently to fine the landlord for a whopping 500,000 NT dollar, more than whopping 100 months of landlords' rent income if the landlord didn't allow the renter to apply for the government rent subsidy.

Fining for more than whopping 100 months of landlords' rent income is absolutely no more a fine but is clearly the most brazen robbing by the current robber regime of Taiwan unlike never seen in world history.

Democracy system is no more practiced in Taiwan anymore under the authoritarian and robber Tsai president who not only waste massively to the extent of depleting the tresuary of Taiwan but also brazenly robs Taiwanese by imposing outrageous fine which are much more than normally acceptable to the extent of potentially bankrupting Taiwanese now.

No wonder the population of Taiwan has shrunk terribly under the current most dishonest robber Tsai president unlike never seen before in Taiwan history.

It's time to end the gang of robbers including the authoritarian Tsai president and her accomplice Democratic party now for the sake of justice and fairness for Taiwanese.

房東不給申請補貼 內政部:最重罰50萬
https://m.591.com.tw/v2/news/8257?regionid=6&s=xwac
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2022:
Too late for the ccp trolls to hide anymore. The United States military will lite a fire under China that will incinerate everything in China.A rude awakening is coming to china's doorstep it's called death.
Anonymous as well on Dec 07, 2021:
Wow. So many CCP trolls here. This is an information site not a political site. Please go and earn your 50 cents for posting somewhere else
Anon on Nov 13, 2021:
Lots of ridiculous posts from sad Chinese trolls here.

Taiwan's economy is doing amongst the best worldwide now.
Anonymous on Aug 20, 2021:
Biden lifted Taiwan high in the air and then trashed Taiwan mercilessly later in his both recent speech and action and this should be predictable as always since US is used to betraying the corrupt ROC government of Taiwan countless time since the end of WW2 so the traitor US is not a reliable partner in need as KMT always keeps in mind.

The current unrealistic separatist regime in Taiwan should stop all of its unachievable treacherous dreaming immediately and be very careful not to provoke China anymore because they might be hunt worldwide eventually even if they run away from Taiwan later for the crime of unforgivable treasons.

1. Action sounds louder than speech
2. A war that should result losing completely shouldn't be provoked, are the 2 messages for the selfish bigmouth separatist regime in Taiwan for the sake of millions of Taiwanese in Taiwan.

US weapons certainly would not prevent from China invasion eventually so shouldn't waste a lot of money on the useless US weapons anymore and instead invest only on the one almighty weapon which even US is afraid of today so doesn't dare to touch China militarily even under the previous Trump's administration.

The priority now is for peace so peaceful existence between Mainland China and Taiwan under One China policy is so important today much more than before so Taiwan must use the One China policy wisely and beneficially in order to maintain peace at all cost during this current unpredictable era.
Anonymous on Jun 26, 2021:
Taiwan government is the most shameless scammer the world has ever seen as it's overcharging its returning citizen for a whopping 2000 NT dollar per night for staying in shabby or lowest-class, ultra small single room in the government quarantine centre where this kind of shabby single room is charged as merely as around 400 NT dollar in Osaka, Japan where it's called the economy Japanese style single room. This is the greatest corruption ever committed by any government overcharging against its citizen outrageously unlike never seen before in world history.

No one in Taiwan but only the working people automatically receive the payment of coronavirus stimulus unfairly unlike other countries and this is the most unfair scam ever committed by any government in history.
This the most unfair Taiwan government is wasting Taiwanese's tax money by automatically providing payment of up to 30000 NT dollar to all of the working people or all employees in Taiwan recently in the name of coronavirus stimulus wrongfully but there is no plan to automatically support for the unemployed people or other idle people in Taiwan unfairly unlike other countries.

The recent approved Coronavirus stimulus package of over 7 billions US dollar wasn't necessary if the Taiwan government were good enough to prevent the recent outbreak of coronavirus but this good for nothing Taiwan government delayed the purchase of coronavirus vaccines deliberately in order to wait endlessly until the local-made unreliable coronavirus vaccines is available which consequently results the terrible death of hundreds of Taiwanese now unnecessarily due to the recent worst coronavirus outbreak in Taiwan , all thanks to the foolish Tsai president who is the main culprit forcefully pushing for the local made coronavirus unnecessarily so this immoral culprit should step down immediately for indirectly killing of hundreds of innocent Taiwanese as well as for causing the loss of Taiwanese's tax money of over 7 billions US dollar in the name of coronavirus stimulus package for her world-record ignorance as well as for her world-record foolishness to insist with the local-made unreliable coronavirus vaccine which most Taiwanese have no trust upon, maybe the recent terrible death of hundreds of innocent Taiwan due to the outbreak might not be enough for her world-record foolishness.
Anonymous on Jun 06, 2021:
The current worse coronavirus pandemic outbreak is due to the fault, ignorance and mismanagement of the current Taiwan government for not strictly conducting coronavirus test on every traveller on arrival coming from abroad.

Consequently everyone here are suffering now so everyone should be entitled to be supported financially if the Taiwan government decided to indemnify for its mishandling of the pandemic.

However, only specific group or individual such as the rip-off taxi drivers, etc are being indemnified unfairly out of the over 7 billions US dollar which the current government decided to spend to indemnify for its mistake so everyone suffering here is not indemnified and it's extremely unfair for everyone currently suffering in Taiwan.

Everyone is entitled to be indemnified out of the government's 7 billions US dollar support fund.
So for the sake of fairness, the fund should be used to alleviate the expense such as food (so the food price should be much more cheaper now, etc), health insurance (the cost of health insurance should be reduced by half, etc), transportation (city bus fare should cost no more than 15 NT dollar, etc), etc of everyone equally instead of wasting to indemnify the rip-off taxi driver and so on. Anyway, the government's fund should not benefit only specific group or individual unfairly because this is not fair for everyone currently suffering in Taiwan.
Anonymous on Jun 06, 2021:
Most people in Taiwan can't afford the very expensive taxi ride so for the sake of the benefit of most people in Taiwan, Taiwan government should immediately allow Grab, etc to operate in Taiwan so most people in Taiwan would be able to enjoy cheap rides in Taiwan again just like in Asean countries and consequently people would be grateful to the government for siding with the people instead of the rip-off Taiwan taxi mafia.
Anonymous on May 31, 2021:
While Taiwanese have been mourning the greatest deaths of coronavirus now, unethical companies such as 雃博 (4106), 優盛(4121) have been taking advantage of Taiwanese's tragedies without any regards by happily skyrocketing their stock price for at least 10% daily for the last 3 days so their stock price have been skyrocketed for 30% altogether for the stock trading of last 3 days, thanks to Taiwanese's suffering which makes these unethical companies inhumanely rich now unimaginably during the very difficult time like now for Taiwanese.

Taiwan government shouldn't allow culprit companies such as 雃博 (4106), 優盛(4121) to take advantage of the suffering of Taiwanese in order to profiteer in the stock market unreasonably during the tragic period like now, the criminal behavior of these companies must be investigated immediately for justice.
Anonymous on May 15, 2021:
Birth rate in Taiwan is falling out of control now, thanks to the current sick government.

The rice price has been skyrocketed over 150% since 2016 from about 20 Taiwan dollar per kilogram to over 50 Taiwan dollar per kilogram now while India is selling rice for merely 10 Taiwan dollar per kilogram to Asia countries recently.
So the rice price in Taiwan is 400% more expensive than the current export price of India.

A chicken rice set meal at 7 Eleven convenient store in Thailand is just about 30 baht or 26.77 Taiwan dollar but the similar chicken rice set meat at 7 Eleven convenient store in Taiwan cost a whopping above 70 Taiwan dollar.
7 Eleven convenient store in Taiwan used to be cheaper where a chicken rice set could be purchase at 50 Taiwan dollar until 2016 but this offer is no longer available under the current sick government.

The city bus fare has been doubled under the current sick government as well and it's worst for location between Xindian, New Taipei City and Taipei where even if taken just for 3 bus stops, one shall be ripped off for 30 Taiwan dollar for bus fare under the current sick government unlike never seen before.

Throwing rubbish is the greatest pressure all Taiwanese have been suffering until now unlike Singapore , etc where Singaporean have no pressure throwing the rubbish as rubbish bin is available at every building in Singapore unlike in Taiwan where Taiwanese have to chase the rubbish car twice daily shamefully in order to eliminate rubbish.
The current sick government has done nothing to eliminate this pressure for Taiwanese until so far.

Restaurant food price has been skyrocketing rapidly under the current sick government for at least 30%.

Going to the supermarket to purchase meat and vegetable is no longer convenient for all nondrivers as plastic bag is banned from using in the supermarket under the direction of the current sick government unlike in Japan where plastic bag is offered for free at every supermarket.

So the current sick government is the root cause and the culprit of causing birth rate falling rapidly unlike never seen before because this sick government contributes more inflation and inconvenience to all Taiwanese comparing to all of the previous government before.
Anonymous on May 09, 2021:
Yep ruins it but mostly great Chinese trolls fault(apart from no moderation ) . They do that to every site they can.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
Are there any houses in Taiwan? I wanna live there when I grow up. I am actually from that place and is wanting to go back soon. I was wondering how much the houses cost in Taiwan like a house with 3-4 bedrooms in it. I know there are because my grandparents but I was just wondering. For those who want to go visit Taiwan, here are some heads up. You must change your money because their currency has a bigger number to it. Taiwan is pretty crowded but its really fun there. When visiting a beach, the water is warm during the summer. I don't know about the winter but I'm sure that if you go during the summer or with your family, Please wear some sunscreen or your body is going to be really red. Also, If you are moving there, If you're American and you are working somewhere in Taiwan, You will be able to take your child to a certain school for those American Children who are in Taiwan and are fluent in English (It doesn't matter if you aren't just as long as you have a American Citizenship), You're child will be able to get into the School. Alright that's all I got. A child ain't got a big brain. (and yes I am a child). Have a good day and Stay Safe during the Virus! God Bless ya'll!!
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
I am from Europe and I was interested in checking out Taipei and Taiwan in general.
Unfortunately, I am also aware of the current situation.
In all honesty my plans should be reconsidered after reading the comment section.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
To anonymous comments on Jan.4 2021.

We lost our two sons one daughter and 5 close friends to covid19 so far.

There isn't any forgetting or forgiveness.

What the Chinese government and citizens of China did was just cold blooded heartless murders on a global scale as the comments on Jan.5 2021 stated.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
However good it was in the past before Xi took over that's gone forever now.The world will never forgive or forget how the Chinese government intentionally murdered innocent people worldwide.Countries worldwide will hand China its fate in the very near future,that being death watch and see.Chinese citizens had every opportunity to stop the Chinese government but they didn't. Instead they celebrated the Chinese new year so they're just as guilty.
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2021:
China did well under Zhang Zemin but under Xi China has gone downhill and is going downhill fast. China peaked in reputation, growth, economy during 2008. With Xi in charge all the growth and progress has stopped and going backwards
Anonymous on Dec 28, 2020:
Sooner or later china will try something stupid on countries thinking they can intimidate those countries militarily the other poster mentioned. But make no mistake about it, woe to those in China if they try because certain inialiation will follow to all in China no matter if foreigners are in China or not.To other Chinese people living in other countries especially in the U S. Woe to those too because Americans will serve their own brand of justice unto them, meaning death rest assured.
Anonymous on Dec 27, 2020:
Chinese troops caught a cold when trying to invade India territory due to weather plus China isn't any match for India military and Japan is quite capable of destroying China on its own and that's a fact because other countries stepped in to ask Japan not to kill everyone in China many years ago.Vietnam handed China their az when China tried to invade Vietnam.Then there's Russia finished with chinanese government bs.Its not U S governments decision to act on China aggression but it's the U S military that determines the outcome only.The world knows the U S military is the most deadly on the planet.All the U S military is waiting for is for China to make the grave mistake of firing the first shot towards the U S then there'll be nothing living in China.There are over 15 countries against China now and the list gets bigger everyday. Xi's father was run out of his office in government many years ago. Xi went into hiding working at a pig farm in a remote area area of China many years ago.The world is looking right down china's throat just waiting for China to do something really bad and then China will be hot ashes.
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2020:
Little pink.. so cute. I guess you need to post more since your 5 cents salary is now down to 1 cents. Keep writing its hilarious
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2020:
Humm so many ccp members trying to push their narratives upon Tsia through this site.
Anonymous on Sep 25, 2020:
The unmarried, childless, mentally retarded witch Tsai, the current president of Taiwan should be forced to live on the minimum wage for a month and to take a public bus instead of taxi for daily activities.

Then the witch Tsai might understand the hardship of Taiwanese who are suffering due to the very inhumane policies imposed by her that resulting not being provided of the essential plastic bag for food purchase in the super market as well as being unreasonably and outrageously charged of additional consumer tax for each individual bamboo chopstick, paper box, plastic spoon of takeaway food.

Tsai and her blood line shall not rest in peace forever as long as Taiwanese are suffering due to the aforementioned inhumane policies imposed by her so before it's too late Tsai must abolish the aforementioned inhumane policies imposed by her immediately so as not to harm Taiwanese anymore.
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2020:
Though the traitor Tsai is the president of ROC government in Taiwan, this traitor has no whatsoever respect and loyalty to the ROC Constitution and the traitor's intention is clearly to destroy the ROC government sooner or later so as to announce Taiwan as an independent country.

Traitor Tsai is the main reason why Taiwan might be attacked very soon by China or else no war is expected for Taiwan for the next 100 years.

Trump is out at the end of this year and China is coming for revenge only upon the most hateful traitor Tsai and roast the traitor Tsai alive until her death to appease its anger.

Butchering of the Traitor Tsai by China is not important for all Taiwanese but people in Taiwan should not suffer for the sake of the wicked, moron traitor Tsai which is nothing more than a dog in Taiwanese's eye as the traitor Tsai is making the people's life harder by forcing to pay inhumane tax for each and individual chopstick, spoon, box of takeaway food unlike never seen in human history and the fare of city bus was also raised double under her administration, etc.
The traitor Tsai shall surely go to hell for causing suffering and unnecessary pressure and burden to all Taiwanese unlike never seen before during her administration after China roasts her alive to death.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2020:
Nah. I live in Taipei, and it way more expensive than that. Or maybe it needs to be updated. The reality should be +30% of what the list said.
Anonymous from Taipei on Aug 16, 2020:
Average monthly net salary over 47K NT (after tax)? Where did this figure came from?
Uni graduate barely making 30~40K NT/month (before tax).
Taipei-er on Jul 06, 2020:
Yeah maybe that's partly why these rents are so inaccurate. A 1 bedroom is not a taofang (studio).
Anonymous on Jun 17, 2020:
I agree asw ell in Taipei the average for a semi decent meal is 150 NTD these days. Inflation.
Anonymous on Jun 17, 2020:
You know what is taofang, studio apartment right? I'd say it's a reasonable number for Taipei.
Taipei-er on Jun 05, 2020:
The Taipei rent listed here is wildly inaccurate. Please show me where to find a 1 bedroom apartment for $16K that fits the conditions listed: central, modern, and good condition. Maybe people are interpreting the question to mean 1 bedroom rented in an apartment with roommates, because that’s the only way this makes sense.
Anonymous on May 04, 2020:
Taipei rents have gone up a little over the last few years. Quite accurate stay for that.
Anonymous on May 04, 2020:
Chinese lies exposed for all the world to see.