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Questions on Relocating to Taipei


I will be relocating from Shanghai to Taipei in Jan Protected content . I would like a few pointers before making the move:

1. Is housing expensive in Taipei? Are there any online accommodation website? I have read in some threads about but that is mainly ads posted by individuals. How true are the pictures posted on these websites?
2. What are the popular districts for foreigners?
3. Is it easy to look for domestic cleaner to clean apartment? We have so call ah-yee in China who does the cleaning and cooking.
4. Can foreigners drive in Taipei with international driving licence or do we need to take some sort of tests to convert foreign driver licence?
5. Is it easy to make friends in Taipei? Any social website to recommend?

Any comments would be most appreciated.


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