Indian bloggers praise freedom, gender equality in Taiwan

Taipei-Two Indian bloggers invited to take part in a program that involves a free overnight stay at the Presidential Office said Thursday they are impressed with the freedom and gender equality of Taiwanese society.

"The power that people have here, the political system, how humble the government is towards the people ... Everything, is really inspiring," said Aparajita Misra, who is traveling with Aakash Malhotra documenting their 12-day trip to Taiwan.

Misra, 24, also said she was inspired to learn that women are at the forefront of many different occupations in Taiwan.

Speaking of female leaders, the duo said they were delighted to receive a greeting card from President Tsai Ing-wen (???), and the late night snack of buttery flaky pastry she treated them to was delicious, they said.

Malhotra, 27, said he plans to produce seven videos promoting Taiwan during their trips to Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien, where they plan to visit Sun Moon Lake, Kenting National Park and Yangmingshan National Park.

Although it is their first time in the country, the Indian nationals said they have been impressed by Taiwan's friendly and welcoming people, and the comprehensive and convenient traffic system.

"The country is very well-connected," he said, adding that Easycard, one of the most popular stored value cards issued in Taiwan, has made the trip hassle-free.

The only downside so far is the language barrier, said Malhotra and Misra, who have already experienced losing their way while looking for stores they wanted to visit.

They are the fourth group to stay overnight free of charge at the Presidential Office since Oct. 8.

A total of 10 groups of foreign nationals have been selected to participate in the activity, hosted by the government to promote Taiwan internationally.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel