Well, I've been in Taipei for just over a week now and am starting to get settled in. If I had to describe Taipei in one word, it would be "busy". There are people everywhere, and they are all doing stuff: like fixing the sidewalk, or performing maintenance on escalators, or pushing trolleys loaded with boxes to their shops, or handing out fliers, or selling food from sidewalk stands, etc. It's pretty crazy.
The MRT(subway and train system in Taipei) and trendier areas feel like Japan. There are other places that feel like a city on the Mainland, slightly dirty and chaotic. Occassionaly the city even reminds me of Bangkok. So far, I appreciate the variety.