Some of the younger mainlanders are rediscovering manners, but the Mao generation is beyond hope
The problem is those old fogies are babysitting the adults of tomorrow, while their parents slave away. It's a mess of ultimate proportions.
Kate, do enjoy the East coast, with its dramatic mountain falling to sea scenery, and the likability of the locals. If time permits, hit Kending National Park and surrounds.
Public transport is a breeze in Taiwan.