Phattso wrote: …If you can sort visas there are so many places in China worth a look, but the language barrier is a pain in the ringpiece. Taiwan and Hong Kong should definitely get on the shortlist, and they're a lot more Western friendly. Taiwan has some spectacular scenery, and Taipei has food that would change your life it's so good. Hong Kong is such an iconic place to visit, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to skip it.…
I lived in Taipei (what is now Xinbei) for a year and a half, stayed in Hong Kong just for a bit (visited some other places in the area too) and now I live in Singapore (soon to be my second year), and I think the same.
If it's not too late to change your plans, I'd say just skip Singapore, it really has absolutely nothing to offer. The only good thing about it is the weather (I like super hot weather).
Admittedly I'm pretty biased because I wasn't in Taiwan as a tourist but we (wife and me) actually lived there and were basically taken care of by her friends (whom she knew from her university days) for the whole time so we knew where to go, what to do / avoid etc. But even if it weren't for that I ate better food in some of Taipei's small side street restaurants the size of a living room than some of Singapore's supposedly stylish places.
The "Taipei has food that would change your life it's so good" part is literally true for me, although you have to be careful where you eat because some places have very lax standards when it comes to hygiene (or safety for that matter, on one occasion I found a screw in my rice!).
Edit: Oh right, you're off on Friday, probably too late to change your plans.
Edited by ray at 07:57:01 28-11-2012