Actually, the title of this post is not quite correct.
During my week in Taiwan, my Mandarin was praised, but significantly less frequently than my Cantonese is praised in Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, I hear such phrases on a daily basis:
“你住咗香港幾耐? 四年? 嘩, 好犀利!”
And, I hear these ones on a monthly basis:
In Hong Kong, in perhaps only 30% of interactions I have with random people, is no comment made on the standard of my Cantonese.
However, in Taiwan, around 50% of such random conversations went without comment.
Perhaps it’s because foreigners speaking fluent Mandarin is relatively more common in Taiwan? What experiences have you guys had? How often do people comment on your Chinese? Do you like them commenting? And has the frequency of commentary changed as your Chinese has progressed? Leave a comment! 😀
 I am not making these up, although I’m sure that apart from my darkish hair I look nothing like my mother is Chinese.
 Despite fewer people caring about my Chinese abilities, I did have the following conversation, which was a standout:
店長: 你國語說得很好耶. 你住在台灣嗎?
我: 不是, 我住在香港.
店長: 哦? 我還以為你在台灣長大…… 香港人的國語好像講得…… 不太好……
 Personally, I find it tiresome, and dislike being drawn into the same old conversation repeatedly, but hey!