This shopping mall is in the metro station .A nice place to wander around if you have nothing much to do(unlikely) .They have a nice food court supplying various foods.designer clothes, budget shops,cosmetic shops and what not.
Taiwanese are fierce business/salespeople. They could talk a monk into a new sailboat i think.
They often keep on going until you buy something, learn to say no. really, its hard sometimes. when i am really stuck i just pretend i cant speak mandarin and i dont understand them, they soon give up.
Hsin Tung Yang is a popular store with branches around Taipei. It is a food service company originating in Taiwan. HTY specializes primarily in meat and pork products. In recent years the company have expanded production into dried mullet roe and various Chinese tea snacks. We bought the famous pineapple cake requested by our relatives back home at their Ximending branch. Pineapple cake costs NT$150 per box with 12 pcs. This is better quality than the other NT$49 8 pcs that we also bought. We had noodles for dinner in their airport branch for NT$48 each. Free hot water is available for the noodles.
What to buy: Pineapple cakes.
What to pay: NT$150 for 12 pcs. This is better quality than the NT$49 for 8 pcs.
Wulai Aboriginal Shop sells various Atayal products that includes colorful Atayal costumes, pottery and carvings, musical instruments & craftworks. Atayal ethnic smock costs NT$150. You can also watch cultural performances for NT$200. Take tram to waterfall viewpoint where shops are located.
What to buy: Colorful Atayal costumes, pottery and carvings, musical instruments & craftworks.
What to pay: Atayal ethnic smock costs NT$150.
Jade Store in Hualien sells products of various designs ranging from jewelries to home decors. We had time to visit the store since our train trip back to Taipei from Hualien is past 8PM. My mom bought a nice jade bracelet for NT$1500. The store lady is very nice & accommodating. She even gave us snacks.
What to buy: Jade jewelries & home decors.
What to pay: Jade bracelet NT$1500.
Taipei has several notable shopping district.
Shihlin Night Market is one of the largest night markets in Taipei City. Many people come to Shihlin Night Market to enjoy the delicious snacks, such as large pancake enfolding small pancake, hot pot on stone or Shihlin sausage. The Shihlin Night Market is located in Taipei City's Shihlin District. Shilin Night Market is in Shilin District and accessible from the MRT Shilin stop.
Ximending (Hsimenting), another main attraction of Wanhua, serves as a counter-culture, trendy shopping center and as Taipei's main movie theater district.
Tienmu, the district has become a trendy place in Taipei for clothing and cuisine. In addition, the export apparel shops on Chungshan North Road, north of Tienmu Square, are a big attraction. There are also many brand-name boutiques on Tienmu East Road and Tienmu West Road. Hidden in the alleys are restaurants with foreign flavor, large chain restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Tienmu is located in Taipei City's Chungshan North Road.
Snake Alley (Hwahsi Jie) Snake Alley should be billed as a legitimate night market or a bizarre tourist attraction. Snake Alley is in the Wanhua District. Take the MRT to the Lungshan Temple stop.
In the Department stores and most of the larger stores there are set prices with no bargaining however it is possible to bargain at markets and any of the street side stalls and smaller shops. Nothing ventured nothing gained
Close to Taipei's Chientan tube station, a visit to Shi Lin is the way to throw a novice into the hustle and bustle of the night market. The energy and friendliness of the vendors makes a visit to this market worthwhile. While certainly the place to try new foods, purchase cheap clothing and other items, the availability of quality cultural items unique to the market was less than expected. Know how to bargin (pen and paper helps) or bring a local friend - expect to pay more as a tourist. Though it is safe and the locals are friendly, keep your money close to you, as with everywhere the crowds are ideal for pickpockets.
What to buy: Food items
Various seemingly useful knick knacks
What to pay: $5US
7/11 Stores can be found on virtualy every street corner and are open 24/7. They are able to offer the following services besides the normal.
Services provided by local 7/11`s
Digital image printing
Water bills, electricity bill, gas bill, cablevision bill, parking tickets, motor-bike liability insurance, and mobile phone bill.
Direct marketing shopping service
Duskin rental service
International calling cards
Booklet for College Examination Center
Booklet for entrance exam to technological college
Bus fare cards
Pre-ordered purchases, photocopying, worldwide express service, free calls for ringing up radio taxi etc...
One of the famous Life Living Store in Japan now open a new outlet in Taipei, 'Hands Tailung'. Goods ranging from stationery, household items, DIY etc. The quality is good and the design is attractive.
What to buy: If you like japanese design goods, then you may find the products interested you.
What to pay: The price is slightly higher, but the quality and design is worth a buy!
One of the biggest bookstore chain in Taiwan is Eslite. The flagship store situated at Taipei TunHwa South Road is one of the largest and also open 24 hr. The books & magazines selection is vast especially in chinese language. There's a cafe attached to the bookstore as well, the atmosphere is cosy.
What to buy: Especially the new arrival books and magazines.
What to pay: The price is reasonable and you may find some discount on selected titles.
WuFenPu fashion zone is a district constitute of more than 1000 shops selling women, men, kids fashion.
What to buy: You may find various types of fashion there from local, Korea, China and Hong Kong.
What to pay: The price is consider cheap to reasonable. You may ask for bargain to the shop keepers, their service is good and polite.
In most big cities in Taiwan, there is at least one `night market'. All kinds of street vendors show up along the main street, creating even more of a traffic snarl than usual, and people show up to eat and whatever. The night market in Taichung was sort of uniform in consistency. There were quite a few cafeterias. I will talk about cafeterias some other time.
Other night market food:
For $150 you can get a little metal cannister with some soup and a whole shrimp and some veggies and some egg and some other stuff. I never got around to getting one of these.
Ice: You get a plateful of shaved ice (like a snowcone, only without the cone) and pick out three or four things to put on top of it. Some things are fruity; others are beany. This costs about $15--$30 depending on how many toppings you put on. In this country, we hold the ice fixed and run the shaver over it; in Taiwan the ice is attached to a giant screw which screws the ice around and down onto the shaver, which is fixed.
Barbecued corn-on-the-cob. With or without sauce. This cost $30.
Tea: You can get lots of different kinds of iced tea. If you ask for hong cha they put some water, some concentrated tea syrup, some sugar syrup, and a lot of ice cubes into a martini shaker, shake it up for you, and pour it into a cup. It is very yummy. It costs $20--$25.
There are lots of street vendors who have a blender and a whole heap of fruit. You can get them to liquefy the fruit for you or you can just go ahead and eat it plain.
When shopping in Taiwan, the cheapest and better department store to visit is definately Carrefor. They sell really fresh produce an are also the most organised and cheapest and cleanest.
* Shops are open seven days a week, from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm.Large shopping centers may stay open to 9:00 pm and offer more Westernized ambiance. Night markets usually begin their business at twilight.
* For foreign buyers, the safest places to shop are those shops designated by the Taiwanese Tourism Administration, where one can always feel at ease about the price and quality of goods and can find a money changing desks. Anyone who wishes to try bargaining with vendors had better change his money in advance.
* Keep all receipts in case you might want to return or exchange your purchases. Bargaining is only possible with private vendors in street stalls, who don't usually agree to refunds or exchanges.
What to buy: Shopping centers are large and comfortable and offer a full range of commodities, Chinese or foreign brands, from cosmetics, daily-use articles, garments and home electric appliances to self-service corners. They also have restaurants and coffee bars attached. Each shopping center has a commercial area nearby.
Carrefor is an all in one store. Each Carrefor store comprises of about five different levels ranging from household appliances, right through to clothing and automotive accessories.
What to pay: A months worth of groceries can cost as little as 5 000 Taiwanese dollars.(143 US Dollars)
Xi Men Ding is a night market, loads of shopping and food. Street vendos !
What to buy: Jewlery, bags, food... everything. Knives
What to pay: haggle haggle haggle !
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