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    A-Po Iron Egg...: Local Snacker...

    by THLIN Written Jan 27, 2006

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    The story began with a poor old granny who can hardly sold her soy-sause-marinated-egg. Therefore, she kept boilt her eggs, until one day her products was as hard as stone. However, it attracted a lot of gluttens, and the fame and the legend and the tourism began.
    There are many places selling "Iron Egg" in Danshui. A-Po is one of the most famous and the best shops there. Whenever I go Danshui, I buy some of their products home. By the way, there is nothing special with this shop, but the munchies they produce.

    What to buy: Iron Egg is a preserved egg. It's boiled by speical sause and then dry up; the same process repeat three times, and your egg is as hard as a stone. It's a little bit salty but delicious, a little bit hard but chewy. I think you would like it. What's more, it's like trademark of Danshui.
    Yu-Su is another trademark of Danshui. It's like dried tempura really savoury; I don't like it due to high cholstero and tallow that makes mey fingers oily.

    What to pay: A package of Iron Egg is NT100;
    a package of Yu-Su is NT50.
    Exchange rate is about US1=NT31~33

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    A-Po Iron Egg...: Local Snacker...

    by THLIN Written Jan 27, 2006

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    The story began with a poor old granny who can hardly sold her soy-sause-marinated-egg. Therefore, she kept boilt her eggs, until one day her products was as hard as stone. However, it attracted a lot of gluttens, and the fame and the legend and the tourism began.
    There are many places selling "Iron Egg" in Danshui. A-Po is one of the most famous and the best shops there. Whenever I go Danshui, I buy some of their products home. By the way, there is nothing special with this shop, but the munchies they produce.

    What to buy: Iron Egg is a preserved egg. It's boiled by speical sause and then dry up; the same process repeat three times, and your egg is as hard as a stone. It's a little bit salty but delicious, a little bit hard but chewy. I think you would like it. What's more, it's like trademark of Danshui.
    Yu-Su is another trademark of Danshui. It's like dried tempura really savoury; I don't like it due to high cholstero and tallow that makes mey fingers oily.

    What to pay: A package of Iron Egg is NT100;
    a package of Yu-Su is NT50.
    Exchange rate is about US1=NT31~33

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    Ten Ren Chinese Tea: Traditional Chinese Specialty Tea

    by THLIN Written Jan 14, 2006

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    First of all, I have spent one term studying Ten Ren's strategy and history.
    Ten Ren has more than 100 beanches worldwide, and they mainly locates in the States, Canada, Malyasia and I know one in China Town in Singapore. Ten Ren is the frist company that makes their own brand name for selling specialty tea in Taiwan. Taiwan has exported tea for more than a century, but, ironically, they are the first. They privides standardised service and high-quality tea.
    With the advent of e-commerce, you can also buy from their website, which is provided below.

    What to buy: If you want to buy something as a gift, buy a bag of Chinese tea; if you want to please yourself in the shop, buy a cup of bubble tea, which you can enjoy immediately. Their bubble tea is quite famous here also, but it cost two folds of their competitions.

    What to pay: It depends. The prices of their products vary with a large range. Because the quality can differ from one to another due to different place of leaves' sources.

    notice the GREEN little broad in the back

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    Shihlin Night Market: Haggle haggle haggle!

    by Icemaiden02 Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Shih Lin Night Market is one of the most famous night markets in Taipei, making it a long-time favorite among residents and tourists, locals and foreigners.

    It offers almost every product you can think of-- from food, to photography, to electronics and clothing. Even on weeknights, the place will be crowded with locals trying to find a good bargain.

    Two places you should definitely try:
    1. Chicken steak- Hao Da Chicken Steak located in front of the Yang Ming Theatre costs NT$50 for a large piece of chicken.

    2. Ten Dollar Barbeque- Located right next door, skewers of chicken wings, bean curd, shrimp and squid are available, smothered in yummy barbecue sauce.

    Other food items available:
    - Shanghai Fried Buns (sheng jian bao)
    - Fried squid
    - Tempura
    - Teppanyaki
    - Cantonese congee
    - Flavored ice
    - Oyster omelets
    - Frog eggs
    - Octopus balls
    - Spicy bean curd

    What to pay: NT$10-50 for a food item, NT$50-200 for clothes, NT$100 for movie

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    Underground Shopping Mall Taipei Station: Underground

    by ngcsc Written May 30, 2005

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    The underground of Taipei Station, there is a shopping mall with variety of goods. It is rather cheaper than XiMenTing but yet it is the lastest fashion.

    What to buy: There are many different shops from clothing, music, books, food and even the MRT souvenir.

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    XiMen Ding: Young Generation

    by ngcsc Updated May 14, 2005

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    For the young generation in Taipei... XiMenDing is the best place for shopping, it is the best place to see latest trend and it is the best place to see the youngTaipei...

    XiMenDing is the most busy area in Taipei during weekend... where I think all the youngsters in Taipei came in for the latest lifestyle.... You can see the latest trend not only in the shop but also on the street where everyone just like a fashion model.

    What to buy: Ladies stuff, Trendy stuffs and wierd stuffs

    What to pay: Vary from Products

    City Centre

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    ChungChing South Road: The Bookstore Row

    by ngcsc Written May 12, 2005

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    Along ChungChing South Road, there more than hundred of bookstores that selling various kind of books.. Chinese text books, old books and new books.

    It known as Bookstore street in Taipei.

    What to buy: Books, lot of books.

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    Quality Bookstore: The most Unique bookstore I had ever visited

    by ngcsc Updated May 12, 2005

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    How it survive? 45% discount from the selling price!!!!!

    Well, the owner told me that he is not given this discount to everyone.... it is only for book lovers. But I think it should add another reason, the owner's mood.

    Quality bookstore claimed that they sell the cheapest books in Taiwan... not sure how true it is, but if you are lucky, you get good discount as I got. Normally, customers get at least 20% discount from the selling price, which is more or less the same with other bookstores, but when the owner likes you, you get a fantastic experience here.

    There are some critics too. Some says the owner give good discount to pretty ladies only (wierd, I am a man with dirty look, I still got the discount), and the owner like to stamp the bookstore's mark on sold books (it is ok for me as a souvenir from this wierd bookstore).

    The most incredible behavior of this bookstore is the owner always say, if you don't like the book, as long as it is not written anything, not bent... return to the bookstore, you get refund.

    30 years of business, they never expand the shop, never renovate the shop, and still survive.... wierd!!!!

    What to buy: Books, but only Chinese books. What else you expect from an old bookstore in Taipei apart from Chinese books???

    What to pay: God knows

    Books everywhere

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    Eslite Bookstore (DunHua South Raod): 24hours Book Store

    by ngcsc Updated May 12, 2005

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    Most of the book lovers, especially Chinese readers, visit to Eslite Bookstore at DunHua South Road is a must-do in Taipei.

    Being the first 24hours Chinese bookstore in the world, or may be the first bookstore overall.... how can you miss it.... if got nothing better to do... no clubbing, no night life, just wanna sit down somewhere to get a moment of freedom... this should be the place.

    Clean and bright atmosphere, smell good coffee, you'll find there are still a lot of people even during 2am....

    What to buy: Books, Chinese and some English books too. Some says don't have to buy, you can actually finish the whole book there and no one will question.

    What to pay: Discount price if you are member, but not worth it if you are not stay in Taiwan

    24hours

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    Shilin Night Market: Super Hot Night Market

    by ngcsc Written May 12, 2005

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    If there is an award, Shilin Night Market might be all-time top three for the travellers to Taipei.

    One of my friends when 12 night with his 14 nights stay in Taipei.... sound crazy but it is real.

    Hanging around in Shilin Night Market is a bit different nowadays. The new indoor market right beside Jian Tan MRT station is majory for those food stalls and the old Shilin night market still remain and for various products. Cheap product, discounted product and expensive product too... especially fruit.

    If you intend to buy food, don't buy in Shilin Market, it is for tourist... go to the supermarket opposite City Jungle Mall, they sell cheap.

    What to buy: Clothes, Bags, Shoes, DVDs, and of course food.

    Food court of Shilin Market

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    DiHua Street: Flower Flower World

    by ngcsc Written May 7, 2005

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    If you are bored with the tea, and just wanna buy some other stuffs, you can make the change. Buy the flower tea as a gift.

    Flower tea is actually flower but come with the tea fragance.

    Normally, it is using clay teapot for the tea, but there is one type of flower tea should use glass teapot. It has special features that when it is boiling .... there is a flower blooming in the water.

    Flower tea

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    Dihua Street: North South Goods ( Nan Bei Huo)

    by ngcsc Written May 7, 2005

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    The name "Nan Bei Huo" or "North South Goods" in English refers to all dry products such as Dry Fish, Abalone, Encovy, etc.... for Chinese cooking.

    In DiHua street where the old Taipei City center, there are more than 200 shop selling "Nan Bei Hou"

    In the past, it was only for wholesales, but as tourist visited often and the demands are great.... so they started their tourist business too.

    What to pay: Price vary from Products

    Shops at DiHua Street

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  • Shilin Night Market: The best night market ever

    by theotherself Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    Probably the biggest night market in Taipei city, you can find pretty much everything in Shilin Night Market (Shilin Ye Shi). In fact, think I spent the most money here in my week in Taipei. For starters, things here are cheap and shop owners will knock off a few more dollars if you bargain. If you like shopping, there are plenty of shops here. Walk around and compare prices though because many of the shops sell similar things. It's mostly youth-oriented fashion so if you're young and love to shop, you'll probably go crazy. Best thing is, cheap doesn't mean aesthetics are compromised. The clothes look pretty good, actually. You can get the cutest hats and scarves and socks. I managed to get cool watches for NT240. There are also quite a few DVD/CD shops here - a boon for those who like Asian films or Japanese anime but can't find them in their own countries. Beyond the mundane, I also got a seal of my Chinese name made here for about NT750. There's also a pet and games district somewhere in the maze. And of course, the ubiquitious street food stalls selling all kinds of unhealthy but must try food. I actually came back one more time just to eat at the food centre (a separate structure from the maze of shops).

    What to buy: Anything and everything! But my favourite buy was the seal I had made of my name.

    What to pay: Cheap - you can get all sorts of stuff between the range of NT300 to NT1000.

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  • Ximending: Avoid the major department stores...

    by theotherself Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    I found the major department stores (Taipei 101, Shinkong Mitsukoshi, New York New York) expensive. Maybe it was because I visited Taipei in winter and winter clothing is generally more expensive. But after a bit, I gave up on the malls. Anyway, if you live in Asian cities, the shops you can find in malls in your own country are more or less the same ones in Taipei malls.

    So if like me, you don't have a lot to spend and want something different, forget the malls and head for Ximending instead. It's a big shopping district with an eclectic tenant mix, so you'll see pricier boutiques side by side with smaller independent ones - and that also means there's something for everyone. If you like high street fashion, this is the place for you! It's a youth hub, so you'll see a lot of young people there in the evenings, many of them decked out in Japanese-influenced clothing. But beyond clothing, there are also CD/DVD shops, cutesy stationary stores, a Working House branch (a kind of upper class sundry store), Eslite bookstore etc. as well as a movie district if you feel like catching a movie while you're there. You can also stuff yourself silly with junk food because street stalls are everywhere. There are also plenty cafes and restaurants. I spent hours there but even then, I don't think I've seen the whole place in detail.

    What to buy: Anything and everything! It's a one stop entertainment district.

    What to pay: Prices vary from the very cheap to the more expensive.

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    Guanghua Mall: Guanghua Commerical District

    by lhe Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Guanghua Mall and the surrounding area would be an interesting place to visit if you are a technie. In this area there are numerous stores selling computer systems, peripherals, and electronics (such as MP3 players). The prices are generally better than other places in Taipei and since there are so many stores to choose from, you can always find one that offers a better price. Even you don't want to buy anything, it is still quite cool to check out all the latest technology products, especially those from top Taiwanese brands, such as Asus, Acer, BenQ etc.

    The street outside Guanghua Mall

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