Unmistakably a hardly-miss activities in a city like Taipei are bargain shopping and street food tasting. Like the other prominent tourist destinations in the country, Street night market is considered as a national treasure, where foreign and local tourists alike are expected to spend money unconsciously as they try to navigate one street to another.
Shilin Night Market at Shilin District is considered as the largest and the most popular night market in Taipei. Open usually at 4 in the afternoon up to way past midnight, the goods sold here are cheap but the quality will depend on your taste. Marked as “Made in China” or “Made in Taipei”, everything appears to be inexpensive particularly if I started to convert the price to Japanese Yen, but still not enough reason for me to buy anything.
Various, dizzying array of street food, so far I never encountered anything weird except for one booth that sells an ice, cold drink made of Frog eggs. Anyone know the health benefit of drinking frog eggs?
I was still hesitant to try any food sold on the streets, on the fear that I might ate something that I do not know, so I went to a safer option of having dinner at one of the small restaurant. Funny thing is I always ended up ordering food good for 2 to 3 persons and the order-taker looks at me as if wondering how this girl can finish up everything. I guess I can’t get over to the idea that my 1,000 Yen can buy more than just 1 bowl of ramen.
You like going to markets or carnivals in order to showcase your balloons shooting skill or dart throwing ability and give your girlfriend a giant teddy bear, well in Shilin market the game is different. You need to beat out these men and women on a game of “majong”?
I saw a group of people lining up at one of the stalls selling freshly made, charcoal baked pork bun for 50 Taiwanese Dollars ( ~ 2 USD, 131 JPY), so decided to give it a try. The pork bun is so good, I wanted to weep.
Not to far from Raohe Market and not consider as “night” market is the most famous place for ladies bargain hunters is Wufenpu. Though, most establishments are selling wholesale, there are several shops that sells retail. Much better choice compare to the night market, if you are seriously consider buying clothes, bags and shoes.
Again, I did not buy anything, I no longer fit on Asian size. In fairness, I did not find any fake or imitation goods on most markets I been to in Taipei compare to my country where it was blatantly sold.
With all the bargain shoes and the pearl milk tea booth on every corner, if there is one thing that most visitors fail to do is to spare a few minutes on entering the nearby temples, to at least appreciate its beauty when all the lanterns bulb are switched on.
Not only it will provide the much needed minute of quite from all the craziness outside, there is something mesmerizing about the red and gold colors, the large statues and the door-frame painted with temple gods and teachers.
These temples are usually hardly-miss by location and by view. They are open for anyone who wishes to enter. I don’t see the rational why most tourist choose to ignore them and instead decided to spend time tirelessly walking around the crowded market.