To Market, To Market


Midnight feasting and shopping in Taiwan

As night falls in Taipei, the city’s Night Markets wake up. Bustling with lights, noise and uninhibited energy, restaurant owners standing out with their menus, stall owners busy selling their wares, with crowds of shoppers and diners; all this mingles together in an explosion that best showcases the city’s nightlife. A wide variety of clothes, shoes, bags, household items, watches, jewelry, toys, and much more are sold at various prices points. The city has a number of night markets for shopping aficionados Night markets are also where visitors can sample authentic and delicious Taiwanese food.

 
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From fresh fruits to spring onion pancakes, pan-fried dumplings, grilled Taiwanese sausages, baos, hot pots, oyster omelets, fresh squid, pork or fish thick soups, to authentic drinks such as pearl milk tea, Chinese herbal teas, or refreshing juices made with local fruits and delicious ice-cream counters everything will satisfy your stomach and soul.

 
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Getting there: Taiwan is located in the western Pacific Ocean 160 km (100 miles) off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland. A number of airlines such as China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern and Thai Airways fly directly or with a stopover in to Taipei from New Delhi and Mumbai. The average flight time between India and Taiwan is of about 6.5 hours. Fare around INR 28,000 – 35,000.

Places to stay: There are ample of hotels to stay starting from basic 3 star to luxury 5 start hotels ranging from USD$50 to $300 per night.

Things to do: There are endless possibilities in Taiwan from Hiking in Taroko National park, to staying at Hot spring resorts, to visiting the Scenic Sun Moon lake area to high end Gizmo and gadget shopping.


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