Enjoy the Vibrant Atmosphere of Taiwan’s Night Markets

Asia - Editor - 09 April 2008

Enjoy the Vibrant Atmosphere of Taiwan’s Night Markets

The night markets of Taiwan started to appear in the years following World War II. What began as an initiative to provide migrating communities with place to find food late at night, began to grow into a part of the culture of Taiwan and there are now many night markets found in various cities across the island. To tourists, the night markets in Taiwan give them the opportunity to shop in the cooler evening air and to experience true Taiwanese culture.

Night markets in Taiwan are noisy and bustling with people. They are especially known for the tasty local food on sale, and visitors will definitely get a taste of the country here. Vendors and customers can be heard bargaining on every corner. A great variety of items are sold at the markets, including electronic merchandise, clothing, music, games, handbags, shoes, jewelry and ornaments. It is the perfect place to purchase souvenirs and gifts, or to just buy wanted items to take home.

Locals see the night markets as a chance to spend time with their families; either going for supper, browsing the stores or playing games with their children in the streets. The atmosphere is festive and visitors will enjoy sitting at one of the food stores or open bars and watching the people as they go about their shopping and cuisine tasting.

There are a few night markets in Taiwan that are very popular, such as the Miaokou Night Market located in Keelung, Fengchia Night Market at the main gate of the Fengchia University, the Tunghai Night Market that is open every Tuesday, the Liouho Night Market, the Shihlin Night Market, Hsitun Night Market, Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market and the Siaobei Night Market.

Taiwan definitely does not go to sleep when the sun goes down. It comes alive with vendors and fascinating attractions, such as the night markets, to entertain both the locals and tourists. And while others make a living through these attractions, it is an experience that is unique and unforgettable for visitors. With an active nightlife, infused in the sights, smells and tastes of the night markets, visitors will always find something to do in Taiwan, night or day.


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