Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Taipei (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Taipei without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Taipei, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Taiwan » Taipei (See other walking tours in Taipei)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: Daniel
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Taipei City Mall (台北地下街)

1) Taipei City Mall (台北地下街)

What to buy here: Chinese Traditional Clothing.

Clothing styles in China, just like cultural trends, changed with each dynasty. During these changes different aspects of the Chinese culture evolved and reflected in the way people dressed as well. The two most known traditional Chinese styles of clothing are - Han clothing, worn previous to the Qing Dynasty; and Manchu clothing, worn during and after the Qing Dynasty. It was during this dynasty that the modern version of traditional clothing, like the Chinese long gown for men (changshan) and the qipao for women (cheongsam), appeared. After the abolition of imperial China, clothing styles changed again, reaching a peak during the Cultural Revolution when everything related to the past imperial era was considered undesirable and therefore had to be dismissed. However lately, traditional clothing began to be popular once again and there is a general tendency to restore traditional Chinese culture all over China. Traditional Chinese clothing costs from $50 to over $100.

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
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Sheng Ta Chuang

2) Sheng Ta Chuang

What to buy here: Chinese calligraphy wall scrolls.

In China, calligraphy is considered a true form of art, similar to painting, and can sometimes be more expensive than paintings. Calligraphy has developed since the appearance of Chinese characters (approximately 4000 BCE) and has been permanently improved over the centuries. Since calligraphy was considered an art form, it was only natural that works were produced in order to showcase it, often in the form of wall hanging scrolls. Typically wall scrolls may have one or several Chinese characters painted on them, or they may have signs of the Chinese zodiac. They are available at affordable prices, starting at $10-$30, but may be more expensive – over $100.

Operation hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30 – 20:30
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Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center (台灣手工業推廣中心)

3) Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center (台灣手工業推廣中心)

What to buy here: Zhongguo Jie (Chinese knots).

Chinese knots are the result of a decorative handicraft which appeared and developed during the Tang and Song Dynasties. Chinese knots are considered traditional decorations. They were very popular during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was during the Qing dynasty that Chinese knotting became a widespread art form and reached the peak of success. Later however, between 1912 and 1976, the art of Chinese knotting was almost lost. Nowadays, Chinese knots are mostly seen during different ceremonies and traditional holidays. They are given to people to wish them health and happiness. The prices for Chinese knots are up to $30.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 – 18:00
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Huaxi Street Night Market

4) Huaxi Street Night Market

What to buy here: Oilpaper Umbrellas.

These umbrellas are among the most visually stunning mementos one could bring from Taipei. The umbrellas are made of an intricate bamboo frame and transparent paper, both artfully painted with intricate designs and then lacquered. Aside from providing shade and, surprisingly, shelter from the rain, these umbrellas are a traditional component during wedding ceremonies; they symbolize a happy, complete life. They are also believed to bring good luck and are often given as gifts at symbolic events in the family.

Price-wise, an 8-inch umbrella will range from NT$14 to NT$20. A 19-inch version will start at around NT$40 and up.

Hours: 16:00-24:00

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Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Taipei without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Taipei, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
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Travel Distance: 5.0 km
ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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One of the world's leading international cities, Taipei is the educational, political, economic and cultural core of Taiwan. Within the city, you will see a number of great galleries, museums, shopping centers and so much more. If you want to become more familiar with the cultural life and history of Taipei, visit the fabulous museums highlighted in the next walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Taipei, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.