Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Taiwan » Taipei (See other walking tours in Taipei)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
Author: Daniel
Chang Yi Fang

1) Chang Yi Fang

What to buy here: Budaixi-Glove Puppets.

In Taiwan, glove puppetry has been a main form of entertainment for centuries. The puppets combine popular characters and age-old folk-art. They dance on the gloved fingers of artisans, retelling traditional stories through expression, dance and music. The traditional puppets are divided into three categories: sheng (male character), dang (female character) and jing (painted face). The sac-bodies, carved and painted wooden heads and elaborate attires make them true works of art. Hand-puppet operas have evolved into film production, with an annual value of over NT$40mln. The movies are exported to Japan and the United States, fact which contributes to the puppets' popularity. Thus, the prices for these artistic and fun keepsakes range from NT$50 and up.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00–19:00
Weekend Jade and Handicraft Market

2) Weekend Jade and Handicraft Market

What to buy here: Chinese Jade.

Jade is Chinese national pride, here it's not considered just a stone, but it's believed to bring luck, chase the bad spirits away and also have curative properties when worn on the wrist as a bracelet in order to benefit the heart. This is why jade is not only a beautiful jewel or piece of art to be brought as a gift, but also an essential symbol of Chinese culture. It comes in three colors, green, white and purple. The green jade is the most popular and is supposed to be the best one, but there are different shades of green, and the darker the better quality. Prices vary consistently, depending on the quality, the color, the size and of course the kind of jewel. A typical set of necklace and earrings can be sold at anything between Y200 and Y70, but the highest quality of jade can even reach 30.000 Yuan only for a pendant.

Operation hours: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00; also on public holidays that fall on Friday or Monday.
Eslite Bookstore

3) Eslite Bookstore

Eslite Bookstore is the largest chain of book stores in Taiwan. It's history begins in 1989 and nowadays it has a great choice of books and magazines both in Chinese and English languages. In every store there is a special department where every young reader would find a book for his exacting taste.
Open 24/7.
Franz Collection

4) Franz Collection

What to buy here: Franz Collection Porcelain.

Franz Porcelain is a Taiwanese pottery brand of tableware and decorative accessories. The porcelain is created using the finest clay and glazes. Its confection combines traditional and innovative techniques, continuously experimenting with new ways to glaze, decorate and fire ceramics. As consequence, the products represent a combination of Chinese heritage with Art Noveau.

The main inspiration for the Franz Collection Porcelain comes from nature, which is mirrored in the delicate butterflies, flowers, animals and other motifs which adorn each confection. Among the company's top selling themes is the "Papillon" Butterfly collection, which presents various ceramic items decorated with graceful butterfly figures. Nature is an indispensable part of the company's philosophy, a fact which also determines their "going green" principle aimed at protecting the environment.

Franz Porcelain can be bought both as individual pieces and as sets, prices start at NT$100 and up.
Wufenpu Clothing Market (五分埔成衣市場)

5) Wufenpu Clothing Market (五分埔成衣市場)

What to buy here: Chinese silk.

The history of silk began in ancient China, when according to legend, empress Leizu made the discovery as a silk cocoon fell into her tea. At first, silk was only reserved for use at the imperial court and, on occasion, as gifts from them. Later, it spread rapidly and became a very popular luxury fabric. Silk was in great demand and for a while China was the only country to supply it. However, in time, production began in neighboring Korea and India as well. Nowadays, there are a great variety of silk-made articles available, from clothing to household items; and while sometimes buying genuine silk garments may prove to be quite expensive, it is always a good idea to buy silk household accessories, like cushions or bags. Silk items cost from $40.

Hours: 11:00 - 22:00

Walking Tours in Taipei, Taiwan

Create Your Own Walk in Taipei

Create Your Own Walk in Taipei

Creating your own self-guided walk in Taipei is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

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
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

Taipei, the largest city of Taiwan, lies in the northern part of the island, on the Danshui River. It is a city devoted to cultural history and the arts, which can be seen in the many galleries it is home to. If you wish to get acquainted with some of Taipei's contemporary art, don't miss the galleries featured in this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Taipei City greets visitors with a great variety of tourist attractions. Being the commercial and cultural heart of Taiwan, it has a tons of sites with international significance. The following tour will take you to some of most important and well-known destinations in Taipei.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Zhongshan District Walking Tour

Zhongshan District Walking Tour

Taipei is the business, commercial and cultural heart of Taiwan. It's Zhongshan District, situated in the western part of the city, takes it's name from Sun Yat-sen, also known as Sun Zhongshan. This area has a lot of interesting attractions to offer curious tourists. The following tour will provide you with a fascinating walk through Zhongshan District.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

The city of Taipei is surrounded by mountains on three sides and is Taiwan's most-frequented city. With twelve distinct districts, Taipei has a lot to offer visitors in the way of entertainment, education, dining, etc. The Zhongzheng district has a great list of attractions, which you will find highlighted in this next tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Taipei for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Taipei has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

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.