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50,000 visitors swarm to new Shilin night market opening

The China Post news staff--Although the new Shilin night market got off with a bang in the past two days, complaints among visitors are emerging about too much fumes spreading in the market and the lack of sufficient parking lots outside the market.

Statistics showed that as many as over 50,000 visitors swarmed into the new night market, making the market tightly packed with consumers; and both public or private parking lots witnessed long lines of cars waiting for parking.

Among the visitors were quite a few tourists from mainland China and other countries, who also complained about the nose-irritating fumes spread in the market, the mixed flavors of foods served, and the shortage of parking space.

Some local consumers said that the new place is too small and the aisles are too narrow.

A vendor selling tempura said that since moving to the new place, she has had to lose one of her tables because it would not fit in the space she was allocated. “One table equals five customers, which is a lot for a small shop like ours,” she said.

In response, Chang Chi-chiang, spokesman of the Taipei City Government, said that all the related units under the city government will meet to seek effective measures to solve all the shortcomings found in the new Shilin night market, so as to make the market get on a normal track of development as soon as possible and grant local people and international tourists a really clean and bright night market.

Most operators of food stands in the night market shared the view that the new market is cleaner and brighter than the old one, and the sitting space for consumers is also broader than before.

But some said that their business in the past two nights was not so good as they scored in the old market.

But a lottery ticket station operator said that it will take at least one month to judge whether the business in the new market superior or inferior to the previous one.

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