Crowd gathers for 2013 Qingguang Market Shopping Festival
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- More than 1,000 people yesterday took part in the opening ceremony of the 2013 Qingguang Market Shopping Festival that will last until Feb. 8 with the advent of the Year of the Snake on the Chinese lunar calendar beginning on Feb. 10.
February 4, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Participants created a rare scene of thousands of long, snake-shaped bubbles to help ring in the Year of the Snake, which is commonly called “little dragon” in local tradition.
The chief chef and his staff at the Imperial Hotel taught visitors how to prepare New Year dishes for the upcoming long holiday season starting Feb. 9.
The Qingguang (Sunlight) Market, located in the area bordering Zhongshan North Road and Nongan Street of the Zhongshan District in Taipei is well known for local delicacies and snacks, fashion boutiques, a night market that lasts into early morning and the Shuangcheng Street pub street that has one of the highest concentrations of pubs in the city.
In addition to providing unique food products and souvenirs, store owners at the market offer deep discounts, including some offering products with price cuts up to 90 percent.
Shoppers and visitors wearing clothes or ornaments with serpent motifs or totem images can have a further 10-percent price discount.
People making purchases exceeding NT$1,000 will be given a fortune bag containing mysterious gifts.
There will also be 100 auspicious red envelopes with currencies from more than 30 nations, including the U.S., South Korea, Peru, and Yugoslavia, distributed to lucky shoppers, said officials at the Taipei City Government's Department of Economic Development who helped organize the event.
Yang Wei-rong, chairman of the Qingguang-Shuangcheng commercial zone promotion association, said the major streets will be reserved for pedestrians during the eight-day shopping festival.
He welcomes shoppers and visitors to enjoy the delicacies and select their favorite outfits and foods for the New Year holidays.
There is convenient access to the Qingguang Market. Shoppers may take the MRT Tamsui line to Minquan West Station or the Xinzhuang Line to Zhongshan Elementary School Station for short walking distances.
Almost 20 bus lines lead to the area, including bus stops like Tatung Company or others on Minquan West Road and Minquan East Road and other routes to Linsen North Road and Dehui Street.
The bus numbers include 20, 40, 41, 42, 47, 63, 203, 211, 216, 218, 220, 224, 225 and 227.