Exploring Taipei- Shilin, Ximending

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) is Taipei’s largest and best-known night market in Shilin district. Having a MRT station to stop at the area, it’s very easy and convenient to get there. Most of the shops are housed in the indoor, selling varieties of authentic Taiwan food, fashionable clothings and accessories.

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Ximending (西門站) is similar to Harajuku or Shibuya in Japan. Both are famed for a diversity of entertainments and activities that attract young people, usually a gathering site for the youngsters. Besides food, the place is filled with all kinds of shopping options including department store to shops, hair saloons, cinemas, karaokes and pubs.

If you don’t mind staying at a budget hotel, i recommend you Cheers Hotel (located near the cinema). The room is not spacious but really clean. https://zh-tw.facebook.com/CheersHotel

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In Taiwan (not sure whether it applies to all districts), their garbage truck actually plays out a midi music while they’re working on the rubbish collection.

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How to get to Shilin Night Market
By Train (MRT):
Take MRT- Danshui Line (捷運淡水線) to Jiantan Station (捷運劍潭線). You will see Shilin Night Market just across the road. Do not get down at Shilin Station*

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 11.00am – 2.00am

How to get to Ximending
By Train (MRT):
Take Taipei MRT- Bannan Line (捷運板南線) to exit no.6 Ximen Station (捷運西門站).

Operating Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11.00am – 10.30pm
Friday – Sunday: 11.00am – 11.00pm

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