Article Date: 18-01-2016
Address - Dihua Street. 迪化街
How to Get There - Take the MRT to Daqiaotou and walk or take the shuttle bus from Shuanglian Station. Shuttle bus no.518
Dates - 23rd January - 6th February
Another year Chinese New Year is fast approaching and this means it is another year to check out the New Year's goods market in Dihua Street.
This is more like your traditional market than a night market which mainly stocks goods that most people have in their homes throughout the whole island during this period. All kinds of products from sweets/candy to nuts to all weird and wonderful kinds of dried fish and assorted meats. It is essentially a traditional market with the electric colours and feel of Chinese New Year. The colours are every where enticing you into the stands to take a peek and see what that wonderful colour in the stand was that got you there, then the girls dawdle over and give you the free samples and boom, your suckered into talking about buying and prices.
A lot of the stores make the girls dress in weird outfits or try and make them look cute to get you in. They all had mickey mouse bunny ears on or Chinese New Year outfits. Other blokes were standing in the middle of everyone with a megaphone screaming random words that I couldnt decipher due to my lack of composure because of wrestling evil old grannies out of the way so I could get my filthy mits on the free samples!
The place gets absolutely rammed, I went during the middle of the day and it was so packed it was difficult to get moved, the most fascinating thing I saw was all the old women bashing people out the way as best they could. Then they just picked the goods from the stands and give them a try. I didn't know if this was the done thing and I was shocked thinking bloody hell how rude can you be, just picking the goods from the stands like that.
Then I was stood at a nuts stand, and was looking and the girl told me I can try some. I asked her where the sample ones are and she told me just take them out the basket. This is like heaven, all the places offering free tries must hate the site of me, I hunt the bastards out and try the lot normally in the department stores and such like and then when they try the hard sell I am all urgh, sorry not interested. And boy do they try the hard sell here. I guess it's because of the amount of competition there is in the street, as every where is selling similar things. That's because everyone eats similar stuff over the new year.
The fastest way to get there in my humble opinion would be take the MRT then walk the short distance to the market. Make sure you try as much as you can beacause this is one of the best places to go and check out here over the Chinese New Year.