|Markets are one of the really cool things about Taiwan. You can get cheap CUGGI bags (imitation GUCCI bags! Haha!) and FULL FISH (bad copy of ELLE PARIS!), eat delicious yet unsanitary food (someone I know told me it's worth the diarrhea!), and really feel Taiwanese culture at the markets.
"Pearl" milk tea and other concoctions
Nakashi music (a Japanese lounge-lizard style which is quite popular with bus drivers and old people) fills the air. Vendors yell out their special prices on their "special" items. ("Abibos" sports clothes--you know, the brand with the 5 stripes!) You can bargain on just about anything and get a pretty good deal. Play Pachinko (below) for hours on end. Win a can of asparagus juice at the ring toss. Practice your archery on water balloon targets. Drink "pearl milk tea" or a variety of unusual, brightly colored juice drinks (above).
Kuo Lao Wu's Eatery
Taichung County, Tunghai Villa
Hsin-Hsing Rd. #19
Mrs. Kuo's "Salty Flavor" Eatery
She and her husband (top photo) work side by side
every night until ~2 AM.