Zhongli Tourist Night Market(中壢觀光夜市)
Zhongli Tourist Night Market is mainly set up on Xinming Road with three major product categories: lifestyle products, food and snacks, and fruits. Most of the stalls here are old and well established shops; they include all kinds of snacks, men and women's clothing, hardware stores, daily items, ornaments and decorations, cold drinks and ices, anything ranging from food to toys can be found here. The first half of the night market is mainly clothing stores, convenience stores, and entertainment products from Korea and Hong Kong. The second half of the market is a food heaven where numerous well-known stalls offering local delicacies such as sweet potato balls, fried spareribs, mixed tofu-pudding, and hot and spicy stinky tofu are all gathered in one place. Other local snacks such as pork intestine noodle soup, fried pineapple shrimps, oyster pancakes, freshly cooked squid, and mini egg cakes are just as tasty as those from other night markets!
The Zhongli Tourist Night Market has been around for over 20 years. In the early days, the development of the traditional night market affected the traffic and the appearance of the city, and urban areas were developing rapidly; therefore in 1990, the Zhongli District Office assembled vendors from the main roads including Xingguo Road, Zhongmei Road, Laojie River, Zhongshan Road, Zhongping Road, Zhongzheng Road, and Datong Road to parts of Xinming Road and Zhongyang West Road within Zhongli District. Not only did this move provide vendors with a stress-free business location, it also successfully gathered and converged the crowds at this these locations; it is the go-to place for local residents when they crave a midnight snack.
When you come to the Zhongli Tourist Night Market, which is famous for its tasty local snacks, you must try these typical Taiwanese night market goodies. For something with a bite try the hot and spicy stinky tofu or the hot and sour rice noodles; there is also freshly fried pork spareribs; richly fragrant rice vermicelli soup and sesame oil chicken; chewy and delicious sweet potato balls; crispy, aromatic, and crusty scallion pancakes; cool and refreshing mixed tofu-pudding and papaya milkshakes. There is a treat for everyone. Once you have had your fill of yummy treats, don't be in a rush to leave. On the other side of the night market you will find vendors offering the latest fashion goods and fun and interesting items. All products are unique and appeal to the younger crowd, so when you are stuffed from all the delicious snacks, come take a look around this section.
As Zhongli Tourist Night Market was developed from a gathering of temporary stalls, therefore the shopping district evolved independently, visitors can continue with their shopping and sight-seeing at the nearby SOGO shopping district. The night market is also close to the Zhongli train station which can be reached within a 20 minute walk. Take a stroll and shop at the same time to experience the local night market lifestyle.
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Night market with lots of food and game stallsI entered on the side with more game stalls and non-food stalls and thought it was quite quiet at first - turns out most of the awesome food and crowds are just about 100m down in the 2nd half of the market. There were lots of game stalls to entertain my young children, and they enjoyed themselves thoroughly. There were simple toys as rewards for every game. Food was good - I particularly enjoyed the deep fried pork, winter melon tea, pork buns, deep fried tapioca balls and sesame oil chicken rice. There were a few stalls selling snake soup with live snakes in cages - quite the curiosity to behold. Getting back was a bit of a trouble - taxis were not common so do sort out your return route properly. Weather was warm but it’s in June - I’m just glad it didn’t rain!
Special Night MarketA special night market as this market combined with eating, playing and shopping night market. A good place for young and old. Gambling stall was seen.
Not too crowdedOne thing I like about this night market that it is not so crowded that you cannot enjoy a leisure walk through the stalls. This is probably a medium size night market and the stalls has a good mix of clothes, mobile phone accessories, food, drinks, etc. For those with kids, they also have arcade type of stalls to cater for families with young kids.
Historical but..Its a very historical market, dated back Japanese era, but it is nothing too special, most of the stuff for sell are daily grocery things, there are restaurants but again food is not too special. They wanting to(city council) promote this market as a tourist attraction and has helped made it expand, attracted more visitors, but at closer look, its not that special
Metro Manila, Philippines
So Many Food ChoicesUnlike the bigger night markets in Taipei, Taoyuan's Jhongli Xinming Night Market is relatively smaller. It spans one whole stretch of approximately two blocks. The stalls are predominantly food stores selling mainly Taiwanese cuisine. The others sell electronics, jewelry, shoes, and general merchandise, among others. There is one food stall before the main gate that sells grilled corn covered in spices, and it is a must try. Classic Taiwanese delicacies such as grilled sausages and noodles soup are also available. Local and foreign tourists alike frequent this place every night. Some stalls have a few tables and chairs, but most of the food are eaten while exploring the area or enjoyed at the park across the street.
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