Saturday, November 24, 2012

Taipei 101 popular with shutterbugs, unpopular with budget shoppers

[Pixs copyright Ewe Paik Leong]

Everyday, dozens of buses drop scores of tourists at Taipei 101. However, most of them just pose for photographs with the tower as the backdrop or at the mall entrance. They don’t shop; they just browse. I strolled along light-traffic aisles past upscale stores spread over four floors. The stores deal in brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Bvlgari, Zara, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Estee Lauder, Lancome and suchlike. The basement food court, containing about 30 stalls, is the crowd-puller. Pity, I didn’t get a chance to go to the Observatory on the 89th floor because of time constraint. Outside the mall, about a dozen Falung Gong members were performing exercises and there were posters and leaflets condemning the government of China.


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