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1st Ever Taipei, Taiwan trip - Where to buy games, movies, anime, etc.


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#1 Jommy

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:14 PM

I'm heading to Taiwan as well as Hong Kong in two weeks. Anyone know any places I should go for things like video games, gundam models, movies, anime, etc.?

I'm basically looking for places like Tokyo's Akihabara. Thanks for any suggestions!!!

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:43 PM

I haven't been there for a few years, and there was talk of this place getting torn down, but in Taipei, Taiwan the best place is near the intersection of Chung-Hwa East Road and Ba Teh Road. Not 100% sure if that's the correct Romanization because I just always said it to a taxi driver or took the bus. The Chung-Hwa East Road is the one that runs in front of Taipei main station. The intersection I'm talking about is only a few minutes away by bus. Bah Teh Road is actually a diagonal road so it intersects Chung Hwa East Road first. If you get off at the original intersection I said (Ba Teh Road), you actually have to walk a bit down the street, but Ba Teh deadends into Chung Hwa so you can only go one way down Ba Teh (away from Chung Hwa).

It's a bit closer if if you get off the taxi/bus at KDM Hotel right on Chung Hwa East Road (but I don't know that cross street name). Anyway, from KDM Hotel you should head towards the underpass beneath the roadway.

The stores are in several old buildings around there, but the main one is hard to miss and has a few floors. Go up the steps (or down) and this stretches a ways back directly underneath the roadway above. In this entire few block area, they sell lots of computers & parts, but also a fair amount of video games (and books and videos). There's another really good place in a 4 story building in the main shopping district, but I would have no idea how to tell you to get there. I just get off at the McDonalds near the entrance to the shopping area and walk there (many turns!). Hope that helps... please report back if you found it (and if it's still there!).

#3 elessar123

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:52 AM

I'm guessing you mean Zhong Hua road. No idea about the cross street though =P

#4 Jommy

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 10:15 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! The place you guys are talking about is not Xi Men Ding or the area under the main station right? I got those two recommendations from a person on another forum.

Also do you guys know any place to buy Chinese PC games?

#5 soonersfan60

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:59 AM

No, not under the main station. Actually, there's a great place to buy modern Chinese PC games almost right across from the station. If you stand in front of the station on Chung Hwa Road, with your back to the station, a bit to your left you will see Mitsukoshi Dept. store (awesome Sushi buffet on the upper floors, BTW... a bit pricey, but very good!) and if you look a bit to your right you will see a building with a partially glass front that has about 3-4 stories worth of PC game and PC accessory vendors. Might be a bit more than the other place I told you about, but definitely better (and newer selection) for PC stuff.