People come to Taiwan to shop, although unlike in Hong Kong, there are no big bargains here. Taiwan’s progressive and stable economy makes its citizens some of the wealthiest in Southeast Asia, and so they have money to spend on shopping. Shopping in Kaohsiung involves modern shopping malls and department stores selling the latest electronic gadgets, computer hardware, and designer clothes.
One of the most popular malls is the high-rise Star Place that is known for its uniquely lighted concave façade. It does not look like other structures, especially at night, and it doesn’t look like a mall at all. The mall designer said he created a structure that has a “made in heaven effect”. Shoppers come here mostly for designer fashion items. There is definitely no bargaining or haggling at Star Place, as well as at any other shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. All prices are fixed. [Read more…]