Want China Times
By: Wu Chiang-chuan, Chang Chi-fang, Lee Yi, Chang Tong, Chiu Wen-hsiu, Chang Li-hsun and Staff Reporter
Visits by Taiwanese to local night markets have been drastically affected by
huge numbers of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper China Times.
Chinese tourists are often seen in groups of 12, all sitting at one table sharing one oyster omelete. At the same time, they’re loud voices and conversations make other patrons uncomfortable, according to China Times.
The situation is similar to what took place in Hong Kong, where massive numbers of Chinese visitors forced locals to change their living habits as well. People in Taipei city who used to frequent Taipei’s Shilin Night Market and Ningxia Night Market have since chosen to go elsewhere so they might avoid the noisy Chinese tourists.
It is common to see four or five people sharing a dish that costs only NT$50 (US$1.55), and it is also frequent to see 10 Chinese tourists sharing one oyster omelete, a much loved Taiwanese dish. Stand owners now refuse to give such visitors more than two pairs of chopsticks for one dish, nor will they provide extra bowls to share it. [FULL STORY]