Visitors to Taipei’s night markets up but some vendors see slow recovery

The Straits Times
Date: June 30, 2020
By: Katherine Wei Taiwan Correspondent

Taiwanese at the Tonghua Night Market in Taipei last month, amid the Covid-19 outbreak. After months of staying at home, people have turned to domestic travel and outdoor sports with a vengeance. While business has picked up slightly since last month, it is nowhere near pre-pandemic levels.ST PHOTO: KATHERINE WEI

"Revenge outing" is the latest thing in Taiwan, where the Covid-19 outbreak has been kept well in check, with under 450 confirmed cases and seven deaths since the first case was reported in January.

After months of staying at home, people have turned to domestic travel and outdoor sports with a vengeance. Many have also resumed visits to Taipei's vibrant night markets, popular for local specialities and street food, shopping and their heady atmosphere.

"Things are looking so much better now. Look, I have people lining up for a table! My regulars started coming back in May," said Mrs Huang Su-mei, 54, who runs a pepper shrimp stand with her family in Ningxia Night Market in Taipei.

Customers expressed surprise at having to line up on a Wednesday night, with some saying that the coronavirus scare had started to die down.    [FULL  STORY]

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