When I was in Taiwan last month, I took the chance to visit their largest electronics street which houses one of their largest digital mall as well, the Gong Hua Digital Plaza. The main reason I wanted to get there was to check out the prices of Taiwan's electronic "toys" versus our local Malaysia prices. There were some items which were way cheaper (eg: headphones, hard disks and pen drives) but the majority of the other electronic items were similarly priced.
|Janice with one of the huge figurines standing outside Guang Hua Digital Plaza|
"The Guang Hua Digital Plaza (Chinese: 光華數位新天地 or 光華商場) is a six-story, indoor technological and electronics market located in Taipei, Taiwan. It is located at the intersection of the Zhongzheng and Daan Districts."
|Street heading towards the digital mall, filled with electronic and computer shops|
The moment I reached the street of Bade Road and Xinsheng South Road, the sight of computer and electronic shops coming into view got me really excited. The shops in the Digital Malls however reminded me of our own Lowyat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. It's so similar that I would have sworn I was in Lowyat Plaza if it wasn't for the chinese wordings and characters all over the place. Check out some of the photos I took of Taiwan's Digital Malls.
|A directory of shops inside Guang Hua Digital Plaza|
|A technology geek would love this place to bits!|
Looking at all the various computer and audio items, I was so tempted to go on a shopping spree. Had it not been Janice holding me back, I would have been unable to pay for any other food in Taiwan. Now that would be a shame wouldn't it, as Taiwan food is the bomb. So there I was window shopping, giving in to the inner geek in me. While walking around the area, I happen to spot a Samsung Galaxy Tab launching event. Without hesitation, yours truly sauntered to the booth to test out the new Galaxy Tab while checking out Taiwan's hot promoter models.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Launching|
|Two rather cute models sportingly posed for my camera|
I do not know why, but after snapping that photo of Samsung's promoters, the staff came up to me and asked in Mandarin "who are you?" Before I could reply, she just said "If you're not from the media, you are not allowed to take photos here". Oh well, I guess they didn't know I was this happy Malaysian blogger just seeing the world.
So there you have it, my experience of the largest electronics and computer area found in Taiwan. Do remember to check out this place for a dose of digital happiness should you visit Taiwan.
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