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Shopping for Oolong tea: How to buy Oolong tea?

When you walk into a tea shop as a new customer, Various kinds of tea stored in large cans in a tea storethese are the kinds of questions the staff will ask you, so they can help you find tea that you will enjoy:

Shopping for Oolong tea: Where to buy Oolong tea in Taiwan?

old tea store cardTaiwan is famous for its Oolong tea. Oolong is on many visitors' must buy or gift list when they come to Taiwan. In this country, tea is an essential part of everyday local culture. You will see people selling tea almost everywhere: city streets, night markets, morning markets, supermarkets, department stores, shopping malls, and tea farms.

Shopping for Oolong Tea: Is it worth paying for high priced tea?

Is it worth paying for high priced tea?

If you are very experienced in tasting tea, it is similar to being a wine expert. The region where the tea plants grow, the process of fermenting, roasting, and so on all have an influence on tea prices.

Morning Markets in Taipei

Selling freshly caught fish in the morning marketThis is a list of some of the morning markets in Taipei. Taiwan's morning markets are ignored by most travel guide books, magazines and websites. In Taiwan, most families shop for fresh food in the morning markets two, three or even four times a week, that's how they get the freshest ingredients. Taiwanese people really care about fresh ingredients, for health and taste reasons, and because small homes don't have storage space – they want vegetables the day they are picked, noodles the day they are made, fish the day they are caught, and so on. Read more about Taipei's day markets here.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: A day in the life of the market

The wet markets of Taiwan usually are not on the regular tourist schedule.A monk in the marketMost guides or local people would never think of bringing their customers or friends anywhere near them. The floors are wet, vegetables are still dirty with the mud from the fields, slabs of meat are cut open on the stands, all kinds of smells float in the air.

Summer weather in Taipei

Weather in Taiwan is quite unpredictableSummer in Taiwan is extremely hot and humid. Expect temperatures over 30º C (over 85º F) from June to September. The weather is similar to Florida or Louisiana in the US, but with more concentrated rainfall. There's nothing really comparable in Europe.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Morning Markets

Taiwan's morning markets are ignored by most travel guide books, magazines and websites. But, if you really want to understand local culture, a walk through a morning market can teach you far more than a day at some sterile, packaged tourist attraction far away from real people's lives.

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