TAIPEI (The China Post) — Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) has been hard hit by the pandemic with the number of tourists cut by 80 percent at most, Su Wen-shan (蘇文山), the night market’s committee chairman, said on Thursday.
Su remarked that the number of visitors at one of the largest night markets in Taipei, which is also one of the most popular ones, once topped 100,000 people per night.
He lamented that there are only 10,000 to 20,000 tourists left per night. The vacant shops are everywhere in the shopping district and underground food court, Su stressed.
Also, the soaring price of bags of fruits has resulted in a huge decrease in the number of visitors, he continued. Years ago, a pack of freshly cut fruit, a must-try food at the market, cost NT$30 to NT$50 per bag.
With the dramatic increase in tourists in 2014 and 2015, the price of fruits sold in the Shilin night market even jumped to NT$200-300 a bag.
“The vision of the closed fruit stalls hit the Shilin Night Market really hard, leaving a terrible impression of it,” Su explained. He added that due to the decrease in international tourists, the shops that sell pricey food couldn’t survive during these difficult times.