Taiwan gets creative when it comes to souvenirs; many tourist sites sell curious gifts such as tea bags with cartoon depictions of Chinese politicians, for example. Handicrafts are inspired by traditional Chinese arts and indigenous patterns.

There's been a movement towards independent designers, Japanese-driven, crafting everything from kitchenware to hand-painted stationery.

Reading is a national pastime, and if you're looking for English material, Eslite is a chain bookstore that has branches across the country.