Arts & Crafts in Lukang

Wan Neng Tinware

The master here is a fourth-generation tinsmith. His elaborate dragon boats and expressive masks cost thousands but are worth the price for their beauty and craftsmanship.
Arts & Crafts in Lukang

Mr Chen's Fan Shop

The shop is just on the right before you enter the pedestrian-only area near Matsu Temple. Fans range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands for the larger creations. Mr Chen has been making fans since he was …
Arts & Crafts in Lukang

Wu Tun-Hou Lantern Shop

Mr Wu has been making lanterns for 70 years and has collectors from all over the world come to make purchases. These days you're more likely to see his sons (highly skilled themselves) and grandsons at work outside.…
Books in Taichung

Donghai Bookshop

A stack of ankle-high cigarette cases graces the entrance to this hippie indie bookstore, with political and sociological tomes, some in English, in the cafe with the Jim Morrison and Martin Luther King posters; lit…
Fashion & Accessories in Taichung

Fantasy Story

The two-storey staff dormitories of an old water utility have been taken over by bookstores, fashion boutiques and other creative businesses thanks to an incubation program called Green Ray (綠光計劃). The premises have…
Books in Taichung


A gorgeous shop and gallery inside an old house in a state of romantic crumble – there's skylight in the open kitchen, pillars with the paint peeling off them, hanging succulents and dried flowers. It sells photogra…
Arts & Crafts in Chiayi

Hinoki Village

A artfully landscaped site featuring lily ponds and 28 wooden Japanese-style dormitories of the Alishan Forest Railway that have been turned into a crafts and coffee 'village'. The shopping is not mind-blowing, thou…
Books in Changhua

Cave Books

Changhua branch of a bookstore chain with Chinese and English titles over two floors. Ten minutes' walk from the train station.