Taiwan Edition: Customers are King

Unlike Vienna and US, Taipei has amazing customer service – sometimes to the point of annoyance. Everywhere you go, there’s always a salesperson in front of the store unit waving you in. The sales ladies continue to ask how you’re doing, if there’s another color or size you need, and the “oh, this will look great on you” line. I used to think that the sales people here were like a bunch of mosquitoes that just don’t quit pestering you, but I have found a new appreciation for them during this visit. The “malls” here are called department stores and are amazingly impressive. Department stores are divided into units on each floor, each unit a different brand. They are also comprised of several levels (5-8 floors). Once you’re in, you’re seldomly left alone to shop. Speaking of the shopping here, it’s an absolute paradise!  In my opinion, they’re better than the ones in America and make the ones in Vienna look 2nd class. The Taiwanese love anything Japanese, so their “malls” are modeled after the ones in Japan. They also love having things open late, for instance, department stores don’t close until 10 or 11 o’clock some nights!

It’s this crowded on a Sunday night during the semi-annual Anniversary sales.

Some food court offerings 

Dish offerings are modeled into plastic replicas to choose from

Korean BBQ
Vegetarian
Shabu Shabu (hot pot)
Rotating Sushi

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