Taiwan's economic miracle was founded on manufacturing. The island's prosperity stems from making and exporting practical consumer items - cheap clothes and shoes in the 1960s, then high-tech must-haves since the 1990s.
These items have found their way to every corner of the world. Taiwanese people are rightfully proud of this, but it does mean visitors are hard-pressed to find charming and distinctive mementos they can take home and share. Everything sold here, it seems, is available everywhere else...
This article appeared in the December issue of Dynasty, the inflight magazine produced for China Airlines. It's not the first time I've written about souvenir hunting in Taiwan; for an earlier article, go here.
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