We had just returned from an all-day tour at the Takoro Gorge. Not wanting to waste time, i.e., go back to the hotel and sleep, we chose to explore the Shilin Night Market. Easily accessible from the Taiwan Main Station, take the Tamsui Line, count 6 stops on the metro and get off at the Jiantan station. We plunge into an atmosphere that clearly rivals our experiences at the Seoul and Busan Korean street markets in crowds, color and chaos -- EVERYTHING is for sale and you can bargain your way up and down blocks and blocks and blocks of shops, kiosks, and sidewalk vendors. Locals and tourists alike crowd the streets, filling inside, outside alleyways; people-watching is as interesting as shopping. Redolent food aromas mix into an otherwise wonderfully frenzied atmosphere – it’s an absolute-must-visit.