Nantou Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Nantou

Travelers will be able to enjoy purchasing specially crafted local goods, fresh produce, tasty delicacies and art at various places. Night markets are commonplace in Taiwan, and it is no different in Nantou County. They may not be as huge as the sprawling night markets in Taipei but they are no less enjoyable, perhaps even more personable and charming.

There are several reputable art studios that will provide the best sources of souvenirs for travelers. These studios are usually run by family members, one or two of which are masters in their trade. For that reason, you will find it a pleasure to shop at these cosy studios and to interact with the friendly proprietors who are only too happy to provide you with an enjoyable shopping experience. Upon request, they will usually provide stories behind their business or art, and will gladly pose for photographs.

Other popular shopping spots in Nantou County include the Puli Brewery and the Owl Factory at Sun Moon Lake. Prices are very affordable, and you will hardly feel the need to negotiate at all.

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Kwang Hsin Paper Workshop

Tourists seeking beautiful gifts should make it a point to stop at the Kwang Hsin Paper Workshop. This charming little shop is run by a family of paper artisans and they are always friendly and accommodating, eager to provide information to visitors and regale them with delightful stories in Nantou County. Popular items here include artistic paper fans painted with festival scenes and images of Taiwan’s popular scenic spots.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Address: 310, Tieshan Road, Puli Town, Nantou County

Owl Factory - Sun Moon Lake

No, this factory does not sell real owls, but you can expect to find many owl-related handicrafts here. Each piece is lovingly crafted by hand, and popular items include mini statues of owl love-birds as well as T-shirts and other art pieces. Incidentally, the owl is considered the Thao tribe’s protector and spiritual bird.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Address: 94, Yiyong Street, Yuchi Township

Puli Brewery

One of the best products to have come out of Nantou County is its delicate wine. Even those who do not drink alcohol go to the Puli Brewery to purchase its exquisite Ailan wine, carefully brewed by masters and infused with special Chushan-sourced bamboo. Travelers should not miss a shopping trip here - the wine container alone is very much sought after for the beautiful scenery and calligraphy hand-painted on each piece.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Address: 219, Section 3, Chungshan Road, Puli Town
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Puyuan Art Studio

Those who are looking for perfect customised gifts should visit Puyuan Art Studio. Touted as one of the best places to shop for customised presents, the art studio offers travelers the chance to purchase moso bamboo paperweights. These paperweights are made from special bamboo that can only be found in Nantou County, and are created lovingly by hand. You can request for a custom inscription of you or your loved one’s name on the paperweights, or painted with your desired colours.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Address: 1-20, Yen Pin Hsin Village, Chushan Town

Xiu Hua Studio

Xiu Hua Studio is owned by Xiu Hua, a highly talented local artist who specialises in traditional woven handicrafts and products. Popular items here include handbags that feature a diamond pattern, symbolising the eyes of ancient spirits. The origin behind the diamond patterns is synonymous with locals’ belief that those who incorporate such patterns in their daily lives will be blessed and protected by their ancestors.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00
  • Address: 77-1, XinYi Ln., Da Tong Village, Ren-Ai Township
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