just came back from Taiwan and it was winter. food were really good. but the items were a bit expensive. even yung mga imported stuffs expensive. the items in Shilin are more of korean fashion. some are cheaper and unque but most are almost same price lang sa atin kahit tinawaran mo pa.
Cheapest to buy pasalubong is in Jiufen. very cheap food. Yung pork strip and sunpie nila are the best! Tried their mixed balls too!!!
For forex - better get it here in Manila or if no more time, sa Taiwan Airport nalang. I'm a banker and expose to fx rates. The difference is not that much. But if magpapalit pa kayo ng USD sa Taipei City hassle. Seldom lang yung mga forex stores unlike in Hongkong and Kuala Lumpur. Anyone going there, I still have excess TWD 5,000 at PHP 1.50. You may get it in my office sa Standard Chartered Bldg. Ayala Ave. Yung officemate ko kasi next year March pa pupunta. So, if meron here interested to buy my excess TWD, benta ko nalang.
Don't miss going to Yehliu, Jiufen, Shifen (sky lantern).
You need driver? I highly recommend Joan. She's very nice and will give you so many tips on cheapest stuffs. suppossedly driver namin is Mr. Chen. Also famous sa mga forums. but we had miscommunication. So, the guy from Qstay recommended us his friend - Joan which is blessing in disguise kasi mas comfortable kami kasama ang girl and makwento din.
here's her blogsite: http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/lingchyi_kung
meron din cyang facebook: www.facebook.com/joan.kung