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AROUND THE WORLD (Shopping Mall) 1/99
BAKING IMPLEMENTS 7/99
CHIC (Furniture Store) 1/99
ABORIGINAL ARTS 8/99
DRAGON FLY BEAD ARTS 8/99
FINGA'S (Deli Order Form)
NIGHT AUCTIONS 9/99
GENERAL NUTRITION CENTER (GNC) 9/99
PATCHWORK TSUSHIN 4/99
VEGETARIAN FOODS STORE 9/99
DAIMARU DEPARTMENT STORE 10/99
PRESIDENT DEPARTMENT STORE 10/99
|| MAKRO STORE
9x9 (Office Supply & Staionery) 11/99
CAKE ORDER FORM
(For faxing to Costco) 5/99
WEEKEND FLEA MARKET 11/99
FRAME SHOP 6/99
CHSIEH CHIA HUA STUDIO (gems, jewels and some surprises)3/00
SIMMONS MATTRESS STORE 6/99
CRAFTS (from Nepal, Tibet & India)3/00
CHERRY HILL ANTIQUES 6/99
TREASURE HOUSE ANTIQUES 3/00
MR. JENG'S JEWELS 6/99
Around the World"
Off Tzuli Road (between Chienkuo &
Chihsien Roads. Lingya District)
Exhibits, shows and special sales are typical
promotions of new site construction in Kaohsiung.
The "Discovery Around The World" arcade has
to launch the Venside Apartment Complex on
Numerous shops with an international theme
line the building perimeter.
Open air patio dining is available along the
Hopei-Honan Canal side.
The grand opening continues until February
28th. Some boutiques
will remain open for an extended period of
Sat & Sun: 10 - 10; Tues ~ Fri: 11 AM
- 9 PM; Closed Mondays
Weekends are particularly active
#131 Chungcheng 3rd Road
Hsin Hsing District
Telephone: (07) 215-8666
All hand-crafted furniture of exceptional woods
from Laos and Thailand.
Designs are inspired by the classic "Scholar's
Style" (Ming Dynasty).
Traditional replicas were constructed in China;
Contemporary pieces were constructed in Tainan.
Two floors of gallery displays. Sales staff speaks
The showroom makes for beautiful browsing.
here for Ming
Furniture Style. An Enduring Tradition ,
an article on the classic style of Ming Period
And, visit the Cybercenter
(by Curtis Evarts) for
indepth information on classic Chinese furniture
Easy Access for "Long Distance
If you’re looking for imported foods to prepare a favorite recipe,
there’s plenty of shopping spots in Kaohsiung.
Deli (Taichung )
is another option you may want to consider.
Finga's carries a great supply of imported cheeses and meats,
and specialty breads are baked daily on the premises!
Orders can be faxed to the Deli. Items will be packed and delivered
direct to Kaohsiung.
Finga's has provided a Price
List to make comparative shopping easier.
(click on "Price List" above for current details)
Newly built covered area for early morning and
late evening sales.
6:30 AM ~ Noon; 3~7PM daily
Near Da Luan video store. You can't miss
Government sponsored market.
Enter from Jenai Road
(behind outside vendor area)
or through market gate
(on small alley adjacent to Jenai).
# 159 Nan Hai Street. Hsin Hsing District
Lots of batik fabrics and others to choose
Just off Minsheng 1st Road
near Kuanghua Road intersection
(a small diagnoal "alleyway")
Same street as Kangshan Pottery
#68 Kaishuan 4th Road. Chien Chen District
Opened April 10th
Kaishuan Road is at the intersection of
Chungcheng and Wufu Roads (near the railroad
Take Kaishuan Road southwards to Treasure
You'll find a "boatload" of shops and restaurants
to choose from.
Kid's will enjoy exploring play areas designed
along a pirate's theme.
Weekends have been CROWDED!
Bakery Order Form
Make your party plans easier...FAX the cake order
to the Costco Bakery Department at 338-0025.
Click on Order
Form, print it out and fill in the details...
then just send it off!
Remember to allow 48 hours to process your order.
NOTE: "Fluff" Frosting requires refrigeration.
So, if you choose a large cake, make sure you
have refrigerator space.
#240 Santo Road 3rd Road
Across from Sogo Department Store.
Cosmetics from France, Switzerland, Germany, U.S.A. & elsewhere.
Excellent prices and good service (in English)
Products are guaranteed, with policy of full return or
exchange of goods within seven days of purchase (bring receipt).
02-2555-4555; 02-2550-6415 (Taipei)
Add Cherry Hill to the
Coffee Morning's "Vendor's Day" list.
You can plan a stop on your next trip to Taipei.
They're located near "Rag Street",
great for fabrics and notions.
Call ahead for directions.
Pizza Restaurant is managed on the premises.
#220 Fushin 2nd Road. Lingya District
"Mr. Jeng's Jewels"
The shop is located at #15 Chungshan Heng
Next to "The Box Store"
Hours: Monday~Saturday 10AM - 7PM
Your name (in Chinese characters) in 24 carat
Other hand made customized jewelry available.
Telephone: 251-9007 (after 7PM)
English speaking help
#129 Chungcheng 3rd Road. Hsin Hsing District
10AM~9PM every day
For those who cannot cope with
their Chinese style mattresses.
The shop sells fine bed linens from Denmark,
France and Great Britain, and down comforters.
(NOTE: Simmons mattresses are also carried in
Hanshin Department Store)
#156 Wufu 2nd Road
Hard to find accessories; imports from Europe
and the U.S.
#1 Chienkuo 3rd Road
right on the corner across from the train
Bead Art Studio
#9, Section 2 Chung Cheng Road Santimen
Village Ping Tung County
(08) 799-2856 Telephone; (08) 799-4475
Contemporary Jewelry based on Paiwan Patterns
Southern Taiwan is home to a number of
people who trace their roots to the island’s
earliest inhabitants. Scholars generally recognize
9 indigenous tribes including the Paiwan.
They settled primarily in Ping Tung County, but
gradually intermingled with others in the area.
The Paiwan maintain distinct customs and crafts,
and are known for expressive wood
carvings, ceremonial earthenware pots and colorful
beadwork based upon ancient legend….
“A long time ago, a Peacock Prince lived among the clouds.
One day he looked down and saw a young girl, the daughter of a powerful
Chieftain. She was so beautiful he fell in love with her the moment he
saw her. He scattered colorful beads in the mountains and the fields
to get her attention. As the young girl gathered the beads, he won
her love. And, together they flew away over the rainbow."
“Peacock Jewels” have been treasured by the Paiwan for generations.
Every bead has its own name and
carries a magical power to convey wealth, honor, or protection. They
are typically presented as wedding gifts
and are valued as family heirlooms. Dragonfly Studio offers distinctive
items based on traditional designs.
Decorative glass beads are combined with brightly colored stones and
knotted cords to create a variety of
ornaments. The studio, located in the aboriginal district of Santimen,
was established in 1983 in the hopes of
reviving this unique aboriginal art. The studio may be contacted for
special displays or sales.
Corner of Chengung 1st and Chingnien 2nd Road
and other locations around town....
When the sun goes down and the day cools off,
the shopping "heats" up! Night Markets are especially popular all
over the island, however nightly "autions" are equally entertaining....and
the buys can be good! Sometimes, vendors gather surplus inventory
for sale. Items range from the collectible to the curious.
You can bargain all you want...the mood is congenial. But, be careful....these
activities can sometimes attract unsavory characters.
Nutrition Center (GNC)
#141 Wufu 2nd Rd.
Food Vegeterian Grocery Store
#28 Chen Hsing Rd.
President Department Store
Opened on October 9th
Corner of Chungcheng and Hoping Roads
(across from the outdoor water slide)
Opened October 23rd
The largest department store in Kaohsiung (16,000 ping)
Located in the Tuntex Tower Building, Lingya District
#215-3 Chunghua 3rd Road Chien Chin District
Telephone: 261-9955; FAX: 272-2448
#102 Boai 1st Road San Min District
Telephone: 311-9979; FAX: 311-0021
4 floors of paper products, school and office
Large bags must be checked at the door.
Apply for members card for discounts on certain
#235 Mintsu 1st Road Sanmin District
Open daily from 8:30~22:30.
German hypermart chain with other locations in
This is the first in Kaohsiung City.
One stop shopping for food, household goods,
clothing and appliances.
Children under 120cm are not allowed in the store,
however a play
area is provided for supervised play.
Membership is required. Fill out the application
with staff assistance.
Be sure to bring a copy of your ARC or passport
Returns are accepted, but items must be in original
wrapping together with receipt ticket.
You will not receive monetary refunds, but you
may exchange for product of equal value.
Guarantees are offered on some products up to
one year from date of purchase.
ATM facilities (Master Card/Visa/Cirrus) are
NOTE: stores in various locations have
been known to close temporarily because of violations.
of Shih Chuan and Chung Hua...
close to the Jade Market.
from Tibet, Nepal & India
#59 Kushan 1st Road, Lane 161 3F-1
Gems, Jewels and more Tibetan arts
Amber and Crystal
#119 Renai 2nd Road
There’s More in Store
Than Just Antiques.
Solomon Chen & Karen Schmitt
#358 Chingnien 1st Rd. Hsin Hsing
On “Furniture Street”.
10AM - 10PM
Mr. Jiang, Lauban
As I step inside the small shop ,
I am overwhelmed by the inventory. Heirloom porcelains balance on rosewood
shelves, while centuries old tomb relics parade ceremoniously atop altar
tables. Carved Buddhas crowd the walkways, and painted scrolls hide
the walls. The competition is fierce, but I am on a MISSION.
I am looking for the perfect wedding present for my friend....one
I can afford. Mr. Jiang, the lauban, greets me with a friendly, “Welcome
to my house of treasures”. He pours a cup of tea and
invites me to take a seat. He’s quick to notice my glance towards
a celadon glazed vase, and before I can blink it is placed within my reach.
Soon, a black pottery vessel tucked inside a brocade box is brought to
the table. Mr. Jiang hands it to me, saying “This is the oldest relic
in my shop...made nearly 5,000 years ago.”. I take it reluctantly,
and am surprised by its light weight and thin walled construction.
And then, a third treasure appears. ”It’s the grandest of all. A
rare Kuan Yao censor.” He produces documentation to support
the claim and a similar piece, a forgery, so that I can compare the two.
I realize that Mr. Jiang is not pressing a sale, but rather hopes
to educate me. I succumb.
Kuan Yao, or porcelain made in the imperial
kilns of the Southern Sung Period (1127-1279), is exquisite to the touch.
Its crackled glaze ranges from blue gray to jade green hues and borrows
upon celadon technology of earlier imperial wares. Pieces were typically
hand built, but some were thrown on the potter’s wheel. Ornamentation
was always kept to a minimum, so Kuan Yao has a quiet regal feeling.
The most distinguishing feature is the unglazed lip. Pieces were
placed in the kiln upside down which protected edges from glaze coating.
The majority of Kuan Yao currently on display in museums or held by collectors
comes from 2 kiln sites in Hangzhou, however another kiln site was unearthed
at Hsioneisu Province × ¤º ¥q just
3 years ago. It was established shortly after Emperor Gao Song
fled further southward to escape turmoil within the Song Court.
Naturally, the Emperor was in need of ritual items even under duress, so
his craftsmen were tasked to provide
vases, bowls, censors, ink brush holders and
water droppers. There are very few examples from this kiln
are on the market today.
Of all the Chinese porcelains, Kuan Yao fetches the highest prices.
They are always perfect in every aspect since production was directed by
the Emperor. Hundreds of pieces were purposefully broken if they didn’t
measure up to standards. Handling porcelain and pottery is the best way
to recognize authenticity. With today’s technologies
it’s easy to recreate forgeries.
And, there are lots of tricks to fool potential customers. For example,
contemporary crackle glaze ware can be soaked in dark tea to cast a convincing
I was enjoying every moment of my lesson,
but was suddenly distracted by a delicious odor coming from the kitchen.
Mrs. Jiang had prepared a heaping plate of steamed shrimp for us to enjoy
while looking at more porcelain treasures. About an hour later, I
said farewell. I hadn’t made a purchase, but I found much more in
store than I had bargained for.....a gracious host who shared expertise
in a friendly way. It was the best “treasure” of all.
PS: I’ve been back to the Treasure House on
several occasions with others for a lesson on antique glass and clay beads
from Africa, Europe and Asia.