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In Show them the door: Taiwan's netizens ashamed of loutish tourists, there's mention of a Taiwanese night market game:

The doors, with their paper panels punched through, resembled a popular night market game in which players punch out panels on a grid of small boxes to win a prize behind.

Are carnival-style games still available in Taiwanese night markets? I'm especially interested in anything more "traditional" or specific to Taiwan, such as the game described.

I went to the Shilin night market (described as the most "touristy" of them), and I don't think I saw carnival-style games.

  • I still couldn't find specific enough information for an answer, but here's a link with pictures of a couple of those games. You have to scroll down past all those food pictures to get to the games. – drat Sep 4 '14 at 8:11
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They definitely still exist - they're more common in the southern part of Taiwan, but if you're looking in Taipei, the one near Fu Jen University had quite a bunch last time I went. https://guidetotaipei.com/visit/fu-jen-university-fu-da-garden-night-market-%E8%BC%94%E5%A4%A7%E8%8A%B1%E5%9C%92%E5%A4%9C%E5%B8%82

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The answer is yes, and here are my sources:

Night Markets in Taiwan on Wikipedia:

Carnival-style games are typically available to play for the price of a few coins. The night market in Tamsui is especially well known for featuring traditional carnival games such as balloon shooting, net fish, shooting marbles, and an assortment of mini games that could only have otherwise been seen many years ago.

Now, that may have been edited, because almost word for word on FormosaTravel they state the same, but about a different market. Presumably it's true for both.

In addition, carnival-style games are typically available to play for the price of a few coins. The night market in Dan-shui especially features some traditional carnival games. Such as balloon shooting, net fish, shooting marbles and many mini games.

Finally, an article on AspirantSG, entitled Carnival Of Food & Games At Wusheng Night Market 武聖夜市 Tainan features Wusheng Night Market, and has plenty of photos as evidence of games.

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    "Tamsui" and "Dan-shui" are different romanisations of the same location. "Tamsui District (Chinese: 淡水區, formerly Tamshui Township), also Danshui" link – Andrew Grimm Oct 31 '14 at 11:59
  • AH, that explains that then - double confirmation :D – Mark Mayo Oct 31 '14 at 12:00

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