A favorite part of the city is in Dadaocheng area near the Taipei Bridge. Diahua Street is where dried shark fins and cans of abalone are a specialty. Calmex abalone (California-Mexico) at NT$3300 to $4000 depending upon which shop, is over US$100 per can.
Many other dried herbal products are here.
Small historic shops with frontage signs in Chinese are a joy to see. Nothing quite so historic remains in Sydney today.
Shark fins are still on display in several businesses – I would not doubt that foreigners have complained (in their well-meaning ignorance). Taking pictures might be a more sensitive issue than what it was a couple of years back.
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