Discovering Taipei’s tech district!

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As every year, the writing of the Digital brought you the Computex show as close as possible to the action. But Taipei does not need this huge exhibition dedicated to IT to show off its technophilia. If its multicolored neon lights, its smart panelsits gigantic advertising screens dedicated to the flagships of tech had already almost completely convinced us, it is a place that perfectly crystallizes the geek soul of the Taiwanese capital.

The neighborhood we're talking about here doesn't really have a name, but it is littered with small independent shops or stores representing more or less well-known brands in the tech market. It is located in Zhongzheng District, nestled between Zhongxiao Xinsheng and Songjiang Nanjing subway stations. When visiting the district, you will quickly see its two main attractions. Two immense buildings of which we find a plethora in Taipei, side by side, for a single core of activity but two very different styles: Syntrend and the Guang Hua Digital Plaza.

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Guang Hua Digital Plaza


Syntrend

The Galeries Lafayette of tech

Let's start with the newest one, the Syntrend Creative Park. If you have already taken a trip to the Lafayette galleries, you must imagine a building quite similar in its construction and layout, replacing branded clothes, watches, cosmetics and other luxurious items with tech products of all kinds. As in the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, each brand has its own corner where she presents her latest releases. We come across Lenovo as well as Fujifilm, Dyson, Samsung and Intel.

A miniature Polaroid in the photo section.

A miniature Polaroid in the photo section.

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It's simple, exploring the 12 floors of Syntrend is a bit like wandering through the sections of Digital. One floor for audio, another for the home, for telephony… In addition, we can also come across spaces that are a little more catch-all in which we find products that we generally buy only on Amazon : cases, cables, pocket fans, etc.

Well, and since we're among geeks, we don't forget to take a look at the top floors, where there are pop stuffed animals, figurines, puzzles and board games, obviously complemented by the unmissable arcade room. In total, more than 8,000 m² are available to technophiles, enough to have a good time – and also lose a little money. It should also be noted that the prices in the two buildings are quite close to European prices, so don't expect big discounts.

The floor dedicated to audio even has its own vinyl section.

The floor dedicated to audio even has its vinyl section.

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Guang Hua, another style

We cross a small footbridge and here we are at the Guang Hua Digital Plaza. Forget the neat and tidy stalls, here we are at a real bric-a-brac where you can literally find everything as long as there is an electronic component: graphics cards, neon lights, drills, CD players or even endoscopic cameras! Many famous brands are also present in the building, but in a different form from Syntrend since here we find independent resellers who are rarely specialized in a single type of product.

A slight mess at Guang Hua Digital Plaza.

A slight mess at Guang Hua Digital Plaza.

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Guang Hua also has a more loaded history. Where its neighbor was built in 2015 by the Foxconn brand (Hon Hai by its little Taiwanese name), the Digital Plaza has its roots in 1973. It was originally a public market located under the Guanghua bridge, which gave it its name. At that time, it was mainly home to second-hand booksellers, some of whom have survived and are still present in the current building.

The market changed location several times, gradually devoting itself to electronics, before settling permanently in the current building, built in July 2008. In addition to resellers, there are also repair workshops, rooms training and offices. Everything is spread over 12 floors, half of which are underground.

You really can find everything in this tech market.

You really can find everything in this tech market.

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A neighborhood for photographers!

In short, if you are a true tech enthusiast, we cannot recommend enough that you take a trip to this area, and more specifically to these two rather unique buildings. This is not the only occurrence in Taipei. We could also talk about the “Camera District” in the Beimen district, where most of the city's photo dealers are located, as well as some brands well known to specialists. Let it be said, Taipei is a city of technophiles!

Nightlife in Taipei's tech district.

Nighttime atmosphere in Taipei's tech district.

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