Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) focustaiwan by Christie Chen
The reopening of the Shilin Night Market at a renovated site on Christmas Day attracted big crowds, many of whom were scathing about the space, air quality and safety of the underground market.
“The new place is too small and the aisles are too narrow,” Huang Yi-fu, 65, a food lover who visited the market with four members of his family, told CNA on Sunday.
Darren Pan, 37, who lives near the night market and was a frequent visitor to the old night market, also said he was disappointed.
“The space is confined and the air quality is poor. The exit signs are also not clearly marked, making it hard for people to find their way out in the case of an emergency,” said Pan.
The Taipei city government drew widespread criticism after it announced in August that 94 food stalls that had been operating at a temporary establishment in the Shilin district were to be moved to a renovated basement in a nearby building.
Many were concerned that moving the largest and most famous night market in Taiwan underground would make it lose its appeal.
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