Shuinan Market In Taichung, Taiwan
Shuinan Market is very typical large market that serves a densely-populated community area on the north side of Taichung city, not far from the old airport. This is a stroll through the market on a typical Friday morning.

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Vendors offer veggies outside the market, hoping to capture a little of the massive foot traffic.
The first booth is take up with small purses. Products sold in morning markets reflect the fact that the clientele in morning markets tends to be older and female.
Shuinan Market winds along several roads, having spilled out of its original covered building many years ago.
Shops along the market streets take advantage of the traffic to open early.
The usual assortment of cheap plastic junk.
No vehicle is too large for its driver to attempt to ram through a market. 
Cheap steel and aluminum pots, a staple of local markets.
Food: the reason for the morning market.
Many older vendors grow their own, and sell cheap.
A vendor sets out fresh bean sprouts, a common local treat.
The market was originally confined to this covered area. Such government-operated markets are found in communities all over the island.
A noodle seller weighs out noodles for a customer.
The Butcher!
Tofu: the other white meat.
A fishmonger sets out the previous day's catch.
Clothing in these markets tends to the vulgar and flowery. The young, busy at school and work, rarely go to morning markets, and women with money shop in grocery stores and volume retailers.
Fresh fish tantalizes.
There's nothing like something delicious, lightly fried.
A fish dealer cleans the goods.
The good news: local butchers make all their sausages, fresh. The bad news: they all make exactly the same kind of sausage. 
Bamboo shoots display their good sides.
What is it? Buy it and find out!
Steamed snacks: rice and meat steamed in bamboo leaves. Delectable.
Morning markets are big with both locals and foreigners.
Fish heads, a favorite of felonious felines.
Durians, smell awful, taste like heaven. 
Green tea soap? Apricot soap? Mmmmmm......
Housewives ruthlessly elbow their way toward the bargains.
A gorgeous array of "empty heart vegetable," my favorite Taiwan green. 
Like sweets?
A small stand like this will pay rent to the owner of the store for the space, unless it is also owned by the store owner.
A dry goods store sells a variety of processed foods and hard-to-find sauces. Do not buy processed foods like this in your local market; they are frequently not in compliance with health regulations. Instead, buy pre-packaged foods in your local supermarket from recognized national brands.
A decidedly feminine pharmacy that fronts on the market.
Dried fish.
Ba wan, one of my favorites, expertly served.
A spoon stands ready for that first delicious mouthful of ba wan, sticky rice dough filled with meat, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms, and served in a sweet sauce with coriander leaves on top. Yum....
The brilliant colors of ripe papaya.
As we near the center of the market, it gets more crowded.
Go nuts!
There's no "areas" for specific products. Here a jeweler and a fruit vendor are paired.
Tilipia gasp out their lives as they wait for someone to buy them.
Pickled and preserved fruits, anyone?
Fresh sushi in every shape and shade. 
A garlic vendor. Garlic is a local staple.
Everyone is constantly in motion....
Piles of noodles for breakfast.
A woman sells flavored chicken, a common item in local markets, and a great quick-n-dirty dinner option.
My wife inspects the offerings of a pair of vendors from India. This market has vendors from Afghanistan and India, as well as locals. Traders from the subcontinent are increasingly common in Taiwan.
Health foods and quack medicines are everywhere.
Making shui jiao, misnamed "dumplings," but actually more like ravioli. Looking at all the bright colors, interesting foods, quirky products, and smiling faces, it is easy to forget that one is looking at hard-nosed businessmen out to make a living. Don't.
  Elbow braces for the athletic and the old.
The store fronts are narrow, but they go back a long way....
Another traffic jam. Few people imagine that to walk around in a market in Taiwan is to spend an hour eating scooter fumes.
New "health" products, like these "healthy" sandwiches made of sprouts and other new wave health materials, are an increasingly common sight.

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