In Taipei, they call anything related to computers as 3C items. This friendly term in fact refers to Computer, Communication and Consumer Electronics. When mentioning about a 3C mall, most people on the streets will probably refer you to Guang Hua Digital Plaza. Guang Hua Digital Plaza can be easily reached by taking the public subway trains. It will take you 5 minutes to walk from Zhongxiao Xinsheng subway station to the Digital Plaza.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
The digital mall is well organized into difference levels selling different types of items. Even though the mall is organized in a certain way, the shops may not follow the categorization methods. You can find different types of shops at different levels, but there is indeed a certain pattern to where majority of a certain item is being sold at. For example, at the first level, we can see most of the laptops being showcased and sold. Level 1 is dedicated to the sales of laptop, but laptops can also be seen sold in level 2 and 3 as well. Level 1 is also the home to the mall’s own food court and rest area, where shopkeepers and shoppers can have their meals.
After an hour exploring the area, I had to conclude that I really enjoyed my trip here. Even though I went at an ungodly hour of 10am, most of the shops were already open. It was quite to my surprise that the mall did not have as many visitors as expected. Nonetheless, there are a great variety of items found here and it should meet the requirements of the average geek.
As comparing to our malls, I found Guang Hua Digital Plaza to be better lit. The shops are brighter and it seemed to be newer compared to our own SLS. Definitely better compared to Wan Chai Computer Centre in Hong Kong.
I got to say that there isn’t much different comparing Guang Hua Digital Plaza and Sim Lim Square. What really made me excited was the street right at the back of the Plaza. Along the streets leading from the subway station to the mall are shop houses which also sells various 3C products. Those shops looked a lot friendlier and unique. It could be a more exotic experience for a tourist along that street if he wanted to look around for 3C products. I should probably spend more time at that street on my next trip to Taiwan.