I am planning to visit Taipei. I’d like to purchase a bunch of precious metal gifts for my nieces and nephews, because frankly, most gifts are worthless and I would rather give them something that’s not garbage.
So I figure gold and silver coins would work. (Probably silver would be more affordable than gold, considering that I have about ten nieces and nephews. I don’t actually know how many. A dozen, perhaps? Ten? Eleven?)
If I do this before Chinese New Year, prices might be slightly higher, since a lot of similarly-aged men will be buying similar Chinese New Year presents for similar relatives.
On the other hand, Chinese New Year in Taipei might be a tourist experience that would be worth the cost of a high-speed rail ticket.
Regardless of when I do it, does anyone know of a gold-and-silver shop anywhere in Taiwan? I assume Taipei would have the most, and apparently the Chinese word for such a shop is “in lo.” My Taiwanese friends have heard of such things, but they don’t patronize such stores, so they can’t recommend any.
So … has anyone purchased such things in Taiwan? Possibly a nice 1-ounce silver coin or something of the sort would be a decent gift.
I know that many travelers prefer jade markets, such as the ones shown in the webpages linked below, but I seriously want to give the kiddies something that’s a bit more reliable. I couldn’t tell real jade from fake jade if my life depended on it - with silver or gold at least I know the theory of chemical and metallurgical testing.