For the record, from the China Post:
Good news, you won’t have to pay “New Year forced tip”:
[quote]Taxi fare hikes
There will be no hike in taxi fares in the Greater Taipei area (Taipei City, Taipei County and Keelung City) during the Chinese New Year, as taxi drivers are trying to retain customers during the current business downturn.
But taxis in other major cities will have temporary fare markups during the holidays.
As to shopping, no trouble at all -though I noticed SOGO will close earlier a couple of days, but teh food court and supermarket won’t:
Wholesale stores will be open 24 hours until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 – New Year’s Eve on the lunar calendar.
Leading retailers like Carrefour, RT-Mart and Geant chain stores are all offering special discounts and incentives for more customers to use their government-issued shopping vouchers.
They expect revenues for the holiday season to surge at least 20 to 30 percent this year.
Taipei City’s major flower market on Ruiguang Road in Neihu District began 24-hour service yesterday and will be open round-the-clock until 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
Close to 300 vendors will jointly offer free flowers, posters, and booklets on horticulture to 50 lucky customers every hour – or 1,200 customers per day.
Several other major flower markets in the Greater Taipei area are extending their opening hours and holding similar special New Year’s sales.