Night markets took the top three spots in a list of the places in Taiwan with the most Facebook check-ins this year, according to a global ranking released yesterday by the social networking site.
The check-in feature allows users to share their location with other users to arrange meet-ups or simply keep a log of the places they have been to.
The Huayuan Night Market (花園夜市) in Greater Tainan topped the list and was ranked 12th globally. Huayuan was followed by Yilan County’s Luodong Night Market (羅東夜市) and Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市) in Greater Taichung.
Old Street (淡水老街) in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Tamsui District (淡水) came in fourth and the Dream Mall shopping center in Greater Kaohsiung placed fifth, according to the list, which excluded transportation hubs.
In Nos. 6 through 10 were Keelung’s Miaokou Night Market (基隆廟口夜市), Zihnan Temple (紫南宮) in Nantou County, the Shiinkuchan Commercial Zone (新崛江商圈) in Greater Kaohsiung, the Big City shopping mall in Hsinchu and Vieshow cinema in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義).
“We found that Taiwanese like to check in from a variety of places, such as scenic spots, shopping malls and movie theaters, with night markets the most popular check-in spots among locals and tourists,” Arrow Guo, Facebook’s head of small and medium-sized business for Greater China and Southeast Asia, said in a press release.
Disneyland parks ranked the highest among most-checked-in places in the US, France, Japan and Hong Kong, Facebook’s data show.