Stalls showcasing Taiwanese food and otherproducts at the 2012 Tianjin-Taiwan Trade Fair have over the last two days been attracting great interest among visitors to the event in the northern Chinese city.
Night market delicacies like oyster omelets, spicy chicken rolls, turnip cakes and meatballs have proven to be especially popular at the fair that runs July 5-8.
Chen I-Hsuan, manager of Hairei Meatballs Store, said Friday his stall, one of 2,000 set up by 800 Taiwanese firm, sold more than 1,000 bowls of meatballs in only three hours.
With an eye to establishing a branch in China in the future, Chen said his company has brought a number of different flavors and products to the trade fair to see which ones are popular with Chinese people.
Trade fairs greatly help Taiwanese small- and medium-sized firms establish themselves in China, added Chen.
Nine stalls at the event are being manned by businesspeople of theShilin night market in northern Taiwan.
It is estimated the stalls will make 600,000 yuan (NT$2.8 million) at the fair, said Wu Tung-ching, a representative of the Shilin Tourism Development Association.
Wu added he is confident the Shilin businesses will get good results in the next trade fair which will be held in Nanjing from September 20-23.
Changhua County’s stall also received positive feedback.
Changhua Magistrate Cho Po-yuan said that his delegation attended the Tianjin-Taiwan fair, the third of its kind, for the first time to boost the relationship between Changhua and Tianjin and promote business exchanges.
The trade fair was organised jointly by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Tianjin Municipal People’s government. -By Lin Meng-ju and I-Ling Chen