Multi Region player readily available here in Taiwan
I am in Taiwan too, Taipei to be more precise. You can actually purchase a region free dvd player easily here. I have tons of region 1,2,4 discs that plays well on my Aboss player which I got it from Kwang Hwa market in Taipei. The local chains stores does not actually tell you that because it is not officially leagal but some of the players they sell can be easily switched into multi region by ways of pressing a few buttons on the remote control.
I believe there is currently a sale going on at Geant that goes for NT$1588 for a Mainland China made machine that has all the functions on it including DVD,VCD,SVCD,MP3,JPEG,DolbyDigital 5.1 and DTS. I hope this helps....