Last time I went to DiHua Jie, it was the City God’s birthday! There was an effervescence you rarely see in the old streets of Datong district, and it remained a vivid memory in my mind. But life can’t be busy like that every day… This weekend I went back there, but this time I took more time to visit all the back lanes, pay a tribute to old forgotten beautiful houses that for sure will be destroyed soon, and could admire how the whole place has started to change already.
The Yuanshan Children’s park in Taipei is going to close soon, and it will be turned into… something else, as of now it doesn’t seem clear to anyone we asked !
Here’s the location of the Yuanshan Recreation Park: 臺北市玉門街33號, and here’s the location of the Shilin soon to be open park that will replace it by the end of the year if everything’s OK: click here. So if you are Taiwanese and feel nostalgic, know that the park is open Tuesday till Sunday 9am-5pm, and that the entrance is free till it closes by the end of August. However you have to pay 20NT for some attractions. When we went there there were still quite a few people, and kids were as delighted as ever!
Last month I brought one of my friend to Dihua Street to see the famous street with chinese pharmacy stores selling all kinds of goods, furniture shops and craftsmen doing all kind of traditional items. As we were sitting on small plastic chairs enjoying a bowl of noodles, we saw a procession coming, it was the local temple’s birthday. Little did I know that four hours later, the procession would still be parading, stretching over maybe several kilometers!
This article has two parts: let me introduce you the many nice attractions in Dihua Street, and then show you some of the City God birthday’s procession pictures!
The Matsu Temple is the oldest and arguably most important in Fengyuan, next to Taichung. Some parts date back to more than 300 years ago, as I was reminded several time during my time there! Many people go there on Chinese New Year’s Eve to pray for luck and success for the New Year, and also go to the attending Night Market enjoy some delicacies – Oyster Omelet! – or buy lottery.
To celebrate the new year, I am sharing with you a selection of my shots from last year!
My pictures reflect more everyday life in Taiwan than anything else; but my thought is that no matter what politics and businessmen are doing, people are still more important.
Recently, I joined my girlfriend for a week-end on the East Coast of Taiwan.
While Taroko is probably the most famous spot in Hualien county, if you just drive a few kilometers south of the city, you enter another bigger, protected area called the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area. It is not a national park but rather a protected domain that boasts quite a lot of attractions. For this post I will limit the visit to some attractions in the North, but if you are interested in knowing more you can follow the link to their (english) website: http://bit.ly/1ej4tEd
One night, I went down to the river. I don’t know, maybe it was the huge moon rising in the night, maybe it was the typhoon that was about to swallow Taiwan. The air was warm, comfortable. Friday night. It felt good.