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.
There’s a lot of protests ongoing in Taiwan regarding the 4th nuclear plant, and during a discussion this week I found myself challenged on arguments I had not verified. So I did some research based on official materials to give a basic background on Taiwan’s overall energy market. This is a long post, you’ll need a while to go through it! I am of course not an expert in the field of energy so please forgive -and correct- any inaccuracy.
In Taiwan, the Dragon Boat Festival or 端午節, is one of the most important of the year and celebrates the start of spring. People race on Dragon Boats-a tradition that is still very present in Taiwan, eat ZongZi (粽子), a delicious specialty made of glutinous rice stuffed with all kinds of meat and vegetables, wrapped in a (often bamboo) leaf. And everyone gets a public holiday…
Everyone? Not really. As I was walking on the streets on Friday night in Xinpu and Wanhua, I came across many people still hard at work, preparing the huge quantities of food that are going to be sold over the week-end and the following week. Among those workers, I decided to share with you the portraits of 3 young people who were standing out in the night, each of them dealing with one traditional product you can find in markets: fruits, fish, and meat.
Cutting Watermelons in a fruit shop in Xinpu: happiness