Saturday, July 20, 2013

Taiwan Treat: Ximending's Surprise

Taipei has been founded in the early 18th century. China's  Qing Dynasty  had made Taipei the provincial capital of Taiwan in 1886 and the city had remained  its capital even after Japan made Taiwan a part of its colony in 1895. Considering its long history, when I first stepped into the streets of Ximending, which was also known as Harajuku or Shibuya of Taipei, it was a surprise then to see that it lacks the modern skyscrapers characteristics of many Asian capitals like Bangkok, Manila or even Kuala Lumpur. Never mind all that, for Ximending, the source of Taiwan's fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture and the main LGBT district of Taiwan is the place to be in if  you are in Taipei. It attracts 3 million shoppers every month and you'd enjoy walking on the well-known Ximending Pedestrian Area which incidentally was the first pedestrian area built in Taipei and the largest in Taiwan. If you are lucky, you'd catch some budding stars in action for this is where small concerts and street performances are held and album launched....

No skyscrapers here....


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