Sunday, November 23, 2014

Taipei, Taiwan: Wanhua/ Monga District

See the contrasting faces of Taipei's oldest district - sip some herbal tea in the day and savor some snake soup at night.

Wanhua District in Taipei used to be called Bangka or Monga. If it sounds familiar, there's a movie Monga based on this exact district set in 1980s.

At Longshan Temple Station, there's even an underground shopping arcade but I prefer peeking into the alleys aboveground along Herbal Lane.

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Fancy some Herbal Tea?

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

Wanhua (Monga) District

When night falls, the other side of Wanhua springs to life.

Huaxi Street Night Market

Huaxi Street Night Market

Huaxi Street Night Market

Fancy some snake soup?

Huaxi Street Night Market

Huaxi Street Night Market

Some turtle soup?

Huaxi Street Night Market

Or a massage?

Huaxi Street Night Market


More on the Monga District - the Longshan Temple and Bopiliao.

11 comments:

  1. Taipei looks like a lovely place to visit!

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  2. Those are very nice pictures, which brought me back to the time while I was at Taipei. Here is my experience at Taipei:

    http://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/taipei-a-mesmerizing-city/

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  3. I used to live in this district and the image of snake alley looks familiar. Most visitors wanted to visit this market but we really didn't enjoy it after a couple of visits.

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  4. I stopped at one of the snake store at HuaXi night market to taste their snake soup. It was fun experience!

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  5. Yes it is, I highly recommend it! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  6. Yup I photograph and blog so it brings back the good memories! There's a problem with the link somehow: it should be http://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/taipei-a-mesmerizing-city/

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  7. You did? That's awesome! Yeah it seemed rather touristy for me, not somewhere you would visit all the time...

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  8. Wow, I... didn't have the guts... how does it taste like? Chicken? Turtle? It will forever remain a mystery to me...

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  9. I just drank the soup, didn't eat meat since I am a vegetarian. I got the guts after the owner of the snake store told me that the snake soup could smoothen my skin. :-)

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  10. Haha interesting, I totally understand where you are coming from. Things we do in the name of beauty!

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