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Taiwan Taipei Ximending Night Market

15 March 2012

Ximending

I went for...a long walk. Heading to Ximending but also diverting along the way and along the way home.
I took a lot of photos of random stuff, so will just talk about them there rather than here, to limit confusion.

Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Amazingly, the sky cleared, and I could make out clouds at sunset and see blue sky.

Amazingly, the sky cleared, and I could make out clouds at sunset and see blue sky.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - A tiny BMW isetta.

A tiny BMW isetta.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Walk past all the cinemas in Ximending and you get to some abandoned buildings, skateboard ramps and actual graffiti. Sure its an approved area but I

Walk past all the cinemas in Ximending and you get to some abandoned buildings, skateboard ramps and actual graffiti. Sure its an approved area but I still find it unusual that the Taiwanese local government allows it.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Random neon street view

Random neon street view


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - I took a photo from a similar spot last time. So I did it again. One day I might compare them to play spot the difference.

I took a photo from a similar spot last time. So I did it again. One day I might compare them to play spot the difference.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Police scooters as far as the eye can see. Imagine if our motorbike cops were given scooters. There would be a strike. Someone would get shot. They pr

Police scooters as far as the eye can see. Imagine if our motorbike cops were given scooters. There would be a strike. Someone would get shot. They probably wouldnt fit on one anyway.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Lots of people enjoying themselves. Soooo many bubble tea shops.

Lots of people enjoying themselves. Soooo many bubble tea shops.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - One of these cats is not like the other. One is free to roam the other is chained up. Neither of them seem worried about the thousands of people wande

One of these cats is not like the other. One is free to roam the other is chained up. Neither of them seem worried about the thousands of people wandering nearby.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - I set myself a challenge, not to have beef noodle soup for dinner. I noticed a few risotto places. The next big fad from Taiwan is risotto, you heard

I set myself a challenge, not to have beef noodle soup for dinner. I noticed a few risotto places. The next big fad from Taiwan is risotto, you heard it here first. I got soup which was nice, risotto in a heated bowl which was actually pretty delicious, mushroom and chicken flavoured, a pineapple soda and grass jelly with soy milk for dessert (not pictured). A pretty filling meal.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - The outside of the risotto store, its called puppy risotto. I thought it was going to be Korean food.

The outside of the risotto store, its called puppy risotto. I thought it was going to be Korean food.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Another overpass, another photo. This one has lots of blinking red lights for the road works. Being built here is the MRT station that will go to the

Another overpass, another photo. This one has lots of blinking red lights for the road works. Being built here is the MRT station that will go to the airport. They really need that badly.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Despite my extensive multi course dinner, I couldnt resist Chatime. The symbol of Taiwanese cuisine in Australia. Logo is different here as indeed it

Despite my extensive multi course dinner, I couldnt resist Chatime. The symbol of Taiwanese cuisine in Australia. Logo is different here as indeed it is in the rest of the world, not sure why Australia has changed it as it is the same company.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Right near my hotel, a night market had sprung up, selling all manner of things on sticks. I am pretty sure it wasnt here last night, it must rotate a

Right near my hotel, a night market had sprung up, selling all manner of things on sticks. I am pretty sure it wasnt here last night, it must rotate around different locations each night of the week. Also there were fake dvd shops, fake handbags and a few sideshow amusement games....


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - I decided to play, paid my $2 and expected maybe 10 wooden hoops. No, you get the whole bucket! It took me at least 10 minutes to throw them all. A cr

I decided to play, paid my $2 and expected maybe 10 wooden hoops. No, you get the whole bucket!
It took me at least 10 minutes to throw them all. A crowd formed and was cheering me on, or mocking me. The stall owners confidence in giving me the entire bucket proved correct, I didnt win anything at all.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - The further you go the narrower it gets, and the chances of getting covered in a vat of boiling oil being used to fry the guts of many creatures becom

The further you go the narrower it gets, and the chances of getting covered in a vat of boiling oil being used to fry the guts of many creatures becomes higher.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Despite all the other crap I have eaten, I couldnt resist a black sesame obun. Maybe they are a Taiwan invention too?

Despite all the other crap I have eaten, I couldnt resist a black sesame obun. Maybe they are a Taiwan invention too?


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - Next up, I discovered a Carrefour supermarket under the road. I love going into each countries supermarkets. Taiwan is about mid level on the fancynes

Next up, I discovered a Carrefour supermarket under the road. I love going into each countries supermarkets. Taiwan is about mid level on the fancyness scale. They have a good fresh food area with live fish and lots of prepared foods etc.
However the line to get out is immense, I waited 30 minutes and people were getting mad. Theres some sort of collect all the angry birds coffee mug promotion going on and it takes ages to get your receipt, stickers, stamp on the stickers etc.


Taiwan-Taipei-Ximending-Night Market - I bought these small rocks. Actually they are chocolate. I have seen them in the expensive chocolate shops at the airport, here they were much cheaper

I bought these small rocks. Actually they are chocolate. I have seen them in the expensive chocolate shops at the airport, here they were much cheaper.


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