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Taiwan Taipei Raohe Night Market

5 March 2017

The unprecedented 4th update

Raohe night market in Taipei

As forecast, here is something that has never happened before, a fourth update on a single day.
This is largely because my day started on Saturday at about 9pm when I left for the airport in Melbourne. I have not slept since I woke up early on Saturday morning, it is now Monday morning Melbourne time. Surprisingly I dont feel tired, but I am tripping over a lot and I did try to pay for water with Australian dollars, probably time for bed then.

Before that, a brief tale of where I went. Due to my unending quest to do over 20k steps every day, a record I have kept without exception for 9 months now, and is the reason I chose the flight times that I did, I still needed to get more steps, lots more, 15,000 more. Thats a long sentence, this is going to descend into chaos.
So I picked up google maps, which means loaded a website on my laptop, and drew a line bearing due east, for the new hot night market thats taken over from the old tired night market of Shilin. Shilin got done up, now no one goes, apparently, the new place is on the eastern edge of the city and is called Raohe. Getting there got my 20k steps plus a lot more, it also took me along a long road for a long way until the long journey ended at the night market. I caught the train back.

Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - This is the long street I walked down. It had footpaths most of the way which is a bonus. I tripped over a lot because every shop maintains their own

This is the long street I walked down. It had footpaths most of the way which is a bonus. I tripped over a lot because every shop maintains their own footpath, all at different levels. So many levels.
The taxi driver is livid that I am taking his picture, theres no way he can chase me so bad luck for him.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - This is the Taipei stadium, which was under construction when I was last here. On there this evening is the womens formal ball gown 9-ball Asian champ

This is the Taipei stadium, which was under construction when I was last here. On there this evening is the womens formal ball gown 9-ball Asian championship.
You might think thats a joke, but its on live tv. Its women playing snooker / pool in fashionable formal gowns and being marked on their performance.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - Nearby the arena is a Lego cafe. The greatest idea ever. They sell drinks, cakes, and have a huge amount of Lego to use. You can also buy Lego. I woul

Nearby the arena is a Lego cafe. The greatest idea ever. They sell drinks, cakes, and have a huge amount of Lego to use. You can also buy Lego.
I would go to this but if you went in Australia you would be arrested and jailed unless you are Archbishop Pell, in which case the Pope has your back and you can get away with whatever you want.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - This polar bear is below the legal age for drinking. I started a trend with this photo, as soon as I took it 4 other people including 90 year old gran

This polar bear is below the legal age for drinking. I started a trend with this photo, as soon as I took it 4 other people including 90 year old grandmas had to take the same photo.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - I stood at this intersection for a while and admired concrete pillars. Theres trains in amongst it, 2 different kinds.

I stood at this intersection for a while and admired concrete pillars. Theres trains in amongst it, 2 different kinds.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - Finally at the start of the night market. It was way too busy to take any photo of how busy it is once inside. So busy that they have stalls in the mi

Finally at the start of the night market. It was way too busy to take any photo of how busy it is once inside. So busy that they have stalls in the middle and people policing that you walk all in one direction either side of the stalls.
If you want to go back the other way you have to wait for a designated gap between stalls selling stinky tofu or boiled entire squid. It took me over an hour to go to the end and come back.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - Taiwan night markets are famous for their food, this is a giant spring onion pancake. The cook pulls bits off and adds other stuff before cooking in e

Taiwan night markets are famous for their food, this is a giant spring onion pancake. The cook pulls bits off and adds other stuff before cooking in entirely too much oil.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - Taiwan version of Japans Pachinko. Its a lot quieter.

Taiwan version of Japans Pachinko. Its a lot quieter.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - The end of the night market street has a temple with suitably garish colors. The other amazing thing about the night markets is they are only at night

The end of the night market street has a temple with suitably garish colors. The other amazing thing about the night markets is they are only at night, all the stalls are gone during the day. They re set up every single night and boil vats of oil in the street.
Each time a night market burns to the ground, which seems to be often, they try and make them nicer and safer, and then no one goes.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - Its still new year in Taiwan.

Its still new year in Taiwan.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - I have no idea why there were so many lights in the dark back streets nearby, there were basically no people enjoying them, so I did.

I have no idea why there were so many lights in the dark back streets nearby, there were basically no people enjoying them, so I did.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - My dinner, I had to wander far away to get a place with a seat, otherwise I would have to stand and eat beatles off of sticks. I wanted something fair

My dinner, I had to wander far away to get a place with a seat, otherwise I would have to stand and eat beatles off of sticks. I wanted something fairly light, so I had wonton soup and pickled vegetables. It was actually quite delicious.


Taiwan-Taipei-Raohe-Night Market - On the way home I stood and admired the train station ceiling. Which is made from tubes of glass of varying sizes to give the impression of a topograp

On the way home I stood and admired the train station ceiling. Which is made from tubes of glass of varying sizes to give the impression of a topographical map. Why? I have no idea, no one else seems to notice it.
Thats all for the 4th update!


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