|Photo taken on Nov. 26, 2003 shows an old man and a toddler in perambulator in Dihua Street, Taipei. The well-preserved architectures built during the Minguo period (1912-1949) make the Dihua one of tourists’ favorite destinations in Taiwan. (China Youth Daily/He Yanguang)|
Instead of splendor of a metropolis, tourists are firstly impressed by the synergy of modern cityscape and historical architectural treasure in Taipei. Wherever you are in Taipei, downtown or remote small towns, the distinct style will give you a rough idea about when the buildings were built.
The streets in Dihua, Danshuei, Dasi and Sansia were shaped during the boom time of river transport in the early years of the last century. Building style in these towns follows the standards of Minguo period (1912-1949) with a mixture of western and oriental pattern. The streets’ general feature retains although revamps were made from time to time.
Every old street has its own specialty. For instance, the Dihua Street, the oldest street in Taiwan, is known for groceries, tea shops and cloth stores in normal times and two weeks before Chinese New Year, it will become a crowed festive market selling necessities for the New Year.
The old streets also offer authentic Taipei cuisines and snacks. The flavor passed on over generations lures both locals and tourists to join the long queues in front of the renowned old stores every day.
The city’s vigor doesn’t fall asleep at night. Night markets in Taipei make tourists busy with a taste adventure. The food stalls in night markets could not guarantee the authenticity and delicacy but they definitely represent a part of real life in Taipei.
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