Like many urban parks in the US, many city parks in Taiwan serve as a gathering place for neighborhood residents to play board games. In many cases this means Chinese Go. I guess the best “Western” comparison to Go would be to Orthello…Orthello is like a “special needs” version of Go
The couple of weeks since my last Streets Saturday post has seen me shopping for Halloween costumes with the kids and attending a small Halloween party along with my normal, everyday here-to-there voyages. These are my favorite decisive moments from the last time until the next time.
In addendum to this week’s travel article on Minquan Old Street in the Sanxia District of New Taipei City, here are a few more pictures.
Like Dasi Old Street in Taoyuan, Minquan Old Street in Sanxia was born in the early part of the 20th century. Like Daxi, it came out of being strategically located on a commercially-trafficked river. Unlike Dasi, as roads and rails replaced the rivers used to transport goods and reduced the commercial importance of such market hubs, Minquan Old Street didn’t really re-invent itself in any manner. It’s buildings and shops still appear as they would have decades ago in the time of our grand-and-great-grandparents.
This week’s featured street photographer hails from the home of the great Mount Olympus, the Olympic games first held at the foot of that mountain, the Olympians that live at the top of the mountain, and an economy that is bringing down the entire EU…umm…in a ‘Herculean manner’? Stamatis is a graphic designer from Athens, Greece whose favorite hobby is photographing his native home. And he does it very well. Just take a look.
This week brings you more street photos of Taipei, mostly from the Core Pacific City mall (a.k.a. Living Mall) because I took my kids there a couple of days in a row. By the way, Cars 2 is no where near as good as Cars but I did love the Japan set pieces.
On to the photos.
This week’s featured street photos from Taipei are a pleasant mix of feeding hungry ghosts, umbrella, tofu, and a health dose of militarism. It’s just another typical week in the big city.