Taiwan: Ximending & Ximen Honglou Red House

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Consider to be the equivalent of Shibuya, often called the Harajuku of Taipei, Ximending is on the west side of Taipei in the historical Wanhua district. Ximending hosts a wide variety of clothing stores, restaurants, and entertainments like karaoke and movie theaters. It is not hard to see why this shopping area is popular among the youth; this is often the meeting place of teenagers in Taipei. Many Taiwanese singers and artists choose to host events here because of the amount of young people who hang around Ximending area.

Ximending in Taipei

Ximending in Taipei (Photo courtesy of travelking.com)

Ximending was founded back in the Japanese colonization era as a recreational district. Today, Ximending is still the same. Ximending is the first pedestrian-only shopping district in Taiwan; it features dozens of trendy, fashionable clothing stores, electronic stores, restaurants, bars, night clubs, karaoke, and movie theaters.

One of the main entrances into Ximending shopping area

One of the main entrances into Ximending shopping area

A little bit into Ximending

A little bit into Ximending

View right across the entrance of Ximending

View right across the entrance of Ximending

Ximending at night

Ximending at night

Ximending is divided into rows of streets filled with shops and restaurants

Ximending is divided into rows of streets filled with shops and restaurants

One of the most famous restaurants in Ximending, Ay Chong Noodles serve Taiwanese thin rice noodles

One of the most famous restaurants in Ximending, Ay Chong Noodles serve Taiwanese thin rice noodles

Located right across from Ximending, Ximen Honglou (Ximen Red House) was built by the Japanese government in 1908 as a public market. Today, Ximen Honglou serves as a culture and art center.

Ximen Honglou (Ximen Red House)

Ximen Honglou (Ximen Red House)

That’s it for today’s post about Taiwan, stay tuned for more because this series on Taiwan is not close to the end yet!

Your boy,

-Chuck

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