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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 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.
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.
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!