Yesterday, I visited Dihua Street [迪化街], Taipei’s biggest Chinese New Year market. The last time I visited was during Chinese New Year, so most of the crowds and many of the stalls were already gone. This time was extremely busy. Despite how crowded it was, everyone was in a good mood and in the holiday spirit. If you visit, be sure to go on an empty stomach, because most of the vendors give out plenty of free samples.
There were a couple of different crews filming when I visited, the young woman above was hosting either a travel show or a news piece. Another crew I encountered later was filming the crowds, I gave one cameraman a “台灣加油“ [Taiwan GO!] and received a thumbs up in return.
At Dihua Street you can find traditional New Year foods, Chinese medicine and herbs, fabric, toys, and other Chinese New Year items.
Since it was really crowded, I didn’t have much time or space to compose shots, so I usually just held out my camera at arm’s length and pressed the shutter. I got various results this way, it wasn’t until after I left that I remembered my camera had a Live View function.
I originally planned to walk the length of the market on one side of the street and then walk back on the other side of the street. Just walking halfway through the market took longer than I expected so I scrapped the idea of walking both sides.