Dihua Street

Dihua Street 2010
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.
Dihua Street 2010
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.
Dihua Street 2010
At Dihua Street you can find traditional New Year foods, Chinese medicine and herbs, fabric, toys, and other Chinese New Year items.
Dihua Street 2010
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.
Dihua Street 2010
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.
Dihua Street 2010

I’ll leave you with the goods:
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17 thoughts on “Dihua Street

  1. Wow, 迪化街… I miss so much the time I lived there! I can tell you it’s an awesome place to live in Taipei, people are always very friendly and it’s colourful all through the year.

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  4. This is the coolest little blog!

    I am bringing my husband and daughter to Taiwan. I have been feeling a little upset because I thought I wouldn’t be able to find yarn, candy, etc. After living in Chengdu for a year, I was disappointed that I couldn’t get comfort things such as jelly bears, chocolate of any good type and beans for Indian dishes. Forget cool yarns…

    After reading your blog and seeing what a beautiful city Taipei is, and knowing I can get beads and yarn and quilting supplies, I feel more and more excited to come and live for a while!!!! YEAH TAIPEI!!!!

    So tell me this…can I buy washed unspun wool for spinning using a spindle? I do spinning and dying at home…where can I get the supplies for this? Thanks a heap! Your blog is awesome!


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