It’s Taiwan. It’s the Chinese New Year. Cultural festivities are bountiful yet one day I found myself a little bored, so we went for a walk, starting in an alley where friends live.
And this is the other end of the alley.
I thought I would take a bunch of street photos to try and give our readers and idea what it’s like to walk down a typical street in Taiwan. Unless you’ve been here it’s hard to imagine just how commerce oriented Taiwan really is. It seems that everyone is selling something, just about everywhere.
Shops expand to take up surrounding space.
And sidewalks become places to display goods for sale.
I’m sure that licenses were obtained and royalties are regularly paid for these images.
This is a potable water station. You cannot drink water directly from the tap in Taiwan (and many other Asian countries I might add). This station pumps filtered water into your container for bringing home to drink. This person is filling containers on their scooter.
Evidently there is a morning market here.
This tree was in a neighbor’s yard. The fruit is called “Buddha Head” because of the shape. When walking down the road, this is the first glimpse of the sports stadium. The official name is the “Kaohsiung World Games Stadium.”
The roof is lined with solar panels (more on this later).
There is a nice park surrounding the stadium.
The little “river” that runs through the parks has lots of fish, which Phoenix liked.
This sign explains about the design goals.
This closeup of the English section will make it much easier for you to read. When the stadium is operational, the roof mounted solar panels generate about 80% of the power needs.
But the stadium is sitting idle most of the time and there are many places in need of a repaint.