Walking Through Taiwan's Streets During Chinese New Year

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Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

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.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

And this is the other end of the alley.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

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.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Shops expand to take up surrounding space.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

And sidewalks become places to display goods for sale.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Hardware store.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

I’m sure that licenses were obtained and royalties are regularly paid for these images.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

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.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Evidently there is a morning market here.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

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.”

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

The roof is lined with solar panels (more on this later).

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

There is a nice park surrounding the stadium.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

The little “river” that runs through the parks has lots of fish, which Phoenix liked.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

This sign explains about the design goals.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

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.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

But the stadium is sitting idle most of the time and there are many places in need of a repaint.

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

Photos From Chinese New Year 2015, Round Two

MJ Klein
Former field engineer MJ Klein now lives in Taiwan, and writes articles that primarily feature photographs of travels of MJ and wife Hui-chen, plus daily goings on in the bustling island nation of Taiwan, and other places in Asia. Articles feature people, culture, food, situations and sometimes the trials and tribulations of traveling in places such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos and of course Taiwan.
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