Still pictures and video show Yan Ping Road North (window shopping) – a walk from the old city North Gate north to the first MRT (new one) with an unpronounceable name. Yan Ping Road is significant as it was once the most fashionable area of Taipei – before Zongshiao East Road began.
Presumably the retail prices in Yan Ping Road would be good – if only for the cheaper rents for the buildings. The variety from one shop to the next is entertaining and far beyond the scope of this simple video. This only shows one side of the street too – the east side. I’ll eventually explore the west side and see if anything outstanding was overlooked.
NIGHT scenes are a protest organized against the importation of beef containing the leanness enhancing drug Ractopamine.
I read about the protest in Taipei Times and considered it might be worth a look.
The newspaper said protesters ‘would march to the President’s building’ – well, they marched in that direction, but did not get there.
At a point near the 228 Peace Park a wall of police stopped the crowd in its tracks. Senior police stood in front of their troops and the crowd quietly dispersed.
Everyone should have been happy with the results, except the media perhaps (who love to report otherwise. They can’t help it).
Footnote: (The TT newspaper is always available in the 7-11 and Family Mart type stores with TWO copies being delivered. Recently only a single copy – not a good sign of circulation figures).
Taipei Times sample story on local food for Americans.