Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Walk Through Nanjing Road...

With Taipei 101 ticked off on our list of things to do in Taipei, we headed to explore the city's offbeat charms - observing how the city dwellers - the Taipeinese live.


Like most of Asian cities, Taipei is a bustling city constantly on the move, no matter what...


We heard Typhoon Dujuan is to make landfall in the next 48 hours. And the warning signs were all there. But that had no effect on the Taipeinese - they were all out enjoying the weather, visiting markets and restaurants as though it was all normal. That reminded me of my home, Mumbai, during the Monsoons (and really made me homesick!)...


They respect traffic signals here, but they stop after the Stop line. Perhaps that's the Asian way! But in a sense I found the average Taiwanese a lot more sophisticated and cultured than the Mainlanders. And this is notwithstanding a violation of traffic rules...


Disciplined pedestrians waiting to cross the road. The drizzle continued unabated...


Some more violations...


Heading towards Linsen Park...


Cycles for hire...


The park looked quite nice...


Lovely green foliage has its charms in the urban sprawl of Taipei...


Both sides of the Nanjing Road are full of shops - luxury brands, restaurants, fast food outlets and departmental stores. Taipei was once the prime destination of luxury brands in Asia alongwith Tokyo and Hong Kong. But the demand of luxury brands in China following liberalisation has changed it all...


Nanjing Road connects the Datong district in the west with the Zhongshan and Songshan districts in the east. Being a major arterial road, Nanjing Road is known for its tremendous traffic...




Street art showing a panda!


Taiwanese like Indians and other Asians love to talk, no matter where...

1 comment:

Chaicy Style A Pastiche said...

Taiwan indeed seems like a great place through your pictures. A Very Happy New Year to you.

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