Of course, the main thrust of night markets in Taiwan is the food and this night market deals in the more exotic types of food. It is home to the famous “Snake Alley.” These are restaurants that specialize in snake, as you may have guessed by the name. In years gone by, these places did a show where they caught and skinned the snake. But they don’t do those anymore because they anger the animal rights activists and the shopkeepers are forced to defend their practices. The other problem was that foreigners would come to photograph the show but then didn’t stay to eat. So it was a waste of snakes. I’m not much of a snake lover, but I don’t like destroying animals so some foreigner with a camera will have something to show his buddies back home. I did, however have a snake meal, which I will describe in my next post.
|The Insultor of Foreigners Speaking Chinese|
|You tell me, are these guys gambling?|
Part of this particular market was covered, mainly where the restaurants and art shops were, but the rest was open air and quite busy for a Tuesday evening. It’s a good place to visit and fun place for your family.
|A fancy restaurant like this is quite a contrast to the usual snack booths at a night market.|
|This man is selling traditional style Chinese clothing, $390 NTD is equal to about $13.50 USD.|
Other posts you may be interested in:
Taiwan Travelogue: The Taipei 101
Taiwan Travelogue: Old Ceramics Street
Taiwan Travelogue: The Traditional Market