Definitely the place to be in the few weeks leading up to Chinese New Year ~ the hustle and bustle and noise and rush is not for the faint-hearted, but hey it’s fun!
Dihua Street is in one of the oldest parts of Taipei City, near the river and full of old buildings, temples and traditional shops selling tea and Chinese medicine ingredients…
Normally quite a quiet area, but for these few weeks you can buy everything you need for the festivities at good prices ~ dried everything, nuts, fruit, meats, seafoods, seeds plus sugar cane juice, sweets, a few clothes…. you name it, it’s on sale here!
Only open for 2 more days – so get there quick!
Saturday was glorious weather, warm and sunny ~ 11ºC in the early morning and up to 26 by lunchtime ~ so what better way to spend the day than along the river in Taipei, from one end to the other….
And the best thing? The reflections in the water…..
It’s the season when the reeds look their best – but it’s also the season when the wind is at its worst brrrrrrrrr!
Ah well, as Confucius said, “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm”….
Food for thought eh?!
How to make a city smile? How to make a city famed for its miserable weather smile? Install some ART! The famous Rubber Duck is here, and despite plenty of mishaps en route, hey here it is smiling away, and surrounded by plenty of happy people also smiling away, helped by a sunny day of course. Unbelievable the affect that a very large (well, 18m) yellow duck can have on the mood of a city. I love it! And there’s even some real yellow ducks on hand nearby to say hello….
OK, so not everyone is smiling in Keelung City and every day we have an update on the News about the duck’s condition, the state of the water, the sales of yellow duck merchandise, the crowd numbers ~ and the fact is that the yellow duck is now competing with the baby panda (real, not rubber) who makes its first public appearance at Taipei Zoo next week…..
But when the yellow duck has gone and Keelung returns to its normal wet and windy self, then the happiest places in the city will continue to be the churches. Hoping that all the churches in Keelung are as full of joy as our 2 churches – Trinity Church and St. Stephen’s – whatever the weather outside, the people there are always smiling!
Well we do have a great God after all – that fact alone’s just gotta make us smile!