During my trip to Taipei, Yuling and I visited Shida Night Market, a famous example of the many night markets in Taiwan. These events, which might occur weekly or every evening, are a way for the locals to spend time (and money) shopping and eating through all hours of the night. It makes a lot of sense that in the case of Shida, a college is nearby and there are plenty of expat and local music venues throughout.
Something I had to get used to was the fact that people go to Shida to just walk around. Crowds of untold magnitudes of people converge in one tiny spot and really don’t mind the human traffic jam they get themselves into – it’s not uncommon or extremely impolite to bottleneck a passage – the 100 people behind you will almost expect it to happen.
I’ll link to the Taipei Times here – they offer a great description. As usual, photos and descriptions follow and each is a link to the (BETTER) real version on Flickr!
Hopefully the above photo gives you an idea of how crowded this was…
…while this gives you an idea of the food. These balls were made of fish, octopus, and wasabi – then served with some kind of dried vegetable on top… very tasty, but too hot to eat at first.