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9.2.15

Taipei : Bo Pi Liao Historic Street

Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei

Bo Pi Liao is a charming old street in Taipei that I found by chance.

I am strong advocate of walking the city. Through years of travel experiences, it became quite clear to me that, the most amazing places, restaurants, cafés, boutiques are usually hidden around the corner, of a street between two subway stations or major attractions. They remain impossible to spot for the 99% of tourists that are shipped around in subways or tourists bus, touring around the must see.

Cool spots are like amazing lovers. Strike by chance at the most unexpected moment, sweeping you off away and into a different reality.

Bo Pi Liao used to be a major passage between key districts of Mangka and Guting. The Japanese Colonial Era (1895 - 1945) relegated it to a back alleway, making Guangzhou street become the main one. However, local residents fought for it to be refurbished so the history of Bangka - the first district in Taipei to undergo economic development under the Qing dinasty - could be preserved, felt and understood by younger generations and visitors, today.


Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
So I was just walking around. You know, pressing for green light and all that.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Crossing under these road bridges, that remind me so much of my life in Japan.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Things turned a bit more Chinese - sorry, Taiwanese.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
With food stalls, amulets and all kinds of things for sale, stacked one after another along the street.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Butcher, lottery, massage, they got it all.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Then I spot it, the door to a whole new world.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
With red bricks.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Minimal spaces.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Old posters, where the Portuguese name for Taiwan could still be seen.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Street art.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Old signs
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
Even minimal backyards.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
It felt like Chelsea at some point or maybe it was just my jet-lag?
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
But all in all, it was well worth the detour.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei
And somewhat popular with the local tourists.
Bo Pi Liao historic street in Taipei

Bo Pi Liao is a charming old street in Taipei that you should not miss, if you happen to be in town.
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