Oh, Ximending! If there’s Harajuku in Japan, or Myeongdong/Hongdae in Seoul, or the night markets in Tsim Sha Tsui/Mongkok in Hong Kong, there’s Ximending in Taipei.
In the early years, Ximending was a cinema district. I actually looked it up in Wikipedia which is why when I was just creating my itinerary, I included a walking tour of Ximending which will run through the Cinema Street. However, due to lack of time, I was not able to follow that but then it gives me another good reason to re-visit Taipei.
When the central government of the Republic of China was reinstated, Ximending developed from a cinema center into a busy recreation and shopping area. For a time, Ximending was the largest business and entertainment center in Taiwan. Later on, these activities shifted to the East District but with the completion of the subway line for the Ximen station, people began coming back to Ximending for art, culture, and sports.
And as it stands now, as I said above, it’s a popular tourist destination similar to Harajuku or Meyongdong. Hence, the moderate to high hotel accommodation rates as compared with those in the other districts in Taipei.
More Ximending photos follow.
That wraps up my post on Ximending. Will be coming up with a post about Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Ancient Street so stay tuned, friends! 🙂