1. the crowd on the first day of 2019 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival

1. the crowd on the first day of 2019 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival

Of the 6D/5N spent exploring Taiwan, the time allocated to explore Taipei, its capital city, was exceedingly short.

However, I was pleased that during my visit, it was the start of the 2019 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival, an annual CNY bazaar that caters to the festive shopping crowd.

 2. human billboard

2. human billboard

 3. pickled food

3. pickled food

Dihua Street in Datong District (Dadaocheng) attracts a good number of tourists on a normal day for its many tea rooms; local, hippy and Western-influenced cafés.

 4. grilled meat

4. grilled meat

5. vegetarian food

5. vegetarian food

Accordingly, every year, before Chinese New Year, one of the mega Taipei Lunar New Year Festivals is hosted here, drawing a massive number of visitors on a daily basis.

6. stinky bean curd

6. stinky bean curd

7. huge woks of food

7. huge woks of food

I have been to my fair share of night and morning markets, but this is in a class of its own – with respect to the number of vendors, range of goods, and quantity that is being sold.

8. tall bags of nuts

8. tall bags of nuts

9. sweets

9. sweets

As this is a festive bazaar, most of the goods sold are those that Chinese need to usher in the Lunar New Year, such as sweets, candies, nuts, waxed meat, holiday decorations and other traditional items, unlike regular night markets that Taiwan is famous for.

10. and candies

10. and candies

11. dog is kept busy guarding the purchases

11. dog is kept busy guarding the purchases

This year’s Taipei Lunar New Year Festival to welcome the Year of the Boar wraps up on 3rd Feb. I understand that throughout the 2+ weeks of festive shopping, different programmes have been lined up. For event information, check this official page.

12. skewered bishop's nose

12. skewered bishop’s nose

In this post, I share with you random photos of the 2019 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival that I took during my visit. It was packed, but thankfully, the crowd did not block me from spotting the skewered bishop’s nose. That gave me a good laugh, indeed!

 13. toy auction

13. toy auction

If you are in Taipei now or at least before 3rd Feb, 2019, do drop by Dihua Street in Dadaocheng to enjoy the pre-CNY festivities. The bazaar begins at 12 noon and ends on 12 midnight daily.

14. one of the main entrances to the annual Taipei Lunar New Year Festival on Dihua Street, decorated according to the Chinese zodiac of the coming year

14. one of the main entrances to the annual Taipei Lunar New Year Festival on Dihua Street, decorated according to the Chinese zodiac of the coming year

This trip to explore Taiwan was at the invitation of Ipoh’s premier travel agency, Golden Century Tour & Travel, with the support of and in collaboration with the Tourism Bureau of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Ground tour was handled by Polo Holidays Co. Ltd.

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