I’ve never been to a night market before so I eagerly anticipated this opportunity when we stopped by at Taichung City late in the afternoon of July 23, 2012. We just had a full day of non-stop touring and we were given free time in the early evening to roam around the Feng Chia Night Market.
In hindsight, it wasn’t all that remarkable because it felt just like Banchetto… although to be fair, I just roamed around the parts where all sorts of street food was sold. (I never was interested in shopping.) But the Feng Chia had a certain appeal to me probably because of its entirely different cultural context. Once I got separated from my group mates in the tour, it was the first time in the entire Taiwan trip that I felt truly lost. And I love getting lost. That’s the kind of traveler I am.
No one looked familiar, the signs were in a language I could not understand, and often got lost in the currency conversion. It’s in that kind of surroundings that a friendly smile is most valuable, and the Taiwanese, I’m happy to say, turned out to be quite a friendly people.
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This entry is part of the Taiwan series dated July 19-27, 2012:
1. Gallery: Fo Guang Shan Main Shrine
2. Gallery: Feng Chia Night Market
3. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 1
4. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 2
5. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 3
6. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 4
7. Taiwan: Tainan & Taichung, with Lukang in between
8. Taiwan: Science and Religion
9. Gallery: The Taiwan Theater Museum
10. Taiwan: Traipsing around Yilan
11. Taiwan: Closing Program at Fo Guang University
12. Taiwan: Leaving Yilan, Arriving in Taipei
13. Taiwan: Last 24 hours in Taipei
14. Taiwan: Epilogue