Dihua Street

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Dihua Street, Taipei, Taiwan

Dihua Street Taipei Reviews

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Not much has changed in 150 years Feb 07, 2017
Dihua Street has been around since the 1850's and it mainly comes alive around Chinese new year when people flock here to buy goods for Chinese New Year. It was a major trading area for dried goods, Chinese herbs, incense sticks, Chinese medicine, fabrics, spices, teas, nuts and dried squid. Even nowadays i saw most of these items for sale. dried mushrooms and nuts are displayed in huge plastic bags, some as high as the local people. It seemed to me that every shop was selling the same products, but the tourists easily outnumbered the local shoppers.

THE ARCHITECTURE

When taking a walk along Dihua Street do not forget to look up and see the different architectural designs of thr buildings. Most have three stories but some are Baroque style, others are Fujian style and the rest are western style. Many of the buildings have been restored to their former glory. Most of the buildings with ornate designs were constructed during the Japanese era. the Fujian style houses are the single floored ones and you can't miss the Chinese brick work.

THE FIRST HOUSE

When in Dihua Street you should take a look at number 156 which is known as the FIRST HOUSE. It is now a shop specialising in selling good quality tea and the owners were just too happy to let me take a look round and take some photos. On the shelves were many old tea containers, a selection of tea pots and cups. There were also some old wooden chests.

I would assume it was called the first house as it was actually the first house constructed in the street but i cannot confirm this
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