Welcome to Ximending, one of the most vibrating districts in Taipei. Ximending (also called Ximen) was a born as a recreational area out of the city walls, during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. There was a very popular market in the area, which was later recycled into a theatre, today’s Red House.
Nowadays the area still keeps that entertainment original purpose, although obviously times have changed. Ximen is currently a mainly pedestrian area, packed with hundreds of shops and restaurants. There are lots of KTV (karaokes) in the area, including the famous 15-floor Party World KTV. This area also has the popular cinema street, where there are a bunch of cinemas screening both Taiwanese and International releases.
But what I like the most of this area are its back streets, narrow alleys where you can find hidden restaurants, and shops, usually the most special of them. Getting lost in Ximen alleys is a similar experience to get lost in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, full of narrow streets that start their activity after the sunset.
Huge screens displaying the latest Anime are common in Ximen, where lots of teenagers go to spend their evenings wandering around.
The thing with Ximending is that no matter how often you go or deep you explore its streets, you can always find something new, a strange restaurant you missed the last time, an alley you had never walked before…
Recently I am carrying my camera with me almost everyday, so I shoot pretty frequently. I am currently using a Fujifilm x100s, which I will introduce more thoroughly in a future post. It’s small and very confortable to carry and use, and it really behaves pretty well when shooting on the street, even if it’s already night time (which unfortunately is, when I finish working).
Do you usually carry a camera with you? Or you prefer to use the mobile to take street shots? You are welcome to comment!
Camera: Fujifilm X100s