|Between 2.6-7 million people live in and around Taipei|
|In Taipei, people ride on little motor scooters, bicycles, motorcycles, and sometimes.... cars. The streets are lined with tall buildings, street markets, and walled gardens.. bamboo and lush foliage peak from behind the garden gates, patio decks, and window boxes..|
|Vibrant and colorful, yet strangely serene...|
My brother teaches english in Taiwan, so I was able to meet several lovely families when I visited. I rode on his motor scooter through the convoluted streets of Taipei to the apartment homes of his students. All I remember is we crossed Kang An street every time.
|From Kang An Street|
There is a mixture of the very old and the very new in Taipei. Old men with red betel juiced lips, incense infused Buddha shrines in every shop and apartment, and young men and women in stylish clothes rushing by the new underground metro to their design jobs in buildings like Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world during the year I visited in 2005... Taipei 101 looks like a stack of Chinese Take Out boxes.
|Temple of Hello City|
Like any old culture, Taiwan is rich and complex.. it's poetry and art, it's heros and tragedies, the weave of it's soul through history is a pattern of the most ornate silken Emperor's robe, the fullest of the most complex of the Emperor's toy chests.. each tiny hidden drawer holding it's own priceless golden treasure.
|Ornate and Exotic are the Emperor's Toy Chests|
On the island that is Taiwan, the honeycomb that is Taipei, one can find everything under the sun (except maybe snow..) It is open for all to see and experience ..in it's own a hidden sort of way..
|Land of the Lucky Dragon|
May your own life be sweet like a Honeycomb.