Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bo Pi Liao near Longshan Temple

A friend introduced me to an "old street" near Longshan Temple. So today we met up at the temple station around noon. Immediately afterwards we headed over to a famous restaurant nearby. I don't remember the name or where it was. Sometimes these traditional places are just hard to remember without a website or business card. There was also an old coffee shop nearby. It's been around for over 100 years. It had an old japanese map of Taipei used during the japanese rule of Taiwan between 1895-1945 (somewhere around that time). Afterwards, we went to Bo Pi Liao "old street" to shoot a few pictures. It's a small one place, only one street. And most, if not all of the stores are empty. But it makes for a nice stroll and lots of photo opportunities. You'll find numerous photographers hanging shooting around there. The only attraction there, is one of the movie sets for a famous asian movie called Monga. It's about an asian gang in the late '70's. Your allowed to walk around the set and take a few pictures.They have the bar room and the mahjong table and the checkers table from the movie. Google it if you want to know more. One last comment..I felt really happy when I was shooting with my Rollei. During my last shot of the roll, a man approached me and start to talk about how the Rollei brought back memories of his childhood, when he too had the same camera. He wondered if 120mm film was still available. I directed him to the photography district. I hope he gets back into it :) Anyways, I'll post the photos of Bo Pi Liao later, as I don't have them with me right now.

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