Friday, August 17, 2007

Scenes from Jiayi's Bo'ai Road Night Market

I've just gotten back from the city of Jiayi (Chiayi, 嘉義市) in southern Taiwan. We were visiting relatives, but we also had a chance to check out the old-school Bo'ai Road (博愛路) night market. Besides the ubiquitous food stalls and clothing stands, we were able to browse activities which disappeared years ago from street markets in Taipei, such as pachinko, bingo, bumper cars, and even archery. Here are some photos from our evening outing:

My daughter's favorite activity from the evening: Catching shrimp (see the second photo from the bottom). There are live shrimp in a plastic tub of water, and players dip little gaffing hooks into the tub and try to catch the shrimp -- which you can then barbecue on a small brazier next to the stall.

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