Saturday, December 29, 2007

Day Out at XinMenDing District Part 2

(The above: Bee,Tom,Grandma,Katherine,Jessica,Patricia,Christine,Blackie,Joseph, Uncle and 1st Aunt)

Here's the Chen Tribe going from DimSum Lunch to the screening room to see "I Wish." We're clearly having a jolly ol' time taking over the streets of Taipei! We love to flash the "peace" sign which in Chinese, really means, "YAY!". So lots of YAY'S out to all of the Chen's! The photos below are of us in the screening room, at lunch with our lil niece/nephews (adorable), with grandma, aunts and uncles and plenty of cousins. Blackie shared an emotional speech as did Grandma - who started crying intensely making her speech which made all of us tear up as well. We love your Grandma and Grandpa! Wo me do hen ai ni men!

The significance of XinMenDing: Grandpa used to work in XMD because he's been a partner in one of the nightclubs for years. While all of us were growing up or spending summers in Taipei, Grandpa would always bring back to the house treats from the XMD area after a day's work - he'd always bring back all the grandkids' favorites - potstickers, egg tarts, noodles, oyster noodle soup, oyster pancakes, you name it, he brought it home for all of us to enjoy. He always went to the same DimSum restaurant that was nearby to the nightclub and he'd bring the grandkids too eat dimsum. The restaurant pics here are inside that restaurant.
[Theater Street - Ximending became a famous theater street in Taipei in the 1930s and grew even more prosperous after the defeat of Japan. In the 1950s, every theater was full to capacity and scalpers ran wild. Gradually, more theaters opened one by one; At one point, WuChang St Section 1 had over ten theaters opening. However, in the 1990s, as Taipei City developed toward the Eastern District and away from Ximending, it began to lose business. In the late 2000s, the city government and local stores established Ximending as a pedestrian area, prohibiting the entrance of vehicles on weekends and national holidays, a move that attracted young consumers and brought back business. Today, Ximending has over twenty theaters and six thousand vendors, and is a popular area for small concerts, album debuts, and street performances.
Ximending is now called the “Harajuku” of Taipei. The local bookstores sell Japanese magazines, books, CD albums, and clothing, making it a heaven for the "Harizu", or Japanese culture adorers. Individual vendors gather in the streets as well as the large business buildings, such as Wannien Department Store and Shizilin Square in the early days, and Wanguo Department Store and Eslite 116 in the later period.]

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