Saturday Oct 18, 2008

Zuoying

First, I've been told that someone unearthed an old enigma box and was able to decipher Paul's name, so I'll drop the code. Sorry, my dear friend.

With that out of the way... the story left off in the Zuoying district of Kaohsiung city, which is the second biggest city in Taiwan. The second picture in the previous post is taken outside of the in-law's house, a wonderful dwelling that was featured in an architectural magazine. Most folks in this area live in houses, versus the flats/apartments which are common in Beijing. Another difference was the kitchen, which opened-up into the dining room. The kitchens I've seen in Beijing have mostly been small and enclosed, the better to capture the grease from cooking.

Another difference between Beijing and Zuoying was that there were very few bikes, and far less automobiles. Most people traveled around on motor scooters. The use of bikes was similar to that in the States... exercise and riding for pleasure. I didn't see any three-wheel carts, horse-drawn carts, or other types of transportation that I've been used to seeing in Beijing.

Here are two nighttime shots of a market, which is a must-see for anyone visiting the district:

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