|Longshan Temple is a small but
ornate temple, which sees a lot of activity and is also near an
excellent night market. The Hwahsi night market is divided into
segments. The part of the market with the roof is Snake Alley a.k.a.
the tourist market. The surrounding area is the local market.
The local market, which is everything not under the roof, is much
better and features almost everything under the sun including brass
sculptures, cheap watches, DVD and VCD movies, clothes, used mobile
phones, and food tents with a great variety of Chinese foods.
Snake Alley is over-rated and
can be a bit creepy, but it is worth a walk through at least once to
see snake handlers who eventually serve up the snakes as dinner. If you
need any sex toys to see you through your stay, this is also the spot
to pick them up. There are also some very suspicious side alleys, that
are best avoided, althought probably not dangerous.
Getting to Longshan Temple and Hwahsi Night Market
Two stops west of Taipei Main Station on the Blue Line is the Longshan Temple MRT.
Come out of exit 1 and take a right. You will go through a block of
fortune tellers and then you will see the temple ahead on the right and
the market across the street to the left. To get to Snake Alley walk
through the market for about a block and you will see the entrance on
the right. It is hard to miss.
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