Six months ago today, 「 Love, Dadaocheng 」 began as a passion project aimed at helping others get to know the Dadaocheng that I (Holly) know and love. In Dadaocheng, I found what I never knew existed in Taipei: a small town right in the middle of a metropolis, a real community.Read More
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In Taiwan, Moon Festival (or 中秋節, the Mid-Autumn Festival) traditionally means gorging ourselves on lots of beautifully-wrapped moon cakes and pineapple cakes from the best bakeries across Taiwan. However, did you know that it's also an important day for birthday cake?
That's because Moon Festival is also the birthday of 月老 (Yue Lao), also known as the Old Man Under the Moon (月下老人), the Matchmaking God, or the Love God. Given the importance of 月老 at the Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟) on Dihua Street in Dadaocheng, the temple holds an elaborate birthday celebration for the deity annually, complete with a 9-layer birthday cake. All who visit the temple on 月老's birthday are welcome to come share the towering cake. Visitors also have the chance to don traditional wedding costumes, and "brides" given the opportunity to be carried in a bright red wedding palanquin or 喜轎 (xǐ jiào), a type of covered sedan chair, as their "grooms" accompany them on foot.
Praying for Love
Although Lunar Valentine's Day, or Qixi Festival (七夕節, the seventh day of the seventh lunar month), is the most popular day for singletons (or their concerned parents) to come to the temple to ask 月老 for some help in the love department, in fact it is believed that 月老's birthday is the most effective. If you could use a little heavenly intervention in your search for love, you can get familiar with the process of praying to 月老 first, but rest assured there are guides at the temple who can assist you in English or Japanese.
The world's best orange juice can be found at this nearly 40-year-old stand on Dihua Street (迪化街) in Taipei. Dihua Juice (迪化果汁) is the perfect place to sip a healthy beverage and have a chat with owner Mr. Lin, whose stand is an essential part of Dadaocheng (大稻埕).Read More
While Love, Dadaocheng was created with the hope of exploring the neighborhood through visual storytelling, some folks appreciate different formats. For those among you who love podcasts but also would like a healthy dose of Dadaocheng history and culture, you're in luck.Read More
You might notice that Dadaocheng is full of dogs, as well as a handful of cats. As a result, you probably have a higher chance of stepping in something a little unsavory in the neighborhood than you might in other commercial districts, so it's a good idea to watch your step as you navigate the streets and alleys.Read More