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Why Dihua Street is special ?
Dihua Street is the most popular grocery market for shopping Chinese New Year's goods. It is located in Datong District of Taipei City, Taiwan, with a total length of 800 meters. On ordinary days, Dihua is a relatively quiet street. However, the street will be lively and crowded few weeks before Chinese Lunar New Year.
Built in the 1850s, Dihua Street was the major trading center for Chinese herbs and medicines, dried goods, fabrics, as well as teas since it is near the Dadaocheng port.
Besides the samplings and the lively scene, the historical architectures in traditional Fujian style, Baroque style, western style, as well as red lanterns and other New Year decorations have also made Dihua Street a popular tourist attraction. It is indeed an excellent place to enjoy the joyful atmosphere and to experience Taiwan culture.
What to explore at Dihua Street?
The street has became a market place for Chinese New Year's groceries since 1996; there are various stalls selling bamboo or wooden crafts, candies from Asia, Chinese medicines and herbs, Chinese and Japanese snacks, crops, dried foods, fabrics, incenses, New Year decorations, spices, and teas. Candies, dried squids, and nuts are popular items in the market. The vendors usually display their goods in huge bags; some bags are even taller than five feet high. Visitors may also see piles of foods and candies on tables which look like little mountains. The vendors use megaphones or simply yell out aloud to attract people’s attention. It is quite interesting to hear the lively shouts of vendors and to enjoy the New Year atmosphere. Some vendors will even hand out free samples for visitors to push more sales.
How to get to Dihua Street?
1. Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Taipei Interchange → Sec. 3, Chongqing N. Rd. to Sec. 2, Chongqing N. Rd. → Nanjing W. Rd. → Sec. 1, Dihua St.
2. Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Zhonghe Interchange → Prov. Hwy 64 → County Hwy 106A → Prov. Hwy 3 → Huajiang Bridge → HuanHe Expressway → Nanjing W. Rd. → Sec. 1, Dihua St.
1. Take the THSR to Taipei Station; continue by MRT to Shuanglian Station. Taiwan High Speed Rail
2. Take the train to Taipei Railway Station, continue by MRT to Shuanglian Station.
- “A nice place to see”
- “Delicious Traditional food off the street!”
- “Eating and shopping paradise for food”
- “A glimpse of old Taipei”
- “Shopping for dry goods”
Dihua Street 103, Taiwan, 台北市大同區 大有里
Tips for you
Very busy before the Chinese New Year, not much going on for the rest of the year. Old houses are interesting, new shops/cafes there too. (Read Travel in Taiwan magazine to learn more about Taiwan)
Have not been here in a while. I was pleasantly Surprised to see that they are upgrading the place-Many Many Shophouses changed the front facade of their shops .I went in the day time and instead of taking the MRT to Shuanglien and then them 518 bus on this hot day, I walked the length of Taipei City Mall in AC comfort and exited at Y27 at the Corner of Ta Cheng Street. (Taipei Textile area) From the Exit-Di Hua Street was only 400 Mt. Great for people who enjoy walking.
When many people think of Datong District, they might tell you it is an old area in Taipei.My granny told me about so many stories about here in the past. I could see a smile on her face and imagine the prosperous period of the place and her precious memories.There are many old-fashioned shops,traditional Chinese medicine vendors, and wholesale cloth, and of course traditional Taiwanese style food vendors or stalls.There is no luxury restaurants or boutiques here but you will see a mix of architecture styles and walk through the history.
I never realised Taipei has so many Baroque style buildings until I visited Dihua Street. The area is full of old style trading companies and seafood stores. It gives you a rare experience of walking into a period in the past.
When many people think of Datong District, they might tell you it is an old area in Taipei. My granny told me about so many stories about here in the past. I could see a smile on her face and imagine the prosperous period of the place and her precious memories. There are many old-fashioned shops,traditional Chinese medicine vendors, and wholesale cloth, and of course traditional Taiwanese style food vendors or stalls. There is no luxury restaurants or boutiques here but you will see a mix of architecture styles and walk through the history.