Repost of the Day: Among the Lanes of Lukang

August 16th, 2020

We’re starting our time in Taiwan with a walk through a town called Lukang, near Taichung on Taiwan’s west coast.

We spent a week in Taiwan in December, 2013. Overall, Taiwan was full of subtlety and quiet discoveries. The cityscapes felt dated (think 1970s) but in a sentimental way that reminded me of a simpler time. The people were lovely ~ curious about where we were going and so open to striking up a conversation on the train or bus, or in the coffee shop. In our travels, we’ve found that in island nations (Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Maldives, Cuba, Philippines and New Zealand among them) we often meet the most welcoming people. I’m not sure why, but maybe curiosity about visitors is more pronounced in cultures that are geographically isolated.

Enjoy Lukang!

More tomorrow from Taiwan,

Repost of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


Lukang, Taiwan

Hidden away along the west coast of Taiwan is a town called Lukang. Much of Lukang has the everyday hustle and bustle of motorbikes and street stalls, but among this is a sleepy little neighborhood that’s altogether different. Lukang’s Historic Preservation Area reaches back in time with narrow brick lanes and beautiful little doorways that feel untouched since the last century.

Exploring the area by foot allows time to linger among the evident history and charm, and walk through some of Lukang’s well-preserved temples. Longshan was a favorite with its calm, open spaces and old impeccably groomed trees in the courtyard.

Old Market Street and Nine Turns Lane hold the discovery of antiques, crafts, artists at work and doorways to homes within the district. Sometimes colorful, sometimes old and worn, each doorway has its own personality along with a healthy dose of intrigue as to what might be found on the other side. Knock, knock!


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