寻访台北城市的老树、老屋、老青田街 Tranquil Times at Qingtian Street in Taipei City With Old Trees, Old Houses and Humanity
Taiwanese people are entirely accustomed to having residential and commercial spaces mixed together, as is evident in the presence of convenience stores at every street corner. Some streets in Taipei bear such historical vestiges that one forgets time. The verdantly shaded Qingtian Street for example, is still flanked by wooded dormitories built during the Japanese Ruling Era.
Qingtian Street is where noise fades into tranquility, and leafy giants stand quietly before rustic wooden houses of the Japanese style. While time passes by, Qingtian Street still retains its elegant look in a gentle attitude. Not only you can feel the historical inheritance, but also feel its vitality.
Located in the busy city center, Qingtian Street is tranquil. These Japanese style houses built along are used to be the faculty's dormitory of National Taiwan University, which back in the day was the "Taipei Imperial College". It was a school set up by the Japanese, and still is one of the best university in Taiwan.
The old wooden houses on QingTian Street are no longer dormitory. Instead, they have been renovated into bookstores, antique shops and tea houses, imitating the refined and slow-paced Japanese lifestyle. It is almost like a college town inside the city. So just take your time, walk slowly and enjoy the atmosphere.
Qingtian Street is one of the street blocks that you should not miss in Taipei city. Walk along the alley and into one after another redesigned old houses ― restaurants, galleries, tea houses, book shops. Enjoy a rare and tranquil moment in the city. Countless untold stories are waiting for you to hear, and the memories and life of old buildings would continue to go one, now and forever.
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