Sandiaoling Waterfall Hike

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I’m covered in purple bruises and scrapes, itchy bug bites and tiny cuts, and while some of the bruising is from Vietnam, most of the damage happened during an unhappy hike exploring the Sandiaoling Waterfalls (三貂嶺瀑布) on Wednesday.

The Sandiaoling Waterfall Hike is easily one of the most popular day hikes for Taipei residents, with its three beautiful waterfalls and mostly flat trails in easy reach. To clarify, it’s not the actual hike itself that’s put me off from wanting to go back—it’s what happened after I saw the last waterfall that devolved into a hiking nightmare (and my new umbrella breaking in the process). But it didn’t need to end that way.

On Wednesday, I woke to a 4:30AM alarm. Stubbornness and determination steered me out of bed. Just a few days earlier, my attempts to hike Teapot Mountain (茶壺山) and, later, the Sandiaoling Waterfalls were dashed by unforeseen rain and I became obsessed with hiking at least one trail this week since I’d be busy in the coming weeks. So, with a backpack full of snacks, I took the 795 bus out of Muzha.

The bus arrived at Shifen (十分) just as the sun was rising. It was unusual to see the normally bustling main drag deserted. Rainclouds loomed ominously overhead but there was no rain; there was only mist entwining itself in the green mountains and an intoxicating stillness to the air. I like being awake in these early hours, when most people haven’t yet left their homes.

At 6:25AM, the train pulled into the station and I boarded for Sandiaoling. Built in 1922, the tiny Sandiaoling Station is the starting point of the old Pingxi coal railway and isn’t accessible by car. There’s no need to go by train to get to the trailhead in the village—a car is faster and easier—but for those bound to public transit like me, you’re at the mercy of the hourly train schedule.

Since it was early, I expected to have the trail to myself. But I bumped into one other hiker at the trailhead: a middle-aged man who hikes the trail from time to time. He was surprised to see that I was hiking alone and after I told him my plans to finish the hike at Dahua Station, he warned me that it was easy to get lost past the last waterfall. I later learned that getting lost would be the least of my problems. I let him go ahead of me as I explored the defunct elementary school next door.

After the coal mining industry left the area, the Shuoren elementary school was gradually abandoned. The school has been converted into a historic landmark and art destination.

Candy Bird’s mural decorates the wall of the public bathrooms.

The main Sandiaoling Waterfall path is an easy hike. Save for a short bit of stairs in the beginning, the trail is wide, mostly flat, and easy to follow. The trickiest part is avoiding the mud.

Hegu Waterfall 合谷瀑布: The first and the biggest waterfall of the four along the upper Keelung River’s tributaries can only be seen from a distance. The two-tiered waterfall has a 25-meter-tall upper tier and a 15-meter-tall lower tier. It’s beautiful but far away, so I only stopped briefly at the viewing platform before moving on.

There are a few narrow rope bridges you’ll need to cross.

After forty minutes on the trail I heard a dull thumping in the forest. Slightly unnerved, I pressed on and saw the man from earlier hunched down on the ground. A closer look revealed him hammering nails into a footbridge. I greeted him from a distance.

“Oh, hello, you’re quite fast,” he said, stopping and looking up at me.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m fixing the bridge. There were some planks missing.”

I suddenly felt bad for feeling wary of the man. I asked him if he worked for the parks department.

No, he said, just a private citizen who enjoys hiking. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a little past 7 on a Wednesday morning and here was a Good Samaritan who purchased and brought a bunch of timber planks and nails to fix a bridge on his own initiative.

“Are you still going up to the third waterfall?” he asked.

I said yes.

“Then you should take these.” He swung his backpack around and fished a pair of white fabric gloves out of a pocket. “I’m only going up to the second waterfall so I won’t be needing them. There’s a metal ladder you’ll need to climb to get to third waterfall. Your hands will get dirty if you don’t have gloves.”

How nice! I thanked him. He told me to go on ahead because he wasn’t finished with the footbridge.

Not long afterward I reached the second waterfall, Motian 摩天瀑布, which, unlike Hegu, lets you stand much closer to the waterfall’s awesome force.

There’s a cave with a handrail behind the waterfall and I know you can get up there. I wasn’t sure which way to go and assumed the path would reveal itself if I continued the trail up. I was wrong. I think there’s a path next to the observation deck but since I had already climbed up onto the ladders (the gloves came in handy) I didn’t feel like going back down. Maybe next time.

The third and last waterfall of the trail is Pipadong Waterfall 枇杷洞瀑布. Like the two before it, the waterfall was massive, gushing with water from weeks of rain. It was a little hard to breathe while standing in front of the cascade. Even though I didn’t stand too close, it was sometimes hard to tell if it was raining or if the waterfall spray was just that strong. The sublime waterfall was numbing: a sensory overload of whipping winds; crashing sounds of water pounding against rock; and droplets flying in all directions, dousing everything in water. I stood alone in front of the waterfall and felt my heartbeat race.

I eventually left the foot of the fall for a skinny rock ledge near the top of Pipadong Waterfall. On the way up I passed by some anti-馬英九 graffiti that some inconsiderate person, who inexplicably felt a need to deface the rock, wrote in large red text.

The crumbling rock ledge curves behind the waterfall but doesn’t quite reach the back of the fall. It was a good spot to take a rest and soak in the landscape, free of the unrelenting sprays of water. I ate an apple. It hadn’t rained on the hike yet and the sun peeked out from the clouds from time to time.

I left Pipadong Waterfall in high spirits for the final climb out of the trail. This was the part that the man from earlier said was easy to get lost in, but I didn’t find that the case at all. I did make a brief detour to see a temple (during which it did start to rain) but getting back on the right path was easy enough. Someone had kindly tied laminated signs onto the trees to direct hikers in the right direction of Dahua Station.

The path in the beginning is pretty easy, though sections of the partly paved trail can be slick when wet and I fell down (not a big deal) when I stepped on an angled slippery rock.

I saw a baby snake on the trail. I’m not sure if this is one of Taiwan’s several venomous snakes. I’m always amazed by how quickly snakes move.

Eventually the path to Dahua Station passed through Wildman Valley (野人谷), a former tourism park that was forced to close after a typhoon destroyed the area a few years ago.

I walked down a stairway next to the entrance gate to get a peek of 新寮瀑布, the fourth waterfall in the area that's not considered part of the Sandiaoling hike.

Passing through the entrance gate, I was surprised to see a man sitting behind the ticket booth. A few stray dogs roamed around, one of which was particularly aggressive. I was on the phone with Nathan at the time but was getting swarmed by mosquitoes and followed by an unhappy dog so hung up to move quickly out of the car park and onto a flight of stairs ascending into thick jungle. It was starting to rain again.

The last part of the path was the worst. Kirk Beiser of Taiwan’s Waterfalls describes the slippery black stone stairs as the “Stairs of Death” so I anticipated a slow descent. I’ve hiked mossy black stone steps before, but mostly uphill and not on rainy days. These stairs that you have to take to get to Dahua station are almost entirely downhill.

What I thought would be an uneventful and slow walk down the mountain became probably the worst experience I’ve ever had hiking. Rather than “Stairs of Death,” I think of them as the Stairs from Hell. Slippery and treacherous, these black stone steps force you to move slowly lest you fall—and I did fall. At least four times. But if you move too slowly, the mosquitoes swarm you en masse. It’s a diabolic Catch-22: move quickly and fall down or be slow and get feasted upon.

The first time I fell on the steps I actually tumbled off the trail. I fell fast and hard. It was terrifying—in the blink of an eye I went from upright to down on my back in the dirt. My neck hurt. I had my umbrella out at the time to deflect spider webs in my path but now it obscured my view, and I had broken it in my fall so it became an obstacle. I batted the umbrella away and even though I couldn’t see, I could feel that I had fallen on a slope.

My body was tilted backwards with the upper half at a lower elevation than the rest. I couldn’t see behind me but could sense that tumbling any further downslope would be dangerous and could be very difficult to get out of. My fingers were cut on some leaves but I wrapped them around some bamboo anyway to pull myself upright. It took a bit of strain but I finally got myself up. I wanted to get away from the stairs as soon as possible.

I fell at least three more times on the stairs on the way down, even though I took slow and deliberate steps (and was bitten so many times as a result). Even though I thought I had steady footing, I would feel my foot slip and that helpless feeling swept over me again and again. Luckily, I didn’t fall off the trail again, just onto the steps, which was painful but preferable. It was still raining.

My legs were shaking when I reached the bottom of the stairs. Once I got to the bridge I pulled out my phone to look at the train timetable to make a choice: turn left at the tracks to reach the much closer Dahua Station as planned or turn right and go to Shifen, which would give me access to a bathroom and a bus home?

I decided to hell with it and to go to Shifen. It’s riskier and farther away, and I really didn’t want to do it in the beginning. Most Taiwanese hikers wait for the train at Dahua.

Either way, the government does not like it when people walk on the tracks for obvious reasons. It’s illegal and there’s a fine, though it’s not terribly unsafe because the train only comes around once an hour. As long as you know when the trains are coming, you should be okay.

But I was still really freaked out and shaken up. I power-walked as best I could on the rocky stones and railway sleepers and then reached the dreaded tunnel. Fortunately it’s a straight shot; no curves mean you can see the light at the end of tunnel.

After a few more minutes of walking I reached the Shifen Waterfall area. I tried to climb in through part of the enclosure and a man told me I couldn’t do that and needed to go around. So I kept walking. I was nervous about the oncoming train, though I still had a good 10 minutes of time.

I arrived to a wooden boardwalk and saw a gap in the fence that I could pass through. I made my way up but then a woman started shrieking at me at the top of her lungs. It was a cleaning lady for the park and she was chewing me out in Hakka. She was unrelenting. My family speaks Hakka, but I don’t understand a lick of it. It’s one of those languages that make you sound angry no matter what you say and now that she was livid with me it made it all the worse.

It was a little before 10AM. All the visitors stopped and stared at me. She kept screaming. I couldn’t understand her but I imagined she was warning me to not dare step over and what the hell did I think I was doing.

I got closer to the gap and the people who had stopped asked me if I needed help to get through. There was a single plank extended into the air that I could step on to get to the railing. They also told the woman to chill out, that couldn’t they see that I had fallen down already, and to let me come through peacefully. I must’ve been quite the sight—bruised, wet, and dirty with leaves all over me. She stopped, but only for a moment to move her big trash bags to another location.

I accepted the help of some men who held my arms as I balanced myself on the plank and stepped over to the boardwalk. Once the cleaning woman was back, however, she went back into harpy mode, shrieking at me at a distance.

“She doesn’t understand what you’re saying!” One of the men shouted out to the woman in a mix of Taiwanese and Mandarin. He turned to me: “Don’t be scared of her. Just stick to one side of the walkway when you make your way out.”

I heeded his advice, staring at the ground like a scolded child as I passed the woman. She didn’t stop yelling.

I started writing this post the day after the hike. It’s now three days later and I’m much more mellowed out than I was before. The Sandiaoling Waterfall hike was the first solo hike I’ve done in Taiwan this year and I know parts of it were quite dangerous and it would have been better to go with a friend.

For anyone who’s interested in going, the main trail from the trailhead to the last waterfall is not dangerous at all and is very easy to do. It’s less than three hours round-trip.

But I think it is very dumb to do the last part, from Pipadong Waterfall to the tracks, alone and in rainy weather.

I probably will return to the Sandiaoling waterfalls in the future, but not any time soon and I’ll stick to the main trail next time. In any case, there’s Yuemeikeng Waterfall (I haven’t written about it yet) that I think is more spectacular and a faster hike. 

The Cost of Utilities in Taipei

I’m back from Vietnam! It’s an amazing and beautiful country—at least from what I saw roaming around the north for two weeks.

I’ll do a recap of our adventures (Nathan joined me for the first five or six days motorbiking rugged Hà Giang) as well as my solo excursions sometime soon-ish. 

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse into the cost of utilities in Taipei based on what Nathan and I paid. I came home to a few bills yesterday (and a surprise package of dehydrated mangoes from Chiang Mai—thanks Phi Suea!). Nathan and I have been talking about going back to the U.S. in the near future so I wanted to create a record of how much cheaper utilities can be in Taipei.

Nathan doesn’t live here anymore so starting this month I’m footing the full cost of bills and rent. The water, gas, and electricity bills are issued every two months. The rate for electricity is higher in summer than in winter and the electricity bill for the months below are typically the most expensive all year. All numbers referenced are mostly from when Nathan was living here so I’m dividing the bills by two to get the final per person amount (converted to USD). 

Housing Basics:

2-person, 26.2坪 (935 sq. ft.) apartment (also had some guests sleep over during the billing months) in Taipei

Water Bill:

August 1 - September 29: 420NT ($13.28) or USD $3.32 per person per month

Gas Bill:

July 3 - Sept. 4: 370NT ($11.70) or $2.93 per person per month

Electricity Bill:

July 13 - Sept. 11: 2,159NT ($68.30) or $17.08 per person per month

100M Internet Bill:

976NT per month or $15.44 per person per month

Cell Phone:

I use a pay-as-you-go plan. I paid 1000NT ($31.64) upfront for 6 months of 8GB 4G data and some airtime (I don’t remember how much). I top off my minutes at 7/11 with a 300NT recharge around every two months. You can also buy more data if you need to (180NT per 1GB). I think Nathan had the cheapest pay-as-you-go plan when he was here but I don’t remember how much that was.
1000/6 + 300/2 = 317NT or $10 a month

Garbage/Apartment Fee:

This is pretty expensive. Our apartment complex charges a monthly 管理費 that pays for garbage collection, landscaping, the salaries of the guards and handyman, as well as general maintenance and access to the pool, sauna, and gym. 
2,619NT or $41.43 per person per month

My monthly utility costs (water/gas/electricity) when I was sharing the space with Nathan were $23.33 per month, and that’s using the numbers during the most expensive months for electricity. If I include the costs of high-speed Internet, my cell phone, and the apartment fee (!), it’s $90.20 per month. 

When Nathan made the decision to go to China I considered moving out of this apartment because it’s a relatively expensive (and needlessly large) place for just one person. Breaking the contract early only costs one month’s rent. I could probably find a place for as little as 10,000 or 12,000 NT (USD $316 - $380) a month with utilities if I moved out and into an older place with roommates. I decided to stay for now... It’s not a smart financial decision (my rent, the building fee, and all the bills will average around $850 USD a month if I live alone) but I can afford it and I really enjoy living here. We’ll see. 

An Update

I haven’t posted in a while so here is an update—Lucy is in Taipei, but Nathan no longer is.

If you haven’t heard, Nathan moved to China. Hangzhou, to be exact. There was a better financial opportunity there and after a lot of back-and-forth we decided that he would go and I would stay in Taiwan. Luckily the trip is but a short flight between the two cities and we’ll make plans to see each other frequently. Speaking of which, we’ll be seeing each other next week in Vietnam.

Now that this blog is truer to its name and Nathan and I are more settled in our separate places, I’ve decided to spend more time on the site, at least after I return from Vietnam. I juggled a few ideas about what to do with the blog and whether I should turn it into a “useful” source of information that prioritizes the reader (like so many Taiwan blogs do nowadays), or make it something a bit more navel-gazing. 

...And I've decided on the latter. This isn’t to say I’m turning this site into Tumblr or anything, but the content will likely look pretty different after I get a couple overdue posts out of the way. Maybe there will be some interesting nuggets of information about Taipei along the way, but maybe not. Who knows. 

I’ll write again soon.  

Graffiti in Taipei (Pow! Wow! Taiwan)

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Back when Kevin visited in June, we biked through the city on YouBikes in search of street art. But instead of leaving the search up to chance, I mapped out a route to track down murals from Pow! Wow! Taiwan.

What is Pow! Wow! Taiwan? 

If you've seen any large-scale street art in Taipei, there's a chance it was commissioned by Pow! Wow! Taiwan. It’s a spinoff of Pow! Wow!, an art festival founded by Jasper Wong that first launched in Hong Kong six years ago and has since spread worldwide, from its flagship in Hawaii to Tokyo, Washington D.C., Austin, and beyond. It's essentially a giant gathering of artists who work together to beautify parts of a city, or at least add interesting and unexpected splashes of creativity in gritty urban corners.

The global arts movement improves public perception of graffiti and street art, however the artwork that comes out of Pow! Wow! isn’t technically graffiti. It’s legal and done with permission, even if the artists involved typically make illicit art. The events also receive sponsorship by major international corporations, like Microsoft, as well as local brands.

Larry Chen kicked off Pow! Wow! Taiwan in 2014 and, as is typical of all Pow! Wow! events, invited a mix of international and local street artists. The first year featured 40 international and 20 local Taiwanese artists, such as Mr. Ogay, DEBE, and Candy Bird, who took their art to the streets of Taipei, from the sides of schools to the Taipei Zoo. 

Pow! Wow! Taiwan returned in 2015 with bigger, more ambitious plans. For three art-filled weeks in autumn 2015, the artists expanded their reach to three cities: Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan. By default, the process is open to the public and capped by a big party at the end. It’s likely Pow! Wow! Taiwan will return this fall, though they haven’t announced a date. 

Kevin and I didn’t see all the Pow! Wow! Taiwan art in Taipei—some were on buildings now demolished—but here’s a round up of the ones we did see, along with addresses if you want to check them out. 

Dragon by Case Maclaim (2015)

As mentioned, all Pow! Wow! events seek sponsorship by local brands. In Taiwan, the team attracted the likes of Chess Taipei, Imperial Taels, and Taihu Brewing. Visavis Jing Hair Salon 斐瑟 菁 stepped up as well to commission this multicolored dragon hand by Frankfurt-based street artist CASE Maclaim. The piece was completed in November 2015 and features the artist’s iconic use of highly detailed overlapping hands.

Address: 忠孝東路三段248巷51弄2號1樓
Floor 1 No. 2 Alley 51 Lane 248 Section 3 Zhongxiao E Road Da’an District

正義國宅 Multiple graffiti artists (2014 and 2015)

CASE Maclaim’s dragon will likely stay for years to come, but that’s not so for the murals at 正義國宅. International and local graffiti artists went to town painting small and large-scale artworks on the decrepit 正義國宅 apartment complex in both 2014 and 2015. They probably won’t get the chance to return to the site in 2016—I wanted to sneak in but the construction worker on duty shooed us away and said the demolition should be complete by this October. However, this building project has been plagued with delays so there’s no telling if it’ll actually be gone by then. Judging by the SOGO department store just a few blocks away, it’ll likely be replaced by a luxury high-rise.

All sides of 正義國宅 are covered in art, including the roof and interior. My favorites are Hua Tunan’s epic, classic Chinese art-inspired lion mural (2014) that spans the height of the building and Jeff Soto’s Reaper, Owl, and Snake rooftop series (2015) that symbolize “heroic and tumultuous times in Taiwan’s history.” 

You can see glimpses of Jeff Soto's work from the street, but you should visit his site to see them in their full glory. 

You can see glimpses of Jeff Soto's work from the street, but you should visit his site to see them in their full glory. 

You’ll also find Alex Lve Wang’s giant dragon wall (2015) opposite Hua Tunan’s art; Bounce x Ano’s 8-bit Mario mural wall (2015) as well as Ahdia One and Colasa’s giant murals (2015) on the street side; the faded hands by Faith47; and Mr. OGAY’s grotesque and bizarrely cute naked men (2015), to mention a few. A beautiful portrait of a girl by Kamea Hadar and Naturel (2015) is also tucked inside one of the rooms, but I have no idea which one. If you’re inclined to break in to find that portrait and Jeff Soto’s rooftop series (you can see glimpses of it from the street), do be careful as some floors have given way. 

The girl in 正義國宅 by Kamea Hadar and Naturel. Photo by Pow! Wow!

The girl in 正義國宅 by Kamea Hadar and Naturel. Photo by Pow! Wow!

Extra: Watch Bounce and Ano discuss their Pow! Wow! mural 正義國宅 in this video (in Chinese)

Address: 忠孝東路三段276巷6弄
Alley 6 Lane 276 Section 3 Zhongxiao E Road Da’an District

DJ Geisha by Will Barras (2014)

Okay, it’s not really called DJ Geisha. That’s just the name Kevin gave British artist Will Barras’ enormous pastel mural emblazoned with the Pow! Wow! Taiwan logo. Completed over the course of a hot and rainy summer week, Will Barras’ flowing street art covers an incredible seven stories of 東區知名大廈.

Address: 敦化南路一段177巷42號
No. 42 Alley 177 Section 1 South Dunhua Road

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park murals by Smoky, Cherng and Xue (2014)

I can’t find my pictures of these murals but they’re so close to other ones I mentioned I might as well stick them in. As far as I know, there are only two Pow! Wow! Taiwan pieces in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, a former tobacco factory converted into the “creative hub of Taipei.” 

熱帶暴動 (Tropical Rebellion) by Cherng and XUE

The first mural, titled 熱帶暴動, is tucked between two buildings on the wall of an outhouse. Split in two, the jungle-inspired mural features local artist XUE’s brightly colored scene of bipedal animals staring straight ahead on the left side, while local artist Cherng’s signature Malaysian tapirs are painted opposite in black and white. Repetition of shapes and patterns creates cohesion between the two pieces, as does the playful crossover of characters.

Address: 松山文創園區(1號與2號倉庫之間洗手間) 
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park | on the bathroom between warehouse 1 and warehouse 2)

他們用漂亮的糖果打你 (They use beautiful candy to hit you) by Smoky 

Between the same set of warehouses is Smoky’s contribution of a black-and-white watercolor-like mural curiously titled 他們用漂亮的糖果打你 (They use beautiful candy to hit you). Smoky often uses his work in animation, particularly as backgrounds in movies or music videos like soda green (蘇打綠)’s 小情歌. 

Address: 松山文創園區1號與2號倉庫之間柵欄
On a fence between warehouse 1 and warehouse 2

Huashan 1914 Creative Park murals by Alex Face and Ben Horton (2015)

Mardi by Alex Face 

Bangkok-based Thai street artist Alex Face is famous for Mardi, his iconic three-eyed kid in a bunny suit (said to be inspired by his daughter). He brought his character to Huashan 1914 Creative Park, where it can be spotted in the fetal position and entangled in tree roots on the No. 9 Banyan wall, one of the last remaining relics from the former factory ruins. You can also find the ever-disenchanted Mardi in other spots in Taiwan, such as Ximending, the Treasure Hill Artist Village, and Tainan. 

Fish Out of Water by Ben Horton

Completed over four days in November 2015, American artist Ben Horton’s ‘Fish Out of Water’ depicts a pair of Taiwan’s endangered grouper fish. I don’t have much to say about this one, but I really like it a lot. 

Address: 華山1914文創產業園區 九榕壁(近華山後方大草原)
Huashan 1914 Creative Park near the giant grass field at the back

Taipei Artist Village mural by Brendan Monroe and Candy Bird (2014)

American artist Brendan Monroe and local Taiwanese artist Candy Bird teamed up to create a large-scale dream-like mural at the Taipei Artist Village in June 2014. Surrounded by lush greenery, the four-story-tall mural mixes Monroe’s hypnotic black-and-white landscapes with Candy Bird’s orange-toned characters. 

Address: 台北國際藝術村 台北市中正區北平東路7號
Taipei Artist Village No. 7 Beiping E. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

Graffiti at Ximending

Graffiti and street art are everywhere at Ximending. Local and international artists alike have made their mark in the labyrinthine alleyways. Areas that might have been written off as unwanted urban eyesores—had graffiti not intervened—are now crawling with teens armed with selfie sticks.

You’ll find the mark of many artists who participated in Pow! Wow! Taiwan here in Ximending, but I wanted to point out one place where those works have disappeared: the former 幸福大樓 at 昆明街46號 . The mixed-use building lay abandoned for years until it was bought up to be converted into 城市商旅 (City Suites hotel). The inaugural 2014 Pow! Wow! Taiwan plastered the building with art, including the beautiful but controversial four-story-tall mural of Jasper Wong’s wife (女飛頭) by Kamea Hadar. Other artists included Reach, Jeffrey Gress, Mr. Ogay, Bobo, Debe, Seazk, Dzus, Easy, Yok and Woes. The building and the art were demolished earlier this year, according to the nearby doorman we spoke to. 

女頭飛 Flying Woman Head mural. Building now demolished. Photo by Pow! Wow!

女頭飛 Flying Woman Head mural. Building now demolished. Photo by Pow! Wow!

Mr. Ogay graffiti in Ximending at 昆明街46號. Building now demolished. Photo by Pow! Wow!

Mr. Ogay graffiti in Ximending at 昆明街46號. Building now demolished. Photo by Pow! Wow!

Graffiti in Ximending. Building now demolished. Photo by Pow! Wow!

Graffiti in Ximending. Building now demolished. Photo by Pow! Wow!

The above is just a handful of Pow! Wow! Taiwan murals we saw around the city before we ran out of time. There’s a lot more in Taipei, especially at the Taipei Zoo. I might make a part two rounding up the other murals in the city. You can see more works Pow! Wow! completed in their Mural library and you can support their work through their online shop

Also, kudos to Kevin for being such a good sport about biking around on a really hot Taipei day :D

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