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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween in Taipei

Earlier this year, I shared some of what I saw and heard on Mother's Day in Zigong, Sichuan province.  In a similar spirit, I'll share some of what I saw in Taipei, Taiwan during the weekend just before Halloween day.

While going trick-or-treating is definitely not the norm in Taipei as it is in the US, a large number of people in Taipei showed their Halloween spirit while enjoying a Saturday night out.  Near Taipei's tallest building, Taipei 101, are a number of clubs and similar venues, and this past Saturday night they all appeared to be packed with a large number of people in costumes.

So, here are some photos from the areas between the clubs, which were a party of their own, to provide just a taste of the variety of costumes that could be seen: 

barbie and ken doll in boxes Halloween costumes

variety of Halloween costumes

variety of Halloween costumes

McDonald's and KFC Halloween costumes

variety of Halloween costumes

variety of Halloween costumes

variety of Halloween costumes

variety of Halloween costumes

Finally, you may have noticed the Budweiser beer can in the first photo.  It's not mine (I'd rather have a bia hoi).  Unlike most places in the US and like many other places I've visited elsewhere in the world it is legal to drink alcohol "on the street" in Taipei.  In fact, to avoid the high prices of clubs or bars it isn't uncommon for people to buy drinks at nearby convenience stores, such as 7-11, and drink them outside.

However, the beer in the photo may have come from a source that was even more conveniently located outside:


So, in this sense, Taiwanese not only were celebrating Halloween, but doing so in a manner more freely than possible in most places in the US.  Just some Halloween trivia to ponder...

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