Where are these old streets today?

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Where are these old streets today?

Postby Zla'od » 16 Oct 2011, 20:02

In an old book, I found references to a place in Taiwan (probably Taipei), circa 1950, with the following (English) street names:

A snake-market begins on the corner of Chang Tso-Lin Road, which has bars called the Teagarden and Talifu, and is near a Crooked Pond. (Could this be Wanhua?)

A Sandalmakers Road leads into a Temple Lane, so named for its several "Hindu" (specifically Vaisnava) temples. (Has Taiwan EVER had a Hindu temple?)

Quilt Street is a red-light district.

Can anyone identify these places? All of them seem to have had lots of foreigners.
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Re: Where are these old streets today?

Postby yuli » 16 Oct 2011, 21:55

Zla'od wrote:A snake-market begins on the corner of Chang Tso-Lin Road, which has bars called the Teagarden and Talifu, and is near a Crooked Pond. (Could this be Wanhua?)
A Sandalmakers Road leads into a Temple Lane, so named for its several "Hindu" (specifically Vaisnava) temples. (Has Taiwan EVER had a Hindu temple?)
Quilt Street is a red-light district.


Not sure whether any of this is of any help, but:
Chang Tso-Lin must refer to the warlord (General) 張作霖 who was killed in 1928 by an explosion under his railway car on the Beijing-Shenyang (formerly Mukden) Railway (near Huanggutun). However, I've found no reference to a road with his name in either Google, Google Maps, or Baidu (tried that with both traditional and simplified characters).

A reference to a Hindu temple in Taipei: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-e ... /tpod.html
And this one: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/fore ... iation.htm
There is a Hindu community in Tainan, too.

Somehow, what you write there strikes me as fitting into Hong-Kong rather than Taipei, though...
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Re: Where are these old streets today?

Postby tsukinodeynatsu » 27 Oct 2011, 01:21

yuli wrote:There is a Hindu community in Tainan, too.


NO WAY. Where??
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Re: Where are these old streets today?

Postby StevenCrook » 15 Nov 2011, 08:42

yuli wrote:A reference to a Hindu temple in Taipei: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-e ... /tpod.html


The lower picture labeled as 'Painting at Hindu temple' shows a pretty standard folk/Taoist temple door god.
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Re: Where are these old streets today?

Postby yuli » 15 Nov 2011, 09:20

StevenCrook wrote:The lower picture labeled as 'Painting at Hindu temple' shows a pretty standard folk/Taoist temple door god.

Photographer's error? Syncretism? :ponder:
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Re: Where are these old streets today?

Postby Tempo Gain » 15 Nov 2011, 10:00

The "Indian Association of Taipei" Facebook page says: IAT is a group comprised of Indian families and companies based in Taiwan. With a history of 34 years, IAT has its own club premises with a temple. We celebrate major hindu festivals, observe national holidays, and hold some entertainment activities.

Found this comment too: http://www.therealtaiwan.com/indians-in ... ment-47056
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