Dadaocheng is one of the most interesting districts of Taipei. During the 19th century it grew from a sleepy port into the commercial heart of Taipei. Fortunes were made exporting tea and other goods and this wealth drove the construction of mansions and baroque shophouses. After World War two the area declined and Taipei grew eastward. However this lack of interest from developers preserved many of the grand buildings and narrow alleys. Now the main street, Dihua, is preserved as a historic thoroughfare and the area has seen a surge in interest from people looking for a sense of old Taipei.
This drawing was created during a time when Dihua Street was protected, but the surrounding area was rapidly changing. I hoped in some small way it could shine a light on the interesting history beyond Dihua, and perhaps even help preserve some of it. Some of the more recognizable places drawn here include Ningxia Night Market, The City God Temple, Sin Hong Choon, Dadaocheng Wharf, and the Ye Mansion.
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"Every street I turned down had something interesting! It’s often difficult to decide where the edges of these drawings are going to be, but in this case it was near impossible. Eventually I found I’d wandered as far as Dihua Street which I’d wanted to draw anyhow. I then walked the lanes near the river and the areas north of Taipei Station. I also found what seemed to be a remnant village full of machine workshops and old brick homes. I wanted to record all of this, they seemed like parts of the city that wouldn’t be around much longer. Eventually the drawing grew to encompass all of Dadaocheng."