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Taipei, Taiwan. Capital of a renegade province? Or shining example of what the mainland would have been like without 60 years of communism?

Depends who you ask, and I have friends at both extremes. I got no skin in that game, so I don’t care. I just love the people and the food. Friendly, warm and welcoming, it’s a city I’ve visited twice and enjoyed both times. Pictures tell it best, so click through for more. There’s just two words you do need, though: “soh gai”. That’s Cantonese for “street sweeping”, the delightful pastime of drifting around at night munching on street snacks. It might technically apply to Mong Kok in Hong Kong, but the notion works equally well in Taipei.

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