Yingge = ceramics. Heaven for anyone into pottery and handicrafts. Pia and I took the trip on a Sunday morning, which was only 30 minutes (and $30NTD) by train coming from Taipei Main Station.
Our first stop was the Ceramics Museum.
As far as ceramics museums go, this one was pretty neat. We spent a good hour admiring everything from old aboriginal Formosan pottery to modern Taiwanese appliances. Did you know that Taiwan is one of the leading producers of toilets in the world? Now if they would just get rid of those squatty-potties…
The museum also has an outdoor sculpture park, but we skipped this in favor of finding something to fill our rumbling stomachs. For this, we headed over to the Old Street which is more reminiscent of an old European cobblestone street than a typical Taiwanese alleyway.
We even found a German expatriate selling sausages a small booth. According to Pia, it wasn’t quite the same as home.
Every shop along the street sells pottery. You can get the cheap stuff, which was probably made in China and you can get the more expensive stuff, which will run you anywhere from $400NTD to upwards of $10,000NTD. You can also make your own stuff, which I was about to try at the end of our tour, but decided against at the last minute for no particular reason except that I was beginning to get really tired.
I think this was my favorite find along the street:
Ironically, it was the one shop that didn’t sell ceramics. This shop was no bigger than a walk-in closet, but every wall is filled with buckets of old Taiwanese candies and some old toys from the ’70s. I grabbed a bunch of everything to bring back to share with people at home.
Then, on our way back to the station we found this:
Possibly the only Judaica you will find in Taiwan. Who’da thunk? I will forever be surprised by this country!