A living network that promotes and supports the small businesses and community initiatives that are crucial to the well-being of our neighborhoods.
This charming street is one of the highlights from my recent trip to Tainan. It is a stone- paved pedestrian street flanked by 2-3 story buildings on both sides. I came across a pottery shop, a furniture shop, and a retro bar and some private residences. Some of the private residences would open up their door, perhaps for ventilation purpose, and you can catch a glimpse of the interiors. The spaces of the buildings are quite deep, and many shop- owners would have a retail space up front, and have their living quarters/ workshop tucked away in the back. Note that some of the shops and bars don’t open for business until later in the afternoon/ early evening. The retro bar I went to-Taiko (94 ShengNong Street) was very chill and served some delicious artisanal beers from Belgium. A great place to hang and recuperate from walking all over the city.
This street is very much in- line with NeighborhoodWorm’s spirit: You will (for sure) not find any trace of chain shops or chain convenient shops here!
I wish Hong Kong would have a genuine functioning old street like Shen Nong Street. Sadly we only have ‘Old Hong Kong- Bring Back the Culture in the 50’s- 70’s’, a faux, make-believe old Hong Kong street inside Ocean Park, an amusement/ marine mammal park/ oceanarium in Hong Kong:
More pathetic is the fact that some people actually do dig this ‘Old Hong Kong’ at the Ocean Park. As evidenced by their like on Facebook!