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Dream Walk through Xicheng: Special Exhibition Unveiling a Century of Stories in Taipei
“West Taipei” refers to the western part of Taiwan City, specifically the Wanhua District, which was the earliest part of the Taipei Basin to be developed. The “Dream! Walking in West Taipei” special exhibition is split into six exhibition areas, “Riverside Taipei,” “Twentieth Century Taipei,” “The River of Memory,” “Reading West Taipei,” “Images of Taipei City,” and “Return to Glory,” the last of which is scheduled to open on May 25, 2018. The whole exhibition, interwoven with images of the Danshui River, reveals the rich history behind West Taipei through historical documents and exhibitions of cultural relics. From the district’s early days as Bangka under the Qing Dynasty, through its integration into the wider city during Japanese rule and the rise of Nishimoncho (today’s Ximending), to the post-war development of Zhonghua Market, and finally to the residential planning of the modern West Taipei, we see the district’s entire recent history unfold.
Curated by the Taipei City Archives, the exhibition looks at this unfolding history from the perspective of the rise and fall of river transportation. In over 100 years, West Taipei has been witness to many tales: trade rising and falling, industries transforming, and political power transitioning. Stepping into the “Riverside Taipei” area, visitors will see an important national historical relic, the earliest Kangxi-era map of Taiwan. Also on show are a map of Northern Taiwan from the Sino-French War, and the first grant for land development in western Taipei, the 1709 Tân Lōa Chiong Land Grant. The exhibition area also showcases the changes in the lifestyle of the citizens. When the Japanese era began, it brought with it a taste for the Japanese interpretation of Western style, with men and women alike beginning to lead more fashionable Western lives. From the Japanese-era sake and wine advertisements on show, visitors can see how modern entertainment and consumer culture evolved.
Memories of Old Taipei
The Story of Bangka
This exhibition runs from December 1, 2017, through October 31, 2018, and will open at Taipei’s Bopiliao Historical Block at Nos. 33-39, Lane 173, Kangding St., with exhibitions opening at Nos. 129 and 131 Guangzhou Street in 2018. Opening hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the exhibition closed on Mondays. In addition to the exciting and vibrant exhibits, the Taipei City Archives have also organized a series of innovative and educational events, the first of which will be the December 9, 2017, “Old Bangka Walking Tour.” On this walking tour, visitors will be guided through West Taipei, getting an insight into the history and development of the district from the distinctively local perspective of the tour’s guides. All those who are interested are welcome to take part! For event and registration information, please see the Taipei City Archives website at http://www.chr.gov.taipei, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dwiwt2017/.