Nangang District is not only a major transportation and technology center in Taipei, also looks great at night. Because I am lucky to call Nangang home, here are some photos I have taken of how the place lights up at night. This is more of an art display than a blog.
Where is Nangang? See the map below:
For about two years I did a lot of jogging around my house at night. For some of those jogs, I brought my camera and took some night shots (ruining a tripod while jogging once in the process). I have now changed my schedule to jog during the day, so have pretty much stopped taking night photos near my home. These have been sitting on my computer for long enough, and I think it is finally time to share them.
The China Trust (CTBC) bank building, the tallest and most unique building in Nangang, along with a statue of two hands, and the brown line MRT.
What does the hand statue mean? It stands in front of the Nangang Exhibition Center as "The Beat of Civilization, the State of Union between Heaven and Humans."
Another view of the CTBC building.
Looking up at the building from the square below.
At night, the building flashes different colors. like the pink, purple, blue, green, and red.
View of the Huandong Highway at its terminus in Nangang.
View of the Taipei 101, Nangang Station, and the Dakeng River that separates Xizhi District from Nangang.
Another view of Nangang Road passing the Nangang Exhibition Center with the rest of Taipei.
View of the Taipei 101 near a hill in Xizhi.
Welding work going on at a factory in the hills of Nangang.
The same welding work going on with National Freeway 3 and the Taipei 101 in the background.
Another view of National Highway 3.
View of East Taipei from a hill in Xizhi.
A mountain residential district on the border of Nangang and Xizhi.
Nangang as seen from Shanshuilu Eco Park.
The moon and mountain residential district as seen from Shanshuilu Eco Park.
Wide angle view of Nangang from Shanshuilu Eco Park.
National Freeway 5 interchange with Freeway 3.
Another look at the National Highway 5 turns.
Looking north at Freeway 3 and Nanshen Road.
Looking south at National Freeway 3.
The former Songshan Sanitorium, Japanese era building that is one of the best preserved in Taipei, which is sitting and rotting while the Taipei government figures out funding for its renovation. It has since been destroyed. For more information, see out blog here.
Chengmei Bridge Changshou is one of the best preserved suspension bridges in Nangang, even though it is no longer a true suspension bridge. A few months ago we wrote a blog about the defunct suspension bridges along the Keelung River. This bridge is also lies in the Nangang/Neihu stretch of the Keelung River and was also once a suspension bridge. For more information, see our full blog here.
Ubike riders riding along the Keelung River park.
Another historically important building next to the Keelung River is the Zhouweizhuang Xingan Temple (洲尾莊興安宮). Before the levee around the Keelung River was built, there were many buildings that lay on the shore. However, only this Temple was allowed to remain, and as far as I can tell is the only building left on the Keelung River Park.
Rainbow Bridge is another pedestrian foot bridge that connects Neihu to Raohe Street in Songshan. It was completed in September of 2007. The total construction took two years and over 100 million TWD (3.4 million USD). The reason it is called Rainbow Bridge is because it is shaped like a rainbow.
People walking on the bridge.
A view of the Huandong Highway bridge over the Keelung River.
Another view looking back at Rainbow Bridge.
A view of Chengmei Changshou Bridge from Rainbow Bridge.
Lanterns set up near Raohe Street Night Market.
I could do endless photos of this market. For more photos of Raohe Street Night Market, see our blog here.
Are you still scrolling? Here is a slug speeding away at night.
My shadow looking up the trail to Mt. Nangang.
You're still here? I've bet you've never seen wild water buffalo and the Taipei 101 in one photo! You can find that in Nangang.
More wild water buffalo near the Keelung River, with a white Egret on one's back.
Sunset over Nangang.
You may have noticed there was some shake with the camera. I guess I could have avoided that with delayed timing or remote control, or a better tripod, as that was due to me just tapping the shutter. I will be sure to add to this blog later if I get the chance to do more night shoots.
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