After Visiting Koxianga’s Shrine (the Pirate Shrine) and the Old South Gate, we walked a short 10 minute distance to an interesting are called Blue Print Cultural and Creative Park. This area used to be government housing, and has now been converted to a sort of artist’s village with shops, cafes, street art and live music.
The street art in this area was incredible, so I will share some picture with you!
There was also a “blue print house” which we explored. A lot of vendors had tables set up in a market style.
After thou roughly exploring The Blue Print Cultural and Creative Centre, we walked to Shueipingwun park, but it was getting dark (around 6:00pm), so we found a place to eat instead. We choose a sushi restaurant because the ladies in the window waved so enthusiastically, and we couldn’t say no!
We couldn’t read the menu to order, because it was in Mandarin, so the lady helped us order by describing the items in Japanese (the only common language we had). I have never had an experience like this where I have to speak a second language with someone who is also speaking their second language! I am glad that we had learned some Japanese, because it sure came in handy. We ordered a tuna, and salmon sashimi set , an onion fish flake salad (which was much better than it sounds) a tray of mixed sushi pieces and a weird roll that sort of tasted like dust, or dry mushroom, it was powdery. Oh, and miso soup!
We then walked to the grocery store near our airbnb to get some supplies for breakfast. Along the way, we walked down a busy pedestrian street, and stumbled our way into a wedding ceremony. I think it was a wedding ceremony, it may have been a funeral…. either way, we felt our of place. You can watch the video at the top if you want to see the encounter (let us know if you understand what the event was).