Thursday, January 9, 2014

Taiwan's Scooter History: Part 1/3

A journey from Xindian in New Taipei City to the coastal village of Nanliao in Hsinchu City is an opportunity to learn about the history of scooters in Taiwan from a local man with thirty years of experience riding on the island.

He shares his memories of Japanese motorcycles valued for their dependability by gas tank delivery people, Vespas that attracted riders with their exotic style, and the introduction of the modern "plastic" scooters that have become ubiquitous in Taiwan since the 1980s.

The Taoyuan County town of Daxi is a stopping point on this ride through foothills of northwestern Taiwan, and we admire its historic old street, the celebration of a festival at a temple built in 1801, and Wude Temple, a Japanese-era bushido hall from the 1930s, where policemen practiced martial arts.