Saturday, November 1, 2008

To the Weekend Flower Market!

A place not to be missed on a weekend in Taipei is the Jianguo Weekend Flower Market (建國假日花市), it is located under the Jianguo South Road Expressway (仁愛信義路口/建國高架橋下).

You can get flowers, plants, sculptures, fishes, aquarium accessories and even paintings at the artist's corner. We spotted some puppies for adoption too! The further end of the expressway is a Jade market. It tends to get really crowded, but there are so many things to see and you can spend an entire morning here.

We also met Mr Li Zheng Zhong (李政忠) and his Guide dog, Turk again!

We bought his second Mandarin music CD, it is as good as his first one.

Turk hasn't changed much. He is a very good boy.

Let me take you on a short tour of the market:

When we have finished walking the entire market, we headed back to where we parked the car, but it was no where in sight! The parking lots were all full and so Dad had parked along the main road near to the market. Dad and Mom walked up and down the road frantically. Where is the car? We all got really worried and called the car agent. He said that it must have been towed away. Oh no!!!! Then, he told us to check the ground for our car number and a phone number to call.

He was right!

We found them on the ground written in chalk! Phew!

So we called the number and they gave us an address to collect the car.

When we arrived, we saw so many cars there.

They were all towed here by these evil red trucks.

Just as we were walking in, we saw three cars being towed in.

This is one of them.

Dad had to pay a hefty fine for illegal parking.

They placed some blue stickers on the car doors.

Thank goodness, we got our car back. That was one expensive lesson! We will not park illegally ever again!


The Musketeers said...

Oh , we sure hate those tow trucks too ! Wow , hope your dad did not really pay A LOT ! Its a lesson made . After going to the flower market , you must smell like flowers too ! BOL :D

Amber-Mae said...

What loverly flowers! Oh my! What a mean red tow truck. Today when we were at the KL Tower for Mommy to do her performance, her friend got fined for illegal parking too & she had to pay RM100!!! Sigh...Glad you managed to get it back.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Pipa said...

Lovely flowers! I wish I could go to that flower market!
U should've made a nice pee in one of those trucks! :)

Love, Pipa

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dino!
The flower market is great! Lots of things and doggies there!
The episode with the car sure was scary!
Glad you found it!
Kisses and hugs

BrandytheGreat said...

Wow, nice tour of the market!
Woo and we're glad u found ur car, or maybe you had to walk home! BOL!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love your video, Dino! It looks so busy but you're really good walking through all the crowds - I hope I will be as good as you when I come to Taiwan! :-)

My humans say that they have been to the Flower & Jade Market before but I have never been - can't wait! They went in August when it was very hot and humid...was it hot when you went?

Such bad luck with the tow trucks! Still, at least you got it back and didn't have to walk home...!

Honey the Great Dane

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

OHHHH...Dino....your video is great!!!
And lovely flowers..the flower market is great!!
we are glad you found a car!!!!
Kisses and hugs
Paco & Milo

Aki and Poopie said...

oh dino, we are sorry about your little bout with the evil red trucks.. it was a good think you got your car back.. Ford was almost towed too. when manang had a follow up check up for her eye surgery. good thing manong was with Ford that time.. he did a few circles around the hospital so that the evil tow truck won't drag Ford away.. it was able to drag 2 cars though...

as for the market, wow.. that is one impressive place.. the flower market looks beautiful. we don't have that here in Cebu, but i think there is one in Baguio and also in manang's hometown.

drooly kisses,


Lois Lane/Laney said...

Glad you got your car back!
Mom would have freaked out too!

Thor and Jack said...

Hi Dino!
Beautiful flowers! That flower market looks great!
I´m glad you found your car again!

Love and licks

The Baconese said...

Hi Dino!
I know you from Mango the maltese. The flower market really does look great and you're really handsome!
Nice to know you! :)

Wet licks,

Amber said...

Hey Dino,great tour of the market! how great you are able to tag along with your hoomans. Aw, glad ur dad got his car back :)


Jans Funny Farm said...

Wow, they're making a fortune towing cars. Too bad you had to help support them.

Pedro said...


Not the tow truck! Thank goodness you got the car back. My mom says the flowers are really pretty!


i said...

Ooh just love the flowers! They are so pretty!

Emma said...

Dino, the flower market is gorgeous, what a lovely place to take a walk to. I also love the song chosen for the video.

Sorry about the car, I hope it did not ruin your day.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

That is a great shot of you with the pretty flowers. And Turk looks like a really nice doggie. HOpe you daddy obeys the parking rules now!