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Xichang Street: Herb Lane 西昌街-青草巷

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Tuesday: 08:00 – 22:00

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Introduction

While visiting Longshan Temple, make sure to save time to browse the herb shops on Xichang Street. 'Herb Lane,' as it is commonly known, greets visitors with an intoxicating blend of herbal fragrances from the shops. Over 10 herb stores are packed into Lane 224 selling just about anything herbal under the sun. As the story goes, disease was common to this area in early years, but the lack of Chinese medicine doctors forced the people instead to seek out herbal remedies, including soups with herbal infusions. Because of this, the area also was known then as 'salvation street.'

Today, the shops continue to focus on healthy products, including over one hundred types of herbs, many of them from southern Taiwan. The stores also sell herbal teas to help beat the summer heat. Along Lane 209 by Guangzhou Street and Herb Lane, the city government has established an educational herbal garden planted with aloe, Japanese Knotweed, saxifrage, lavender and other herbs.

Information

Themes
Themed Shopping Areas
Subject
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Address
Xichang Street, Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday: Off day
Monday: 08:00 – 22:00
Tuesday: 08:00 – 22:00
Wednesday: 08:00 – 22:00
Thursday: 08:00 – 22:00
Friday: 08:00 – 22:00
Saturday: 08:00 – 22:00

Reminders

Varies by shop

Services & Facilities

  • Dinning
  • Shopping
  • Toilets

Transportaiton

Nearby MRT

BL Bannan Line Longshan Temple

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  2. 0 Poor
  3. 5 Average
  4. 7 Very good
  5. 7 Excellent

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  1. 2 Families
  2. 3 Couples
  3. 6 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 6 Friends
  • G2Kpauly

    Melbourne, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    Herb alley

    2019-09

    I walked down this nice little street last night. The smells of all the different herbs was nice to take in and look around. Worth a look when in area.
  • maxmJ4992NT

    San Francisco, California

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Fascinating street

    2017-03

    This is such a strange and fascinating little street. If you are in the area to see Longshan Temple, then by all means, Swing around and see this place. It is adjacent to the temple. It is one small lane with nothing but herb vendors. This is like a trip back in time. The street is made up of a narrow bazaar with all kind of herbs and ancient remedies sold.
  • Jay B

    Auckland, Nueva Zelanda

    Traveler type:

    En familia

    Herbs Everywhere

    2016-11

    Just on the left of Longshan Temple (as you exit) is an old alley with shops catering various types of herbs known for centuries for their different health benefits and treatments. This alley is also referred to as Herbal Lane though Cing Cao Lane is the actual name. As you take a strall through this short alley, you are bound to smell the various types of herbal scents hitting the nostrils -- a fantastic experience. Just take care you do not end up visiting the street on a Saturday, as on my visit on Sat 26-11-2016, most of the shops were closed. While the shops were a let-down due to Saturday, some of the fantastic fast-food outlets in this short alley serving inexpensive, fresh and hot Taiwanese cuisines made our day!
  • KangKang

    Tainan, Taiwán

    特色小巷

    2019-10

    位在艋舺龍山寺旁的小巷,盡是販賣台灣本土種植的各類中藥藥草。眾多藥草展示在店前,宛如是藥草博物館。因巷子不大,加上位於香火鼎盛的龍山寺旁已有數十年歷史,讓這條巷子充滿懷舊氣氛與特色。許多店都有販賣用自家秘方製作的青草茶,來此可以喝杯試試看,尤其是夏天喝一杯青草茶相當消暑退火。星期日大部份的店都休息一天,前往參觀時記得留意日期。
  • Takahiko K

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    各種薬草

    2019-11

    台湾で用いられている各種の薬草を扱うお店が有ります。だいたい苦くて薬の味、良薬は口に苦しと言った所でしょうか?

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