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.
- Themed Shopping Areas
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Xichang Street, Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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
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BL Bannan Line Longshan Temple
Herb alleyI 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.
San Francisco, California
Fascinating streetThis 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.
Auckland, Nueva Zelanda
Herbs EverywhereJust 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!
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