Snake Alley

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Taipei , Taiwan
Huaxi St
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Metro: Longshan Temple
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Once considered a Taipei must-see, nowadays Snake Alley (aka Huaxi St Night Market) is more of a window into Taiwan's less enlightened past, when the live skinning of reptiles for the benefit of passing tourists was considered an appropriate form of cultural expression. In decades past, Taipei dwellers might bring their visitors from abroad to Snake Alley and express mild amusement as their foreign guests squirmed at the sight of a local merchant baiting a cobra with a hooked metal rod before slitting its belly and offering the foreigners a shot glass of snake bile mixed with Kaoliang liquor. These days, Snake Alley is considered somewhat passé and cruel by many.