Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Liuhe Night Market Games
January 6, 2020
Grab a bubble milk tea or a Taiwan beer, pack your pockets with some spare NT and go to Kaohsiung’s Liuhe night market. Besides being a place eat some fresh seafood dishes, Liuhe night market offers an evening of some special night market games and some quite interesting characters.
Some games are skill, some are luck, and others sport. But this one, Bottoms Up, is somewhere in between.
One empty bottle of Taiwan Beer, a slightly inclined surface, and a stick with a ring and a string attached to it. The goal is simple; get the bottle to stand upright. Easy, right?
Mr. Chaun, with his yellow microphone in hand, shows us just how easy it is.
“This is how you stand. This is how you hold the pole,” he tells Johan. Still speaking into the microphone he counts, “One, two, three…” He effortlessly tilts the bottle upright. “Oh wow,” he says unenthusiastically with a smirk.
“It is difficult,” daring passerbyers to come try. His two young sons run around the background as the mother playfully scolds them for their antics. “My older brother used to play this with his friends…people like that it is difficult and special. It’s fun for me to watch people try just for the sake of the game.”
Other games, like the Balloon Pop or Shoot the Hoop are enjoyed amongst visitors too.
It’s a carnival lifestyle. A balance between entertainment, business, and performance. A series of repetition and crowd work and late nights. There is indeed a special kind of human that can work this position, but it’s a charisma that seems to travel across cultures. In American it’s carnivals, in South Africa it’s Sunday flea markets; here in Taiwan, found in every major town and city, it’s the night markets.
Mr. Chuan places three bottles down on the board. “I can’t look!” He wife says as she throws little pebbles counting players trials and errors. “One, two…three. Oh wow.”
Liuhe Night Market
Address: Xinxing District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 800