—->Taipei Club District Today 2014
Most things look considerably different than they did 40+ years ago, however there were some familiar buildings that enables you to get your bearings. Making educated guesses on the location of some clubs so here are some photos from the Minquan/Chungshan Rd. area.
The Minquan MRT Station is a block or two from where the China Night Club was.
Above and Below: Maybe the China Night was in one of the 4 story buildings shown in these photos. The Prince club (again an educated guess) was further down to the right where the lighter colored modern buildings are. These photos were taken from the south side of Minquan West Rd. at the intersection of Tian-Xiang Rd.
Above: Another possible location of the China Night, but this is west of the intersection of Tian-Xiang Rd, so the first two photos are better possibilities.
Below is possible location of the Prince Club – 41 Minquan W. Rd.
Coming out of the under ground MRT station at the intersection of Minquan W. Rd. and Chengde Rd. there is an elevated pedestrian cross walk and the following photos were taken from there.
Above: Looking East down Minquan W. Rd. towards the intersection of Chungshan N. Rd.
Above: Looking west down Minquan W. Rd. towards the Taipei bridge that crosses the Tamsui River and heads up the hill to Linkou.
Above: Chengde Rd. looking north.
Above: Chengde Rd. looking south.
Heading east on Minquan W. Rd. toward Chungshan N. Rd. is the former location of the Kings Club, Kings Hotel, 77 Club, San Francisco Club, ABC Club and Monte Carlo Club.
Above: ABC Club location. This is the northwest corner of Chungshan N. Rd. and Minquan W. Rd.
Above: Entrance to underground cross walk in front of ABC Club.
Above: Sadly, all that’s left of Kings Club entrance.
Above: San Francisco Club, taken from in front of where the King’s Club was.
Above: Majestic Hotel, Southeast Corner of Chungshan N. Rd. and Minquan E. Rd.
Above: King’s Hotel, King’s Club, 77 Club. Southwest corner of Chungshan N. Rd. and Minquan W. Rd. Chungshan Rd. is the dividing line between East and West designated roads.
Above: Monte Carlo Club on the alley around the corner from the Kings Club.
Heading north on Chungshan N. Rd.
Above: Florida Bakery. Still there after all these years.
Above: Guesstimated location of the Sea Dragon Club.
Above: Approximate location of Wu-Chows Massage Parlor
The little Church down the alley east of the bus stop is still there.
HoJo’s was located near this corner.
The next Four were taken on ShuangCheng St. where the Imperial Club was located.
The above photo shows the former location of the Imperial Club #16 ShuangCheng St.
ShuangCheng St. runs parallel to Chungshan N. Rd. one block east. Followed ShuangCheng St. north to Dehui St., better known as Sugar Daddy Rd. or Business Man’s Row. The following photo looks west back towards Chungshan N. Rd. On the left is where the Lido, Butterfly, and other clubs were located.
Looking to the east revealed that the Presidents Hotel is now gone replaced by a Citibank Building.
To the east of the former location of the Presidents Hotel is Linsen N. Rd and on that corner was the “little Temple on the corner. It’s now a big temple on the corner.
Looking left on Linsen N. Rd heading towards the old HSA East compound entrance on Minzu East Rd. The HSA compound is long gone replaced at this location by a Military Police Corp compound:
Going further east down one of those narrow alleys to the road that ran parallel to the ‘Rio Benjo’, Xinsheng N. Rd. The Rio Benjo is gone replaced by an elevated highway, to the left in the next photo.
Crossing over to the east side of the former Benjo ditch a modern looking home that has been there since 1971.
Heading back to the MRT station to the west along Minquan Rd. The school that is still there just to the east of the Linsen Rd. elevated crosswalk.
The next shots were taken from the elevated crosswalk over Linsen Rd, school to the right, (the Napoleon Club was located at 572 Linsen N. Rd which is about 2 blocks up on the left side of the street from where this first photo was taken). Grand Hotel in the distance, followed by a telephoto shot of the Grand Hotel:
This last photo is looking west on Minquan E. Rd from the Linsen Rd. pedestrian bridge. The Casablanca Bar would have been down on the right corner for a point of reference. This photo shows the dramatic change in the city scape of this area over the last 40+ years.