Taiwan's cities come alive at night. Businesses stay open quite late, and there's a 7-11 on every corner selling candy, beer, and tea eggs (strangely spiced hardboiled eggs saturated with tea - which give 7-11s in Taiwan a distinctive odor).
On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays people are out strolling the night markets, and on weekdays they're buying dinner at the small food stands you find everywhere. Scooters are THE mode of transportation, even for quick jaunts to the store (Richard was disturbed that the sidewalks are reserved for scooter parking rather than walking). The profusion of lighted signs, ads, scooters, and roadside stands makes just about every busy street fascinating after dark.