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3 July 2022 / leggypeggy

Checking out Snail Lane in Tainan, Taiwan

Snail Lane sculpture

Thanks to Covid-19, most of life has moved at a snail’s pace for the last two-plus years. This blog has been almost as slow moving. So it seems fitting to share a post about Snail Lane in Tainan, Taiwan.

We encountered this creative and colourful lane almost daily in late 2019 and early 2020, when the whole family gathered in Taiwan for Christmas. Little did we know that we wouldn’t be able to regroup again for almost two years.

Snail sculpture

Snail sculpture

The name Snail Lane stems from the writings of Yeh Shih-tao. a pioneering author and historian, who focused on the literary history of Taiwan and the lives of ordinary Taiwanese people.

Some years ago, he and his family moved into a small house near the centre of Snail Lane. Back then it had no name and was simply a collection of narrow streets, alleys and old housing communities.

Snail sculpture

Snail carving

Yeh Shih-tao brought the name Snail Lane to life in some of his writings. After the name started to stick, the local residents were inspired to clean their laneways and the surrounds of their homes, and add snail sculptures and artworks throughout the area. There are also sentences selected from Yeh’s novels and poetry.

We walked through several times because the lane was so engaging. I haven’t added any captions—didn’t think they were necessary—but I hope that you notice how all the snails have spoons for antennae. And the one on the table has a solar lamp.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Yeh Shih-tao’s life, check out this article in the Taipei Times.


Snail sculptures


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  1. Monch Weller / Jul 3 2022 9:10 pm

    Fascinating! One of the Filipino-Chinese bloggers I follow here works in Taiwan; I’ll go ask if she knows this place. Thank you for sharing, Peggy!

    Liked by 7 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 3 2022 9:11 pm

      You are most welcome. I hadn’t posted for 14 months, and thought this was a good place to start. I have lots more to share about Taiwan.

      Liked by 4 people

  2. Gail / Jul 3 2022 9:52 pm

    Snails have the right idea. 🐚💫

    Liked by 5 people

  3. lexbartlem / Jul 3 2022 10:09 pm

    Love it Peggy, thanks xx

    Liked by 5 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 3 2022 10:10 pm

      Oh Lex, great to hear from you. Hope you are well and not too far away. xo

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sherry Thomas / Jul 3 2022 10:32 pm

    Thanks for this! Let’s catch up soon..I’m slowly getting settled into my new life in seal beach California. Hoping to visit with you.. Love to you..and John S

    Sent from my iPad


    Liked by 4 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2022 7:14 am

      Oh wow, Seal Beach! That’s a huge change. Look forward to hearing more about it. Lots of love from us.


  5. JD / Jul 3 2022 10:32 pm

    Nice surprise to see a post from you! And what a charming little corner. Taiwan seems to be full of those.

    Liked by 5 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2022 8:44 am

      We had such a wonderful time in Taiwan. Time to write more about it—and beyond.


  6. Monkey's Tale / Jul 4 2022 12:13 am

    Sounds like a cute community.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen / Jul 4 2022 1:38 am

    Sounds like a fun place to visit!

    Liked by 5 people

  8. beetleypete / Jul 4 2022 2:03 am

    Great to see you back, Peggy. And with a delightfully interesting and quirky post too! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Jul 4 2022 2:22 am

    I love the history behind the name. I am looking forward to joining the snails in a year’s time when I retire. Cheers.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Rebecca Budd / Jul 4 2022 4:33 am

    Many thanks for introducing me to Yeh Shih-tao, who is now on my list to explore in more detail. I am looking forward to hearing more about Taiwan. I was delighted when I saw your post come up in my reader.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. trE / Jul 4 2022 4:35 am

    It’s so good to read about your adventures again.

    Liked by 5 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2022 7:18 am

      Thanks trE. Feel free to give me a little kick up the backside if I don’t keep going.

      Liked by 1 person

      • trE / Jul 4 2022 7:54 am

        Haha. Haha. I think you’ll write when you’re called to do so. You’re most welcome! *Big hugs*

        Liked by 1 person

  12. walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 4 2022 5:39 am

    Peggy, this is a really interesting post. Who knew I was gonna learn something about snails today? Great to see you back.

    Liked by 4 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2022 7:27 am

      Thanks. It’s about time I get going again.

      Liked by 1 person

      • walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 4 2022 8:54 am

        I’ve been off and on WP for the last dozen or so years, and I think I’m back for good this time. Always have enjoyed your posts, and I also learn things. Can’t beat that combination.

        Liked by 1 person

      • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2022 10:13 am

        Am I right thinking that your previous blog was about sports?


  13. Anna / Jul 4 2022 9:16 am

    Good to see you here Peggy! Love these snails, so cute!

    Liked by 4 people

  14. gerard oosterman / Jul 4 2022 12:04 pm

    What a nice discovery that must have been and so quirky too. Life has so many surprises when travelling.

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Dave Ply / Jul 4 2022 1:22 pm

    This was almost as much fun as getting a real letter in snail mail.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. magarisa / Jul 4 2022 2:30 pm

    Looks/sounds like a charming place!

    Liked by 4 people

  17. derrickjknight / Jul 4 2022 7:33 pm

    Fascinating. We have a Snail Lane which is so full of potholes that driving down it has to be done very slowly

    Liked by 3 people

  18. fragglerocking / Jul 4 2022 9:23 pm

    Love the idea of decorating a lane.

    Liked by 4 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2022 9:29 pm

      We found another interesting lane. Must post about that too. It’s totally different.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. MichaelStephenWills / Jul 4 2022 11:00 pm

    a charming post, Peggy.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. chattykerry / Jul 5 2022 12:15 am

    How cute! Lovely to see you back posting, Peggy.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Sy S. / Jul 5 2022 12:46 am


    Like others who commented, great to see you posting again… PegZ the Slow Snail State of Mind, blog poster. LOL one comment, slow post office snail mail.. good one. I would think, that there are a few local restaurant that offer Snail dishes?! I have only eaten snails once, a French dish in a restaurant. I can live with that, but a “no-no” to any poor slow moving turtle, a dish.


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    • leggypeggy / Jul 5 2022 8:51 am

      I’ve had snails a couple of times—once in Damascus. Also had frogs’ legs, but never turtle, thank goodness.


  22. Laurie / Jul 5 2022 2:14 am

    Fascinating story. Thank you so much for opening areas to us that tell much about people around the world.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. June Lorraine Roberts / Jul 6 2022 3:41 am

    So interesting!

    Liked by 3 people

  24. Dorothy Webster / Jul 6 2022 6:53 am

    Nice story, how a snail can improve an area and give people a sense of community.
    Good to hear from you Peggy. I have not written anything lately, only interesting place I have been is the hospital but am recovering now from bowel cancer which I am hoping has all been removed.

    Liked by 3 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 6 2022 7:27 am

      Oh dear, Dorothy, that’s not a trip that anyone wants to take. I hope your recovery goes smoothly. My thoughts are with you.


  25. paolsoren / Jul 6 2022 12:05 pm

    Thanks Peggy. I do hope you repost some of your earlier posts. I did not notice that the antennae were spoons but now I can see just how effective they are.

    Liked by 3 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 6 2022 12:11 pm

      Thanks John. I could share some old posts, but better still to do new ones.


      • paolsoren / Jul 6 2022 12:48 pm

        Of course do new ones. I thought you weren’t going to. Of course new ones.

        Liked by 1 person

      • leggypeggy / Jul 6 2022 12:50 pm

        I’m getting going again.


  26. hintspainter / Jul 7 2022 2:13 am

    Hey 👋

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Alison and Don / Jul 7 2022 3:52 am

    They are delightful! Your post has made me curious to see this place, and Taiwan has been on the list for quite a while now. I’m glad you pointed out the spoons! I hadn’t noticed.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 7 2022 7:27 am

      Taiwan is well worth a visit. We had two weeks and could have done four. I was interested to see that everyone used spoons.

      Liked by 1 person

  28. jeanleesworld / Jul 8 2022 12:14 am

    PEGGY! How lovely to see you blogging again, and with wee snails! I certainly feel like one with my own writing. I actually have a friend in Texas who has a special love for snails, always snapping a photo when she sees one. I’m shocked any can thrive in such an arid climate, but maybe that’s their jam. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Jolandi Steven / Jul 8 2022 1:03 am

    Snail lane is the perfect blog post to restart your blog, Peggy. Love it.

    Liked by 2 people

  30. tony / Jul 9 2022 1:08 pm

    Terrific story Peggy. I’ve sent it to my nephew who has just moved to Taipei. To more travels!

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2022 5:40 pm

      Thanks. I’ll have to post more on his behalf.


  31. tony / Jul 9 2022 1:10 pm

    Actually the more I think about it, especially at this time of life, snail travel is very appealing! That’s partly why we took up house-sitting. It takes you to places you wouldn’t normally see as a tourist. And gives you the leisure to explore and enjoy!

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2022 5:41 pm

      House-sitting is an amazing way to travel. Our overland trucks have been a great example of snail travel. And I miss it.


  32. Mark Bless / Jul 12 2022 9:55 am

    Snail are wise and you are highly creative

    Liked by 2 people

  33. Djamilatou Dao / Jul 14 2022 10:21 pm

    C’est stupéfiant

    Liked by 2 people

  34. etravelersclub / Jul 22 2022 10:54 pm

    A unique art form – colorful. Now the real snails find their place in the bottles of beauty products!!

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Stacey Guenther / Jul 30 2022 1:43 am

    This is so charming!

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Jul 30 2022 9:10 am

      Yes, and at least these snails don’t eat the lettuces in the garden.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Stacey Guenther / Jul 31 2022 8:15 am

        Haha! That’s true! It’s funny you mention that. Recently, a friend in Canada posted pictures of her garden. I asked her if anything had “sampled” the goods. She said something did!

        Liked by 1 person

      • leggypeggy / Jul 31 2022 5:34 pm

        We’re overrun with rabbits and they love dining on some of my plants.


  36. Belladonna / Aug 10 2022 2:06 am

    How beautiful are these!

    Liked by 1 person

  37. Aoc / Sep 6 2022 9:12 pm

    Snails are handy little slugs afterall. 👌

    Liked by 1 person

  38. thomasstigwikman / Mar 9 2023 3:40 pm

    I’ve never been to Taiwan but I look for snail lane if I ever get there. I agree it is interesting that all the snails have spoons for antenna.

    The snails remind me a funny snail story. The doorbell rang in a man’s house so he opened the door but all he could see was a snail by the doorbell, so he took the snail and threw it into the garden. A week later the doorbell rang again. The snail was back, and this time it spoke and said “what was that all about?”.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2023 4:00 pm

      Hahahaha! We used to get snails in the house when we lived in Southeast Asia, but they never spoke.

      Liked by 1 person


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