Scattered beside and underneath bridges, peppered every few miles on long stretches of roads, and covered in wild grass in open fields, there are abandoned Cargo Boxes everywhere in Taiwan. Maybe their owners discarded them, or maybe they were extra boxes left over from a larger plan... whatever the reason, there's hundreds of abandoned containers littered around Taiwan.
For example, in Neihu, we stumbled upon a bunch of Cargo Boxes that seemed to be left over from a possible restaurant, or even from some old clothing shops. Whatever they were once used for, they are now slowly being forgotten, collecting dust in a large open field. Hopefully, they can be recycled and possibly find new life once again.
There is the most unusual pink and lavender Binlang Shop over in Hsinchu, complete with it's own home-made drawbridge spanning across a small creek. When the sun hits the lavender container at the end of the day, the box emits a colorful glowing hue.
There is also the trademark steel stud and corrugated sheet metal roof, one of the most inexpensive kinds to build. However, there are no supports underneath the container, only concrete. All in all, it is a fairly high-end container box for a Binlang shop.
Sometimes it's hard to distinguish a Cargo Box Shop from a simple shed surrounded by corrugated metal sheets. However, when you see cinder blocks supporting the shop, that's usually a clear sign that it's a storage container.
The Binlang industry is famous for using Cargo Boxes for shops, and they are scattered everywhere in Taiwan. Here are a couple of Binlang Shops we encountered in Taichung. Once again, notice the cinder blocks underneath both shops. Rather than build a foundation to hold the container, they always take the cheapest route and just put concrete blocks below them.
We are always on the look-out for new Binlang Cargo Shops. It's fascinating sub-culture in the world of Cargo Boxes, and a cultural phenomenon in Taiwan.
Sometimes a simple paint color scheme can make a world of difference with a container box office. Whoever painted this really had an eye for asthetics, and not only for the container but for the entire car dealership.
There were a number of special things around the area, from a large garden to a circular swing, and they even a couple of parrots! Plus, we would like to add that the sales people were very friendly and offered honest prices.
Who says that shopping for a car can't be fun? It was a very enjoyable experience.
A & J Cafe', also known as BowknotAJCAFE, is celebrated for having the best coffee in Hsinchu. Only a mile from the Hsinchu Fish Harbor (新竹漁港), this shop is unique for having several containers linked together in spectacular fashion.
Inside, people can take a beautifully crafted spiral staircase up to the second floor and enjoy the decorations and artwork on the wall. It's another one of those great places to bring a laptop and spend a few hours immersed in web surfing and caffine.
Outside, there is also a lot of intricate design, both arcitecturally and with the landscape. Whoever does the gardening and shrub work deserve a medal for dedication to their craft. It really is quite scenic.
Finally, the staff is very friendly and welcoming to new customers. Spend a few hours at A & J Cafe' and then take a walk to the ocean, which is only a 10-minute stroll away.
As with any business, a company will try to monetize their profits any way they can. So, today we introduce a small company store at a local construction site. On one side of the street, there's a regular, blue Cargo Box Office.
On the other side of the street, you have a couple of regular, orange Container Boxes, however, inside one of them is a cooler and quite possibly, a company store. Why have a worker go to 7-11 when you can keep them on the site and buy a coke in your Cargo Box shop?
Every day we see great uses for Cargo Boxes, but this is the first time we've seen it used for a Company Store.
As I was traveling the train in Tamsui, I noticed an unusual site through the window and on the street below. It was an abandoned cargo container sitting next to a stream. Naturally, I hopped off my train car and ran to take a look.
Along the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in the Tamsui District of New Taipei City in Taiwan, there are many Cargo Boxes that have been converted into shops, garages, and storage units. Once in a while, you will see the remnants of old Cargo Boxes collecting rust in the fields or next to streams.
Beer House (貨櫃) sounds like the title of a low budget National Lampoon movie. As with any B-level film, they even included bad plot devices, such as putting a Cargo Box Door in the middle a restaurant and naming it "Container", which is roughly the English translation of "貨櫃".
How can you call it a Container shop if you only have one single Cargo Door? If you search for "貨櫃餐廳" ("Container Restaurant" in Chinese) in Google Maps, Beer House (貨櫃) is always one of the top 5 listings. So, imagine our disappointment when we traveled over an hour to find their shop and only saw one single Container Box Door.
As for the restaurant, it had a standard "Beer House" atmosphere, and it seemed like a cool place to hang out for a while. However, we were mildly disappointed in the misrepresentation of advertising on Google. If you only have a single Cargo Box Door, you should not classify yourself as a Container Restaurant.
Cargo Box Fast Food, that's the best way to describe J's American Style Burger. Juicy beef, fresh luttuce, tomato, lots of ketchup, and american cheese, it's everything you want a cheeseburger to be. Unlike the burgers from franchise restaurants, this one really feels like the American burgers of yore.
Located at Maji Square (MAJI 集食行樂) in the heart of Taipei Expo Park, J's Burger shares Cargo Box space with a dozen other small restaurants. After examining the layout, you quickly realize that J's American Style Buger (J'S美式漢堡) is sharing one long Container Box, which is divided into about five sections, shared by five different restaurants. And then it is capped by a single small Container Box at the end, which makes it an even six restaurant grouping.
It makes a lot of sense. If you are inside a mall area, with a large open space, then placing several long Cargo Boxes in the middle of a room is the fastest way to bring in shops without worrying about major construction.
So, if you are looking for quick, greasy burgers with that USA feel, then J's American Style Burger (J'S美式漢堡) is the perfect place. Personally, I tried their cheeseburger and fries, and it was a decent fast food meal. Plus, with the dozens of other shops in Maji Square, you can keep yourself busy the whole afternoon.
Popular as a late-night spot for large gatherings or just an intimate dinner for two, Overthere (在那裡) illimuniates the skyline from almost a mile away. With its bright lights emanating from spotlights and high powered lamps, there is a ultra-cool vibe that draws you into restaurant.
Located in Taoyuan, close to many shipping factories, it was the perfect place to integrate Cargo Boxes into their realm. With Cargo boxes stacked in several places, the outer rim has a second level that allows you to take in the city lights. It's really a romantic place in the evening.
Relatively close to the A10 Purple Line, it costs about 250 NT to travel from Taxi to their restaurant. Very convenient for those who live in Taipei, but are looking for an easier way to travel.
Over in Xinshe District (新社區) in Taichung, there is a container box strip mall that sports a variety of different shops, primarily restaurants. It's a unique feeling to sit and eat lunch inside a metal box.
It's quite a ways from the heart of Taichung, but sometimes it's worth the travel just to try a new experience.
The Garden Restaurant (嵐芝宸庭園餐廳) is a very unique and special container restaurant with several container boxes extending off the main building. The exterior landscape is well-kept and only adds to the exquisite beauty as a whole.
Each container has it's own style and charm, and the bar is the area that seems to be the centerpiece of the restaurant. It's really a site to behold.
Hey guys... let's get two or three container boxes, stack them on each other, and we'll have our own office! That's likely how the conversation started when they built this fascinating and intriguing blue work of wonder.
Judging from the size of the air conditioners, this Jumbo Sized multi-container office obviously gets a lot of use. Also, it goes to show you, it doesn't have to be pretty to be effective. With a little paint, it could really look amazing, but maybe there's a psychology in how it presents itself. All in all, it's a pretty cool set of digs.
There's nothing cuter than eating pasta out of a tiny Cargo Box. At TankQ Cafe' and Bar, you can literally do exactly that... eat out of a tiny Cargo Box. While we are not entirely sure about the restaurant's overall premise, we were fascinated by the toy Container boxes scattered throughout the shop.
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In some cultures, Bonsai trees can run anywhere from a hundred to a million dollars, which is why the Bonsai Garden Service at Spring Breeze Yard (煦院園藝) is a necessity. For that kind of investment, owners want to make sure their Bonsai trees are very well taken care of.
Somehow the relationship between nature and container boxes appear to go hand in hand. So, naturally, Spring Breeze Yard (煦院園藝) chose container offices for their place of business.
Container Car Dealership Offices are very popular on islands due to the high number of ships that come in, which leads to an abundance of retired containers being available. The benefits for this kind of office are never-ending; they are inexpensive, they're similar to pre-fab office designs, and they can be moved at a moment's notice.
This particular container garners attention for the brick supports at the bottom. It may be the least amount of effort required to protect the cement pavement underneath. Yet, the container's roof does deserved some praise for it's angled design. With a little paint, that roof would look pretty sleek.
At the Mitsui Outlet Park in Taichung, Taiwan, in the heart of the Taichung Harbor, they have the World's Best Cargo Box Rest Area. The best Cargo designs always integrate the material planet with nature, and they did that beautifully.
One of the most popular uses of Cargo Containers in Taiwan is for Binlang Shops. Drive down any busy street outside the city, and you will see them scattered along the road. They are famous for having women in revealing attire waving down customers, especially men, to buy binlang from their shop.
Tucked away on a busy street corner in Taoyuan, the Original Black Charcoal Grilled Steak House (黑炭原味碳烤牛排) is a popular spot for the late night crowd. It's entertaining to watch them them cook the steaks on a Container Box Grill, which can be seen directly from the sidewalk as you walk by.
Also refered to by its smaller name on Facebook, Charcoal Steak House (黑炭牛排) has great take-out service, and the motorbike drivers are constantly picking up multiple home delivery orders outside. It's very convenient for customers who don't like going out past 10 pm.
As for the Cargo Box design inside, we enjoy the way they blend the cargo and cattle motif together, and it really creates a unique atmosphere. Eventhough the menu is only in Chinese, the staff was very accommodating in verbally translating the menu.
Wang Cold Noodles and the Container Door sounds like a title for a Chinese teenage novel, but it's actually the name of a restaurant in Taichung. Wang Cold Noodles (王a涼麵) serves a variety of noodle dishes, and is a staple of Asia University (亞洲大學), selling meals to faculty and students everyday.
However, we want to focus on the Container Door which serves as the main customer entrance. It is the bare minimum to qualify for an entry on this web site. It's not the greatest door, but it's enough.
The noodles are pretty good too.
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