Living in Changhua

 

Tourist sites

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Baguashan

The grand Great Buddha Statue there tells you the story of how Shakyamuni became a Buddha. The Baguashan Skywalk allows you to overlook the ecological beauty of the canopy. Take a walk along the literature trail, and visit Changhua Arts Museum or the Spring of Youth. You can enjoy everything along the same road – humanity, literature, and ecology. Come and enjoy Changhua the great place.

 

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彰化扇形車站 Changhua Roundhouse/ Sector Garage

Founded in 1922, Changhua Roundhouse is situated north of Changhua Station and is under the jurisdiction of Changhua locomotive depot. The construction majorly revolves around train shunting turntable, fanning out into twelve tracks, forming a semi-circle arc shape. Besides Changhua, the roundhouses could also be found in Taipei, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Kaohsiung Harbor, and yet, due to railway electrification, modernization and so on, they did not escape the fate of being dismantled. Such fate also almost befell on Changhua Roundhouse for the plan to build a train maintenance base in middle Taiwan, and yet, because of the zealous efforts made by the locals and some rail fans, Changhua Roundhouse survived unscathed; the planned location of the train maintenance base also moved south. Therefore, Changhua Roundhouse is the only existed roundhouse in Taiwan, which also becomes a County designate of Changhua.

Lukang Old Street

Putou street, Yaolin street and Dayou street in Lukang town.
Yaolin street and Putou street were business centers in the old Lukang; in the present day, they have been included in the ancient monument protection area. Walking on the red bricks, there is no noisy traffic and the tourists slow down their footsteps to stroll on the red bricks, immerse themselves in the literary and historical studios and seek childhood memories in the traditional shops. The ancient buildings, the old artifacts that repel evil spirits as well as the scrolls at the side reveal the life pace and style in the old days. As the tourism industry prospers in recent years, some house owner began to sell folk artworks, representing the new style of the old streets. While the tourists are reminiscent of the old time, there are more places to stop by. 

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Lukang Tianhou Temple

Lukang Tianhou Temple was built in the end of Ming Dynasty and the beginning of Qing Dynasty; the temple enshrines Goddess Mazu, which was one of tutelary gods for people in Minnan area in early days. In the 3rd year of Emperor Yongzheng in Qing Dynasty (1725), Shi, Shi-bang contributed the place and relocated the Mazu Temple to current location in today.
The Tianhou Temple was renovated in the 13th year of Emperor Tongzhi in Qing Dynasty (1874) and the 11th year of Emperor Showa (1936) in succession. Today’s temple appearance is the pattern and layout from the renovation in the 11th year of Emperor Showa. The temple was appointed as the third-class historic site in 1985 and a Mazu Folk Art Hall was established in 1992.
Tianhou Temple still preserves the “Shen Zhao Hai Biao” horizontal inscribed board bestowed by Emperor Yongzheng, the “Shen Zhao Hai Biao” horizontal inscribed board bestowed by Emperor Qianlong, the “Yu Tian Tong Gong” horizontal inscribed board bestowed by Emperor Guangxu, and horizontal inscribed boards presented by Fujian Governor Shao-Lan Wang, Lukang officers Lan-Pei Wang and Shou-Ming Sun, and Fujian Land Route Prefect Wen-Mo Xu. All are Lukang Tianhou Temple’s very important cultural assets.

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鹿港-摸乳巷 Breast Touching Lane

It is an alley with 100cm wide and with less than 70cm at the narrowest point, is the narrowest alley in Taiwan, and would not be wide enough for two persons to pass, if two persons insist of passing through at the same time, their chest would be in contact with each other, hence the name.  The other saying is that in the olden days Chinese only want their wife to give birth to baby boy, with this thinking in mind make them oftern dream about it over the long nights and like this narrow and dark street, therefore, the local name this lane as 'Mo-leng' (in Taiwan langue means dream to have a baby boy Street, when time pass the Mo-leng sound like Mo-Nin (touching the breast and later tranlate to Maderin it become Mo-Ru that how this name came from.

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Banbian (“Half-Side”) Well

“Banbian (“Half-Side”) Well” is actually a complete well located within residence of Wang Family in Yaolin Street. In early days, it is not possible that every family can have the finance to dig a well of their own. The master of the household had, therefore, dug well by the side of wall, while half side of it was offered for use of neighbors, and the half-side in one’s courtyard for own use, demonstrating traditional virtue of playing good neighbor.

 

 

 

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Wolongpo Trail (A hiking and sightseeing tour)

Located on Yuannan Road, this short trail is also known as the Butterfly Trail for the flock after flock of butterflies swarm in this area in spring and summer. The diversified forests along the trails nurture a rich ecology and provide cooling shade to the trail hikers. It is a trail with adequate length and slow slopes, suitable for family activities. The acacia and mixed woods provide cooling shades and the resting pergolas offer great views to the panoramic view of the Tengshan Bridge Trail and Yuanlin city center.

 

 

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Tianwei Highway Garden

Here are varies of flowers planted in TianWei flowers garden. In seasons, thousands of people visit the famous garden. When visitors get into the flower area, they will be treated with snack, coffee, herbal tea from gardens. There are some education programs for adults and children such as planting, stone engraving, and combination arts etc.
The planted flowers area occupies 341 acres along with province highway area. There are 4000 million pieces of various flowers see to oversee markets such as Hong Kong and Japan. From October to December, flowers gardeners use electronically lights to press plants to grow up. The lights are bright enough to light the whole garden, so it is like day times. You can enjoy the various flowers along the 4.7 km province highway.

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大村雙心池塘 Dacun- Double-Heart Ecological Pond

If Penghu's Double-Heart of Stacked Stones is the heart of the vast blue ocean, then Dacun's Double-Heart Pond is the heart of the earth. Standing by the Double-Heart Pond, on top the viewing platform, one is captivated by the beauty of the hearts and surrounding landscape. If your timing is perfect, you might just catch the amazing beauty of the Pinghe sunset.

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王功漁港/ 風力風電- Wanggong Fishing Port and Windmill

Wanggong is a characteristic fishing port in the western Taiwan. Since the organization of the Wanggong Awakening National Literature and Art Festival, a tourism and recreation fishing village have become the targets of development of the fishing port. The area contains a rich culture, fishery and wetlands ecology, and the 'lamps of fishing boats in Wanggong' was one of the 8 wonders of Changhua County. Wanggong is a typical fishing village. It is famous for its oyster culture business and rich natural landscapes and cultural resources, such as the coastal features like mangrove forests, water birds, fiddler crabs and mudskippers; the fishing village scenes like the Wanggong Fishing Port, lighthouse, sea-watching platform and bamboo rafts; and local industries like the asparagus fields, dairy ranches, and aquaculture ponds.

Traditional Snacks

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1. 正老牌謝米糕/油飯Sticky Rice

彰化縣員林市忠孝街98號
No. 98, Zhongxiao Street, Yuanlin City, Changhua County

Sticky Rice (米糕/油飯) is Chinese rice dish commonly made from glutinous rice and it will be cooked with many different ways such as rice dumpling in Dragon Boat Festival . It usually cooked by soy sauce, oyster sauce, scallions, cilantro, mushrooms, and pork as ingredients.

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2. 員林賴家碗粿Savory rice pudding

彰化縣員林市民生路76號
No. 76, Minsheng Road, Yuanlin City, Changhua County

Savory rice pudding  is another sticky rice dish also called Wa gui that served and made in a bowl mixed with duck egg yolk, shiitake, pork, and shrimp.

3. 第一市場王爺宮後炸粿-蚵嗲
Fried Oyster bun and Oyster Omelette

彰化縣員林市博愛路2號No. 326-2, Bo'ai Road, Yuanlin City, Changhua County

 This omelette isn’t exactly the same as one of the western style omelette it doesn’t just rely on egg to make the ‘pancake’ – the flour and water mixture is about half of the material in the omelette itself. Add to this the vegetables and finish with the special ‘spicy and sour’ sauce.

This omelette isn’t exactly the same as one of the western style omelette it doesn’t just rely on egg to make the ‘pancake’ – the flour and water mixture is about half of the material in the omelette itself. Add to this the vegetables and finish with the special ‘spicy and sour’ sauce.

 Fried Oyster bun is the special fried seafood snack that usually serves at the coastline in Taiwan. It is made by the flour base, with layers of cabbage slices, sprouts, green onions and oysters then deep fried in the pot till it is crunch gold.

Fried Oyster bun is the special fried seafood snack that usually serves at the coastline in Taiwan. It is made by the flour base, with layers of cabbage slices, sprouts, green onions and oysters then deep fried in the pot till it is crunch gold.

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4. 員林寶斗肉圓 Yuanlin Ba-wan

員林市三民街59號 No. 59, Sanmin Street, Yuanlin City, Changhua County

Ba-wan is a Taiwanese street food, consisting of a 6–8 cm diameter disk-shaped translucent dough made of sweet potato starch filled with a savory stuffing and served with a sweet and savory sauce. The stuffing varies widely according to different regions in Taiwan, but usually consists of a mixture of pork, bamboo shoots, and shiitake mushrooms. Changhua-style ba-wan is considered to be the "standard" ba-wan as it is the most famous and most widely imitated of all styles of ba-wan.

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5. 員林米苔目Silver needle noodle

員林市博愛路17號 No. 17, Bo'ai Road, Yuanlin City, Changhua County

Silver needle noodle is a variety of Chinese noodles. It is short, about 5 cm long and 5 mm in diameter. It has a white semi-transparent color. The noodles may be stir-fried, scalded and flavored with a mixture of sauces, cooked in soup or cooked dry in a clay-pot.

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6. 番薯市八寶圓仔冰 Sweet potato ‘babao’ ice

員林市光明街216號 No. 216, Guangming Street, Yuanlin City, Changhua County

Ba-Boa shaved ice is the popular dessert in hot summer! It contains totally eight (the sound of ba with the meaning number eight in Chinese)kinds of beans and sweets- big bean, red bean, green bean, jelly, peanut, pineapple, sweet potato and little tapioca as the ingredients on top of the ice.