走讀台灣系列

彰化英文

出版 中華文化總會
作者 中華文化總會
出版日期 2012/2/7
語言 英文
價格 550/套

 

Exploring the Smart Power of the “Loyal” City

In the 70s, singer Luo Da-you’s universally-known song “Little Lugang Town” (Lugang xiao zhen) turned this simple, unsophisticated little town into a sudden hot spot for tourists. Lugang’s popularity also bolstered Changhua County’s tourism. Like the saying “read a thous and books, travel a thousand miles,” Footprints of Taiwan—Changhua County displays the breadth of Changhua County’s history, humanities, natural scenery, industries, and religious faiths. We have specially selected 20 routes to guide readers who would like to get to know Changhua.

An irrigation ditch was built during the middle period of the Qing Emperor Kangxi, attracting an influx of immigrants to Changhua. In the first year of the Qing Yongzheng Emperor, Changhua County was established between the Huwei River in the north and the Dajia River in the south. This area included today’s Taichung City, Nantou County,and Changhua County. The name Changhua means “to manifest royalty. ”

Changhua County was established 280 years ago. Changhua’s Mother River, the Babao Canal, was Taiwan’s first irrigation canal in the Qing Dynasty. The irrigation canal flows through 18 of Changhua’s 26 townships, making Changhua one of Taiwan’s most important granaries. The Babao Canal is a bubbling water source that continues to irrigate Changhua’s fields today.The irrigation canal nourishes the land and people of Changhua, leading to the presence of abundant historical relics and buildings in the county, the number of which ranks third among all cities and counties in Taiwan. Temples, old residences, shrines, and various types of historical buildings still preserve their antique appearances, such as Lugang’s Longshan Temple, Changhua’s Confucious Temple, Xiushui’s Yiyuan Residence, Yongjing’s Yusan Building, and Shetou’s Doushan Temple. Additionally, the Fan-shaped Train Depot attracts Japanese train fanatics. This fan-shaped train depot—the only one of
its kind in Taiwan—is not only a dynamic museum, but also rates as a national-level historic relic.

Rooted in the farming industry, Changhua County’s agricultural products and other products related to the farming industry have taken on a level of distinctiveness. Changhua is Taiwan’s largest special horticulture area and secondlargest polished glutinous rice production area. Also, Fenyuan’s Fengkeng rice noodles, Yuanlin’s preserved fruits, Huatan’s jasmine flowers, and Dacun’s grapes have become famous agricultural products throughout Taiwan.

In recent years, Changhua County has actively promoted community building and the establishment of museums focused on regional characteristics to properly utilize recreational space, integrating local cultural space, scenery,and industry to become regional assets for tourism. Business circles have also successively established industry culture museums, such as the Taiwan Glass Museum and the
Brand’s Health Museum, both of which are worthwhile visits. Additionally, Lugang’s Guihua Lane Artists’ Village renovated Japanese era dormitories to provide artists with residences as a way to promote art events and exhibition spaces, allowing visitors to talk to artists about their creative processes and influences.

Changhua’s cuisine is varied and delicious. The unbroken inter tidal zone on the west coast nourishes Taiwan’s plumpest oysters and mud shrimp, both of which are favorites among food connoisseurs. Baguashan is where pineapple cakes originally came from and is currently the most thriving pineapple cake production area. Taiwanese meatballs or “rou yuan” from Changhua and Beidou and the popular “huang rou fan” are both a must for visitors to Changhua.

Footprints of Taiwan-Changhua County is a book written by locals in the hopes of putting Changhua’s culture on display for readers. Readers can travel through the past and present through words and pictures, crossing time and space, to understand the path of Changhua’s historical development. We also hope to touch your heart. Explore Changhua firsthand, taking in the historical relics and buildings and traditional art, experiencing religious centers and folk festivals, sampling folk cuisine, and visiting the homes of traditional artists. Changhua’s rich cultural feast will greatly reward your careful appreciation.

◎Dadu River Estuary Scenery
Dadu River Aquatic Bird Nature Park >Rouzongjiao
> Shengang and Xianxi Beach >Xianxi Clam Barracks

◎Changhua’s Coastal Wetland Scenery
Fubao Wetlands >Wanggong Coastal Scenic Bridge
> Wanggong Lighthouse >Oyster Art Cultural Center
> Hanbao Wetlands >The Dacheng Township Wetlands

Characteristic Community Building
Changhua City’s Futian Community >Xiushui Township’s
Zengcuo Community >Puyan Township’s Yongle Community
> Xihu Township’s Wucuo Community >Erlin Township’s
Hualun Community >Tianzhong Township’s Sanmin Community