Pilgrimage from the North to the South

Historical sites are not only precious architectures that tell stories of a place, but also the beautiful memories that last forever. The history of Taiwan is not long but it is a magnetic story. Over the years, different people came and went. Some history were written down in books, some were not. It is still a wonderful thing to take a day visiting the historical sites, wandering through the city, imagining what it might have felt like long ago. Here we go!

Origin of Everything

Shihsanhang Ruins

Historical sites are not only precious architectures that tell stories of a place, but also the beautiful memories that last forever. The history of Taiwan is not long but it is a magnetic story. Over the years, different people came and went. Some history were written down in books, some were not. It is still a wonderful thing to take a day visiting the historical sites, wandering through the city, imagining what it might have felt like long ago. Here we go!

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Power of Believing

Longshan Temple

When the Han people came to Taiwan to cultivate plants, they often brought incense from their hometown temples to seek shelter. The people from Sanyi built Longshan Temple and invited Guanshiyin Bodhisattva to come to Taiwan. During the Second World War, the temple was devastated by air raids and the nave was destroyed, leaving only the statue of Guanyin Bodhisattva still sits on the lotus platform. Residents used the Guanyin Bodhisattva's rosette as a refuge in air raids during the war.

Japanese Baroque in Taiwan

Taichung Prefectural Hall

Taichung Prefectural Hall was built in 1912. With mansard-style roof and arches on the first floor of the façade, the architectural form presents the Baroque architectural features of the Japanese Taisho era, with gorgeous appearance and complicated decoration.

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Switch on the Time Machine

Lukang Old Street

“Lukang”, meaning “Deer Port” in Mandarin, was once a bustling harbor. It was an important base for shipping lines and merchants. Stepping on the red brick roads, you will feel a sense of quaint simplicity, like entering a space-time tunnel. The ancient mansion with southern Fujian flavor tells the life and style of the elders.

Immortal Castle

Chikan Tower

Chihkan Tower, also known as Fort Provintia, was the administrative center during the Dutch period. After Zheng Chenggong expelled the Dutch in 1661, Fort Provintia was renamed as Chengtianfu. In the early days of the Qing Dynasty, before the Taijiang River was blocked, the waves could reach the ground floor of Chihkan Tower. The "Chihkan Sunset" was one of the famous eight scenic spots in Taiwan at that time.

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Begin in the North. End at the North Gate.

Hengchun North Gate

Hengchun’s North Gate is a bit quieter than other gates. As the longest city wall left, it sits between “Hu Tou Mountain”, where you can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery while you reach to the wall. It is not only a historic site, but also a famous movie scene from Cape No. 7. At the gate, you can find  tropical romance and a unique Taiwanese scenery.

For more information, please visit the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.