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Changhua County

Bagua Mountain Dafo Scenic Area

On the Pa Kua Mountain sits the black bodied Sakya Big Buddha statue that is a special landmark and spiritual representation of Changhua City. With great views over the city, the Big Buddha body, built in 1961 is a curved ferro-concrete sculpture. From the lotus seat to the Buddha’s whole body, the length is about 7.2 foot; the shoulder length is about 13 foot, and the length across the chest is 44 foot. In its early years it was the biggest Buddha in Asia. In front of the Big Buddha is the Lung pond with its water dancing show.


Confucius Temple

The Changhua Confucius Temple was first built in 1726 and completed in 1830. It was built by the County magistrate. The temple was partly dismantled in the Japanese colonial period and reconstructed in 1978. The carvings in the main hall are considered the best in Taiwan. The complex previously included the county high school as well as the temple. The tube shaped little towers (Tong Rian Chu) on the roof of the Ling Sing Gate were made to look like chimneys so they could hide the text books during the time of the First Emperor Chin Sui Huang who burned books and killed scholars.


Cat-Rat Noodle

This is a famous local speciality in Changhua, created in 1921 by Mu-Rong Chen. Born in the year of the rat, he was given the nickname of Rattie as he was short in height and swift in motion. In Minnanhua, ‘rat’ has the same pronunciation as ‘cat-rat’. The trademarked cat-rat noodle is a soup containing Tan-Tsai noodles cooked with a special recipe.


Lukang Historic Area

Lukang is situated on the west-central coast of Taiwan, at the edge of the coastal plain. Although once a harbour, severe silting of the sea and the Lukang River have left it some distance from the shore.


There are a number of ancient streets and lanes lined with old houses. Old Market street, Mu Lu Lane and Nine Turns Lane are all curved red tiled lanes with interesting deep, narrow-fronted buildings. Rather bizarrely a new, modern galery is being built in amongst the old houses.


In the handicraft shops on Chungshan Road you can see how the chairs that transport the deities on their processions are made with meticulous woodworking techniques and carving skills. Other shops produce various religious items including offering tables, fans, incense, tin sculptures, and ornamental lanterns, among other things. Makers of traditional wooden furniture still use the materials and exquisite handwork of former times. The half-old / the half-new shop residences are products of the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945), when the front rooms of the buildings were dismantled because of a road-widening project and the modern arch-type facades were added.


Lukung boasts over 200 temples dedicated to a wide variety of folk deities.  Longshan, Ma Tzu Old and Ma Tzu New Temples are collections of art and masterpieces of architecture.


Wanggong Wharf

On the black sandy coastal plain are many oyster beds (and wind farms). We watched as the tide came in amazingly quickly to flood the coast – from zero water to over two foot of water within about 10 minutes.