Place:Toucheng Old Street
Category:100 Scenic Spots in Yilan (Historic Architecture)
Description:Toucheng (literally "First Town"), known in early times as "Touwei Street", was established during the Jiacing reign of the Cing Dynasty. It features the earliest commercial streets in the eastern part of Taiwan. Toucheng's Old Street's star rose as a result of the prosperity brought on by Wushih and Touwei harbors. Its glamour faded as a result in the decline of the river transportation business. However walking down Toucheng's old street, you can still get a feeling for a bygone era, via observing the beautiful old buildings, and trying to imagine the glorious moments the town must have witnessed.
Hoping Street, running in a north south direction, was originally an area that came to prominence because of its proximity to river traffic. At both ends of the street are Earth God temples. These temples were erected by local residents, who believed they would keep the area wealth sealed in. However, this street's golden era is long gone. A flood in 1924 submerged Toucheng's harbor. In addition, the completion of highways and a railway caused the business center of Toucheng to shift elsewhere, resulting in this old street slowly losing its previous glamour.
The Earth God Temple at the north end of Hoping Street acts as the street's guardian. As you walk southwards, you will see a batch of row houses. These houses are the remnant of 13 famous commercial operations from the Cing Dynasty. To the south of this area is the legendary Lu Family mansion. The mansion features a mix-style architecture. The pond in front of the mansion is the old site of the Toucheng Harbor. There is also the ornate Wu Family house, and Sinchangsingshuji. The Sanchuan Hall of the Cingyuan Temple which sits in the heart of the old street still features original stone carvings. Yuanhecheng and Chenchunji at the south end of the street are Japanese style buildings from the Japanese Dajheng Period. Finally at the south end of the street is the South Gate Earth God Temple. Walking through this old street is like making a quick review of Taiwan's architectural history. Along the street are old buildings of different eras and of various architectural styles which speak gently of the evolving times. Toucheng's Old Street is a precious cultural heritage for us to treasure.
Address:Hoping Street, Chengdong Village, Toucheng Township
From Taipei take Binhai Coastal Hwy to Toucheng and turn onto Hoping Old Street.
From Taipei take Beiyi Hwy and turn left onto County Hwy 190 at Ercheng Exit. Take a left turn after passing Toucheng Bridge.
Take the train and get off at Toucheng Station. Walk 5 minutes to destination.
From Taipei take the Coastal Line bus heading to Su-ao and get off at the Toucheng Stop. Walk 5 minutes to destination.
Accommodation:Jinsyuan Motel, Jinying Valley Resort
Food:Try out fresh seafood at Beiguan Food Court.
Gas Station:Toucheng Gas Station: No. 300, Kailan Road, Toucheng Township
Surroundings:Touwei Shihsanhang (the remain of 13 Lu Family owned and operated shops), Lu Family Mansion, Wushih Harbor
Advice:One Day Trip: Touwei Shihsanhang (the remain of 13 Lu Family owned and operated shops) - Lu Family Mansion - Sinchangsingshuji - Toucheng Old Street - Lunch - Kaicheng Temple - Cingyuan Temple - Sea Erosion Rock Formations and Cuesta in the Beiguan Area.
Source:Toucheng Township History Update, Yilan County Audio-Video Tour Guide