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Sicau Green Tunnel ⇨ Lunch ⇨ Anping Fort ⇨ Old Tait & Co. Merchant House ⇨ Eternal Golden Castle ⇨ Lily’s Fruit ⇨ Confucian Temple
Sicau Green Tunnel
Sicau Green Tunnel was originally located in Taijiang lagoon. In 1823, a storm caused the diversion of River Zengwen and divided Taijiang Lagoon into three lakes. The three lakes are called Kun Shen Lake, Sicau Lake, and Cigu Lagoon. Sicau Lake, known as Sicau Green Tunnel, enjoys a good reputation for its Amazon-like river course. Besides the fabulous scenery, Sicau Lake provides a productive ecosystem that would definitely amazed you.
Anping Fort, originally named as “Fort Zeelandia” by the Dutch, is a fortress built from 1624 to 1634. Though it was destroyed by the Japanese during Japanese Colonization, a thirty-feet tall wall ruin was remained at the south of the castle. The architecture behind the remaining wall was the dormitory of Japanese customs. However, it was transformed to display the historical archive and old pictures.
Old Tait & Co. Merchant House
The Old Tait & Co. Merchant House is the former British merchant house of Tait & Co. Trading Company. It was one of the five largest trading companies at the time when Taiwan was under the rule of Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, Old Tait & Co. Merchant House was classified as a Tier- Three historical site, and was transformed into a wax museum. People could also visit the Anping Tree House nearby. Overall, Anping is a district that even a stone or a brick here could tell you a long story.
Eternal Golden Castle
The Eternal Golden Castle was known as “Erkunshen Artillery Fort” in Qing Dynasty. It was built by the Qing official, Shen Bao Zhen, because of the Japanese invasion in 1874. The castle formed a square, with canons placing at the corners around. Walking inside the castle, after you pass through the tunnel;the courtyard in front was the place where soldiers were trained in the past. During weekends, canon would be fired as a performance for added interest.
The Confucian Temple was built in 1655 during the Koxinga Dynasty, when King Zheng Jing approved the proposal of Chen Young Hua, the Chief General Staff, to construct the temple. The temple was first built for memorizing Confucius, the model teacher of eternal life, and constructed Ming-Lun Hall afterwards for instructors to offer lectures, cultivate intellectuals. Students nowadays visit the temple to worship a good score or entering the ideal university.