Changhua City Red Hair Well 彰化市紅毛井

Red Hair Well, Changhua City

The Red Hair Well 紅毛井 (pinyin: Hongmaojing) in Changhua City 彰化市 is another curious footnote. Located behind the Changhua Arts Museum at the foot of Baguashan, this well supposedly dates back to the mid-1600s, in the midst of the Dutch colonial era. The Dutch sunk this well to provide for soldiers and missionaries passing through the area but never actually controlled this land. The name derives from âng-mo, which is literally “red hair” in Hokkien or Taiwanese, an obvious visual contrast to the black hair of Chinese people.