Not long after
moving to the administrative capital of Changhua in 2014 I published a collection of photographs entitled 彰化 Postcards from Changhua City. All of the photos in that post were shot in my first few months of residency but I ended up staying for half a year. In that time I gathered more than enough material for a sequel while making my daily rounds. So here it is: more photos from my time in Changhua City , a historic town in central 彰化市 Taiwan. As before, additional information and links are included in the caption for each photo, where available.
View Image Details The gates to Kaihua Temple in the heart of Changhua City.
View Image Details The city through the gates of Kāihuà Temple . This temple dates back to 1724! 開化寺
View Image Details In Qing dynasty times Changhua was a walled city but the Japanese colonial authorities tore them down and imposed a new urban planning order on the city. Hidden in an alleyway, the North Gate Land God Shrine 北門福徳祠 used to stand next to the northern entrance to the walled city.
View Image Details As the name would imply the Great Western Gate Land God Shrine marks the former location of the walled city’s western gate. This one is far more accessible than the north gate shrine, however. 大西門福德祠
View Image Details Inside the courtyard at the famous Changhua Confucius Temple 彰化孔子廟.
View Image Details Doorway to the main hall of the Confucius Temple in Changhua City.
View Image Details The ruins of the China Electric Chemical Factory 中國電氣化學廠 at the base of Baguashan.
View Image Details The historic Yíngōng Theater , immediately across from the Confucius Temple, now a fashion retailer. 銀宮戲院
View Image Details A stately row of colonial shophouses on Chángshòu Street 長壽街. The one on the left has since been demolished.
View Image Details Ghost flowers: intricate arrangements of folder paper destined to be set ablaze.
View Image Details Blessings from Mazu. Tiānshàng Shèngmǔ 天上聖母 is one of her names.
View Image Details A chubby red Buddha in a temple in Changhua City.
View Image Details Study hall in the right wing of Qing’an Temple . These rooms are open to the public; just walk in and get to work! 慶安宮
View Image Details A vintage advertisement for palm reading and mole divination in the alleys of Changhua City.
View Image Details Japanese relics and curious pigeons on the desolate Xīntīng Old Street 新町老街.
View Image Details A row of abandoned shophouses next to Zhonghua Road Bridge 中華路橋. These buildings surely predate the construction of the bridge from which this image was captured.
View Image Details An abandoned Japanese colonial era police station on Minzu Road 舊民族路派出所.
View Image Details On the other side of Zhonghua Road Bridge is the Changhua City Fish Market 彰化市魚市場. There isn’t much to see here by day but long after dark it’s a bustling hive of activity.
View Image Details Peeling paint and utility stickers next to a disused apartment block on the far side of the railway tracks.
View Image Details A cute character on the door of an old house in back alley Changhua City.
View Image Details A vintage home in the back alleys of Changhua City.
View Image Details A round portal with carved versions of the Republic of China flag inside Nanyao Temple 南瑤宮.
View Image Details The pharaoh of Changhua City? No, this is merely a statue outside an Asian-fusion restaurant named Havivi 凱悅奇兵主題飲食館.
View Image Details A cuckoo clock on a wall in the back alleys of Changhua City. Totally random.
View Image Details The entrance to an old medical clinic on the south side of town. The sign on the right is the schedule.
View Image Details A stack of ghost money for anyone who needs it.
View Image Details Poetic divination in Báilóng’ān , a rooftop retreat in the heart of Changhua City. These fortunes are drawn by lot after asking questions of the gods in a short ceremony. 白龍庵
View Image Details This mysterious statue at Biying Shrine vexed me while living in Changhua. I have since learned that this is Lín Xīlíng 林錫鈴, the founder or one of the original administrators of the shrine.
View Image Details A shrine to light up the dark night on the north side of Changhua City. This is a land god shrine, an ubiquitous feature of the Taiwanese urban landscape.
View Image Details Taking the train from Changhua City on new year’s day.
View Image Details No evidence of a night market by day—but after dark this empty lot will come alive with activity.
View Image Details Out for a night ride along Zhúhé Road 竹和路, a small artery connecting two neighbourhoods bisected by a sprawling set of chemical plants and fabric factories on the north side of town.
View Image Details Broken glass outside an abandoned home in Changhua City.
View Image Details A popular local delicacy: fried and stuffed bread at Āzhēn Zhàmántou 阿貞炸饅頭.
View Image Details Propeller of a warplane in Jiànkāng Trail Park 健康步道公園 up on Baguashan.
View Image Details Inside the cockpit of a derelict C-119 Flying Boxcar resting in a park on Baguashan. Only about 7 of these Korean War-era relics remain in Taiwan (out of a fleet of more than 100 purchased from the US).
View Image Details Buddhas galore inside the big temple at the edge of Baguashan.
View Image Details Looking south from Baguashan over a university campus and the more residential side of town.
View Image Details Baguashan in the drought of 2015. The fountain was shut off to conserve water. 八卦山
Be sure to see
the first in this series and browse around the rest of my posts from Changhua City and 彰化市 Changhua for more from this part of 彰化 Taiwan.