I moved to
Changhua City in November 2014 to see what it’s like 彰化市 living in a traditional town in central Taiwan. I had an interesting time staying in Tainan for three months earlier that year so I figured why not give 台南 Changhua a shot for the wintertime? Changhua is nowhere near as lively and interesting as Taiwan’s old southern capital but it is not without charm. Here I have gathered up some of the more representative images I captured during my first two months of residency, mostly of the area immediately to the east of 彰化 the train station, which also happens to be the oldest part of town. Explanations are given in the caption of each photo, where available.
View Image Details Floral murals along an alleyway in Changhua City.
View Image Details Vintage cleaners south of the station. This place has been in operation for more than 50 years.
View Image Details In front of Changhua Station. You can see the Qiáoyǒu Building in the distance. Cross the street and you’ll find the main bicycle rental depot on a traffic island. 喬友大廈
View Image Details Just north and east of the station one will find this block of decaying storefronts.
View Image Details A unique set of colonial storefronts on Zhongzheng Road.
View Image Details Wēihuì Temple 威惠宮, a popular place for the elderly to congregate and play board games.
View Image Details Famous bawan (Taiwanese meatball) shops just south of the station. The store on the corner was featured in a film; the others are copycats.
View Image Details The vintage entrance to Jīnchéng Hotel 金城旅社 on Cháng’ān Street 長安街. “Istirahat” is Indonesian for rest.
View Image Details Yongle Street, Changhua City’s main pedestrian shopping street. They call it a night market but it’s mostly clothing vendors.
View Image Details Kāihuà Temple 開化寺, one of Changhua City’s oldest and most famous. It was originally built as a shrine to Guanyin in 1724.
View Image Details Candlelight in front of a land god shrine at the back of the historic Dìngguāng Buddhist Temple 定光佛廟 near the train station. The front of this Qing dynasty temple was destroyed in the Japanese colonial era to facilitate a road widening but the back retains its old appearance.
View Image Details There are many temples in Changhua City’s old downtown core. This old figurine stands inside one of them.
View Image Details Slinging code inside a study room in Qìng’ān Temple , a third-grade historic site originally built in 1817. They’ve got desks, power, hot water for tea or instant noodles, bathroom facilities, and free wifi, what more could you need for a good day of work? 慶安宮
View Image Details The weird geometric flower in a roundabout just east of the station.
View Image Details This 24 hour cafe is a popular hang-out for locals. I always see groups of people smoking and drinking late into the night when I ride by.
View Image Details An old wooden facade on Zhongzheng Road.
View Image Details Zhen’s Traditional Cake Shop 蓁古早味現烤蛋糕 is always popular. I regularly ride by here and there’s always a line-up. The cakes are actually pretty good: light, fluffy, with various fillings (chocolate, pumpkin, cream, and so on).
View Image Details A lonesome pink bicycle along an alleyway not far from the station.
View Image Details The stark outer gate of Changhua City’s famous Confucius Temple 彰化孔子廟.
View Image Details A classroom in the wings of the Changhua Confucius Temple.
View Image Details A traditional farmhouse hidden in the alleyways behind the Confucius Temple. This one is in surprisingly good shape.
View Image Details Old irrigation canals weave through much of the city unseen.
View Image Details Storefronts along a busy road in Changhua City.
View Image Details This police station was built during the Japanese colonial period in 1936 and is still in active use. The tower in the background is a much more recent addition.
View Image Details The Changhua Roundhouse, the only one of its kind. Truly one of the most unique sights in central Taiwan!
View Image Details There are entire abandoned neighbourhoods next to the railway line in Changhua City, evidently the target of an urban renewal project.
View Image Details An artist adding lettering to a wall mural in an alleyway next to the roundhouse.
View Image Details A small corner lot used to store bamboo scaffolding.
View Image Details An old wooden house near the southern edge of the old part of town. The city walls used to run along here somewhere.
View Image Details A fabric shop near the train station.
View Image Details Vintage star-crossed patterned glass, an ubiquitous sight in the older parts of Taiwan.
View Image Details The view from the third floor of a building on Sanmin Road.
View Image Details Broken signs along Sanmin Road not far from the train station.
View Image Details The ruins of Golden Horse Entertainment World in Changhua City.
View Image Details A vintage barber shop near the main highway.
View Image Details Yongan day market. This place is always busy when the sun is up.
View Image Details A quirky oyster omelette restaurant with an oversized street sign emblazoned with the name 蚵ㄚ仁.
View Image Details Zhōngzhèng Temple 中正宮, a roadside land god shrine south of the station. Apart from its diminutive size there is an unusual number of signs plastered all around the entrance.
View Image Details “Yes, we can”, the campaign banner reads. It’s a good thing there’s no marks for originality in elections!
View Image Details Looking through the patterned glass of my front door.
View Image Details The Buddha of Baguashan seen from the streets of Changhua City.
View Image Details The gateway to Baguashan.
View Image Details The Big Buddha of Baguashan, Changhua City’s most iconic sight.
View Image Details The gods walk the streets of Changhua City.
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