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Reminiscent Old Yingge

Reminiscent Old Yingge

Reminiscent Old Yingge

Reminiscences of Yingge are like smoke in the air. Yingge, an early developed township, left its heritage on the prosperously reborn land, which is nostalgic and memorable.

The heritage left at Yingge has been well protected by Yingge Township Office. It recounts history of Yingge’s development. Visitors coming to Yingge may trace what old Yingge was like by reminiscing the heritage left by the ancestors.

The name Yingge came from a tale of Yingge Stone: A century myth erected at the hilltop

 

Yingge’s Old Stories

Yingge’s Old Stories

The name Yingge came from a huge stone in a shape of a bird. The stone is also the landmark of Yingge Township. Legend has it that when Zheng Cheng-Gong was on his way to Taiwan, he ran into a hurricane when passing Yingge, which resulted in countless wounds and deaths of his soldiers. It was finally found that the culprit was the huge bird at the hilltop. Following several rounds of hard fighting, the giant bird was finally defeated. As a result, the injured bird stopped at the hilltop and transformed into the Yingge Stone.

 

Although afterward research shows that Zheng Cheng-Gong had never came to northern Taiwan, the folk tale nevertheless adds a mysterious touch to Yingge Stone. To view it from the scientific aspect, Yingge Stone was formed from the stiff cliff extruding after squeezes of stratums of hard and solid basalt. Its parrot shape is the result of long-term weathering. The fact contains no romantic sentiment, but you will be amazed at the wonder of the great nature.

 

Old Chimney

Old Chimney

Yingge’s ceramics history started on Jianshanpu Road. To this day, a square chimney left from the coal-burning time is still retained. The tetragon kiln introduced to Yingge in the past signified a milestone for Taiwan’s kiln industry, departing from ancient tradition and heading for modernization. The tall chimney is the major feature of the tetragon kiln. However, following the launch of new-style kilns, tetragon kilns became relegated to history. The scene of the town brimming with chimneys is no longer to be seen, but an old chimney is solely left as a witness of Yingge’s ceramic development.

 

Kiln Factory heritage

Kiln Factory heritage

Snake kilns were introduced to Taiwan during the Qing Dynasty. This kind of kiln had a fire observation eye and firewood throwing entrance at the head while a vent was set at the lower part; the adobe was placed at the kiln room in the back. There was no partition in between, so the whole kiln was like a tunnel. During the period when Taiwan was recovered from the Japanese, Yingge still had more than 10 snake kilns, but, today, only the one on Wenhua Road is retained. Originally, it was about 30 meters in length, but most of it has been ruined and, now, only about 10 meters of chimney is left for visitors’ imagination.

 

Wangyang Residence

Wangyang Residence

Wangyang Residence is the most intact one among Yingge’s conserved old residences. It was built by Yu Hai-Chun in 1916 by integrating several architectural styles: for instance, the vertical façade mingles with Baroque style, the decorated archway is sculptured with a beautiful clay mountain with the Chinese and Western stripe patterns on the top, the green gourd is erected at the hilltop, the carved flowers are occasionally seen on the door headers and wall pillars, the canopies are connected to the windows, and the lightning rods are set on the four round urns of the vertical façade. The design is very sophisticated and exquisite.

 

Chengfa Residence

Chengfa Residence

This was built in 1919 by Chen Fa as a five-fold four-section compound. Chen Fa, who was also called “Uncle Fa”, originally ran rice husking and building material businesses around the citrus orchard at the “Stone River”. Afterwards, due to flooding of the Dahan River, he moved to the current site and built “Chenfa Residence” to continue his rice business. The arch shape of the arcade is made of Qingshui’s red bricks that resemble Dutch architecture. In addition, the vertical decorated archway and parapet are all very distinctive.