As we all know that Hsinchu is a county with abundant Hakka culture. They are known for their diligence, respect for the teachings of their ancestors, and commitment to education. Many Hakka communities have preserved their traditional dialects, culture and customs.
It’s said that if you want to understand a culture well, join into their life is the best way. There is a old street that is full of Hakka culture, it might be the best destination if you want to learn more about Hakka, Neiwan old street.
Neiwan Scenic Area is encircled by tall hills and run through with Youluo River. Neiwan Branch line is among the three infamous train branches in Taiwan. Visitors can take the Neiwan Branch train at Zhudong Township and go on a reminiscent trip.
Neiwan is known far and near for the five suspension bridges over the riverbank. Under suspension bridges, visitors can enjoy catching shrimp and crabs in shallow areas by the riverbank or swimming until their hearts’ content in the stream, while the sandy beach serves as a perfect spot for barbecuing, camping, and holiday outings.
The scenic spots of Guangji Temple, the train station, and the theater on the Old Street as well as NeiWan suspension bridges are full of a reminiscent atmosphere. Take a stroll here and there and you will remember some charitable past memories. You will also see the lively characters of Brother A-San and Great Auntie, which have long been symbols of NeiWan. Funny comics along the street and recent popular special products, such as ginger lily-flavored glutinous rice, further add to hospitality and friendliness on the Old Street.
There are some Hakka delicacies you might not see in other places. If you have a chance to visit here, don’t forget to give them a try. Though most of the Hakka food are salty and some of them are spicy, but they are really delicious. You might miss the amazing dishes after you come back home.
Neiwan Old Street
[內灣老街/Nèi wān lǎo jiē]
-Located in: Northern Taiwan
-Features: Nature Landscapes, Hakka Culture
-Highly recommend to: Outdoors Enthusiasts, History Enthusiasts
-Address: Guangfu Rd., Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan