By TTNews Reporter Tsu Hsiao-Hua
Hsinchu County, Taiwan –
Among a row of old house, it is not very hard to find a unique Baroque-style old building called Hsiaojiang Pavilion next to Dongning Bridge. In the early days, there was a canal nearby. Later on, the locals raised the fund to build a stone arch bridge in 1921 in order to facilitate the transportation. Thus, Hsiaojiang Pavilion was later built that allowed people to rest while waiting for the boats.
Besides offering passengers a place to rest, Hsiaojiang Pavilion was built to facilitate the transportation during the Japanese colonial period. Even though the railway was already long gone, Hsiaojiang Pavilion still stands on here. Hsiaojiang Pavilion is the only remaining station that has witnessed the development of Jhudong Township, as well as the evolution of transport development.
Walking through 80 years of time, Hsiaojiang Pavilion didn’t seem to be weeded out by the progress of transportation. It turns to be many elders’ favourite place for drinking tea, gossiping and playing board games. Tranquility and simplicity are the synonyms of Hsiaojiang Pavilion as it has quietly witnessed the changes in Jhudong.
English and Chiense
Hsiaojiang Pavilion: 曉江亭
Dongning Bridge: 東寧橋