[ 新店碧潭 ] The Non-Existing Past – 3/5


Our tour guide for the area telling us about what the old street (老街) used to look like. It looks more modernized now and not unlike an ordinary market place in other parts of Taipei. I guess this is what happens when you rapidly modernize; you tend to lose a lot of what used to exist in the past, for better or for worst…


The old stoney stairs leading to the once popular amuseument park on the mountain. Now the amusement park is deserted and people hardly go up there.


One of the main thing we had to see and consider is related to this photo slide of a stone inscription. It marks the start of one of the most important mountain trail built during the Japanese occupation period.


This is what remains 3 days after the last photo of the inscription was taken.
Three days after researchers went to study the inscription on the stone wall behind the owner’s house, the house got burned down. Then when researches and academic scholars revisited the place to see the inscription, it was clearly purposely damaged by someone. The words were chipped and are no longer visible.  It was rumoured that the owner of the house did not want to be evacuated (since the land was owned by the government anyway) if the stone inscription were to be listed as a national historical site/property so they destoryed the inscription. But I guess we’ll never find out what happened. It is just rather sad.

There were even some local stories regarding this inscription. For some time, it was covered by concrete cement b/c the owner’s dad had “dreams” about Japanese soldiers marching around their place (since the Quchidao 屈尺道 was originally built by soliders//步兵 under Japanese rule). & After they covered the inscription with cement, the father passed away. Doesn’t that just sound so spooky? But it might purely be coincidental.

I guess what remains is the thought of what a waste now that an evidence that documents a part of Taiwan history is damaged and erased. Not to mention its current condition (dirty, smelly with owner’s dog wastes, garbage, etc.)


On a lighter note, we went to the Kaitian Temple (開天宮) for a brief intro of the tour program, the temple (which is mainly for the gods who created the world) , and a stone tunnel carved out by men.


Stairs down to the tunnel.


It’s so dark and the floor isn’t exactly smooth or even.


The tool marks all over the wall of the tunnel. Imagine this, every inch was carved out and marked by a man with a hand tool. It gives me chills!

More photos on ->> MY FLICKR.
Youth Travel in Taiwan Tour – Taipei Quchidao 台北屈尺道-雙潭水岸聚落樂逍遙

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