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Dongshih Fisherman's Wharf

   All of the visitors are greeted by a Dutch windmill the moment they set foot on the premises of Dongshi Fishermen’s Wharf, which features the elements of wind, sunshine, fish, boats, ocean and lighthouse to underscore a multi-faceted ocean theme. Thanks to its fresh-caught seafood, striking sunset, and idyllic fishing-village scenery, the wharf helped turn the Dongshi Fishing Port into a recreational area with cultural distinctiveness. Tourists may sit back, immersed in the slow-paced beautiful lifestyle of a fishing village. They may also build sand castles, splash some water and play volleyball on the beach, fly a kite on the breezy lawn, or simply appreciate the nationally renowned “sunset in Dongshi” before wrapping up their trip. The annual Summer Sea Festival, held jointly by Chiayi County Government and the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration, transforms Dongshi Fisherman’s Wharf into a coastal amusement park visited by a phenomenal amount of thrill-seeking tourists.

Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum

   To improve the cultural equity between Northern Taiwan and Southern Taiwan, the Executive Yuan approved the construction of the southern branch of National Palace Museum on 31 December 2004 as the Asian Arts and Culture Museum. The museum main building groundbreaking ceremony was held on 6 February 2013 hosted by President Ma Ying-jeou and the beam-raising ceremony was held on 5 June 2014 hosted by Vice President Wu Den-yih. The museum was opened for trial on 28 December 2015.

The World's Tenth Landmark of Tropic of Cancer

   June 21st , 2004 was the summer solstice of Northern Hemisphere. On the same day, the world`s tenth landmark of Tropic of Cancer was officially established. The landmark, including six marks representing Tropic of Cancer over the years, is located at the intersection between Bo`ai Road and Shixian Road in Chiayi, Taiwan. Tropic of Cancer is the boundary of northern temperate and torrid zone. Polar circles, tropics, and the equator are significant landmarks of the world which divide the earth into five zones, including northern rigid zone, northern temperate zone, torrid zone, southern temperate zone, and southern rigid zone. The landmark group of Tropic of Cancer in south western part of Chiayi City is located at the busy traffic base. The landmarks of the group are built in four different years. These landmarks may not be spectacular, yet they encompass traffic, sightseeing, historic, cultural, and geographic educational significances. At present a marble tablet is erected in the central safety island in north-western direction. Illustrations with texts inscribed in the marble tablet inform people that the Tropic of Cancer had run through this place without notice at the end of eighteenth century and was closely related to the naming of Chiayi. Illustration Regarding the Shifting of Tropic of Cancer to South The tropics are the circles marking the latitudes based on astronomy`s equal obliquity. Precession movement, nutation cycle, and pole shifting are three factors that change the angle of obliquity. Moreover, plate movement is another factor which causes the shift of tropics. As a result, The Tropic of Cancer shifts toward south at the speed of 14 meters or higher annually. In 1788, the Tropic of Cancer ran through the northern part of the intersection between Bo`ai Road and Shixian Road in Chiayi City. In view that the intersection is an important traffic base of south-western Chiayi City, six historic landmarks of Tropic of Cancer are built as a beautiful landscape among roadways. Meanwhile, the landmarks are rich in history, culture, and astronomic education.

 

Lantan (Holland Lake) Scenic Area

   The Lantan is located in the neighborhood mountains near Chiayi City, three kilometers off downtown , called ` red-hair pond` in old days. It was rumored that it was dug by the Dutch 300 years ago, so it is now called “Holland Lake”. At the side of Sanxin Pavilion, a colorful fountain is set up in the lake, and its surging water can go up to 50 meters, increases the beauty of the Holland Lake in a dynamic state.

Hinoki Village

   The village was originally the dormitories of the Chiayi Forest division of Forestry Bureau of the Taiwan Governor General Office during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. The construction for the Hinoki Village took the basis of the existing building in the area by renovating and dismantling the original partition walls of each building as an open space for landscaping or visitors.

Sun-Shooting Tower

   The One and Only in Taiwan- The Chiayi Tower, Unimaginable Even by Mythological Heroes Chiayi Tower is one of the most representative new landmarks of Chiayi City. Looking up from the ground of Chiayi Park, you will see a gigantic Bauhinia blooming against the blue sky. It is the flower of Chiayi City, displaying its beauty under the sunlight on top of the Chiayi Tower. This spherical architecture, adorned by the Bauhinia roof, was the old site of the Martyrs’ Shrine. Rising 62 meters above the ground, the best views of Jhuluo are encased in the window panes of the 10th and 11th floors. The entrance is guarded by a pair of the symbolic `Guardians of Taiwan`, clouded leopards. The bottom level is the monument of the original Martyrs’ Shrine, where the plaques of the martyrs are carved into the marble monument. From the second floor and above is the so-called Chiayi Tower. This architectural design broke through architectural limitations and is injected with the elements of cultural and arts to shed the stereotype images of a traditional Martyrs’ Shrine. The Exterior of the Tower Design of this tower was inspired by the giant scared tree in Alishan. The brown aluminum pattern mimics the wood grain of the tree, and the center is left with a 40m-high skyline to symbolize the crack in the center of the giant sacred tree. The top story is a café and view terrace. Great views and fine gourmet foods are served here. The Interior of the Tower The bronze sculpture in the interior is inspired by the `Shooting the Sun` legend of the indigenous people. This sculpture, made of bonze 6mm in thickness, stands 24 m high and expands to 3 m wide. This beautiful legend sings and praises the heritage of humanity. It is a touching and educational story

Beimen Station (Alishan Forest Railway)

   Beimen Station is a railway station on the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) Alishan Forest Railway Line located in East District, Chiayi City, Taiwan.

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