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Tingchuang Village (Dingzhuang Li) of Chiayi City fruitful in terms of environmental protection and ecological makeover over the years has turned the Taiwan Sugar Company (TSC) narrow gauge rail tracks disused to the community bikeway while the groups of Japanese rhinoceros beetles clustering here and there on the Formosan Ashes on both sides amaze the visitors a lot.It was uneasy to restore the Japanese rhinoceros beetles, but Tingchuang Community manages to regain them nicely by building a livable setting via improving the environment and water quality, planting the Formosan Ash Lane and setting up the bikeway.In mid-May each year, the Japanese rhinoceros beetles emerge from soil and seek the mates for reproduction.  There are hundreds of Japanese rhinoceros beetles on the Formosan Ashes changing all sorts of gestures and even battling against each other.  This is a marvelous sight.  The Japanese rhinoceros beetle is known as the Knight as well.  The Seek the Trace of Japanese Rhinoceros Beetles Campaign starts from mid-May to late-June each year.  It is the most welcome for the public to join this campaign with the whole family, which not only allows the kids to contact the nature but also enables the adults to recollect the childhood.What to be mentioned is that Tingchuang Community won the golden medal of the First Rural Village Competition held by Chiayi City Government in 2017.How to go? The community bikeway altered from the disused TSC rail tracks is open to the public.   It is free to enter the bikeway from Lane 585 opposite to Tingchuang Village Chief Office on Yichiao St.  The Japanese rhinoceros beetles cluster on Formosan Ashes on both sides of the community bikeway.  This can be seen day and night.  The public can stroll in Ting Chuang in the free time and enjoy the sight of the Japanese rhinoceros beetles freely.

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Sianhu Park in Chiayi City ranging 25.26 hectares smaller than Chiayi Park is the second large park in Chiayi City with the positioning as a forestry cultural theme park.  Sianhu Park reproduces Beihu Hesian (lotus scent in northern lake) one of Tsulo 8 Scenes documented in the literature of Ching Dynasty, so there are Beisian Lake and all kinds of plants including over 2,000 shrubs and over 70,000 arbors.  Sianhu Park along with Bo-ai Park and Beizihtou Botanic Garden as the biggest greenery land in West District consists the urban lung of Chiayi.  This is home of Sungfeng Pavilion (Pine Wind Kiosk), Cherry Blossom Forest, Beizihtou Botanic Garden and Grass-slope Landscape Zone.  The visitors can enjoy leisure hours here.

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The tiny park aside Yushan Inn and Kitamon Eki has been there since the Japanese Governance Period.  SMART Chuang adopted the Sleeping Forest as the theme, designed the white bear, pink elephant, fox, owl, penguin and squirrel cute animal characters and blended them in the existing trees, air-raid shelter and streetlights.  The public can sense the forest mood with vitality and tranquility as strolling. The cherry blossom iron arch at the entrance implies the image of Kitamon Eki the main gate to Mt. Ali.  There are stars, moons and suns on the streetlights mimicking birdcages and owls.  The colorful lamps light up the 50-year-old wax apple trees and the old-day air-raid shelter.  The visitors can enjoy fabulous nighttime hours with the fantastic illumination.

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Chiayi City KANO Park finished in August, 2017 evidences the proud baseball days of Chiayi City.  There are the outdoor concert hall opposite to the family educational center and the baseball sculpture zone with the copper bat and mitt seats.The stone plate on the ground writes the lines in KANO the film like “The desperate papaya tree is eventually fruitful” and “Practice is the only way to fine baseball performance”.The baseball Century Avenue 40 meters wide and 180 meters long used to be the must path for the KANO baseball team to the field.  The stone plate on the ground and the baseball stars wall aside skillfully present the history of the KANO baseball team introducing 16 members in the second place of Koshi’en the National High School Baseball Championship of Japan in that year. The KANO Ball with the weight of 4 tons and the diameter of 5 meters is inevitable.  The Ball is made of aluminum alloy with over 120 hollow-out rings embedded.  The sun shines in the day and the colorful illumination glitters in the night.  They are amazing in different ways.  It is fitted to cheat cuts as well.  It is fine to place the ball in your hand or kick the ball, you can shoot your idea at any position!

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Established:Daoguang 19 years (1839)Madam of the Highest Rank- Madam XuMadam Xu was the sister-in-law of Navy Admiral Wang De-Lu. The tomb is embraced by a pair of dragon pillars and the first to fourth layer of the yard is decorated by auspicious beasts like Kirin, hawks, lions, and elephants. The grave is set beyond the fifth layer.Dragon pillars enclose the tomb and auspicious beasts, Kirin, hawks, lions, and elephants surround the first to fourth layers of the yard. The fifth layer hosts the main grave. By the side of this traditional style tomb is a fruit orchard managed by the tomb keeper. Chinese culture valued the memories of the ancestors; therefore, elaborate burials were a symbol of respect. Madam Xu was conferred the title of Madame of the Highest Rank; therefore, her descendents built a grand tomb to commemorate achievements. Through 160 years, this tomb is still preserved intact and presents itself as a valuable historic landmark.Taiwan's tombs were mostly designed in the traditional Southern Fujian style, which features a grave in the center, a front yard, and the court. Madam Xu’s tomb has step railings by the side, which symbolizes guarding the well-being of the descendents. Stone pillars were also present at the turning points and are characteristically carved with auspicious beasts.

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One of the Main Rivers in the Jiannan PlainRivers in Taiwan are mostly short, with rushing waters; therefore, travelers often need equipment for river crossing. Bajhang Creek is a one of the major water transportation lines; therefore, quite a number of ferry crossing points were set up along the line. Among which, the most important ferry crossing port was located by the side of Mituo Temple. Legend has it that, in Kangxi 54th year, Jhuluo County Magistrate, Zhou Zhong-Xuan, initiated a fund-raising event and began raft service with bamboo rafts at the ferry pier.Bajhang Creek (old name of Bajiang Creek) is one of the major rivers in the Jianan Plain area. In earlier times, technology was not advanced enough to build long bridges across the river. Thus, a ferry pier was set up by Mituo Temple to facilitate ferry crossing. A monument inscribed with "Bajiang Creek Ferry Crossing” dated by 1847 is still preserved. Such monument, designed to merge into the natural environment, is rarely seen in Taiwan.Bajhang Creek is located south of Puji Creek and the North of Jishuei Creek, flowing through Fanlu, Jhongpu, Shueishang, Taibao, Lucao, Yijhu, and Budai Townships of Chiayi County, Chiayi City, and Beimen, Yanshuei, Shuejie, Houbi, and Baihe Townships of Tainan County, and finally ending at Meihao Village of Chiayi County before entering the Taiwan Strait. The water volume of Bajhang Creek varies greatly. During the flood seasons, the waters of Bajhang Creek may flow as fast as 1,800 cubic meters per second, but during the dry seasons, water flow is reduced to as little as 0.4 cubic meters per second. During the flood season in summer and autumn, creek water often surges so high that the neighborhood is completed isolated from the outside world, and the residents along the shores must cross the creek on rafts. Therefore, residents along Bajhang Creek set up five ferry piers along the creek for loading and unloading bamboo rafts.Establishment of the ferry piers brought significant meaning to the planning of transportation routes and development of cities in the earlier days. Bajiang Creek ferry piers played an important role to the trade, transportation, and economic prosperity of the Chiayi area, and the monument of the ferry pier is a witness to the vicissitudes of the towns and countries.

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