While staying in Taichung (台中), I made a day trip to the historical town of Lukang (鹿港, literally ‘deer harbor’), an hour or so away by bus. The most interesting part of Lukang is its historic street, well-preserved and filled with old shops selling old products.
Lukang itself is quite unremarkable though. It a very basic city, but you can see the lanterns announcing the historical district. I traveled to Lukang with a couple of friends I had met at Taichung, and together we stepped back in time, into historical Taiwan.
But making a quick turn, you suddenly find yourself in historical Lukang, very different from the hustle and bustle of the city. From a wide street filled with cars and advertisements, you turn into a large courtyard, then a narrow street filled with pedestrians. The buildings become smaller, older. And you step back in time, to an older Taiwan.
I tried old-style ice cream! It makes me quite appreciate the progress we’ve made in producing tastier ice cream over the years – this ice cream was essentially ice, with some ever so slight flavoring. I suppose it would be nostalgic to somebody who grew up with this stuff, but to me it was just boring.
I bought some of the bakery products – I actually have no idea what this is, but it’s pretty good. It’s some kind of flavored… grain? In any case, the boxes come in a variety of flavors – green tea, peanut, chocolate, taro, sesame, etc, and you can arrange them into flowers before eating. The green tea flavored ones were my favorite.