One more must-visit attraction in Hsinchu County's Hukou Township is added to the travelers' list! After 12 years of planning and construction, Hukou Hakka Cultural and Creative Park, which cost nearly NT$200 million, was grandly inaugurated on November 17. The park not only exhibits the history and lifestyle of Hakka people, but also serves as a platform for the promotion of food security and local agricultural products. With its great appeal, the park will not let visitors down.
In the past, Hukou Township Farmers' Association was located under a pedestrian overpass and was thought not easy to reach. Now, it is relocated to Hukou Hakka Cultural and Creative Park for the comfort and convenience of people who seek public services there. The park is open to the public for free every day except Chinese New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year's Day. Hukou Township Mayor Lin Zhi-hua showed that Hukou Hakka Cultural and Creative Park is filled with Hakka elements. There is also a statue of Shennong, the deity of agriculture and herbal medicine, in the park. In addition to Hukou Old Street, visitors now have another informative park to visit.
Hukou Hakka Cultural and Creative Park occupies 1.23 hectares. It includes two rows of terraced houses and two Hakka round buildings. There are Agricultural Culture Hall, Hakka Folk Custom Hall, Shennong Worship Hall, Financial Service Center, Agricultural Product Promotion Center, Yimin Hall, Learning Center, Exhibition Hall, conference rooms and a coffee shop. The park is not very spacious, but each brick and tile, each window and wall all narrate the stories of Hakka villages for hundreds of years.
Hukou Township Farmers' Association held a series of activities on November 17 and 18 to celebrate the opening of Hukou Hakka Cultural and Creative Park. Besides singing, dance, and drama performances, there were various local specialties for sale, including organic vegetables, taro, taro cakes, tea oil, and pomelo tea. What's more, visitors could try taro cakes, turnip cakes, and fried taro pastries on the spot. At the opening ceremony, Wu Wen-yue was also commended for becoming the first Shennong Award winner of Hsinchu County in ten years.