Thursday, September 4, 2008

Jingliao: Modern church, ancient homes (China Post)

Houbi, a rural township in Tainan County, is best known these days for being the center of Taiwan's thriving orchid export industry and the site of an annual orchid trade show.

For the average tourist more interested in heritage than horticulture, Houbi has some interesting attractions. The town's train station - a very picturesque wooden structure - dates from the final decade of the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). If you've seen the station and like this kind of thing, drive northwest along County Road 82 to the village of Jingliao.

Jingliao is best known for the Saint Cross Church, a Roman Catholic place of worship designed in the 1950s by Gottfried Boehm, who was born in Germany in 1920...

The rest of the article is here. This photo shows one of Jingliao's traditional houses.

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