Shiding Old Street
Shiding Old Street is divided into Eastern and Western street. Shiding Eastern Street is locally known as the “Street without Sunshine”. During Dao Guang period, several small street markets were established here for the distribution and circulation of cargo and daily utensils. During this time, the street was named “Small Dihua Street”. The town features various “suspended buildings” which were built along the narrow strip of land along the river. Many houses were built on top of big stones alongside the river. Today, these houses on the Eastern street can still be visited by tourists.
The following items can be seen in Shiding Old Street.
1. Ha Sock Dolls
2. Chen’s Tofu Sweets
3. Wang’s Soybean Milk
4. Rong Feng’s Tea
5. Grandma’s Home-made Mochi
6. Yuan Guang’s Stithy
(To Shiding Old Street, 12-minute drive from LOFT 17)
Dan Lan Suspension Bridge
Walking along Shiding’s old streets and its dramatic river scenery, visitors are transported to an ancient time. Shiding Old Street and its residents embrace a simplistic lifestyle. Historically, both the Eastern and Western streets served as crucial passage for ancestors to commute back and forth from Kavalan (the old name of Yilan) Hall to Tamsui Hall. During these days, the Shiding section of the Dan Lan Ancient Road served as an important trade route for Da Jing and Wen Mountain Pouchong tea. These days, travelers can take a leisurely stroll along sections of this historical route and marvel at the pristine natural surroundings and diverse ecosystem along the way. The scenic riverside is dotted with enormous boulders and large schools of fish. What an amazing sight!
(To Shiding interchange, 8-minute drive from LOFT17)
Shenkeng Old Street
Although famous for its tofu, Shenkeng Old Street is characterized by its rows of traditional red brick buildings. Another landmark of this charming town is the hundred-year old tree near the street entrance. Old-fashioned and charming is how one could describe this bustling little town. Shenkeng possesses a strong brand in terms of tourism and is widely known for its mouthwatering local specialties such as stinky tofu, green bamboo, black pork and tea leaves. Visitors can experience the local traditional atmosphere and enjoy the local culture, tasty food and great shopping.
(To Taipei, 20-minute drive from LOFT 17)