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Tourism Spots >>  5 Yong Kang local anecdotes

1. “Hsuehchia Temple, Zhou-zai-wei carriage”
Zhou-zai-wei is the former dock of the Tai-jiang inlet, and the Da-dao-gong temple was there.  During the 13th year of the reign of Qianlong, the temple was rebuilt, and they made a sacred carriage on which the dragons, lions, phoenixes, peonies, lotuses, chrysanthemums, and plums were so intricately carved that the quality surpassed those in the Taijun capital.  The carriage, along with the renovated Hsuehchia temple crafted by Master Yeh, became priceless artworks, which led to the saying of “Hsuehchia Temple, Zhou-zai-wei carriage.”  The carriage was confiscated and burnt by the colonial government  toward the end of the Japanese occupation era and during the Japanization movement.

2. “Wugui bridge, Chulin-Qian, bail the show on Niaosong.”

Wugui bridge and Chulin Qian are two communities that worshipped the San-Lao-Ye Temple with the Niaosong community.  However, the former two communities were much poorer than Niaosong, so each year during the deity's birthday festival, the two poor communities would still carry their offerings to supplicate the gods, but they would pass on the banquet and theatre shows normally required by the festival traditions. 

3. “April 22, not a piece of tofu jerky left for memorial”
On April 22 of the first year of the reign of Daoguang, many Wuding residents were out on the waterfront catching crustaceans when a massive tsunami hit the shore.  A large number of people drowned that day.  On their memorial day of the subsequent years, all the fish, poultry and meat in the market would be purchased by the surviving descendents of the victims, and not even a tofu jerky was left to be bought.

4. Wangtian SongJiang are all elders; Chulinchian SongJiang has just a few; Wuqitan SongJiang filled with youths”
SongJiang refers to the SongJiang parade, which is a self-defense organization composed by the community.  In the late Ching dynasty, every village had its own team.  During the Japanese occupation days, the prosperity of the villages varied greatly.  Many residents from Wangtian and Chulinchian moved to Wuqitan, and only the old, the meek, and the women and child were left.  When it came time to form the SongJiang parade, Wangtian was left with only elderly folks to attend, while Chulinchian had only 2 or 3 families.  On the other hand, the well-populated Wuqitan had a team full of youths.

5. “By and by, go to Erwang to eat dumplings.”
Erwang is Erwanglun.  In the old days, there was a vegetable market where turnips, cucumbers, legumes, eggplants and other vegetables were gathered and sold.  Naturally, there were snack shops selling dumplings, rice cakes, and things like that.  Hence it made sense that people go to Erwan to eat dumplings.  On the other hand, there is also a cemetery in Erwan, and it was customary to offer pyramid-shaped meat that resemble the dumpling to the deceased.  So, “going to Erwang to eat dumplings” had the connotation of sending one off to the cemetery.

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