Second-phase construction of Hakka Literature Garden begins

Subsidized by the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC), the second-phase construction of the Hakka Literature Garden (客家文學花園) promoted by Miaoli County Government began on July 23. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by HAC Deputy Minister Yiong Cong-ziin (楊長鎮), Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang (徐耀昌), and lawmaker Hsu Chih-jung (徐志榮).

The garden occupying 18.5 hectares is situated south of Gongguan Township’s Fude Village, near Houlong River (後龍溪) and next to Provincial Highway 6. As a transport hub, it connects Shei-Pa National Park (雪霸國家公園) and the Tai"an hot springs area with Provincial Highway 3, 6, and 72. The local government expects that the Hakka literature-themed venue will complement the landscape of Niudou Valley (牛鬥峽谷) and the history of Chuhuangkeng (出磺坑), site of the first oil well in 19th-century Asia.

Magistrate Hsu noted that the “Revitalization of the Industrial History and Heritage of the Chuhuangkeng Site” project, which is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture with NT$150 million, aims to link the tourist attractions along Provincial Highway 3 and 6, including historic architectural settlements and the location of Asia’s oldest oil well, and transform the region into Miaoli’s top travel destination.

The Hakka Literature Garden project consists of three phases. Completed in June, the first phase included building roads, parking lots, and wetland waterfront infrastructure. The second phase that will construct a terrace-like space, a visitor’s center, and an entry road linking to Provincial Highway 6 will be finished next year.

According to the Culture and Tourism Bureau of Miaoli County, the budget for the first and second phase of construction totals NT$140 million, 90 percent of which is from HAC subsidization. Estimated to cost NT$110 million, the last phase will focus on landscape design featuring Hakka literature, afforestation, and completion of service facilities, creating a chance to attract investments and boost local tourism.