Renovated tea port expected to be new Hakka tourist highlight in Taoyuan

Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Deputy Minister Fan Tso-ming (范佐銘) attended a ceremony marking the completion of renovation work on Sankeng Tea Port (三坑茶港) at Sankeng Eco Park (三坑自然生態公園) in Taoyuans Longtan District on Nov. 5, joining Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) and hundreds of local residents.

Under HAC’s national-level project “Taiwan Romantic Route 3,” the Taoyuan City Government spent 8 months on the renovation to re-present the beauty of Sankeng Tea Port.

The renovation work of the tea port encompasses the provision of more barrier-free facilities, such as trail pavement, accessible bathrooms, ramps, parking spaces as well as beautification enhancement, including the setup of an installation artwork combined with augmented reality technologies and the conservation of a wetland.

Fan said that, as an important site on Taiwan Romantic Route 3, the tea port was the junction where roadway and waterway met in the 19th century to export tea, camphor, and cane sugar to the world. He added that most tea and camphor were produced by the Hakka community on the romantic road in northern Taiwan at that time.

According to HAC, all cargos relied on the inland waterway while the roadway transportation was not fully developed in earlier times. Situated at Taoyuans Dahan River (大漢溪), the Sankeng region became a transport hub of Hakka settlements in the Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli areas due to its locational advantage. Earning its reputation as “Hakka tea port,” Sankeng Tea Port played a significant role in the historical development of Tamsui River.

The tea port was in decline on account of the building of highways and Shihmen Reservoir. With concerted efforts by HAC and the local government, the tea port has been revamped to present its past history, revive people’s nostalgic memories, and enrich the tourist landscape on Taiwan Romantic Route 3.