On what I walk to see...

"Objects do not have any intrinsic meaning- that meaning is conferred on them by us- and that different people, and the same person at different times, may confer different meanings on the same object." (Hammersley, 1989, p. 135)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wushih Harbor in Toucheng 頭城烏石港

We went to visit the 烏石港 Wushih Harbor in Toucheng 頭城... my dad's hometown today.  It was named 烏石港 Wushih Harbor because of the large and black coral rocks in the harbor.

In the old time, it was the most important harbor in I-lan... in addition to the fishing industry, it was also the main port for import and export.  Unfortunately, the flood in 1978 flushed down a tremendous amount of mud and stones, and silted the river way.  In 1983, an American ship sank after hitting the coral reef, and, consequentially  blocked the harbor entrance... which brought forth the downturn of this harbor.

Due to the lack of harbors in I-lan, new land was filled for the construction of the Wushih Harbor Deep Sea Fishing Harbor.  The project started in 1991 and was completed in 2003.  Today, it is one of the major tourist fish port in I-lan.

While we can visit new harbor where the fisherman sells your seafood they just caught, the lake between the Tourist information center and the Lanyang museum is the site of the old harbor.  According to my dad, when he was a kid, he used to go fishing with his pals along the old seashore... where the museum is now.

Pictures of Wushih Harbor in Toucheng 頭城烏石港

Pictures of Lanyang Museum

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