Tamsui Longshan Temple is dedicated to Guanyin Buddha. Representatives from Jinjiang, Hui-an and Nan-an each host the temple ceremonies commemorating the Buddha’s birthday, ascension and renouncement of worldly ties respectively every year. People from all three counties also come together to host the Ghost Festival ceremony on the 27th day of the 7th lunar month. The tradition continues to today. Guanyin Buddha was said to have miraculously shielded the people of Hobe Street from the French bombardment during the Battle of Tamsui in the Sino-French War of 1884. An imperial plaque was therefore bestowed by Emperor Guangxu and this still hangs in the main hall today. Stone donated in 1885 by Governor Gaoyuan Zhang who took part in the Battle of Tamsui for the construction of the temple courtyard can still be seen as well
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Wulai Old Street
Wulai is famous for springs and the hill cherry blossoms. As Atayal is the dominant local ethnic group, there are Atayal cultural tokens everywhere in Wulai. Most shops in Wulai Old Street have a strong “indigenous flavor”. Visitors can taste a wide variety of mountain foods in indigenous flavors, such as the charcoal grilled wild boar pork, spring cooked eggs, shell-flower leaf dumplings, rice cooked in bamboo tubes, and dishes made with aromatic litsea. They are rare “Taiwan indigenous specialty foods”. There are also the specialties like the millet wine and millet mochi that are great as souvenirs for friends.
Chen Forng-Shean Miniature Art Museum
The arts are alive in the mysterious artist Chen Forng-Shean, who has carved numerous miniature Buddha statues and other artifacts, some less than 1 millimeter in size and small enough to fit into the eye of a needle. Over the past 30 years Chen has built a collection of more than 120 pieces.