Cheng Mei Culture Park, located in Changhua County’s Yongjing Township, is a beautiful garden space blend of history, culture and recreation.
On the Park grounds are the century-old residence Cheng Mei Hall and exquisite Garden He-De. Cheng Mei Hall speaks of the Wei family’s difficult journey to Taiwan, but also of the Confucian values they brought that made the area an important gathering of Fujian and Hakka culture. The garden shows off ancient gardening techniques, some of the finest in Taiwan, as well as many old trees hidden in the beautiful landscape.
Cheng Mei Culture Park carries on the Wei family’s high regard for the teachings of Confucius and Mencius, as well as happiness in others’ successes. Hopefully, Changhua’s Yongjing Township sets a great example of harmonious relationships between industries and land, and becomes the best research platform for Fujian and Hakka culture in Taiwan.
New life has been brought to this rural area, and a new direction for local industries. The Park continually works towards achieving the goals of sustaining the business, passing down cultural knowledge, improving the Township, promoting Yongjing, and bringing joy to Taiwan. Perhaps even an Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage Conservation from UNESCO Asia-Pacific is in the future, and the light shining in Yongjing will shine for Taiwan.
Wei Chengmei Hall ──
Learning the teachings of Confucius and Mencius ──
Pioneering monument restoration ──
Garden HE-DE ──
Garden He-De ,a Japanese garden, was built by the Wei brothers in memory of their father, Wei He-De. Different kinds of trees commonly seen in Taiwan are planted in the garden, like the subcostate crape myrtle, Chinese hackberry, bishop wood, Nagi podocarp, Dragon Chinese juniper, Chinese juniper, Yew podocarp, jasmine orange, Fengkang persimmon, and Philippine ebony persimmon, as well as Japanese black pine of profound historic significance. A quaint bridge, waterfall, and fishpond tie together with the exquisite landscape elements. In the future, more natural elements will be brought into Garden He-De, elevating it to an international level of quality and establishing it as a wonderful center for environmental education.
In Memory of He-De and Ru-Syue ──
To honor and remember founder Wei He-De’s hard work for entrepreneurship and Hsieh Ru-Syue’s kindness and selflessness, master sculptor Wang Ying-Hsin was commissioned to create statues of the two. The bronze likenesses are also a reminder of the Wei parents’ care for the less fortunate, and hopefully will inspire others to carry on their efforts. Inside the memorial pavilion, Wei He-De’s story of entrepreneurship is told through interactive multimedia displays showing his handwritten notes, photos, and other treasured information.
The Map of CMCP ──
The Journey of Plenty ──
In 1813, the 18th year of Jiaqing Emperor’s reign in the Qing dynasty, Changhua County magistrate Yang Gui-Sen built a market in what is now Yongjing Township. He named the market “Yongjing” to promote the area as a place where surrounding residents, who were from Fujian and Guangdong, could peacefully coexist. Over the next 200 years, Yongjing absorbed many elements of Fujian and Hakka culture, and earned the nickname “township of seedlings” (for its production of fruit saplings and flowering plants) with the effort of its residents and government. Yongjing is a rich landscape of history and culture still evident today. There are several must-see places when visiting Yongjing: The Chen family’s Yusan Hall that is regarded as one of the ten most notable traditional residential buildings in Taiwan; Zhongshidi, the Qiu family home, where Qiu Feng-Jia once studied; the Wei family’s Cheng Mei Hall that has deep roots in Confucianism and education.
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The Map of Yongjing ──