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Daqing Cave(大慶洞)

Updated:2018-11-07

Posted Date:2016-01-04

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The newly completed Daqing Cave brings a new look to Daxi District, Taoyuan City and will give tourists visual surprises when they take a stroll in the old city. Situated between Daxi Bridge and the bank of Dahan River, Daqing Cave used to be an essential narrow tunnel between Taoyuan and Daxi. However, with the completion of Wuling Bridge, the tunnel was no more important. Reformed by Taoyuan City Government and Daxi District Office and painted by artists to display local characteristics, Daqing Cave has been transformed into the entrance of a leisure trail, in which tourists can discover astonishingly lively and beautiful local paintings and reach the Flagstone Path to connect to Daxi Old Street, a must-see destination in Daxi.


Once called the "Gate of Daxi," Daqing Cave has a total length of 27.5 meters, a width of 5 meters and a height of 5.8 meters. Daqing Cave was a busy road tunnel in the early days, but its low entrance gradually became a significant obstruction to traffic as the size of vehicles got bigger and bigger. When the coffin of late President Chiang Kai-Shek was sent to Cihu, because the coffin hearse was too tall to go through the tunnel, the road surface was immediately milled two meters in depth so that vehicles could pass through. Therefore, the difference in level between the road surface in the cave and that on the bridge can be obviously seen. After Wuling Bridge was opened to traffic, vehicles now are prohibited from using the tunnel and Daqing Cave becomes a pedestrian only zone.
 
Daqing Cave that connects Daxi Bridge and Wuling Bridge was once drab and quiet. Under active renovation by Taoyuan City Government and Daxi District Office in recent years, Daqing Cave catches up with the prevailing trend of color-painting villages across Taiwan. To construct impressive and representative local images, six artists were invited to design and paint in the cave and the sky ceiling of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel was used as the basis for the design work. The artists hand painted the most representative historical sites and humane images in the Daxi area, including Daxi Bridge, Daxi Heping Old Street, Shihmen Reservoir, Wude Temple, Daqing Cave, characteristic stores and street houses. Tourists can also find paintings of local cuisine and special agricultural products, like dried tofu, green bamboo shoots and camellia oil, on the wall. As tourists walk through the cave and the black and white paintings turn to be colorful, it means that Daxi has come to its flourishing era. From the 3D artworks, tourists not only witness the development of Daxi but also view the stories of the old city from an artistic perspective.
 
To visit the famous Daxi Old Street, tourist can follow the Old Flagstone Path next to Daqing Cave and go up to reach the must-see destination in Daxi. Lined with grandiose Baroque-style houses and traces of history, this historic street always makes an unforgettable memory in tourists' mind. Besides being used for outdoor decorations, the sculptures on the walls of houses correspond with the Baroque architecture in essence. In 2015, Daxi Wood Art Ecomuseum, the first wall-less museum in Taoyuan, was inaugurated to connect these historical buildings and warm the hearts of tourists when they travel in Daxi.

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  • Viewing Deck
  • Hiking Trail

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