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Madou Old Street(麻豆老街)

Tuesday:09:00 – 17:00

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Updated:2019-02-26

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Introduce

A visit to Madou Old Street should not only include a sampling of the local delicacies but also a tour of the architecture. From the 9th Year of Taisho Era (1920) onwards, Madou’s downtown expanded west from Xinzhong Road in Dinjie to Zhongshan Road in Xiajie and shops began springing up along its length as well. Maodu Street had developed into a busy thoroughfare by the Showa Era and most of the surviving old houses can be found here. The Baroque-style buildings along the street date back nearly eight decades. They include the Electric Princess House as well as Nissin Furniture, Yongfa Company, Mercuries Department Store. The Uni-President Chain Store, Cheng Ji Xing, Longguang Drycleaners and Chengxing Furniture Store on Xinzhong Road in Dinjie are also such houses.
In addition to the ornate old buildings, the “Pickle Culture Park” tucked away in the back alleys of Madou Old Street is also worth a visit.   Madou is famous for pomelo now but it used to be a major pickle producer. The cluster of pickle makers in the back streets became known as “Pickle Lane.” Large wooden barrels were used for making the pickles. The barrels were an impressive sight as they were two meters in height and each held 10,000 kg of pickles.  The pickles industry is a dying trade in Madou. The distinctive wooden pickle barrels, however, were preserved and moved to Peiwen Elementary School and turned into the Pickle Cultural Park.

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