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Harbor pavilion in Taichung gets makeover

By Yu Po-lin and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The newly renovated service center at Taichung’s Lishui Fishing Port is pictured on Thursday last week.

Photo: Yu Po-lin, Taipei Times

A neglected pavilion on the shore of Lishui Fishing Harbor in Taichung’s Longjing District (龍井) has undergone a major facelift, becoming a tourist attraction with its new Mediterranean look.

Taichung City Councilor Huang Hsi-chia (黃錫嘉) said Longjing is rich in cultural and natural resources, and the renovated pavilion could provide the crowning touch to local tourism.

With a view of the towering chimneys of the Taichung Power Plant, the harbor has been at the estuary of Dadu River (大肚溪), which marks the border with Changhua County, for more than a century, Huang said.

He said that with the fisheries activity at the harbor in decline, it has become a popular sunset-viewing spot among locals, with its embankment above the raft-strewn water repurposed as a bike lane.

A riverside park close to the harbor is renowned for its ecotourism, with water birds flocking to the park in winter and spring, attracting bird lovers, he said.

Huang said that a pavilion on the shore had fallen into disrepair, and after urging the local government to renovate it and turn it into a spot where visitors could watch the sun set over the Taiwan Strait, the NT$5 million (US$161,000) construction is nearing completion.

The white-washed pavilion, with an arcade and wind chimes, resembles the blue-and-white churches on islands in the Aegean Sea, he said.

Lishui Borough (麗水) Warden Ou Yu-mei (歐玉美) called for the public to take good care of the facility.

A bridal shop assistant surnamed Wang (王) said the pavilion could be an ideal spot for wedding photography.

Huang said that he would call on the city government to implement tourism policies to boost local tourism.

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