Guanxi Old Street 關西老街
Guanxi Old Street is a quiet historical street in Guanxi Township of Hsinchu County. You will not find long lines of people or food stalls here, but you will find a traditional morning market and century-old brick archways and covered walkways.
The area around Guanxi has been inhabited by Ayatal aboriginal peoples for thousands of years, and currently, there are two aboriginal villages in the township.
The first Han settlers to Guanxi arrived in 1751, including mostly Hakka people. By the 1800s, Guanxi had become an important agricultural area for tea, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, and other agricultural products. A commercial district had appeared along Datong Road, including multiple shops. At the time, it was one of the most prosperous and busy areas in what is now Hsinchu County.
Guanxi currently has a population of about 27,000 and it continues to drop each year.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From central Hsinchu, take provincial highway 1 north and turn west on Highway 118 in Zhubei. The old street is on the left of the main highway. There is free parking on the side of the road.
By bus: From Hsinchu Station, take bus 5619 to Guanxi Old Street. The old street is on the left of the main highway. There is free parking on the side of the road.
Please see below:
We have been to Guanxi Old Street once. It is not the most commercialized old street, but there are many historical buildings here to enjoy.
Dong An Bridge 東安橋 near the old street. Dong An Bridge is a large stone bridge ates back nearly 100 years back to the Japanese Era in Taiwan. It has become a popular destination to visit and take photos. See our blog on this bridge here.
Guanxi kind of sits on a hill and there are great views of the surrounding area.
Views of the river valley below.
Morning market on the old street.
Older buildings on the old street.
More old brick buildings on the old street.
Here you get the the arched walkway area.
Most of the houses here are pretty old but well preserved.
More arched walkways.
More teal painted windows and lanterns.
Guanxi public market which is connected with the old street.
More typical morning market stalls.
If you have time, you can also visit the nearby Hsinpu Old Street in the next village nearby.
Stay tuned on our blog about Hsinpu Old Stree to come!
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