Hsinpu Old Street is a quiet historical street in Hsinpu Township of Hsinchu County. You will not find long lines of people or food stalls here, but you will find wide open fields and century-old traditional Hakka three-sided homes here in what was once an agricultural powerhouse of the region.
The first Han settlers to Hsinpu arrived in the early 1700s, including mostly Hakka people. The name Hsinpu (literally meaning new riverbed)refers to the new farmland being developed along the Fengshan River. By the 1800s, Hsinpu had become an important agricultural area for rice, sugar, tea, and camphor, and a commercial district had appeared along Hsinpu Street, including 6 companies or shops. At the time, it was one of the most prosperous and busy areas in what is now Hsinchu County.
However, during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, local residents revolted and much of Hsinpu Street caught on fire.
Due to Hsinpu's geographical isolation, it has retained its rural roots and Hakka cultural heritage.
Hsinpu currently has a population of about 32,000 and it continues to drop each year.
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Where to stay:
Most of the accommodation you will find is near the city center. If you will only visit downtown, you can consider a day trip from Taipei.
We have stayed at and recommend the Golden Motel a high quality motel near Green Grass Lake (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, Expedia here, or Trip.com here), and CD Motel, another high quality motel in downtown Hsinchu (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, or Trip.com here). Unfortunately I cannot recommend any further hotels that I have stayed at in Hsinchu because usually we stay at my wife's uncle's house.
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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 officially Heping Street (和平街), but the entire area in central Hsinpu can also be considered part of the old street. There is free parking on the side of the road. If you are looking for car rentals in Hsinchu, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKDay here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
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By bus: From Hsinchu Station, take bus 5619 to Hsinpu Old Street. The trip takes about 40 minutes. The old street is officially Heping Street (和平街), but the entire area in central Hsinpu can also be considered part of the old street. You can book tickets to travel to Hsinchu via inter-city bus on Klook here. You can book tickets to Hsinchu via high speed rail (HSR) on Klook here or KKDay here. Book tickets via the normal train (TRA) on Klook here.
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I have been to Hsinpu Old Street once. It is one of the most simple and quiet old streets I have ever visited. Definitely not the "best old street" in Taiwan by any measure, but it is still a nice place to visit.
There is plenty of parking and open space all over this old street.
Heping Street History
On this street you can find the old laundry pool, 100 year old market, tea shop, an old theater, Guanghe Temple, and Pan, Liu, and Zhu family shrines.
A new parking lot with super cheap rates.
Liu family shrine and three sided house.
Pan family house. I was not the only tourist!
The pan family has a nice huge front yard.
Walking further down the street.
Old brick building.
100 year old morning vegetable market, closed during the evening. Known as Hsinpu's First Market.
Zhu family shrine.
Closer view of the Zhu family shrine.
Catholic church along the street.
Fields with a backdrop of new apartment buildings, built for commuters from Hsinchu's Science Park.
Closer to Zhubei the apartment buildings get more and more concentrated.
You can find more tours and activities in Hsinchu such as river tracing, wild hot springs, white water kayaking, backpack rafting, Little Ding Dong Theme Park, Leofoo Village Theme Park, Window on China Theme Park, glamping, camping, stone spa, horse riding, and more on Klook here or KKday here.
You can check out our full guide to Hsinchu here.
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