2nd Special Exhibition Hall - Taiwan Hakka museum in Miaoli - Creating Dreams in Hakka Community-An Exhibition of the Story of the Wind City
“Creating Dreams in Hakka Community-An Exhibition of the Story of the Wind City” kicked off at Taiwan Hakka museum in Miaoli from Dec. 22, 2013, hoping to facilitate the public to gain a further understanding of the abundant and vibrant features and styles of Hsinchu and create dreams in Hakka communities together.
The exhibition features the renowned Yingxi Gate in the Hsinchu area as the main imagery at the entrance, and the overall space is designed to be a virtual Zhuqian City (the old name of Hsinchu City), divided into five themed areas as below: “Constructing the City, Building the Dreams”, “Reclamation, Footprints”, “Abundant Resources, Hakka Settlements “The Wind Rises, The Water Surges”, “The Impressions, Hsinchu Hakka”.
If the visitors carefully observe the gate at the entrance and the ukiyo-e of Hakka street scenes, then they could discover that the mimic gate was built with the exquisite techniques like brickwork laid piece by piece; the exhibition also integrates the artwork of hand-drawn style to reproduce the beauty of Zhuqian City; as well as the traditional scenes of drying persimmons under the sun in Hakka settlements, fashionable hollowed decorated archway-like windows which display the looks of modern Hsinchu, and the light box setting for the comeback of the Neiwan Line CK124 train are all the popular spots for the visitors to take pictures with.
In addition, upon entering the city, the virtual reality created through the 3D projection would make the visitors feel like walking into another universe, if they greet the characters in the virtual reality, then they may get unexpected replies! Furthermore, what kind of specialty delicacies were born due to the immigration of the Hakka people into the Hsinchu area? How did Hakka people tell their colorful and wonderful reclamation stories, festivals and folk customs, and industrial culture? How about Mazu Mania in March of the lunar calendar? Why do the Hakka settlements in Hsinchu celebrate “Welcoming Mazu, Carrying Lunchfor the disciples)” in the first Lunar month? How did the circle of Yimin religion expand from four villages to fifteen, and also becoming one of the most distinguished local festivals among the 12 major Hakka festivals in Taiwan? Apart from indigo dyeing, there is still the sun dyeing (aka persimmon dyeing) that won't fade away after washed, and would even get more apparent by the sun exposure. Finally, after visiting through the windows which showcase the modern Hsinchu in the lights of food, clothing, housing, transportation, education, and entertainment, the museum even encourages the exhibition-goers to plan their own in-depth cultural trip to search for the scenes of the story of the wind city on-site.