The Chinese below was taken from "A New Appreciation of Fishing" 漁樂新視界. The Chinese was written by 光啟社 and the English was written/translated by me. There will be four of these entries, covering the ports in Pingtung County.
Fishy Things to Do in Fangliao
枋寮是南台灣的漁鄉重鎮, 素有 "魩之鄉" 的稱號, 養殖漁業非常的興盛, 平常我們餐桌上吃的, 或是宣宴客用的海鮮, 很多都是來自枋寮地區喔! Fangliao is an important fishing township in south Taiwan. It's referred to as "whitebait town," and the fish farming industry there is very prosperous. Much of the seafood we eat in our homes or seafood restaurants comes from Fangliao! (1)
枋寮除了漁產養殖非常興盛之外, 隨處可見樸實的漁鄉風情. 如果想要認識枋寮的漁鄉風情, 可以參加枋寮區漁會舉辦的漁業休閒旅遊活動, 豐富的行程絕對讓你滿意喔! Aside from fish farming, in Fangliao you can see simple fishing villages everywhere. If you want to get to know these fishing villages, you can take part in fishing-related tourist activities sponsored by the Fangliao District Fishing Association. Their rich itineraries are sure to satisfy! (2)
How to go?
坐火車到枋寮是最方便的交通工具. f開車的民眾, 可以從國道三號下林邊交流道, 接台17線往枋寮方向, 就可以低達枋寮了. Fangliao is most conveniently reached by train. For those driving cars, you can take the Formosa Freeway (#3) to the Linbian exit. From there you can take Highway 17 all the way to Fangliao. (3)
Memories in the Making
枋寮藝術村 Fangliao F3 Arts Village
枋寮藝術村位於枋寮火車站旁, 原本是枋寮火車站3號創庫, 現在已經規劃成一處藝術展演的空間, 許多藝術家都在園區內展示自己的藝術創, 作值得你用心探索和品味喔! The Fangliao F3 Arts Village is located next to the Fangliao Train Station. It was originally the #3 Maintenance Facility for the Fangliao Train Station, but has been re-designated a performance/display space for artists. Many artists display their work in this area, and it's a place worth seeking out. (4)
水底寮古厝群 The Old Residences in Shuidiliao
枋寮水底寮古厝群, 建築年代大約在80年至120年之間, 特色是紅磚紅牆中國式的建築, 其中枋寮鄉保生社區的 "大條巷", 是清末民初時期舊有建築物的保留巷道, 仍保有當時的文化特色, 有興趣的民眾不妨一探. The group of old houses in Shuidiliao Village, Fangliao Township range from between 80 to 120 years old. A special thing about them is their red walls, built of red bricks in the Chinese style. Within this group of buildings is Fangliao's Baosheng Community, where the "Long Alley" is located. [The houses along this alley] were built between the end of the Ching Dynasty and the [arrival of] the Republic of China, and retain characteristics from that time. Those interested should give them a look. (5)
魩仔魚冰棒 Whitebait Popsicles
枋寮盛產名聞全國的魩仔魚, 為了推廣魩仔魚, 枋寮區漁會特別推出 "魩仔魚冰棒", 受到許多民眾的喜愛. 魩仔魚擁有豐富的鈣質, 裝成的冰棒, 口感獨特無腥味, 營養價值高, 是民眾來枋寮絕對不能錯過的美味. Fangliao is famous all over Taiwan for the whitebait it produces, and in order to promote this local product the Fangliao District Fishing Association has produced "whitebait popsicles," which are loved by many people. The calcium-rich whitebait are frozen into popsicle form, and have a unique taste without retaining a fishy smell. They are very nutritious, and are a delicacy visitors to Fangliao shouldn't miss. (6)
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1. Very prosperous? Let's just say that this book was written in 2012, and local fish farms aren't doing as well as they once were. Part of the reason is a declining population, another part of the reason is the disappearance of Mainland Chinese tourists.
Grouper 石斑魚 was mentioned in the "Fishy Things to do Around Linyuan and Donggang" post. Grouper is also farmed in Fangliao. Shin Loong 新龍 Village, north of the Fangliao Train Station, is well known for the grouper it produces. Mangrove red snapper, abalone, snubnose pompano, two types of bream, freshwater prawns and tiger prawns are also farmed in the area. When I think back to strolls through Taitung's Central Market, I now realize that many of the fish for sale there were probably shipped in from Fangliao
2. No mention of any fishing-related activities for tourists on the local fishing association's website. I've also been by their headquarters recently, and there was no tourist activity visible.
3. In other words, just follow the route to Kenting. You'll pass through Fangliao on the way.
4. Is this space still being used? It's hard to tell. It's not an especially interesting or photogenic area. I suspect that everyone involved gave up on it a while ago. A few restaurants have opened along that road/alley recently, but they have nothing to do with art or artists.
5. NOT worth seeking out. I live on the hill above Shuidiliao, and pass through it twice a day. Like the Arts Village above, it's neither interesting nor photogenic. I will say, however, that the estimate of the residences' age seems conservative. I'm pretty sure some of them are well over 120 years old.
6. These popsicles aren't available anymore. Guess they weren't that loved after all?