Banqiao and Tucheng
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I have lived in Banqiao[*] (板橋) and Tucheng (土城) most of the time I have been in Taiwan. They border each other in Taipei County (台北縣) southwest of Taipei. Both places changed quite a bit since I first arrived in Taiwan (in 1999), especially Banqiao. The most notable thing has been the construction of the new railway station in Banqiao (pictured below) and the railway line going from above ground to underground. The MRT line to Banqiao (Xinpu station 新埔站) opened in 2000. The Banqiao to Tucheng extension of the MRT opened at the end of May 2006. In the past few years there has been a seemingly endless amount of construction of new roads, buildings and bridges. The pictures below show Banqiao Station in 2002 and 2006. The road running through the middle of the photos used to be the railway line. I wish I had some photos from when I first arrived in Taiwan as the differences would be far greater.
The photo below shows the entrance to the Fuzhong MRT Station (府中站) in April 2006 before it opened. The station is at the site of the old Banqiao Railway Station. The railway line used to be above ground until the new Banqiao Station and underground railway line opened in 1999. Demolition of the old station began not long after that and the railway line was ripped up to become Xianmin Boulevard (縣民大道).
Lin Family Gardens
Viewing Deck at Taipei County Government Building 台北縣政府瞭望層
Taipei County Government building
Banqiao Agricultural Park 板橋農村公園
Banqiao Hotel 板橋賓館
The photo above is of the Banqiao Hotel, but it's not in Banqiao!! It is in Yunxiao (雲霄), a small city in the south of Fujian Province, China.
A note about spelling
I have used the Hanyu pinyin spelling of Banqiao in this web page. According to Tongyong Pinyin, which is the official romanisation system in Taipei County, the spelling is Banciao. Other spellings that may be seen are Panchiao, Banchiao, Banchiau and Pan Chiao.
David's Guide to Taiwan
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