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Environmental Education Field

          Taiwan Sugar Corporation attaches great importance to environmental education, and diversified courses are actively planned in its environmental education centers. It is hoped that all the people living on this land can make rediscovery of the environment through the power of education.

Xihu Sugar Railway Cultural Park (Certified in 2016)

          Established in 1919, Xihu Sugar Refinery was originally named “Xihu Sugar Factory” and was renamed its current name after WW II and was taken over by the National Government. With the assistance of the Council for Cultural Affairs (the current Ministry of Culture), the Changhua County Government, and local cultural and historical workers, the restoration of the sugar factory buildings, landscape cultural relics and trains have been successively completed.

          The important characteristics of Xihu Sugar Refinery is its dynamic preservation of sugar railway. Currently the vehicles that can run dynamically include No. 346 Steam Locomotive, No. 827 and No. 837 Diesel Locomotives, Railway Car No. 524, No. 152 Patrol Car, and passenger carrying cars transformed from sugarcane carts. The No. 346 Steam Locomotive that runs routinely weekly is the steam train that runs most frequently in Taiwan. It not only attracts domestic and overseas visitors but also serves as a spiritual indicator of the heritage and continuation of the Sugar Railway technology.

Jianshanpi Environmental Learning Center (Certified in 2017)

          Jianshanpi Reservoir was built in 1936 to provide water for Xinying Sugar Factory. Since the Xinying Sugar Factory closed in 2001, the Jianshanpi Reservoir was switched for the development of tourism, and the Jianshanpi  Resort was established. Currently, the Jianshanpi Reservoir that no longer supports the sugar factory is now used for leisure and recreation. In addition, it still has functions like flood control and detention, ecological conservation, and water regulation. Part of the water area has been gradually turned into wetlands and become an important habitat for living creatures.

          The development of Jianshanpi has witnessed the rise and fall of the modern sugar industry and industrial transformation in Taiwan. In the past, sand was discharged from the empty reservoir during the sugar production period, and it is the only one reservoir in Taiwan that discharges sand from the empty reservoir. The waterway between the reservoir and the Xinying Sugar Factory can connect the surrounding community settlements.

Qiaotou Sugar Factory Cultural Park (Certified in 2018)

          Qiaotou Sugar Factory was established by Japanese in 1901. It was the first new-style sugar factory, and the first sugar factory in Taiwan to transform sugar crushing with animal power to modern machinery, and also served as the locomotive for Taiwan to step toward industrialization. The first sugar factory built in Qiaotou was the mechanized laboratory of Taiwan’s sugar industry. Its unique architecture, equipment, landscape, history, and other resources of sugar culture are worthy of complete preservation as a proof of the rise and fall of the sugar industry in Taiwan.

          The development of sugar industry is now declining, the former sites of sugar factories are closely integrated with the community development, forming a special cultural background. Qiaotou Sugar Factory is the first old-fashioned factory transformed into a modern factory, it is even the birthplace of Taiwan’s industrialization and has its important cultural, historical, and symbolic significance.

Hualien Sugar Factory Environmental Education Center (Certified in 2021)

          The sugar industry used to play a crucial role in the development of Taiwan’s economy and society. The Japanese-style settlement culture generated from the Japanese colonial period with many touching stories behind the colonial history to the period of the Republic of China period. When the sugar factory started to work, the surrounding area was filled with sugar fragrance, and the sugar trains were busy shuttling through the sugarcane fields.

          In Guangfu Township, Hualien Sugar Factory is the main source of income for the residents, the community structure, and even the key to local development and environmental change.

          To enable the older generation to have something to remember by and to enable the younger generation to understand the historical value and significance of the sugar industry in Taiwan, and be more aware of the cultural significance of the sugar industry to the local environment, to shoulder the responsibility of environmental education, and to realize the mission of inheriting the culture of sugar industry in Taiwan, the Hualien Factory has been transformed into a tourism factory and environmental education center.

Dong Hai Feng Agricultural Circulation Park (Certified in 2022)

          Dong Hai Feng Livestock Farm was established in 1957. It was originally an old-fashioned pig farms with old equipment and poor efficiency and faced with problems such as protests for environmental protection. In recent years, to respond to the government’s New Agriculture and Circular Economy policies in the government’s 5+2 Policy, TSC has invested NTD 680 million in the renovation of this livestock farm into the Dong Hai Feng Agricultural Circulation Park, the very first agricultural and animal husbandry circulation park that combines green energy, water circulation, and biological circulation, forming a diversified environment with the integration of production, life, and ecology with the surrounding environment. The water curtain style pig house observation corridor is one of the important highlights in the park. It can enable close observation of the activities of pigs in the pig house. Historical buildings such as offices, farrowing sheds, boar pens, sow pens, and fan-shaped pig pens outdoors are preserved, and video/audio introduction of these places are made with historical stories. Visitors can better understand the stepwise development of the pig farming industry in Taiwan and the necessity for its transformation. This place is used for environmental education and recreation.

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