Introducing Lukang (Lugang)
Ninety percent of Lukang (Lùgǎng) is as nondescript as most small towns in Taiwan. But then there is that other 10%. Comprising some of the oldest and most gorgeous temples in the country, and featuring curiously curved streets, art museums in heritage buildings, and dusty old shops where equally dusty old masters create colourful fans, lanterns and tin pieces, it is this small part of Lukang that justifiably brings in the crowds.
People call Lukang a 'living museum' and this is true as much for the food as it is for the buildings and streets. Traditional dishes are cheap and readily available near all of the major sights. Look for the enticingly named phoenix eye cake, dragon whiskers and shrimp monkeys, among many other dishes.
On the central coast and just half an hour from Changhua by bus, Lukang is easily reached from anywhere on the west coast.
You can cover the sights on foot in one long day and there are many more worthy ones than we can list. English signs point to the major attractions, and most roads sport a pinyin road sign or two (sometimes with different spellings one block to the next).