Ciaozai Village

Village in Beigan

Ciaozai Village, the island's closest village to Fujian across the water, sits on the northwest coast of the island, at the foot of Leishan (Thunder Mountain). Ciaozai, nestled in a cove that protects it from the northeast monsoons, has several temples devoted to the thunder god sporting very high and stylish 'fire wall' gables. Nowadays the village is mostly empty save for a few elderly residents who maintain the temples.