Destinations and landmarks
Deyuanpi Holland Village
Deyuanpi Reservoir, the largest ground-level reservoir in Li-ouying District, is located at the southeastern side of Liouying District, Tainan City. The coral shaped lake surface is designed to intercept the nine tributaries upstream of Guizaigang Irriga-tion. This system is now under the management of Taiwan Joint Irrigation Associations in Jianan. The origins of this irri-gation system began with an earthen dam constructed with the sole backing of Liou De-yuan, a local gentry during the late years of the Cing Dynasty. The system helped to provide water to nearly a thousand hectares of land. However, the earthen dam failed to last and was destroyed by floods eventually. Dur-ing the Japanese occupation, the Taiwan Seitou Company (modern day Taiwan Sugar Company) made some simple re-pairs, but failed to achieve the original capacity intended for the dam.
In 1953, Town Mayor Liu Min-shu and County Representative Hou Wen-cheng both advocated the construction of the reser-voir. Plans were made to construct dams and canal gates at the original sites. The entire project was named as Deyuanpi after the original builder. In 1955, beneficiaries of the irrigation sys-tem jointly pooled a sum of money. The Water Resources Bu-reau, in charge of engineering and construction, began work in September of the same year. The entire reservoir was com-pleted in July, 1956 and provided water for up to nearly 900 Jia (nearly 900 hectares) of land. The management and opera-tion of the reservoir was later transferred to the Irrigation As-sociation. Bawong's Dairy Farms are close to the Deyuanpi reservoir, and is currently Taiwan's largest milk producing area and a symbolic part of the local ecosystem of Liouying District. Sun-sets bathe the entire lake in a veil of gold to create a wondrous and breathtaking scenery.
Former county magistrate Su first proposed the concept of Holland Village in 2002. The existing Youpitang and the unique dairy farms of Liouying District would be combined and furnished with elements of Dutch scenery and touristic features. People, cultural, farms, land, and landscapes would be integrated to create Deyuanpi Holland Village. Planning and construction funds were secured from the Environmental Pro-tection Administration, the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications as well as the Construc-tion and Planning Agency of the Ministry of the Interior. Con-struction for the entire Village was completed in 2010. The Vil-lage also includes a dairy product sales center, ferry pier, camping and barbecue areas, red brick plaza, mini canal, green pastures, and Taiwan's only Dutch windmill imported all the way from the Netherlands. Waterways and roads were also developed to establish connections to surrounding destina-tions, including the Old Abode of the Liou Clan, Bawong Dairy Farms, Taikang Organic Farm, Liouying High Tech Park, and Jiangnan Resort. Such plans allow Deyuanpi Holland Village to invest new energy to the revival of local economy.