Destinations and landmarks
Old Abode of the Liou Clan
The Old Abode of the Liou Clan is a large Sihheyuan located at No. 44, Liouying, Shihlin Village. The residence was built over a century ago by an ancestral founder of the Liou Clan. The entire residence occupies 800 Ping (2,645 square meters, or 28,467 square feet) of land. All construction materials were shipped from China, with Chinese artisans performing the construction work as well. Taiwanese tiles were used for the roof, while red bricks were used to lay the floor. The main door and side corri-dors form the Sihheyuan courtyard after entering the main doorway. This entire abode is constructed using a unique archi-tectural style with its traditional designs, carved pillars, and painted building surfaces.
Jyuren Posts (a post that the household could erect to honor a fellow clansman who attained the rank of Jyuren in the Imperial Examinations) were built on either side of the old courtyard. The post on the right side was sundered by lightning, leaving only a stone base. The main hall serves as the seat for all the direct an-cestors as well as residences for guests and local militiamen. The main hall is also decorated with a plaque with the characters Wunkuei (literary giant) presented to the Liou Clan by Wang De-lu, the Sunfu (inspector general) of Fujian Province and Bingbu Silang (Deputy Minister of War).
A meaningful couplet is also shown on both pillars of the main hall, reading: "Siao mo silao jhuanyan bian zuo renfumu, shang wu wang huitou ciekan er zihsun" (Don't worry about the chores of filial piety as you'll soon be a parent yourself; don't dwell on your charities but instead look on to your children).
Liou Mao-yan, the founding ancestor of the Liou Clan, served Prince Jheng Cheng-gong and died in the Battle of Nanjing. His son, Ciou-cheng, obeyed the orders of his widowed mother to fol-low Prince Jheng to Taiwan. He later settled at Chamuying, help-ing to create thousands of jia (hectares) of farmland and devel-oped the region extensively. The Liou Clan prospered for over three centuries, achieving success in both the Imperial bureau-cracy and trade for 12 generations. Liou Da-yuan, a member of the 7th generation, attained the rank of Jyuren in the Imperial Exams in the 2nd Year (Renzih) of Emperor Sianfeng (1852). Liou Li-jhih of the 8th generation also achieved the rank of Jyuren in the 15th Year of Emperor Guangsyu. Having two clansmen achieving such an illustrious rank in the Imperial sys-tem was considered an extremely rare blessing.