Destinations and landmarks
Yishih Road - Taikang Green Tunnel
There is a stretch of verdant road side trees from the intersec-tion of the north-south railway line along Liouying District's external circuit.
The Green Tunnel is located at the southern banks of Guei-chong River and Jishuei River and measures a total of 4,472 meters from the ex-county expressway (South 95) heading eastwards along Sinying Processing Plant, Taikang, and Wujyuying to Chongsi Elementary School. The Tunnel is flanked by over 700 mango trees that are over 80 years old, creating a one-of-a-kind landscape in Taiwan. In 1992, Tai-wan Provincial Government listed the trees as valuable road side trees, putting the local government in charge of their proper protection. Every tree is thus numbered and tagged for such purposes. The verdant mango trees are arranged in rows, providing plenty of shade that gave rise to the acco-lade of Green Tunnel. The Tunnel provides a most wonderful sylvan atmosphere to walk in during the early mornings, making it one of the 8 Beauteous Landscapes of Nan-Ying.
South 108. During the Japanese occupation, the Japanese Empire started the Daitoa Senso (the Greater East Asa War, known to the rest of the world as the Second World War) to satiate its territorial ambitions, creating the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The Japanese Empire forcibly con-scripted men from Taiwan and sought volunteers to fight in Southeast Asia and China. Farmers in Taiwan were also ma-de to grow hemp, castor oil plants, sisal, and to rear silk-worms. All gold was confiscated as a strategic resource. Lo-cal residents were ordered to maintain the road in order to protect the Japanese garrisons in Taiwan. Every household was required to grow 5 mango trees. Saplings eventually grew to become forests, helping to provide cover against strafing from allied aircrafts. Residents from the older gen-eration called this stretch of road as Jyunlu (Army Road).
In June, 1950, the North Korean army invaded South Korea and started the Korean War. In October of the same year, the People's Volunteer Army (PVA) of Communist China entered the Korean War under the slogans of Defeating US Imperial-ism and to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. In 1954, sol-diers in a POW camp who had either been captured or sur-rendered attempted to raise a blood-soaked flag of their country. Several men were shot by the UN army, but they fi-nally achieved their wish. This heroic deed was considered exemplary and a positive example for the conduct of the revolutionary army. A total of 14,209 men in the POW camps also expressed their wishes to live in Free China in Taiwan. Amongst this group of POWs, two were Taiwanese anti-communist patriots native to Penghu and Chongsi Village of Liouying District. The native of Liouying was named Chen Yung-hua (originally named Yen-chan). Then county repre-sentative Hou Wen-cheng recommended renaming the criti-cal transport route (Green Tunnel, or South 108) as Yishih Road. This motion was approved by the County Council and the name was changed accordingly. The choice of over 10,000 prisoners refusing to return to enslavement in China and instead chose to live in Taiwan was an act that shocked both Taiwan and the whole world.
Yishih Road was widened from 12 to 18 meters. The entire road measured 7,479 meters long, beginning in the west at Renhe Village, passing through Taikang, Chongsi, and ending at Danong. Yishih Road is a critical transport route of Liouying District and is used extensively. However, the narrowness of the road had led to frequent road acci-dents. When Province Chairperson Song Chu-yu visited this Township in May, 1994, town mayor Huang Kuo-an, county representatives Liou Guei-miao and Wu Chin-song as well as public representative council chairperson Shih Bing-hong and deputy chairperson Huang Ci-shih peti-tioned the Province Government to widen the road to 24 meters. Land was jointly acquired from Tai Sugar Compa-ny, with construction starting in September, 1996 and end-ing in May, 1998. A total of NT$ 110 million was spent on this project. All the town chiefs of Liouying placed great importance on the greening and beautification of this Township. Special attention was placed on the Green Tun-nel due to its historical value. All the mango trees were moved individually help preserve the majestic mango groves of Yishih Road, giving rise to the modern day Green Tunnel.