Dadaocheng is a renowned tourist attraction in Taipei. It is a place where two hundred years of history and development has filled every nook and cranny with many stories to tell. Let's take a short walk with a local cultural worker to see how he introduces the most authentic Dadaocheng experience to travelers. Take a stroll along the streets in Dadaocheng and you will be greeted by one historic building after another, but with so much history in the air, it's probably a good idea if there is someone to show you around, and it's even better if this someone is local and comes from a family that has lived here for five generations. ==CHIU YI, Taipei Walking Tour Founder== I've lived here for all my live, and so has my family. Four years ago, my wife and I started this project to help introduce the real Dadaocheng to more people. Before Chiu started Taipei Walking Tour 4 years ago, he had worked in the tourism industry for eight years. It was an experience that allowed him to observe the market firsthand. ==CHIU YI, Founder, Taipei Walking Tour== The trend is certainly moving towards individual tourism, and the market for large, packaged group tours is shrinking. From our experience so far, the more connected your offering is to the local way of life, the more sustainable your business will be. Together with other cultural workers, Chiu and his team aim to help travelers feel the vibrant pulse of local life, but for many of us who don't know the neighborhood well, Dihua street and the Xiahai Chenghuang Temple seem to be all that Dadaocheng has to offer. ==LOCAL SHOP OWNER== (When tourists come here, where do they usually go?) Downtown Dihua Street, near the Chenghuang temple. (They don't usually come here?) No they don't. (How long have you been in business?) Three generations. That's more than a hundred years. ==CHIU YI, Taipei Walking Tour Founder== A lot of people know Dadaocheng by Dihua Street, but there are so many other streets in Dadaocheng. Of course, we have nothing against Dihua Street, but what we would like to see is a more comprehensive understanding of the neighborhood. And that's why the route he chooses for us does not include Dihua street and the Chenghuang Temple, and because of so, we get to experience the other side of Dadaocheng. For instance, few people know that this townhouse is one of the locations where Hou Hsiao-Hsien's movie Dust in the wind takes place. Meanwhile, a few steps down the road lies the lesser-known Cisheng Temple. Here, we get to experience the hustle and bustle of local life. ==CHIU YI, Taipei Walking Tour Founder== We locals don't really call it the Cisheng Temple. We just call it the Mazu temple, because it is the only temple devoted to Mazu in this area. When you say you're at the Mazu temple for a quick meal, we know this is where you are. ==LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER== We've got a pretty regular clientele. It's usually familiar faces. Only on weekends do you see more tourists or whole families. In the past, local activity in traditional Taiwanese communities often took place in the square of the local temple. And here in Dadaocheng, it still does. The next stop of tour leads us to the only rice mill left in the neighborhood. To Chiu, one of the challenges for businesses in Dadaocheng today is to reinvent themselves in today's economic reality without forsaking authenticity. ==CHIU YI, Taipei Walking Tour Founder== If existing local commerce dies out in Dadaocheng, is Dadaocheng still Dadaocheng? If one day all the stores here were turned into cultural creative businesses and cafes, Dadaocheng would no longer be Dadaocheng. To Chiu, tourism is not about bringing 1 million tourists to a city, but about creating a city that one tourist would visit a million times. With Chiu showing us around, Dadaocheng is certainly worth at least another, if not more visits. REPORTER:JEFF CHANG 漫步大稻埕市街,建築古色古香,街道人來人往,很有古早台灣味,不過一般觀光客走馬看花,不一定能夠真的體會,街道裡百年來每個角落的不同故事。近來台北也興起漫步導覽,五代世居大稻埕的邱翊,四年前決定另起爐灶,把有溫度的在地觀光,帶給每一位來到大稻埕的遊客。 ==城市散步導覽創辦人 邱翊== 因為自己住在大稻埕這邊 住了一輩子 家族也住在大稻埕這邊住一輩子 我們大概四年前 開始想說我們可以怎麼樣 讓更多人去認識真正的大稻埕 其實在投身步行導覽以前,邱翊在旅遊業工作了八年,負責商品企劃,讓他對觀光旅遊,有深深的體會。 ==城市散步導覽創辦人 邱翊== 其實在觀光旅遊市場的趨勢 一定是往自由行去走 也從過去的經驗發現 愈深刻的一種旅遊的體驗 旅遊行程 它其實會 更能夠長久永續的經營 邱翊與文史工作者合作,把在地生命力講給旅人聽,廣度也很重要,所以也推廣「去某地但不去老街」的概念。 ==在地店家== (觀光客一般來 最先都會去哪裡) (來到大稻埕這裡) 一般都在(迪化街)前面比較多 城堭廟那帶 (比較少到後面這邊) 比較少 (你們開多久了) 100多年了 (第幾代了) 我們是第三代 ==城市散步導覽創辦人 邱翊== 很多人都以為迪化街就是大稻埕 可是事實上 迪化街只是大稻埕的一條街 (去大稻埕不去迪化街) 這樣的題目 其實它並不是去反對老街觀光 而是讓大家可以更去全面的了解 邱翊這次帶我們散步的路線,避開霞海城隍廟和迪化街,讓我們看見大稻埕的另一個面向,像這棟古宅,曾經是候孝賢【戀戀風塵】的取景,而幾步之遙,我們來到供奉媽祖的慈聖宮。 ==城市散步導覽創辦人 邱翊== 我們不叫它慈聖宮 我們叫它媽祖宮 因為這裡只有一間媽祖廟 所以我們就叫它媽祖宮口 大家只要講說 我來媽祖宮吃東西 我們就知道你 就是來媽祖宮前面吃東西 ==在地店家== 固定主顧啦 我們這裡都是固定主顧來比較多 假日才有外客 假日才有全家來吃飯的比較多 宮廟前的廣場,自古都是居民活動中心,而百年如一日,我們看見在地生活最日常的一面。至於這間碾米廠,是社區裡碩果僅存,但也面臨老街店面轉型的挑戰。 ==城市散步導覽創辦人 邱翊== 大稻埕這裡 沒有南北貨商店的話 那它還是大稻埕嗎 如果有一天 迪化街上全部都是文創商店 都是咖啡廳的話 它就不是大稻埕了 有了在地人的指點,迪化街的古往今來,好像就浮現在眼前。一座城市的美麗,往往是當地人的生活軌跡,跟著導覽老師的脚步,換個眼光,也許就能在一座熟悉的城市,看見不一樣的風景。 記者 張家福 劉漢麟 採訪報導