Coming to Daxi, many may wonder why it's so easy to come across a full row of vintage Baroque-style buildings.
Daxi is a small town situated on both the hillside and riverside.
Daxi was a deep-water port and an inland terminal for Tamsui river transportation during the Qing Dynasty, allowing ships to enter from Tamsui river Mouth for loading ashore.
The most popular goods for international trade back in the days, camphor, tea leaves and timber, were exported worldwide.
Due to the development of Tao-yuan Canal during the Japanese colonial era and construction of Shihmen Dam during the Nationalist Government Era, intercepting water from Da-han River, Daxi lost its natural conditions as a deep-water port.
因為日治時期開闢桃園大圳，國民政府時代建設石門水庫，截取大漢溪水，大溪失去深水港自然條件。 ==Shihmen Dam/石門水庫==
Additionally, the construction of the highway caused the river transportation to lose its function.
You can still imagine the water transportation in its heyday by biking along Taipei Riverside Bikeways and arriving all the way here from Tamsui River Mouth, .
On the way entering Tao-yuan County, aside from passing by a segment of an agricultural road, you are almost entirely going along the riverside, getting a vicarious experience of the river transportation route back in the days.
The glorious history became a tourism spotlight. It was voted the No. 1 attraction among the top 10 tourist towns in Taiwan.
In addition to the construction of National Highway 3, Provincial Highway 3 and expressways, due to Daxi being the west starting point for the Northern-Cross Island Highway, getting from one place to another is very convenient. It's the center of attraction for the tourism development in east Tao-yuan.
Coming to Daxi, you must go to the Old Street. Heping Road is the most representative of Daxi Old Street. The Old Street starts right below the footbridge.
Dried Tofu is a Daxi delicacy. Daxi can be aptly described as the Dried Tofu Town. Various Dried Tofu brands can be seen on the Old Street.
We took a spin around the Old Street and first arrived at the best-known Dried Tofu brand Huang Dah Mu. Liao Xing-lan Dried Tofu is open next door.
Across from the street is the Hwang Rue Shiang main store.
There is also a Ta Fang Dried Tofu on the main street. Inside the alley are Old Man's Freshly Braised Dried Tofu, Ta Fang Dried Tofu main store and One Li Shian Dried Tofu main store.
Coming to Daxi, you can stroll around the alleys after you park your car. There are many attraction spots around the corner as well.
Daxi Zhongzheng Park
There are Daxi Zhongzheng Park and Daxi Bridge inside the town.
Daxi Zhongzheng Park was initially named "Daxi Park." It was one of the Eight Views of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial era. There was the Daxi Shrine, but the main body was later vandalized. Only the Wu-de Martial Arts Center nearby remains. You can picture the days of its glory.
After exiting downtown, head southwest to take Provincial Highway 4, and there is the Shihmen Dam.
Head east to take Northern Cross-Island Highway, and there is the place where all the statues of former president Chiang Kai-shek are gathered.
Shihmen Dam is the largest reservoir in the far eastern Taiwan.
Come to the reservoir from Daxi, and there are numerous trails, including Shihmen Mountain Trail, and Feng-lin Trail located at the reservoir afterbay, which is a great scenic spot for wedding photography.
There is a restaurant area at the crest of the dam, allowing you to enjoy fish dishes from the reservoir; however, due to the upholding of water quality, restaurants here are mostly small to medium sized; enter the reservoir from Long-tan, and there are large restaurants along the way.
There is a lookout near the restaurant area, allowing you to see the four-star tourist hotel on the mountain recess ahead;
at the afterbay, you get a panoramic view of Tao-yuan by looking to the right side.
The afterbay below the dam is also part of the reservoir, specializing in handling the tailwater from the hydropower plant and withstanding the water from the flood discharge.
Once you get to the crest of the dam, you can take a boat at the yacht pier to round the reservoir area.
We recommend that you walk up to the lookout at the highest spot to feast your eyes on the panorama of the reservoir.
Although the stairs are quite safe with non-slip strips, they are a bit steep, perhaps making you feel enfeebled when walking down the stairs and looking down at the reservoir watershed.
From the lookout on the high ground, the bird's eye view of the reservoir and Tao-yuan city is more magnificent. It's absolutely worth some of your time experiencing.
Qi Lin Park
The spillway beneath the crest of the dam is the most classic part of the reservoir. You can get the best view by crossing the crest to get to Qi Lin Park below.
The spillway is situated east of the afterbay. When the reservoir is at its full capacity, the flood discharge is even more splendid .