There is a saying in the Chinese-speaking community, "Food comes first for the people";
there is also a saying in Taiwan that goes like, "You must also look after your stomach while attending to the Buddha."
Coming to Hsinchu City God Temple, you'll definitely realize the meaning of these two sayings.
You will certainly not be able to see a spectacle such as the one in Hsinchu City God Temple if you walk into any other City God Temples.
Although the number of food stands is less than the one on Keelung temple street, the density is actually higher.
City God originated from a traditional Chinese belief pertaining to the guardian angel of the city. Every dynasty in the past had its own highest ranked City God.
With the exception of the Japanese colonial era, there were always 3 highest ranked City God Temples in Taiwan during every dynasty.
Tainan City God Temple was the highest ranked City God Temple during the Kingdom of Tungning; Taiwan Provincial City God Temple in Taipei was the highest ranked City God Temple after the Second World War.
Hsinchu City God Temple was the highest ranked City God Temple during the Qing Dynasty. It was the only City God Temple preserving the inscription by the last Emperor of the Dynasty as well.
Coming here, people from out of town get very confused as to where the City God Temple main entrance is.
The decorated archway, main entrance, side entrances and corridors of the City God Temple are surrounded by stands selling local snacks and specialties, one after another.
You'll need to walk through a narrow corridor in order to get to the main hall.
There are many types of local snacks here. All are Hsinchu delicacies waiting for you to try.
Hsinchu delicacies are meatballs and rice vermicelli, which can be seen everywhere. Large name-brand store branches are accessible when exiting the highway and getting off the interchange.
You can find delicacy shops and stands that sell Hsinchu Meatball in scenic areas, such as the 17 Kilometers of Splendid Coastline and Hsinchu Fishing and Fishery Products Outlet Center.
Come to the City God Temple, and there is a must-try stand "A-cheng-hao" that's one century old.
Coming to this stand, you get to eat the delectable Squid Chowder in addition to meatballs and rice vermicelli.
If you like to buy raw rice vermicelli and meatballs to cook at home, they are also commercially available in the shops at the City God Temple.
Across the street from the temple are shops that sell Steamed Stuffed Bun, and Hsinchu Cake, which is another Hsinchu delicacy.
This place is absolutely the showcase for Hsinchu delicacies.