The main and rear stations of Hsinchu Station are both situated in very bustling commercial districts.
It's very distinctive being able to see a large green space when exiting the commercial district.
There is a cultural center in the vicinity of the main station. Hsinchu Park is near the rear station.
Exiting the East Gate Commercial Area, you'll see the surrounding that was initially a military dependents' village after walking a bit toward west. After reconstruction, it was transformed into a military dependents' village museum still preserving a portion of the old building.
Black Bat Squadron Memorial Hall
Across one main street from the cultural center is a very distinctive Black Bat Squadron Memorial Hall.
Black Bat Squadron was a secret reconnaissance air group in Taiwan during the Cold War.
The team entered inland China performing secret missions for America. It was given the name "Black Bat Squadron" due to always being out on duty during nighttime.
The missions were highly dangerous, and almost two thirds of the team members were killed in action.
Due to the extremely sensitive nature, even the pilots' families were not aware of their missions until the truth was published in 1992.
This memorial hall was originally the squadron's headquarters.
There is the history of the squadron inside.
These are their medals.
These are the fighter miniatures.
The fighters were shot down in inland China, and the metal remains were recycled and made into a washbasin by the villagers .
There are also the flight equipment and mission routes.
There are full of sagas inside this little memorial hall.
Exiting the Rear Station Shopping District, you can see Hsinchu Park.
Established in 1916, Hsinchu Park possesses one-century-old history. There are a zoo and glass museum inside the park.
This is a great place to relieve your summer heat on a hot summer day.
While we were here, we saw many moms bringing their kids.
The Lichi Pond next to the main entrance used to be the place for rowing and touring the lake. Around the corner is a scenic spot for cherry blossom viewing during spring.
Hsinchu is the largest glassware manufacturing location in Taiwan. The Glass Museum preserves such history while showcasing the newest glassware collections in the world.
There is an entire wall of mosaic tiles nearby, made entirely of painted glass.
There is a DIY glass-blowing experience inside the museum, teaching you how to blow your own artistic glassware!