Yilan Community Development 3.0
Dongshan Township’s Meihua Community
Meihua Community is situated in western Dongshan Township and was formerly known as Maobuwei. The community includes the four villages of Bizaitou, Dapi, Maopucheng, and Xiahu. Wooly grass is abundant here, so early residents built thatch-roofed houses with stone walls and also encircled agricultural fields with lines of stones, which became local characteristics. In the early years, when slopes were threatened by rain, residents would weave baskets out of wood and bamboo and fill them with stones and grass to shore up the soil and prevent landslides. Every year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, the community brings food and ghost money to the Bianzaitou as offerings in the “slope worship” ceremony. Memories of local elders were recorded as part of this project, so this valuable cultural heritage can be passed down to the next generation.