Many of the original, old tiles were left when they renovated the old house. Hsuan-Yi asked if they could make a tile collage on the external wall. Her uncle asked, “Why?” She laughed and said, “Because they’re beautiful.” Hearing this, he started to see what she meant. The collage is now a highlight of the “mini tours” they offer on-site. The large oven, mosaic bathtube and 60-year-old crib are all preserved and cared for.
Art Station, located in Fanguatian, is a place with 200 years of history. Huang Hsuan-Yi made more than 10 cards to illustrate aspects of the village. She reinforces tourists’ memories and information they learn through scavenger hunts. There is also the dibbling of rice seedling and harvesting and seasonal DIY activities, including making fermented bean curd in the summer, pickled cucumbers in the fall, radish cake in the winter, and dishes with bacon, kumquat jam, pickles, and more. The “Mini Trip to the Market” is a guided tour of the local culture led by her husband, Fang Tzu-Wei. Tourists buy ingredients to make traditional dishes such as bean curd rolls and tied pickles. They also make triangular rice balls with white rice and black glutinous rice that they grow themselves.