Rebirth of Blue Phoenix, Legacy of Yujing Fire Dragon
When Taiwan was under Dutch rule, this site was named after a settlement of Tsou Tribe called "Tapani Community." During the period, Taiwan was occupied by Japan and that name sounded like "jade well" in Japanese, so that this site was renamed. But there was another saying that this site was named Yujing (meaning jade well in Chinese) for having several natural wells with water as clear as jade. No matter which version about the origin of the name is correct, the name of Yujing echoes to its famous mangoes in recent years. Besides, "the Yu Cingfang Anti-Japanese Incident" occurred during the Japanese occupation period is so unforgettable to the local people because the main battlefield was just in Yujing. Therefore, "Yu Cingfang Monument" was erected, and "Tapani Memorial Park" was built.
People say that an elderly in a home is like a treasure of a family. In Yujing, the oral narrations given by the elderly are so rich as to become the local treasure. The first mango tree was planted in the 1960's by Mr. Jheng Hanchih, who is currently 85 years old and a "treasure" of Yujing. Having overcome a lot of problems, he finally successfully planted the mangoes, which finally were developed as a major crop in Yujing. Another "treasure" of Yujing, Mr. Wun Fujhu, is the author of Look Back To Tapani. When he was narrating the old stories vividly, people always cannot tell he was in his eighties. Just because of his detailed records, the local history was preserved with clear details.
People may know that Yujing is the hometown of mangoes, but few know that the religious center here is "Beiji Temple" worshiping The God of Three Emperors (Syuantian God). A dozen of tortoises kept in the temple just walk freely everywhere. There is a legend about the tortoises that their shells were depressed for being hit by thunder, but the real reason behind cannot be traced. Anyway, the depression on their shells is really an astonishing fact. Officials of the Qing Dynasty came here to pray for successful arrest of criminals. When they did arrest criminals successfully, they brought to the temple offerings of "fire dragon pearls" made of rhinoceros horns. Originally, there were 108 fire dragon pearls, but during the period of Japanese ruling, 19 of them were given to Chinese herb stores to make medicine. Right now there are 76 fire dragon pearls kept in the temple.
Apart from these stories, there is another legend about "Blue Bird Mountain" that the local people relish telling visitors. Please do not think that the name in Mandarin sounds elegant! This name has a very special story behind it. Many years ago when the moonlight shone on the main peak "Dragon Phallic Rock" of the Mountain, and then reflected its shadow onto the ancestral home of the Jiang family, the women around would suddenly be in such a bad temper that no one dared to talk to them. Later on, the main rock was hit by thunder and broken into pieces. Some people delivered a rock fragment to Yujing Police Station, hoping to release the women's temper by the awesome dignity of the Police Station. From then on, the local people felt more peaceful. But it was also said that people wishing to have a son may embrace the rock with their arms, and then their wish will come true. Dragon Phallic Rock turned to be a symble of the God giving people sons.
Yujing Business District, established for less than three years, is a young and energetic business district with rich resources. With the fire bird spirit of Blue Phoenix, and the fire dragon pearls of the Syuantian God, Yujing is able to be developed into a new legendary business district!