Cathy and I found ourselves with some free time while in Houli Township after visiting a friend so we checked out the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery [月眉糖廠]. Located in Taichung County and built in 1909, the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery was just one of several refineries for Taiwan’s once booming sugar industry.
Unlike Kaohsiung’s refinery in Ciaotou which has lots of information about Taiwan’s sugar industry in both Chinese and English, the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery has very little information in Chinese and absolutely none in English. It seems that most of their efforts were spent making sure the shop selling Taisugar-related products was well stocked and well staffed.
Despite my complaints, I did have fun walking through the old factory taking pictures, which explains why I’m posting so many factory photos.
Looking up through the old chimney:
For those wishing to visit, the refinery is open daily from 8:30-5:30 and is located at #864 Jiahou Road, Houli Township, Taichung County [ 台中縣后里鄉甲后路864號].