Qidong Street is located in the Zhongzheng
District of Taipei
. During the Qing Dynasty, Qidong Street was a major lane for transporting rice from the Taipei basin to harbours along the river. Prior to the construction of the Taipei City Walls, one could travel from Mengjia (today's Wanhua
District) past the East Gate area and along Qidong Street which joined Bade Road, leading to Songshan
, Nangang, and eventually Keelung
Qidong is a thoroughfare of venerable age, spanning the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese Colonial Era, and contemporary times. The group of dwellings, located in the center of a residential district for city officials, housed Japanese civil servants and later provided housing for Republic of China
central government figures. The buildings feature distinctly Japanese architectural features and their overall layout remains largely complete, a state rarely seen in the current day. The house at #11, Lane 53, Qidong Street is particularly well preserved with original porch, doors, and interior spaces as well as a sculptured garden. In addition, Taipei is home to approximately 2,000 wooden structures built during the Japanese rule of the island between 1895 and 1945, as well as some 4,000 trees that have been growing in their surrounding gardens since that time.