Shueitou village is located in the southwest of Kinmen island. In the Yuan dynasty, the Huang family and the Lee family moved here first from Twong-an County of Fujian. Afterwards the Tsai family and the Chen family followed suit. All of these families have made Shueitou a multi-clan village. Shueitou is a culturally rich and diversified village, which embraces many scenic sites such as "Deyue Tower & Western Style Houses," "Jinshuei Elementary School", "Huang Family Youtang Villa," "Stories of the Overseas Chinese," and "Overseas Chinese Hometown Cultural Exhibition Hall," etc., all representing a combination of Chinese and Western culture. Walking along the alleys at Shueitou, one can easily admire the village for its cultural combination of traditional Fujian style houses and those of western style.
The Huang Family Youtang Villa is rated as a national historical relic of second class. It was built in the Ching dynasty (A.D.1766) by a wealthy millionaire whose name was Huang Jyun (also called Huang Bai-wuan, or Millionaire Huang). He made a great fortune doing business in Southeast Asian countries and became the richest man in Kinmen at that time. Then he came back home to build the villa. On the front door of the villa, there hung a tablet carved "You Tang," hence the name of the villa. The villa was once used as a local private school, and was later designated by Commander Hu Lian as an official news agency during his tenure of office in Kinmen.
Tourist: The houses here differ a bit from those of Cyonglin village. Especially this one with a pond in the front.
Tour Guide: The pond of the villa is called "Sun Moon Pond." With the Sun Moon Pond in the front, and the hills in the back, this villa has the characteristics of a stylish Soochow garden.
Tourist: Then it is one of the few houses in Kinmen with a pond.
Tour Guide: That's right. There are few traditional houses in Kinmen that have a pond of their own. Two of them are the "Sun Moon Pond" and the "Half Moon Pond" of the Folk Culture Village at Shanhou.
Tourist: There are some western-like houses here. Are they also among the traditional houses of Kinmen.
Tour Guide: Well, the western-style houses were owned by the local people who had gone to Southeast Asian countries doing business and had become rich. After returning to their hometown, they built the houses blending Chinese style and Southeast Asian colonial architectural style together. Hence, the houses have an exotic flavor.
Tourist: May I take a look at one?
Tour Guide: Yes, you may. Kinmen National Park has designed the houses around "Deyue Tower" as a site for display, along with the two exhibits, "Stories of the Overseas Chinese" and "Overseas Chinese Hometown Culture" for display. Both of the exhibits are the main attraction.
Tourist: Do you have any other ways to let me know more about these western houses?
Tour Guide: The exhibition hall has pictures with subtitles. These pictures can help us trace back the time when the houses were first built. The subtitles let us realize how hard the emigrants worked to earn their money. You can also understand how people made a living in the early stages of Kinmen.
Tourist: I have to experience it myself. It's just unimaginable.
Tour Guide: Definitely. And seeing is believing.
■1. followed suit-動詞片語，「跟著做」的意思。