Chiayi County

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Chiayi County
嘉義縣
County
Chiayi County Montage.png
Flag of Chiayi County
Flag
Coat of arms of Chiayi County
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Taiwan ROC political division map Chiayi County.svg
Coordinates: 23°29′46.34″N 120°38′30.75″E / 23.4962056°N 120.6418750°E / 23.4962056; 120.6418750Coordinates: 23°29′46.34″N 120°38′30.75″E / 23.4962056°N 120.6418750°E / 23.4962056; 120.6418750
Country Taiwan
Region Southwestern Taiwan
Seat Taibao City
Largest city Minxiong
Boroughs 2 cities, 16 (2 urban, 14 rural) townships
Government
 • County Magistrate Helen Chang
Area
 • Total 1,901.67 km2 (734.24 sq mi)
Area rank 10 of 22
Population (June 2014)
 • Total 526,936[1]
 • Rank 14 of 22
Time zone CST (UTC+8)
Website www.cyhg.gov.tw
Chiayi County
Traditional Chinese 嘉義縣

Chiayi County (Chinese: 嘉義縣; pinyin: Chiayi Xiàn), also romanized as Chiayi, is a county in southwestern Taiwan surrounding but not including Chiayi City. It is the sixth largest county in Taiwan.

Name[edit]

Its historical name in Taiwanese Hokkien (諸羅山, Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chu-lô-san) derives from Tsirosen in the Formosan languages.

History[edit]

Empire of Japan[edit]

During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, Chiayi County was administered under Tainan Prefecture together with present-day Chiayi City, Tainan City and Yunlin County.

Republic of China[edit]

After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China on 25 October 1945, the area of present day Chiayi County was administered under Tainan County. In October 1950, Taiwan Provincial Government formed the Chiayi County Government and Chiayi County was established as a county of Taiwan Province in the same month. Chiayi City was subsequently downgraded from a provincial city and designed as the county seat of Chiayi County.[2]

In December 1978, the Executive Yuan approved the upgrade of Chiayi City to become a provincial city, thus in December 1981, Chiayi County government relocated the county capital to Dongshiliao Farm in Taibao Township and Chiayi City finally became a provincial city in July 1982.

In March 1989, Wufong Township was renamed to Alishan Township and in July 1991, Taibao Township was restructured to become Taibao City. In November 1991, Chiayi County government relocated the county capital from Dongshiliao Farm to Hsiangho New Village in Taibao City.[3] Puzi Township was restructured to a county-controlled city in September 1992.

Geography[edit]

Chiayi County is bordered with Mount Yu to the east, Taiwan Strait to the west, Tainan City to the south and Yunlin County to the north. It spans over 1,903 km2, about 5.35% of Taiwan area. Due to its location along the Tropic of Cancer path, Chiayi County has a unique landscape with other regions in Taiwan. In most places, most of them have either desserts or semi-desserts.[4]

Administration[edit]

Chiayi County is divided into 2 cities, 2 urban townships and 14 rural townships. Taibao City is the seat of Chiayi County and is home to Chiayi County Government. The Chiayi County Council is however located in Puzi City. Helen Chang of the Democratic Progressive Party is the incumbent Magistrate of Chiayi County.

Name (Hanyu Pinyin) Hanzi Wade-Giles Tongyong Pinyin Taiwanese (POJ) Hakka Pha̍k-fa-sṳ
City
Taibao City 太保市 T'ai-pao Taibao Thài-pó Thai-pó
Puzi City 朴子市 P'u-tzu Puzih Phò-chú Phú-chṳ́
Urban townships
Budai Township 布袋鎮 Pu-tai Budai Pò͘-tē Pu-thoi
Dalin Township 大林鎮 Ta-lin Dalin Tōa-nâ Thai-lìm
Rural townships
Alishan Township 阿里山鄉 A-li-shan Alishan A-lí-san Â-lî-sân
Dapu Township 大埔鄉 Ta-p'u Dapu Tōa-po͘ Thai-phû
Dongshi Township 東石鄉 Tung-shih Dongshih Tang-chio̍h Tûng-sa̍k
Fanlu Township 番路鄉 Fan-lu Fanlu Hoan-lō͘ Fân-lu
Liujiao Township 六腳鄉 Liu-chiao Liujiao La̍k-kha Liuk-kiok
Lucao Township 鹿草鄉 Lu-ts'ao Lucao Lok-chháu Lu̍k-tshó
Meishan Township 梅山鄉 Mei-shan Meishan Bôe-san Mòi-sân
Minxiong Township 民雄鄉 Min-hsiung Minsyong Bîn-hiông Mìn-hiùng
Shuishang Township 水上鄉 Shui-shang Shueishang Chhúi-siāng Súi-song
Xikou Township 溪口鄉 Hsi-k'ou Sikou Khe-kháu Hâi-khiéu
Xingang Township 新港鄉 Hsin-Kang Singang Sin-káng Sîn-kóng
Yizhu Township 義竹鄉 I-chu Yijhu Gī-tek Ngi-tsuk
Zhongpu Township 中埔鄉 Chung-p'u Jhongpu Tiong-po͘ Chûng-phû
Zhuqi Township 竹崎鄉 Chu-Ch'i Jhuci Tek-kiā Tsuk-khì

Demographics[edit]

The current population of Chiayi County as of June 2014 is 526,936 people. The county has been experiencing a population decline since 2009 due to higher migration out of the county and higher death rate than birth rate.[5]

Education[edit]

Chiayi County is home to the government-owned National Chung Cheng University and National Chiayi University. Private universities and colleges including Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Nanhua University, Toko University and WuFeng University. Education-related affairs in the county is managed by the Educational Department of Chiayi County Government.

Energy[edit]

The Zengwen Hydroelectric Plant and Chiahui Gas-Fired Power Plant boasted the total national grid capacity of 50 MW and 670 MW respectively. Both of the power plants are located in the county.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Museums[edit]

Notable museums in Chiayi County are the National Radio Museum and Ping Huang Coffee Museum.

Natural[edit]

Bordered by mountains on one side and sea on the other side, Chiayi County holds three major national parks, which are Alishan National Scenic Area, Southwest Coast National Scenic Area and Siraya National Scenic Area, each represents a unique view of nature's wonders, from mountains, plains to ocean views.[6]

Dams[edit]

The county also has the following dams, which are Renyitan Dam and Zengwen Dam.

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

Chiayi County is served by Chiayi Airport located at Shuishang Township, Taibao City and neighboring Chiayi City.

Rail[edit]

The Taiwan High Speed Rail destination to Chiayi County stops at Chiayi Station in Taibao City. Taiwan Railways Administration stations include the Dalin Station, Minxiong Station, Nanjing Station and Shuishang Station. The county also houses the Alishan Forest Railway leading to Alishan National Scenic Area.

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