Daxi, Taoyuan

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This page is about Dasi of Taoyuan County. For the borough of the same name in Yilan County, see Dasi Station
Dasi
大溪鎮
township
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Dasi Township in Taoyuan County
Dasi Township in Taoyuan County
Coordinates: 24°52′50.2″N 121°17′13.5″E / 24.880611°N 121.287083°E / 24.880611; 121.287083Coordinates: 24°52′50.2″N 121°17′13.5″E / 24.880611°N 121.287083°E / 24.880611; 121.287083
Country Republic of China
County Taoyuan
Government
 • Mayor Huang Rui-Song
Area
 • Total 40.6 sq mi (105.1 km2)
Population (January 2014)
 • Total 91,910
Dasi in 1930
Dasi Township office
Dasi Valley

Dasi Township (Chinese: 大溪鎮; pinyin: Dàxī Zhèn; also seen as "Tahsi"), is an urban township in eastern Taoyuan County, Taiwan. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.[1]

History[edit]

The Dasi area was occupied for several thousand years by the Atayal people. The Atayal called the local river Takoham in their native Austronesian language; it is also known as the Dahan Creek. Eighteenth-century Han settlement in the Taipei Basin led many Atayal families to relocate upriver, though some Atayal stayed and mingled with the newcomers. The settlement later became an important trading post in the 19th century.

In 1803, open fighting broke out between two rival factions of Han settlers in Taipei, and many refugees fled south for safety. Among the refugees was the Lin Ben Yuan Family, one of the wealthiest clans in Taiwan at the time. The clan settled in Takoham, invested its fortunes in the settlement and brought prosperity to the whole region. Due to its strategic location and the investments made by the Lin clan, Takoham became the center of trading and transportation between Taipei and the south. Goods would arrive here to be transported to Taipei via Dahan river, and many traders opened their shops in the area; some of the shops still exist today in the old town section.

When the North-South Railway that bypasses the Takoham settlement was completed in 1909, the importance of river trade declined. Takoham lost its significance in North-South transportation, and is no longer a significant trading port. On the other hand, it became famous for the production of wooden furniture. In 1920, the Japanese government renamed this area Daikei (大溪, meaning "big creek"). After World War II, the ROC government has promoted the Mandarin romanizations Ta-hsi, and more recently Dasi, as its official name.

Dasi is known for its dried tofu (大溪豆干), a popular ingredient in Taiwanese cuisine.[2] Dasi is also home to the mausoleums of two Kuomintang leaders: the late president Chiang Kai-shek in nearby Cihu and his son Chiang Ching-kuo in Touliao.

Economy[edit]

Dasi has the headquarters of Kimlan.[3]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Dasi is served by National Highway No. 3 and Provincial Highway No. 66.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Hiufu "Taiwan names its 10 top small tourist towns" CNN Go. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-31
  2. ^ Food Culture: Dasi, Taoyuan, Kaleidoscope — Cultural China.
  3. ^ "d_2.gif." Kimlan Foods. Retrieved on November 9, 2012. "No. 236, Jieshoo Road, Dasi, Taoyuan, Taiwan"

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