Madou District (Chinese: 麻豆區; pinyin: Mádòu Qū; Wade–Giles: Ma2-tou4 Ch'ü1; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Moâ-tāu) is a district of about 45,067 residents in Tainan, Taiwan. It owes its name to the Siraya language word Moatau or Mattou. Mattau was one of the four core Sirayan villages during much of Taiwan's colonial history and figured heavily in the formation of colonial policy in Dutch Formosa. Currently, it is a well-known town in Tainan for its local culinary specialties and historical sites, and has become more prosperous in recent five years due to the presence of two universities. As an example of the increased attention Madou is receiving, the New Year Countdown Night for 2006 in Tainan was held at Madou Junior High School.
In the 17th century, Mattau was a village of about two to three thousand; the name was also spelled variously Matau, Mataw, Mattouw, Mathau, Matthau, Mattauw and Mandauw. Mattau was the largest and most powerful of four main aboriginal villages near Tayouan, and had been the most troublesome for the Dutch, "massacring soldiers, destroying buildings, and uprooting crops". Located about 25 km northeast of the former Dutch base of Fort Zeelandia, the place later grew into a market-town called Moa-tau.
Guxing Village, Baoan Village, Tungjiao Village, Jinjiang Village, Xiangkou Village, Zhongxing Village, Xingnong Village, Xinjian Village, Youju Village, Beishi Village, Dacheng Village, Zongrong Village, Longquan Village, Nanshi Village, Liaobu Village, Xiaobei Village, Beitou Village, Dashan Village, Haipu Village, Zhuangli Village, Gangwei Village, Makou Village, Antung Village, Anye Village, Anxi Village, Xiean Village, Zhongmin Village, Anzheng Village, Zhuanjing Village.
The Madou Sugar Refinery, established in 1910 during Japanese rule, originally belonged to a Japanese corporation which ran seven refineries, of which Madou was the base. Hence, Madou Sugar Refinery has a well-planned environment, featuring a Baroque office building and a wood structure dormitory. The site is also rich with various trees, enhancing the experience of those who spend leisure time at Madou.
Shaddock is one of the special foods of Madou. It has a various nutrition. Being harvested about the time of mid-autumn,it is usually associated with Mid Autumn Festival. The Madou Farmer's Association even holds a beauty contest relevant to the shaddock every year.
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- Welcome to Madou (Chinese)
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