Taitung County

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Taitung County
Flag of Taitung County
Coat of arms of Taitung County
Coat of arms
Taiwan ROC political division map Taitung County.svg
Coordinates: 22°56′N 120°56′E / 22.933°N 120.933°E / 22.933; 120.933Coordinates: 22°56′N 120°56′E / 22.933°N 120.933°E / 22.933; 120.933
Country Taiwan
Region Eastern Taiwan
Seat Taitung City
Largest city Taitung City
Boroughs 1 cities, 15 (2 urban, 13 rural) townships
 • County Magistrate Justin Huang
 • Total 3,515.2526 km2 (1,357.2466 sq mi)
Area rank 3 of 22
Population (January 2014)
 • Total 224,738
 • Rank 22 of 22
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC+8)
Website www.taitung.gov.tw
Flower Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis)
Tree Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora)
Taitung County
Traditional Chinese 台東縣 or 臺東縣
Simplified Chinese 台东县

Taitung County (Chinese: 臺東縣; pinyin: Táidōng Xiàn) is the third largest county in Taiwan, located in the eastern coast. While its name means "Eastern Taiwan", it is also known as "Houshan" (Chinese: 後山; pinyin: hòushān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: āu-soaⁿ) by many of the locals, meaning behind the mountains or the back mountains. Taitung is officially administered as a county of the Republic of China.

Taitung runs along the south east coast of Taiwan. Taitung county, possessing 3,515 km2 is the 3rd largest county in Taiwan after Hualien County and Nantou County. Taitung County's coastline is 231 km long. Taitung currently has a population of 231,863. The country possess only one registered city, Taitung City. The rest of the county is composed of two towns and thirteen villages.[1]

Due in part to its remote location and isolation by mountains from Taiwan's main population centers, Taitung was the last part of the island to be colonized by Han Chinese immigrants (late 19th century). Throughout the 20th century Taitung remained an economic backwater. Sparsely populated even today, this isolation may have been a blessing in disguise, as Taitung mostly escaped the urbanization and pollution that have come to plague much of the island's lowland areas.

In addition to the area on Taiwan proper, the county includes two major islands, Green Island and Orchid Island. Green Island was home to an infamous penal colony used for political prisoners during the "White Terror" period of Chinese Nationalist (KMT) rule (from 1947 until the end of martial law in 1987). Orchid Island, home of the Tao people (Taiwanese aborigines closely related to the people of the northern Philippines), has become a major tourist attraction despite the government-operated Taiwan Power Company's controversial use of part of the island as a nuclear waste dump.


Taitō Prefecture government building

During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, Taitung County was administered as Taitō Prefecture. After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China on 25 October 1945, Taitung County was established in the same month.


Taitung County Government office

Taitung County is divided into 1 city, 2 urban townships and 13 rural townships. The seat of the county is located at Taitung City, where it houses the Taitung County Government and Taitung County Council. The current Magistrate of Taitung County is Justin Huang of the Kuomintang.


  1. Taitung City (臺東市)


Urban townships[edit]

  1. Chenggong Township (成功鎮)
  2. Guanshan Township (關山鎮)

Rural townships[edit]

  1. Beinan Township (卑南鄉)
  2. Changbin Township (長濱鄉)
  3. Chishang Township (池上鄉)
  4. Daren Township (達仁鄉)
  5. Dawu Township (大武鄉)
  6. Donghe Township (東河鄉)
  7. Haiduan Township (海端鄉)
  8. Jinfeng Township (金峰鄉)
  9. Luye Township (鹿野鄉)
  10. Lüdao Township (Green Island) (綠島鄉)
  11. Lanyu Township (Orchid Island) (蘭嶼鄉)
  12. Taimali Township (太麻里鄉)
  13. Yanping Township (延平鄉)
Jhihben National Forest Recreation Area
Sansiantai Bridge
Xiao Yehliu


Notable natives[edit]

Tourist attractions[edit]


Taitung County possesses a very diverse collection of aboriginal cultures.[2] Bunun, Paiwan, Rukai, Amis, Puyuma, Tao and Kavalan are the seven aboriginal cultures prevalent in the county today.[3] Because Taitung is probably one of the least affected counties by the colonization of the Han Chinese, most of the aboriginal cultures are still very much a part of everyday society.

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