Beidou, Changhua

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Beidou Township
北斗鎮
Urban township
Beidou Douyuan Rd.JPG
Location of Beidou Township
Coordinates: 23°52′29″N 120°31′29″E / 23.8747°N 120.5248°E / 23.8747; 120.5248Coordinates: 23°52′29″N 120°31′29″E / 23.8747°N 120.5248°E / 23.8747; 120.5248
Country Taiwan
Province Taiwan Province
County Changhua County
Government
 • Type Urban township
 • Mayor Yang Lihs-iang (KMT)
Area
 • Total 19.25 km2 (7.43 sq mi)
Website www.peitou.gov.tw

Beidou Township (Chinese: 北斗鎮; pinyin: Běidǒu Zhèn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Pak-táu-tìn) is an urban township in Changhua County, Taiwan.

History[edit]

Beidou was previously known as Po-tau (寶斗; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Pó-táu), a harbor on the branch of Zhuoshui River and engaged trading with mainland China. As the harbor was an important site of southern Changhua County in the late Qing era, the town was surrounded by fences and had defensive walls. In 1738, the first downtown street named Shezi Village was built in the southern bank of Dongluo River. In 1806, houses and fields along the downtown streets were all ruined due to the battle between immigrants from Zhangzhou and Quanzhou. In 1821, Shezi Village was rebuilt in the Baodou Village at the riverside.[1]

Geography[edit]

It is located in an alluvial plain in the southeast part of the county. With an area of 19.2547 square kilometers, it is the second smallest township in the county after Xianxi Township. As of January 2017, its population was 33,273, including 16,784 males and 16,489 females.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

The township comprises 15 villages: Dadao, Daxin, Guangfu, Juren, Qixing, Tungguang, Wenchang, Wuquan, Xian, Xide, Xinsheng, Xinzheng, Zhonghe, Zhongliao and Zhongqing.

Economy[edit]

It is famous for ba-wan, a popular Taiwanese food item that was invented in the township.[citation needed]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Gie-Ming Lin, the father of Brooklyn Nets basketball star Jeremy Lin, grew up in Beidou.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beidou Township Office - Welcome to Beidou - History". peitou.gov.tw. 
  2. ^ 統計資料 | 一月 | 表四 [Statistics|January|Table 4]. accounting.chcg.gov.tw (in Chinese). Changhua County Government. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Beidou Old Street - - Attractions - Travel in Changhua County". chcg.gov.tw. 
  4. ^ "Beidou Riverside Park - - Attractions - Travel in Changhua County". chcg.gov.tw. 
  5. ^ Sam Borden; Keith Bradsher (February 25, 2012). "Tight-Knit Family Shares Lin's Achievement". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2012.