Beigang, Yunlin

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Coordinates: 23°34′N 120°18′E / 23.567°N 120.300°E / 23.567; 120.300

Beigang
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Beigang in Yunlin County
Traditional Chinese 北港
Literal meaning North Port
Beigang Township

Beigang or Peikang is an urban township in Yunlin County, Taiwan. It is primarily known for its Chaotian Temple, one of the most famous temples of Mazu on Taiwan.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Beigang River borders the town on the east and south.

History[edit]

Dutch Formosa[edit]

During the Dutch era, Ponkan (Chinese: 笨港; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Pùn-káng) was an important coastal castle.[2] In 1621, "Chinese Peter" (顏思齊) from Zhangzhou, Fujian and his forces occupied Ponkan (modern-day Beigang) and started to develop Tsulosan (諸羅山; today's Chiayi City), which grew to become the capital of Tsulo County in 1704.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The township comprises 28 villages: Caohu, Dabei, Datong, Fupan, Fuzhao, Gongguan, Gongrong, Gouzao, Guangfu, Guangmin, Haoshou, Hougou, Huasheng, Liucuo, Nanan, Pangou, Renan, Renhe, Shuipu, Shujiao, Sifu, Tunghua, Tungyang, Xincuo, Xinjie, Xishi, Yimin and Zhonghe.

Education[edit]

The China Medical University has a branch in Beigang.

Beigang is only a short drive (approximately fifteen minutes by car) from National Chung Cheng University, one of Taiwan's foremost research universities.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The Beigang Tourist Bridge is 450m long and 6m wide. The three bridge arches are said to resemble the body of a dragon.[3]

Local cuisine specialities[edit]

  • Beigang Cakes (traditional wedding cakes)
  • Beigang Peanuts and Broad Beans

Cultural activities[edit]

Notable natives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keeling, Stephen (2013), "Beigang", The Rough Guide to Taiwan, Rough Guides .
  2. ^ "Historical Evolution". The Roots of Yunlin. Yunlin County Government. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Cultural Tours in Yunlin - Beigang Tourist Bridge". yunlin.gov.tw. Yunlin County Gov't. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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