Qijin District, Kaohsiung
Cijin District in Kaohsiung City
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Cijin District (Chinese: 旗津區; Hanyu Pinyin: Qíjīn Qū; Tongyong Pinyin: Cíjin Cyu; Wade–Giles: Ch'i2-chin1 Ch'ü1; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kî-tin-khu) is a district of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, covering Cijin Island. It is the second smallest district in Kaohsiung City after Yancheng District.
Cijin forms the original core of the Kaohsiung, which was established by the fisherman Hsu Ah-hua (徐阿華) in the mid-17th century. He realized the attractiveness of the location when he was forced to seek shelter from a typhoon in the Taiwan Strait and returned with settlers from the Hung, Wang, Cai, Li, Bai, and Pan families and an idol of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. This was housed in a bamboo and thatch structure that formed the first Chi Jin Mazu Temple. The town grew up around the temple grounds.
Cijin Island was once connected to the mainland at the southern tip, but in 1967, this link was severed to create a second entry point to the Port of Kaohsiung.
Two islands and one reef in the South China Sea are administered by Kaohsiung City as parts of Cijin District:
Most of its residents are employed by the shipping industry. There is a park on the north western shore.
- Chi Jin Mazu Temple
- Cijin Shell Museum
- Cijin Wind Turbine Park
- Kaohsiung Lighthouse
- Qihou Fort
- Rainbow Church
- War and Peace Memorial Park and Theme Hall
- YM Museum of Marine Exploration Kaohsiung
The "Cross Harbor Tunnel" (Chinese: 過港隧道) connects Cijin Island at the EBC[clarification needed] tip to the rest of Kaohsiung on mainland Taiwan. Cijin District is also accessible by two ferry piers, the Cijin Ferry Pier at the northern tip of the island and the Zhongzhou Ferry Pier at the middle of the island.
- "Administrative Districts". 高雄市政府. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- "Tianhou Temple at Cihou", Official site, Kaohsiung: Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the Kaohsiung City Government, 2008. (in Chinese) & (in English)
- "4.Members Introduction: Lee, Chiao-Ju". Kaohsiung City Council. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
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