Qijin District, Kaohsiung
|Qijin District |
Qijin District in Kaohsiung City
|Population (January 2016)|
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Qijin 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 Qijin Island. It is the second smallest district in Kaohsiung City after Yancheng District.
Qijin 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.
Qijin 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 Qijin 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
- YM Museum of Marine Exploration Kaohsiung
The "Cross Harbor Tunnel" (Chinese: 過港隧道) connects Qijin Island at the EBC[clarification needed] tip to the rest of Kaohsiung on mainland Taiwan. Qijin District is also accessible by two ferries at the northern tip and middle of the island.
Qihou Lighthouse on Qijin Island.
- "Glossary of Names for Admin Divisions" (PDF). placesearch.moi.gov.tw. Ministry of Interior of the ROC. Retrieved 12 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Tianhou Temple at Cihou", Official site, Kaohsiung: Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the Kaohsiung City Government, 2008. (Chinese) & (English)
- "4.Members Introduction: Lee, Chiao-Ju". Kaohsiung City Council. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
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