Dapu, Chiayi

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Coordinates: 23°17′40.4″N 120°35′37.4″E / 23.294556°N 120.593722°E / 23.294556; 120.593722

Dapu Township in Chiayi County
Dapu Township

Dapu Township (Chinese: 大埔鄉; pinyin: Dàpǔ Xiāng) is a rural township in Chiayi County, Taiwan. Part of the Siraya National Scenic Area, Dapu gets a major portion of its revenue from tourism. Among the birds that can be seen in the area is the fairy pitta.

History[edit]

Human activity is believed to have existed in Dapu since prehistoric times. Artifacts have been found in archaeological sites nearby.[1]

The Dutch East India Company started its colonization of Taiwan in 1624. When it established its presence in what is now Chiayi County in 1636, Dapu was a Tsou territory with no recorded Han Chinese activity. According to a 1647 census conducted by the Dutch, Kanakannavo, the tribe that resided in Dapu, contained 37 households (157 residents).[2]

Geography[edit]

The township area measured 173 km2 with a population of 4,000 people.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The township comprises five villages: Dapu, Heping, Jiadong, Xixing and Yongle.

Economy[edit]

A total of 5.2% of its land is used for agriculture.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The township is served by three access roads, which lead northwards towards Fanlu and Zhongpu Townships and southwards towards Nanxi District in Tainan.[3]

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