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Lieyu Township
Rural township
Lieyu Township in Kinmen County
Lieyu Township in Kinmen County
Lieyu Township 烈嶼鄉 is located in Taiwan
Lieyu Township 烈嶼鄉
Lieyu Township
Location in the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Coordinates: 24°25′41″N 118°14′06″E / 24.42806°N 118.23500°E / 24.42806; 118.23500Coordinates: 24°25′41″N 118°14′06″E / 24.42806°N 118.23500°E / 24.42806; 118.23500
Country Taiwan
County Kinmen
Established 1949
 • Total 29.8540 km2 (11.5267 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 11,978
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (National Standard Time)
Lieyu Township

Lieyu Township (Chinese: 烈嶼鄉; pinyin: Lièyǔ Xiāng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lia̍t-sū-hiong) is a rural township in Kinmen, Fujian Province, Taiwan. It is also known as Lesser Kinmen (Chinese: 小金門; pinyin: Xiǎo Jīnmén) in which it is an island of the Republic of China, located to the west of the main island of Greater Kinmen and immediately to the east of Xiamen of the People's Republic of China.


The first people arrived from the Central Plains of China during the Tang Dynasty and quickly developed the island. The population quickly multiplied. During the Tang Dynasty, a horse pasture was set up on the island. During the Song Dynasty, a salt works was constructed. During the Ming Dynasty, a frontier command was constructed. During the Qing Dynasty, a garrison was sent to protect against Japanese pirates.

In 1950, Dadan was the site of a minor battle in the Chinese Civil War.[1] Donggang Bay was the site of the 1987 Lieyu Massacre.


View of Xiamen from Lieyu.

The island is situated outside the mouth of mainland China's Jiulong River and inside Xiamen's harbor[citation needed]. The distance from mainland China at the closest point is only about 5,000 m (16,000 ft) and is located in a very strategic position.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Lieyu Township is divided into several villages, which are Linhu Village, Shangqi Village, Xikou Village, Huangpu Village and Shanglin Village.

It also administers Dadan (大擔) and Erdan (二擔) islands, respectively 5 km (3.1 mi) and 6 km (3.7 mi) to the southwest.


The government of the People's Republic of China claims Kinmen County (Jinmen County in pinyin) as part of Quanzhou City in its own Fujian province.

Tourist attractions[edit]


In the future, Lieyu Township will be connected to Jinning, Kinmen in Greater Kinmen Island by Kinmen Bridge which is currently still under construction.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Islet Dadan".
  2. ^ "Kinmen landmine exhibition center launches". Taipei Times. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  3. ^ "Former Kinmen minefield now a tourist attraction". Taipei Times. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  4. ^ 金門日報 (1 January 2001). "英文原來這樣說(English Is A Piece of Cake)".

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