Pingtung City

Coordinates: 22°40′34″N 120°29′39″E / 22.67611°N 120.49417°E / 22.67611; 120.49417
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Pingtung
屏東市
Heitō
Old city gate in Pingtung Park
Old city gate in Pingtung Park
Pingtung City in Pingtung County
Pingtung City in Pingtung County
Map
CountryRepublic of China (Taiwan)
CountyPingtung County
CapitalNorth West District (西北區)
Government
 • MayorLin Ya-chun (林亞蒓)[1]
Area
 • Total66.03 km2 (25.49 sq mi)
Population
 (December 2023)
 • Total193,810
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,600/sq mi)
Websitehttp://www.ptcg.gov.tw/
Pingtung City
Traditional Chinese屏東
Simplified Chinese屏东

Pingtung City (pinyin: Píngdōng Shì; Hokkien POJ: Pîn-tong-chhī) is a county-administered city and the county seat of Pingtung County, Taiwan.

History[edit]

The area of modern-day Pingtung City was originally a village of the Taiwanese Plains Aborigines which they called "Akau",[2] which means "the forest". After the expulsion of the Dutch, the village grew into a Chinese market-town called "A-kau" (Chinese: 阿猴; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: A-kâu).

Empire of Japan[edit]

In 1901, during the Japanese era, Akō Chō (Japanese: 阿猴廳) was one of twenty local administrative offices established. In 1909, this unit was merged with Banshoryō Chō (蕃薯寮廳) and Kōshun Chō (恆春廳) to form Akō Chō (阿緱廳). Beginning in 1920, the name was changed to Heitō Town (屏東街), governed under Takao Prefecture. In 1933, the town was upgraded to City status.

Republic of China[edit]

After the handover of Taiwan to the Republic of China from Japan on 25 October 1945, Pingtung City was established as a provincial city of Taiwan Province in December the same year. On 1 December 1951, it was downgraded to a county-administered city of Pingtung County and has been administered as such since that time.

Geography[edit]

Pingtung City is located in northwestern Pingtung County. It is centered between the western coast and the eastern mountain range on the Pingtung Plain. Many residents work in Kaohsiung and commute daily by train.

Climate[edit]

Pingtung City is located within the tropics and has a tropical monsoon climate. The warmest month is July and the coldest month is January. The warm season lasts from mid March to late November with an average daytime temperature of over 30 degrees Celsius. The short cooler season starts in mid December and lasts until late February, and features relatively warm days and cool nights with temperatures ranging from 15-27 degrees Celsius. Pingtung County is the hottest county in Taiwan and Pingtung City is well-known for high daytime temperatures year round.

Climate data for Pingtung city (2011-2021)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32.3
(90.1)
33.1
(91.6)
36.5
(97.7)
36.8
(98.2)
37.4
(99.3)
37.6
(99.7)
36.5
(97.7)
36.8
(98.2)
36.9
(98.4)
35.4
(95.7)
33.1
(91.6)
32.9
(91.2)
37.6
(99.7)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 25.3
(77.5)
26.1
(79.0)
28.2
(82.8)
30.4
(86.7)
32.1
(89.8)
32.9
(91.2)
33.5
(92.3)
33.2
(91.8)
32.7
(90.9)
31.3
(88.3)
29.2
(84.6)
26.4
(79.5)
30.1
(86.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 20.7
(69.3)
21.2
(70.2)
23.4
(74.1)
25.9
(78.6)
28.1
(82.6)
29.0
(84.2)
29.6
(85.3)
29.3
(84.7)
28.8
(83.8)
27.2
(81.0)
24.8
(76.6)
21.8
(71.2)
25.8
(78.5)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 16.7
(62.1)
17.3
(63.1)
19.5
(67.1)
22.1
(71.8)
24.5
(76.1)
25.8
(78.4)
26.3
(79.3)
26.0
(78.8)
25.4
(77.7)
23.7
(74.7)
20.4
(68.7)
18.3
(64.9)
22.2
(71.9)
Record low °C (°F) 7.2
(45.0)
9.2
(48.6)
11.5
(52.7)
14.2
(57.6)
18.1
(64.6)
19.6
(67.3)
19.8
(67.6)
19.6
(67.3)
19.2
(66.6)
18.9
(66.0)
13.6
(56.5)
8.6
(47.5)
7.2
(45.0)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 6.5
(0.26)
11.5
(0.45)
17.0
(0.67)
64.0
(2.52)
211.4
(8.32)
536.1
(21.11)
510.7
(20.11)
676.1
(26.62)
370.1
(14.57)
75.0
(2.95)
43.0
(1.69)
16.3
(0.64)
2,537.7
(99.91)
Source: Wunderground.[3] Rain data from 2006-2014, Central Weather Bureau. Rain data does not include 2013 August to November due to Typhoon Morakot.[4]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Villages in Pingtung City

The city is administered as 79 villages: Anle, Anzeng, Beishi, Beixing, Bixin, Chonglan, Chongli, Chongwu, Chongzhi, Dahu, Dalian, Dapu, Datong, Dawu, Dazhou, Dingliu, Dingzhai, Duanzheng, Fengrong, Fengtian, Fengyuan, Fufeng, Gongguan, Goumei, Guanghua, Guangrong, Guangxing, Guixin, Haifeng, Hexing, Housheng, Huashan, Hunan, Huxi, Jianguo, Jinquan, Kongxiang, Lingyun, Longhua, Mingzheng, Minquan, Nanshu, Pengcheng, Pinghe, Qianjin, Qiaobei, Qiaonan, Qingchun, Qingxi, Renai, Renyi, Ruiguang, Sanshan, Shengfeng, Shengli, Siwen, Taian, Taiping, Tanqi, Wannian, Weixin, Wenming, Wumiao, Xingle, Xinhe, Xinsheng, Xinxing, Yixin, Yiyong, Yongan, Yongchang, Yongcheng, Yongguang, Yongshun, Yucheng, Zeren, Zhangan, Zhangchun and Zhongzheng.

Government institutions[edit]

Pingtung City Hall

Education[edit]

  • National Pingtung University
  • National Pingtung Senior High School
  • 國立屏東女中 National Pingtung Girls' Senior High School
  • 國立屏東高工 National Pingtung Industrial Vocational Senior High School
  • 縣立大同中學 Pingtung County Tah-Tung Senior High School
  • 私立屏榮高中 Private Ping-Jung High School
  • 私立陸興中學 Private Loo-Hsing High School
  • 私立華洲工家職業學校 Private Hua-Chou Senior Industrial & Domestic Science Vocational School
  • 私立民生家商職業學校 Private Minsheng Economics & Commercial Vocational High School

Tourist attractions[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Pingtung Station

Rail[edit]

Taiwan Railways Administration[edit]

Taiwan High Speed Rail[edit]

There is no high speed rail station in Pingtung. The nearest high speed rail station is Zuoying, which is accessible by regular rail services from Pingtung.

Bus[edit]

Pingtung Bus (屏東客運), UBus (統聯客運) and Kuo-Kuang Bus operate services from Pingtung Bus station near Pingtung Rail Station.

Notable people from Pingtung City[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuo, Chu-chen; Hsu, Elizabeth (11 December 2015). "Pingtung City mayor indicted on corruption charges". Central News Agency. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ Campbell (1903), p. 538. alternate spellings include Akou, Acouw, and Akauw
  3. ^ "Climate". Wunderground.
  4. ^ "首頁 | 交通部中央氣象局".

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External links[edit]

22°40′34″N 120°29′39″E / 22.67611°N 120.49417°E / 22.67611; 120.49417