Qimei Township in Penghu County
|• Total||7 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|Population (July 2018)|
|• Density||550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
Qimei Township (Chinese: 七美鄉; pinyin: Qīměi Xiāng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhit-bí Hiong) is a rural township in Penghu County, Taiwan. The uninhabited Mao Yu and Cao Yu islands west of Qimei are also under its governance.
The island was formerly known as "South Island", "Big Island", and by other names. During the Japanese era, the island came to be administered as Taisho Village (大嶼庄), Mōan Subprefecture (望安支廳), Hōko Prefecture.
After retrocession of Taiwan to the Republic of China, the island was renamed to "Qimei" in 1949 to commemorate a historical story (七美人塚) from the Ming Dynasty, in which seven women committed suicide when Japanese pirates raided the island. The name also connotes seven beautiful things as the island's tourist attractions: the scenery, the seawater, local products, people's hearts, the geology, the architecture, and the history.
Qimei is 6.99 km2 in area with a coastline of 14.4 kilometers and with about 3,754 people. Composed mostly of basalt formations, Qimei ranks the fifth largest island in the Penghu Archipelago. In terms of its governing area, Qimen township is the smallest township in Penghu County.
Qimei is powered up by its only Qimei Power Plant located in Nangang Village.
- Tunghu Village
- Xihu Village
- Zhonghe Village
- Pinghe Village
- Haifeng Village
- Nangang Village
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