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Coordinates: 22°43′N 120°39′E / 22.717°N 120.650°E / 22.717; 120.650

Sandimen Township
Traditional Chinese 三地門鄉
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 山地門
Sandimen Township in Pingtung County
Sandimen Township

Sandimen Township[1] is a mountain indigenous township in Pingtung County, Taiwan. The population of the township is majority Paiwan with a substantial Rukai minority.


Ethnic Chinese settlers adapted the original Paiwan name into Hokkien (Chinese: 山豬毛; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Soaⁿ-ti-mn̂g; literally: "wild-boar bristle"; or 山地; Soaⁿ-tē-mn̂g; "mountains-gate").[2] Under Japanese rule the name was Sanchimon (Japanese: 山地門?). Following Taiwan's handover to China in 1945, the area became Sandimeng Township (三地盟鄉; Sāndìméng Xiāng) but the name was changed again in 1947 to Sandi Township (Chinese: 三地鄉; pinyin: Sāndì Xiāng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sam-tē-hiong) but the Taiwanese pronunciation of Soaⁿ-tē-mn̂g continued to be commonly used.[3] In August 1992, the township assumed its current name.


During the Japanese era, Sandimen was grouped with modern-day Majia Township and Wutai Township as "Savage Land" (蕃地), which was governed under Heitō District (屏東郡) of Takao Prefecture. Following the Kuomintang takeover of Taiwan in 1945, Sandimen was assigned to Kaohsiung County and, on 16 August 1950, it became a part of the newly established Pingtung County.


  • Population: 7,784 people (December 2014)
  • Area: 196.4 square kilometres (75.8 sq mi)

Administrative divisions[edit]

The township comprises 10 villages: Anpo, Dalai, Dashe, Dewen, Jingshan, Jingye, Koushe, Mani, Saijia and Sande.

Tourist attractions[edit]


  1. ^ 臺灣地區鄉鎮市區級以上行政區域名稱中英對照表 Glossary of Names for Administrative Divisions. (Chinese) Accessed at Taiwan Geographic Names Information System website (English). Ministry of the Interior. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Entry #40016". 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 [Dictionary of Frequently-Used Taiwan Minnan] (in Chinese and Hokkien). Ministry of Education, R.O.C. 2011. 
  3. ^ 吳秀麗 (1994). 商用台語. Independent Evening Post (in Chinese). Taipei. p. 145. ISBN 9789575963149. 

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