Shenkeng District

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Shenkeng
深坑區
District
Shenkeng District
Shenkeng 3 070429.jpg
Nickname(s): The Tofu Capital
Shenkeng District in New Taipei City
Shenkeng District in New Taipei City
Coordinates: 25°0′12″N 121°37′2″E / 25.00333°N 121.61722°E / 25.00333; 121.61722Coordinates: 25°0′12″N 121°37′2″E / 25.00333°N 121.61722°E / 25.00333; 121.61722
Country Taiwan
Special municipality New Taipei City
Villages (里)
 • Mayor (Kuomintang)
Area
 • Total 20.58 km2 (7.95 sq mi)
Highest elevation 562 m (1,844 ft)
Lowest elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (January 2016)
 • Total 23,614
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Households 9,463
Time zone CST (UTC+8)
Postal code 222
Area code(s) 02
Website www.shenkeng.ntpc.gov.tw
Shenkeng
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaning deep pit; deep mine
Shenkang District office

Shenkeng District (Chinese: 深坑區; pinyin: Shēnkēng Qū; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhim-kheⁿ khu) is a rural district in central New Taipei City in northern Taiwan. Formerly an agricultural and mining town, it is now famous for its numerous tofu restaurants and vendors.

History[edit]

The area is first recorded as the preserve of a tribe of Pingpu aborigines during the Qing dynasty period in Taiwan. When Han Chinese farmers eventually moved in to develop the area, they bought the low-lying land from the aborigines and began cultivation in the main valley.[1] The modern name of the township, Shenkeng, literally means deep pit or deep mine, and indeed the area used to have several active coal mines.[2]

Geography[edit]

Shenkeng is a rural district which borders Taipei City's Wenshan District to the west, Nangang District to the north, and the Shiding District of New Taipei City to the east.

Transportation[edit]

Transportation in Shenkeng is limited to roads only; there is as yet no railway or mass transit service, although proposals have been made to extend the Wenshan Line of the Taipei Metro into Shenkeng.[3] Three bus companies offer passenger services within Shenkeng and between Shenkeng and surrounding settlements.

Politics[edit]

Politics in Shenkeng have largely been uneventful; the town is considered a safe seat for the Kuomintang. An exception was in 1996, when several members of the council were arrested on suspicion of connection with organised crime.[4]

Education[edit]

Shenkeng is home to Tungnan University, a private technical university.[5] There is also a Junior High School and an Elementary School in the town.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The economy of Shenkeng is centred on tourism, and that tourism is based largely on tofu. The district is sufficiently well known in culinary circles that it has been a subject of media interest in Japan and Hong Kong.[6] The tofu from Shenkeng has an unusual ratio of soybean to gypsum, giving it a yellowish colour and distinctive flavour.[6] The town has become so readily identified with tofu[7] that it has earned the epithet "The Tofu Capital".[8]

There are also extensive hiking trails, some of which were in use during the Japanese era by anti-Japanese guerilla fighters.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shenkeng Township Government
  2. ^ He 95.
  3. ^ Chiu
  4. ^ Feuchtwang 160.
  5. ^ Tungnan Institute of Technology
  6. ^ a b Chung
  7. ^ Du Bois
  8. ^ Janda
  9. ^ Woodworth

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