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Location of Taishan City (pink) within Jiangmen City (yellow) and Guangdong
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||3,285.91 km2 (1,268.70 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Density||290/km2 (740/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Postal code||529200 - 529267|
|Former name: Xinning|
Taishan also called Toishan (Chinese: 台山; pinyin: Táishān; Jyutping: toi4 saan1; Taishanese: Hoisan [hɔ̀isān]) is a coastal county-level city in southern Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. At the 2010 census, its population was 941,095 inhabitants even though only 394,855 were considered as urban.
Taishan calls itself the "No. 1 Home of Overseas Chinese". An estimated half a million Chinese Americans are of Taishanese descent.
Taishan is located in the Pearl River Delta, in the southwest of Jiangmen, to which it administratively belongs, and 140 kilometres west of Hong Kong. It contains 95 islands and islets, including the largest island in Guangdong, Shangchuan Island.
On 12 February 1499 during the Ming dynasty, Taishan was founded as Xinning County (Chinese: 新宁县) from land in the southwest of Xinhui County. Xinning was romanized as "Sunning" during the late Qing dynasty, as well as "Sinning", "Hsinning", "Hsînnîng" and "Llin-nen".
While emigration had always been a feature of Xinning, a number of natural disasters and the disruption of the First Opium War (1839–42) significantly increased the numbers. The discovery of gold in California drew even more to the California Gold Rush with many sponsored as contract labourers.
The construction of transcontinental railways drew them to the United States and Canada by providing employment, so that by 1870 there were 63,000 Chinese in the United States, almost all in California.
Chen Yixi constructed a limited network of railway lines linking various parts of Taishan with Jiangmen, and was one of only three built, owned and run by Chinese during the years prior to the Communist Revolution of 1949. However strategic necessities of the Japanese War forced its removal.
That war closed in on Taicheng, the capital of Taishan, in March 1941 when Japanese soldiers entered the township and killed nearly 280 people.
Education enjoys significant support from Overseas Chinese professionals and businessmen. Many secondary schools were built and financed by Chinese living in the Special Administrative Regions, as well as various foreign countries, such as the United States, Canada, and Brazil. To honour their benefactors, these schools often bear their names or the names of their parents.
Peng Quan School (鹏权中学) is a prime example, which was constructed during 1999–2001, and is now integrated into Taishan’s public school system. It is situated on the west side of Taicheng, and was built by a Hong Kong businessman.
There are many middle schools and high schools in Taishan, but no academic universities. Students must study rigorously in order to be accepted at universities located in other cities.
Taishan schools include:
- Taishan Panshi Television University (台山磐石电视大学)
High schools and middle schools:
- Taishan No. 1 High School (台山第一中学)
- Taishan Overseas Chinese Middle School (台山市华侨中学)
- Taishan Peiying Vocational Technical School (台山市培英职业技术学校)
- Taishan Taishi Senior High School (台山市台师高级中学)
- Taishan City Peng Quan School (台山市鹏权中学)
- Taishan Litan Gengkai Memorial Middle School (台山市李谭更开纪念中学)
- Taishan Peizheng School (台山培正中学)
- Taishan Renyuan Middle School (台山市任远中学)
- Taishan Guang Hai School (台山广海中学)
- Taishan Shuibu Middle School (台山市水步中学)
- Taishan Lishufen Memorial Middle School (台山市李树芬纪念中学)
- Taishan Chonglou Middle School (台山冲蒌中学)
- Taishan Xueye Junior Middle School (台山市学业初级中学)
- Taishan Xinning Middle School (台山市新宁中学)
- Taishan Yizhong Dajiang Experimental Middle School (台山一中大江实验中学)
- Taishan Najin Middle School (台山市那金中学)
- Taishan Ningyang Middle School (台山宁阳中学)
Taishan is under the jurisdiction of Jiangmen and is responsible for a 3,286 km2 (1,269 sq mi) area comprising 16 townships (镇), which are subdivided into 313 village residential committees (村居委会) and 3,655 natural villages (自然村).
These Towns are:
- Taicheng (台城街道): sub-district and seat of the city but formerly a township.
- Chaojìng (潮境): near Baisha in Taishan.
- Baisha (白沙镇).
- Beidou (北陡镇): separated from other townships by Zhenhai Bay (镇海湾).
- Chixi (赤溪镇).
- Dajiang (大江镇).
- Doushan (斗山镇).
- Duhu (都斛镇).
- Guanghai (广海镇).
- Haiyan (海宴镇): site of an Overseas Chinese farm (华侨农场).
- Duanfen (端芬镇).
- Sanhe (三合镇).
- Chuandao (川岛镇): includes Shangchuan and Xiachuan islands, and has been declared an Integrated Open Tourism Experimental Zone (旅游开发综合试验区).
- Shenjing (深井镇).
- Shuibu (水步镇).
- Sijiu (四九镇).
- Wencun (汶村镇).
- Chonglou (冲蒌镇).
These “Natural Villages” (自然村) include:
Taishan is accessible by bus with a long-distance bus station in Taicheng, and through a port at GongYi on the Tan River which flows into the Pearl River Delta. The ferry service between GongYi and Hong Kong has been discontinued.
Ferry services connect the island of Shangchuan with the mainland, sailing between Sanzhou Harbour (三洲港) on Shangchuan Island and Shanzui Harbor (山咀港) in Chuandao Township. There are also daily ferry services between Sanzhou Harbour and the nearby island of Xiachuan.
The main language of Taishan is Taishanese. While most Taishanese today use Mandarin in school or formal occasions, Taishanese is the de facto language. Schools require their students to speak Mandarin in the classroom, and teachers are required to lecture in Mandarin.
Taishanese is a language of the Yue Chinese, a large group which includes, but is broader than, the Cantonese spoken in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Thus Cantonese and Taishanese are related but distinct. Cantonese is also widely known in Taishan, as it serves as the lingua franca of Guangdong Province.
If considering the total Greater Taishan Region or Sze Yap Region, which includes Kaiping, Xinhui, Enping and Taishan, there are about 8 to 9 million Taishanese people worldwide. According to American historian Him Mark Lai, approximately 430,000 or 70% of Chinese Americans in the 1980s were Taishanese according to 1988 data. Currently some 500,000 Chinese Americans claim Taishanese origins.
While Taishan itself has a population of about 1 million, there are around 1.3 million Taishanese people overseas, distributed in 91 countries and regions. It is estimated that, up to the mid- to late-20th century, over 75% of all overseas Chinese in North America claimed origin in Taishan, so Taishan has been named the "Home of Overseas Chinese."
Electricity for Taishan is generated by the:
|Climate data for Taicheng|
|Average high °C (°F)||18
|Average low °C (°F)||10
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||43
|Source: Weatherbase |
Claims to fame
One quarter of the “Flying Tigers” came from Taishan. This “legendary” group of American airmen fought the Japanese prior to the United States entering the Second World War.
Taishan hosts Jiangmen Star Park which has produced more international Chinese celebrities than any other region or city in China.
- Adrienne Clarkson: Broadcast journalist and Governor General of Canada (1999–2005).
- Alan Chin: American contemporary artist.
- Anna May Wong: International movie star.
- Annie Wu Suk-ching: Founder of Beijing Air Catering Ltd. and member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
- Anthony Wong: Award-winning British Hong Kong actor, screenwriter and film director.
- Arthur Chin: Kuomintang fighter pilot and flying ace.
- Bill Lann Lee: U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration.
- Chen Yunchang: Actress considered to be the third "Queen of Chinese Cinema".
- Chin Foin: American restaurateur and importer in Chicago.
- Chin Siu Dek: Grandmaster of Kung Fu San Soo.
- Danny Chan: Hong Kong singer.
- Donnie Yen: Hong Kong Chinese martial artist, actor, director, fight choreographer and producer.
- Dr. James Edward Liu, OAM, OBE, HonD QldUniv (1922 – 2013): Father of Brisbane’s Chinatown, Humanitarian, Preservationist and Multicultural Trailblazer – Australia.
- Ed Lee: Mayor of San Francisco.
- Evan Low: Mayor of Campbell, California.
- Flora Chan: Hong Kong actress and singer.
- Gary Locke: Governor of Washington State (1996–2006), U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2009-2011) and U.S. Ambassador to China (2011–2014).
- Gin Foon Mark: Master of the Southern Praying Mantis Gung Fu school.
- Gordon Lam: Hong Kong actor.
- Hiram Fong: U.S. Senator from Hawaii (1959-1977).
- Hu Die: Actress considered to be the first "Queen of Chinese Cinema".
- Inky Mark: Canadian politician, mayor of Dauphin (1994-1997) and Member of Parliament (1997-2004).
- Jack Yan: Magazine publisher in New Zealand.
- James Hong: American actor with over 500 television, film and video game credits, and former civil engineer.
- James Tak Wu: Founder of Maxim's Catering Limited, Hong Kong's largest food and beverage corporation and restaurant chain.
- James Wong Howe: American cinematographer.
- John Tsang: Financial Secretary of Hong Kong.
- Julian Mardock: U.S. Air Force pilot, surgeon and author.
- Julius Chan: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (1980-1982, 1994-1997, 1997).
- Ken Hom: American chef, author and television-show presenter.
- Kin W. Moy: American diplomat, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and former Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of Secretary of State Clinton.
- Kylie Kwong: Australian chef, restaurateur, author and television-show presenter.
- Leland Wong: American photographer and artist.
- Leland Yee: California State Senator and accused arms dealer.
- Li Enliang: Chinese civil engineer and educator.
- Margaret Chin: American politician on the New York City Council representing Chinatown.
- Matt Fong: Treasurer of the State of California (1995-1999).
- Mel Chin: American contemporary conceptual artist.
- Myolie Wu: Hong Kong actress and singer.
- Norman Kwong: championship-winning Canadian football player (1948, 1954, 1955, 1956) and Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta (2005-2010).
- Patrick Soon-Shiong: Surgeon, billionaire and inventor of protein nanoparticle technology.
- Patrick Yu: Hong Kong lawyer, Crown Counsel and founder of its first law school.
- Wong Koon Chung: Lead guitarist for Beyond.
- Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow: Mobster and Dragon Head of the San Francisco Chinese Freemasons.
- Shawn Yue: Hong Kong actor and singer.
- Tony Leung: Hong Kong actor.
- Tyrus Wong: American painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker.
- William Poi Lee: American author of The Eighth Promise.
- Wong Ka Keung: Bassist for Beyond.
- Wong Ka Kui: Lead singer of Beyond.
- Wong Kim Ark: Defendant in United States v. Wong Kim Ark - 169 U.S. 649 (1898).
- Wu Lien-teh: Nominee for the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine
- Yip Sai Wing: Drummer for Beyond.
- Judy Li: Expert in Urban Ecology at the Judy Li Institute for Anti-Semitism
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- Shanzui-Shangchuan ferry schedule for 2007 (Chinese)
- Transportation information for Shangchuan Island (Chinese)
- Wu, Olivia (February 18, 2007). "Young Americans find roots in China: S.F. program offers history and genealogy, helps locate relatives". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home by Madeline Y. Hsu, Stanford University Press, Stanford CA 2000, page 3.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Taishan.|
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- China Taishan Web
- Taishan City Government
- Chinese Genealogy
- Map of Taishan
- Hoisanese to English Dictionary
- Taishan Culture & Loisirs (Association of the Taishan expatriate community)