Taixi Township or Taisi Township (Chinese: 臺西鄕; Hanyu Pinyin: Táixī Xiāng; Tongyong Pinyin: Táisi Siang; Wade–Giles: T'ai-hsi Hsiang), is a rural township in Yunlin County, Taiwan, lying to the west of Dongshi, south of Mailiao and north of Sihu, and including a section of coastline on the Taiwan Strait
As of December 2016, Taixi had 8,727 households and a total population of 24,212, including 11,244 females and 12,968 males.
The township comprises 15 villages: Fuqi, Gwanghua, Haibei, Haikou, Hainan, Hefeng, Niuxi, Quanzhou, Shanliao, Taixi, Wengang, Wugang, Wuxiang, Xiding and Yongfeng.
Up to 70 percent of the residents of Taixi are members of a Hui muslim family, surnamed Ting (Chinese: 丁; pinyin: Dīng; Wade–Giles: Ting1), descended from Sayyid Ajjal Shams al-Din Omar. They trace their lineage to him via the Quanzhou Ting family of Fujian. Even as they were pretending to be Han chinese in Fujian, they still practiced Islam when they came to Taiwan 200 years ago, building a mosque, but eventually becoming Buddhist or Daoist. The mosque is now the Ding family's Daoist temple.
- Freeway 17 (BingHai Freeway)
- Freeway 61
- Freeway 78
- Highway 154, 155, 158
The Taixi Maritime themed park built in 1992 by the Yunlin County Government covers 121 Hectares and is a main contributor to the local economy. The park is primarily wetlands and is host to a variety of wildlife and flora including intertidal animals, such as fiddler crabs, mudskippers, sea cockroaches, egrets, herons, other migratory birds, cacti, mangroves and others.
Representation of Taixi in the media
In 1982, a novel was published telling the story of a young Taixi man who escaped prison and went on a killing spree in Taiwan. Although this was fiction, it had a large impact on the way other Taiwanese people perceive its villagers to this day.
- "Yunlin commissioner pleads oyster farmers' case". taipeitimes.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
- 人口統計 [Population statistics]. taisi.household.yunlin.gov.tw (in Chinese). Taisi Township Household Registration Office, Yunlin County. December 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
- Tu, Yu-an (27 April 2016). "Farmers suffer despite white radish price hikes". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Loa Iok-Sin / STAFF REPORTER (August 31, 2008). "FEATURE : Taisi Township re-engages its Muslim roots". Taipei Times. p. 4. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
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