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Toucheng Township
Harbor in Toucheng Township
Harbor in Toucheng Township
Toucheng Township in Yilan County
Toucheng Township in Yilan County
LocationYilan County, Taiwan
 • Total100.89 km2 (38.95 sq mi)
 (July 2018)
 • Total29,187
 • Density290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Toucheng Township Office

Toucheng Township (Chinese: 頭城鎮; pinyin: Tóuchéng Zhèn) is an urban township in Yilan County, Taiwan. It includes Guishan Island, as well as the disputed Diaoyu Islands, otherwise known as Senkaku Islands.


Toucheng was formerly called Thau-ui (Chinese: 頭圍; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Thâu-uî).


Administrative divisions[edit]

Shicheng, Dali, Guishan, Daxi, Gexing, Gengxin, Waiao, Gangkou, Wuying, Dakeng, Chengtung, Chengbei, Chengxi, Chengnan, Zhuan, Xinjian, Baya, Fucheng, Jinmian, Jinying, Dingpu, Xiapu, Zhonglun and Ercheng Village.



Submarine communication cables[edit]

Toucheng is one of the two cable landing points of Taiwan island (the other one is Fangshan). Four submarine communication cables, including APCN, APCN2, RNAL, and SEA-ME-WE 3, connect here.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Aerial panorama of Wushigang Harbour, including Lanyang Museum

The township has its fair share of fresh seafood restaurants and also a remarkable black sand beach,a surfer's attraction with a good view of the Turtle Island. (a national reservation, the only active volcano in Taiwan)

Several boat operators offer trips from the Wushish Harbor to Turtle Island and also for whale and dolphin watching.

The Juh-an River Bird sanctuary is another attraction of Toucheng.

Once the economic center of the area, the Ho-Ping street in Tocuheng is one of the few unaltered and typical Qing Dynasty Taiwanese urban structures.

View from Caoling Historic Trail
View of Guishan Island


Toucheng is served by the Yilan Line of Taiwan Railway Administration on Dali Station, Daxi Station, Dingpu Station, Guishan Station, Sicheng Station, Toucheng Station and Wai-ao Station. Toucheng has more rail stations (three) than any other townships in Taiwan. There are seven stations along the route.

The township has recently seen a marked increase in tourism due to the opening of the Freeway 5 linking it with western Taipei. The freeway consists of a series of tunnels dug though the Snow Mountains, the longest of which measures 12.7 km (7.9 mi). The distance between western Taipei and Toucheng is now 30 km (19 mi) and takes roughly thirty minutes of driving, compared to several hours in the past.

Wushi Harbor is located in the township.

Notable natives[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°51′N 121°49′E / 24.850°N 121.817°E / 24.850; 121.817