Coordinates: 22°25′50″N120°32′50″E / 22.430547°N 120.547115°E / 22.430547; 120.547115

Jiadong Township

The west gate in Jiadong
The west gate in Jiadong
Jiadong Township in Pingtung County
Jiadong Township in Pingtung County
Location Pingtung County, Taiwan
 • Total 31 km2 (12 sq mi)
 (July 2018)
 • Total 19,211
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)

Jiadong Township (also spelled Jiadung; Chinese: 佳冬鄉; pinyin: Jiādōng Xiāng; Wade–Giles: Chia1-tung1 Hsiang1) is a rural township in Pingtung County, Taiwan.

History [ edit ]

Formerly called Katangkha (Chinese: 茄苳腳; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ka-tang-kha).[1], Jiadong Township was originally the residence of the Makatao people of Pingpu tribe. The first colonists that began arriving into Jiadong were ethnic Hakkas from northeastern Guangdong, establishing the town and ultimately assimilating the local native Makatao aborigines.[2]

Jiadong was the location of the Battle of Chiatung, an engagement in the Japanese invasion of Taiwan. The battle took place on the 11 October 1895, and ended in a Japanese victory and a defeat for the Republic of Formosa. In 1895 the township was described by James W. Davidson as a village "surrounded by a low stone wall loop-holed for rifle fire". He also describes "A body of water, which nearly surrounded the village". During the battle, Japanese forces set several of the houses on fire.[3]

Geography [ edit ]

It has a population total of 20,247 and an area of 31 square kilometres (12 sq mi).

Administrative divisions [ edit ]

The township comprises 12 villages: Changlong, Datong, Fenglong, Jiadong, Laijia, Liugen, Qiangyuan, Shiguang, Wanjian, Wenfeng, Yanwen and Yuguang.

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Notable natives [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Entry #40142 (茄苳跤)". 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.
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  3. ^ Davidson, J. W., The Island of Formosa, Past and Present (London, 1903)

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