Taiping District

Taiping District

Taiping District

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  • Taiping District was originally named Niaorongtou. This name goes back to the Qing Jiaqing period when settlers first began settling central Taiwan. The prominent Lin family had planted two banyan trees (niaorongshu ) in their rear garden where birds loved to make their homes. As a sign of respect, villagers wouldn’t say the Lin family name outright,instead they used the name “Niaorongtou”—referring to the Lins’ banyan trees—to address the family. Over the course of time Niaorongtou became a synonym for the area. Another explanation is that when the Lins were settling Taiping, the land was troubled by bandits and headhunting aborigines. In order to protect himself, Lin Rui-lin’s twin guns never left his hip. In the old days guns were called niaochong , which has a similar pronunciation to niaorong (banyan). The aweinspiring Lin Rui-lin was the head (tou ) of the Lin family at the time, and was thus referred to as the Lins’ niaochongtou , or “head gun.” The land near the Lin residence was originally the home of the Hoanya Tribe. After Han Chinese began immigrating to Taiwan, the area was called Taiping (meaning “peace and tranquility”) as an expression of settlers’ desire for a peaceful new home. The name was changed to Daping in 1920 (the 9th year of the Taisho period), and back again to Taiping after the Retrocession of Taiwan. Taiping District is
    located on the east side of the Taichung basin, west of Pitoushan. The district lies on the alluvial plain between the Toubiankeng and Xiabuzai rivers at an elevation of about 80 to 90 meters.

    Taiping District’s most distinguishing feature is its plethora of bridges, resulting from the numerous rivers that crisscross the land here. The Han, Dakeng, Kuozai, Toubiankeng, and Caochao rivers flow from northwest to southeast through the region, with a number of small tributaries branching outward from these rivers’ upper reaches.

    The district’s landscape includes mountains, rivers, and flatlands. Although the mountains aren’t very tall, they still form an unbroken chain across the land. Taiping produces a number of fruits, including loquats, lychee, longan, and bananas. Bat caves, camphor trees, Ancient Farmstead, and the Lin family garden residence all call Taiping their home.
  • According to genre: Historical site 
  • According to Prefecture and City: Taichung City  太平區
  • Sales day:2014-01-29
  • Keyword: Culture  Plant Tour 

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