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Donggang, Pingtung

Donggang Township or Tungkang Township (Chinese: 東港鎮) is an urban township in west-central Pingtung County, Taiwan. Located on Taiwan's western coastline, along the Taiwan Strait, it has one of Taiwan's largest fishing harbors. Dapeng Bay with its national scenic area is just south of Donggang.

Donggang Township
東港鎮

Tang-kang; Tungkiang
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Donggang Township in Pingtung County
Donggang Township in Pingtung County
LocationPingtung County, Taiwan
Area
 • Total29 km2 (11 sq mi)
Population
 (July 2018)
 • Total47,746
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Dongang Township
Traditional Chinese東港鎮
Literal meaningEast port township
Hanyu PinyinDōnggǎng Zhèn
Wade–GilesTung1-Kang3 Chen4
Pha̍k-fa-sṳTûng-kóng-tsṳ́n
Hokkien POJTang-káng-tìn

The town also hosts Donglong Temple (東隆宮; Dōnglóng gōng), which is dedicated to "Lord Wen" (溫王爺; Wēn wángyé, the word Wen is pronounced the same as "plague" in Chinese) and is known for its triannual ceremony of "burning lord's boat" (burning plague boat).

HistoryEdit

Donggang was opened as a port by the Chinese admiral Koxinga in the 17th century. It was a major commercial port for Taiwan until the end of the 19th century. During Japanese rule, it was placed under Takao Prefecture as Tōkō town (東港街) and served the Japanese naval facilities in Dapeng Bay.

Administrative divisionsEdit

The township comprises 23 villages: Bade, Chengyu, Chuantou, Dapeng, Datan, Dingxin, Dingzhong, Fengyu, Gonghe, Jialian, Nanping, Tunghe, Tunglong, Xiabu, Xinghe, Xingnong, Xingtai, Xingtung, Xingyu, Xinsheng, Zenghai, Zhaoan and Zhongxing.

EconomyEdit

Donggang's primary economic activities are fishing and agriculture. It is famous for its fresh and abundant seafood. The town has a flourishing tourism industry which peaks during April to June, due to the availability and increasing popularity of the southern bluefin tuna for sashimi. The town's other delicacies include karasumi (desalinated mullet roe) and sakura shrimp.

 
The triannual ceremony of "burning lord's boat" at Donglong Temple

Tourist attractionsEdit

Notable nativesEdit

TransportationEdit

The nearest railway stations to Donggang Township are Nanzhou Station or Linbian Station of the TRA Pingtung Line. Ferry services connect Donggang to Baisha Port and Dafu Port on Lamay Island.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-08-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Lee Fongmao (2011). "East Haven Palace of Eastern Prosperity". Encyclopedia of Taiwan. Council for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 2013-04-19.

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Coordinates: 22°28′00″N 120°27′16″E / 22.46667°N 120.45444°E / 22.46667; 120.45444