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Madou District (Chinese: 麻豆區; pinyin: Mádòu Qū; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Môa-tāu-khu) is a district of about 44,963 residents in Tainan, Taiwan. It owes its name to the Siraya language word Moatau or Mattou. Mattau was one of the four core Sirayan villages during much of Taiwan's colonial history and figured heavily in the formation of colonial policy in Dutch Formosa. Currently, it is a well-known town in Tainan for its local culinary specialties and historical sites, and has become more prosperous in recent five years due to the presence of two universities. As an example of the increased attention Madou is receiving, the New Year Countdown Night for 2006 in Tainan was held at Madou Junior High School.[1]

Madou

麻豆區

Matou
Madou District
Waterway of the ancient harbor in Madou
Waterway of the ancient harbor in Madou
Madou District in Tainan City
Madou District in Tainan City
Madou is located in Taiwan
Madou
Madou
Madou District in Tainan City
Coordinates: Coordinates: 23°11′N 120°15′E / 23.183°N 120.250°E / 23.183; 120.250
LocationTainan, Taiwan
Area
 • Total54 km2 (21 sq mi)
Population
 (July 2018)
 • Total44,420
 • Density820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Madou District Office

HistoryEdit

 
Map of Madou (labeled as Matō) and surrounding region (1944)

In the 17th century, Mattau was a village of about two to three thousand; the name was also spelled variously Matau, Mataw, Mattouw, Mathau, Matthau, Mattauw and Mandauw.[2] Mattau was the largest and most powerful of four main aboriginal villages near Tayouan, and had been the most troublesome for the Dutch, "massacring soldiers, destroying buildings, and uprooting crops".[3] Located about 25 km northeast of the former Dutch base of Fort Zeelandia, the place later grew into a market-town called Moa-tau.

Republic of ChinaEdit

 
Map of Madou (labeled as Matou (Matō) 麻豆) and surrounding region (1950)

After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China in 1945, Madou was organized as an urban township of Tainan County. On 25 December 2010, Tainan County was merged with Tainan City and Madou was upgraded to a district of the city.

Administrative divisionsEdit

Guxing, Baoan, Tungjiao, Jinjiang, Xiangkou, Zhongxing, Xingnong, Xinjian, Youju, Beishi, Dacheng, Zongrong, Longquan, Nanshi, Liaobu, Xiaobei, Beitou, Dashan, Haipu, Zhuangli, Gangwei, Makou, Antung, Anye, Anxi, Xiean, Zhongmin, Anzheng and Zhuanjing Village.

EducationEdit

Tourist attractionsEdit

  • The Madou Sugar Refinery (Madou Sugar Factory[4]), established in 1910 during Japanese rule, originally belonged to a Japanese corporation which ran seven refineries, of which Madou was the base. Hence, Madou Sugar Refinery has a well-planned environment, featuring a Baroque office building and a wood structure dormitory. The site is also rich with various trees, enhancing the experience of those who spend leisure time at Madou.
  • Madou Daitian Temple
  • Madou Old Harbor Park

SpecialtyEdit

Shaddock is one of the special foods of Madou. It has a various nutrition. Being harvested about the time of mid-autumn,it is usually associated with Mid Autumn Festival. The Madou Farmer's Association even holds a beauty contest relevant to the shaddock every year.

Notable nativesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Campbell, William (1903). "Explanatory Notes". Formosa under the Dutch: described from contemporary records, with explanatory notes and a bibliography of the island. London: Kegan Paul. p. 545. OCLC 644323041.
  3. ^ Andrade, Tonio (2005). "Chapter 3: Pax Hollandica". How Taiwan Became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century. Columbia University Press.
  4. ^ http://tyart.cp30.secserverpros.com/en/page/aboutsl/3.php

External linksEdit

  1. REDIRECT Template:Districts in Taiwan