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Shizi Township[1] is a mountain indigenous township in Pingtung County, Taiwan. It is the largest township of the county. The main population is the Paiwan people of the Taiwanese aborigines.

Shizi Township
獅子鄉
Skyline of Shizi Township 獅子鄉
Shizi Township in Pingtung County
Shizi Township in Pingtung County
LocationPingtung County, Taiwan
Area
 • Total301 km2 (116 sq mi)
Population
 (July 2018)
 • Total5,008
 • Density17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Shizi Township
Entrance to Shizi Township Hall

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NamesEdit

The original Paiwan name for the area was Tjakuvukuvulj (Tjakuvukuvuɬ; historically rendered as Chaobo Obol or in Chinese: 腳歐伯伯). Han Chinese settlers noted a rock outcropping in the shape of a lion's head (Chinese: 獅仔頭山; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sai-á-thâu-soaⁿ; literally: 'lion-head mountain') and called the village Sai-a-thau-sia (獅仔頭社; Sai-á-thâu-siā; 'lion-head village').

Under Kuomintang rule, the name was changed to the current Shizi, though in Taiwanese Hokkien the name Sai-a-thau is still normally used in spoken contexts.[2]

GeographyEdit

The terrain of Shizi is mountainous, as the district is located near Taiwan's Central Mountain Range.

Administrative divisionsEdit

The township comprises eight villages:

  • Caopu (Chinese: 草埔; pinyin: Cǎobù; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chháu-po) (Paiwan: Supaw)
  • Danlu (丹路; Dānlù; Tan-lō) (Paiwan: Tjakuljakuljai)
  • Fenglin (楓林; Fēnglín; Png-lîm)(Paiwan: Kaidi/Naimalipa)
  • Nanshi (南世; Nánshì; Lâm-sè) (Paiwan: Nansiku/Tjuladu)
  • Neishi (內獅; Nèishī; Lāi-sai) (Paiwan: Kacedas)
  • Neiwen (內文; Nèiwén; Lāi-bûn) (Paiwan: Naibun/Tjakuvukuvulj)
  • Shizi (獅子; Shīzi; Sai-chú) (Paiwan: Tjaqaciljai)
  • Zhukeng (竹坑; Zhúkēng; Tek-kheⁿ) (Paiwan: Tjuruguai)

EconomyEdit

AgricultureEdit

Agriculture produce in the township includes mango, bird's-nest fern and watermelon.

Tourist attractionsEdit

Places of interest in or around Shizi are Shuangliu Forest Recreation Area, the Cultural Objects Museum, Lilongshan and Neiwen Village.

TransportationEdit

 
The South-Link Highway passing through Shizi Township

Shizi is connected via railway through the TRA South-Link Line. Important stations is Fangshan Station. Two highways run through the township: Provincial Highway No.1 and Provincial Highway No.9 (South-Link Highway).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 臺灣地區鄉鎮市區級以上行政區域名稱中英對照表 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine Glossary of Names for Administrative Divisions. ‹See Tfd›(in Chinese) Accessed at Taiwan Geographic Names Information System website Archived 2013-08-16 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in English). Ministry of the Interior. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ 吳秀麗 (1994). 商用台語. Independence Evening Post (in Chinese). Taipei. p. 145. ISBN 9789575963149.

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