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Introduction to the Towns

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Wujie Township

Anonymity

Wufan Clan

Land Area

38.8671 km²

Population

39,575 (May, 2018)

Villages

15 villages, 331 neighborhoods

Location

 

Situated at 121.47E, 24.42N, Wujie borders the Pacific Ocean on the east, and is separated from Zhuangwei Township, Yilan City, and Yuanshan Township by the Lanyang River in the north. To its southwest are Sanxing and Luodong. To its south are Dongshan and Su'ao.

 

Description

 

Situated at the ocean mouth where the Lanyang River exits to the sea, Wujie's coastline stretches southwards approximately 8 kilometers. The town features mainly flat terrain with the middle and downstream portions of the Dongshan River running through it. The eastern coastal area is composed of sandy beach, sand hills, sand beach, a river brook, and marshes. The soil here is very fertile, and blessed with abundant rainfall and mild temperature, making it perfect for farming.
In recent years, with the movement of collective community reconstruction, development of the tourism industry, the agricultural nature of Wujie has changed. The Lizejian area of Wujie Township is famous for its tasty dried/smoked duck while the Jixin and Jinzhong areas are famous for their shrimp farming industries. Erjie is famous for the Chung Hsing Paper Factory and garment manufacturing. Other famous attractions include the Dongshan River Park, Qingshui Tide Gate, the National Center for Traditional Arts, Erjie Wanggong Temple, the Golden Earth God statue at Sijie Fude (Earth God) Temple, the Lanyang River Waterbird Refuge, and the Wushi'erjia Wetland Preservation Area. Among the important events of community revitalization, the moving of the Erjie Wanggong Temple has awakened the community consciousness of the local residents, acting as a catalyst for them to start caring more for their own land and participating in the future development of their hometown.

 

Historical Description

 

Before the land was discovered by the Han people, this area belonged to the clans of: Kalewan, Poluosinzihwan, Liuliu, Lidegan (Lizejian) and Saowu of the Yilan Plain. It was not until 1768, with the arrival of a group of pioneers from Fujian led by Lin Han Sheng, that the clearing and development of this area started in earnest. In 1810, the village had more or less formed and was given the name of Wujie, meaning the grouping of the five clans. Yilan was brought into Mainland China's sphere of control by the Qing court in 1810. A Kavalan Hall was establised under the administration of the Taiwan Fu (Government). In 1875, a Taipei Fu was established and the Kavalan Hall became Yilan County. In 1885, Taiwan was established as a province and was ceded to Japan in 1895 at the end of the Sino Japanese War. After the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945, the yoke of Japanese domination was broken, and administrative affairs for Taiwan were taken up by the government of the Republic of China, which established Wujie Township in 1946 under the administration of Taipei County, Luodong District. In 1950, Luodong District was abolished due to an administrative re-adjustment, and Wujie became part of Yilan County as it is today.
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