Daxi District

This page is about Dasi District of Taoyuan City. For the borough of the same name in Yilan County, see Dasi Station
Daxi District

Daxi District in Taoyuan City
Coordinates: 24°52′50.2″N 121°17′13.5″E / 24.880611°N 121.287083°E / 24.880611; 121.287083Coordinates: 24°52′50.2″N 121°17′13.5″E / 24.880611°N 121.287083°E / 24.880611; 121.287083
Country Republic of China
Municipality Taoyuan City
  Mayor Huang Rui-song
  Total 40.6 sq mi (105.1 km2)
Population (January 2016)
  Total 93,388
Website www.daxi.tycg.gov.tw (Chinese)
Daxi in 1930
Daxi District office (then Daxi Township office)
Daxi Valley

Daxi District (Chinese: 大溪區; pinyin: Dàxī Qū), formerly known as Daxi Township (大溪鎮; Dàxī Zhèn; also seen as "Tahsi"), is a district in eastern Taoyuan City, Taiwan. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.[1]


The Dasi area was occupied for several thousand years by the Atayal people. The Atayal called the local river (modern-day Dahan Creek) Takoham in their native Austronesian language. This gave rise to similar names such as Toa-kho-ham[2] (Chinese: 大嵙陷; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tōa-kho͘-hām; also 大嵙崁; Tōa-kho͘-khàm)[3] in Hokkien and Taikokan[4] in Japanese via transliteration.

Eighteenth-century Han settlement in the Taipei Basin led many Atayal families to relocate upriver, though some Atayal stayed and mingled with the newcomers. The settlement later became an important trading post in the 19th century.

In 1803, open fighting broke out between two rival factions of Han settlers in Taipei, and many refugees fled south for safety. Among the refugees was the Lin Ben Yuan Family, one of the wealthiest clans in Taiwan at the time. The clan settled in Takoham, invested its fortunes in the settlement and brought prosperity to the whole region. Due to its strategic location and the investments made by the Lin clan, Takoham became the center of trading and transportation between Taipei and the south. Goods would arrive here to be transported to Taipei via Dahan river, and many traders opened their shops in the area; some of the shops still exist today in the old town section.

When the North-South Railway that bypasses the Takoham settlement was completed in 1909, the importance of river trade declined. Takoham lost its significance in North-South transportation, and is no longer a significant trading port. On the other hand, it became famous for the production of wooden furniture. In 1920, the Japanese government renamed this area Daikei (Japanese: 大溪, "big creek"), which was administered under Shinchiku Prefecture. After World War II, the ROC government has promoted the Mandarin romanizations Ta-hsi, and more recently Dasi, as its official name.

Dasi dried tofu is a popular ingredient in Taiwanese cuisine. Dasi is also home to the mausoleums of two Kuomintang leaders: the late president Chiang Kai-shek in nearby Cihu and his son Chiang Ching-kuo in Touliao.

Administrative divisions

Xinghe Village, Furen Village, Tianxin Village, Yixin Village, Yide Village, Yuemei Village, Yongfu Village, Kangan Village, Yihe Village, Meihua Village, Fuan Village, Fuxing Village, Xinfeng Village, Zhongxin Village, Ruixing Village, Renshan Village, Qiaoai Village, Renyi Village, Renhe Village, Renai Village, Renwu Village, Renwen Village, Nanxing Village, Yuanlin Village, Guangming Village, Ruiyuan Village, Sanyuan Village.[5]


Dasi has the headquarters of Kimlan.[6]

Tourist attractions


Dasi is served by National Highway No. 3 and Provincial Highway No. 66.

Notable natives

See also

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  1. Wong, Maggie Hiufu (2012-03-30). "Taiwan names its 10 top small tourist towns". CNN Go. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  2. Campbell (1896), map.
  3. "Entry #40028 (大嵙崁)". 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 [Dictionary of Frequently-Used Taiwan Minnan] (in Chinese and Hokkien). Ministry of Education, R.O.C. 2011.
  4. Davidson (1903), map.
  5. http://vote2014.nat.gov.tw/en/TV/nm300000600000000.html
  6. "d_2.gif." Kimlan Foods. Retrieved on November 9, 2012. "No. 236, Jieshoo Road, Dasi, Taoyuan, Taiwan"


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