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About Datong District

About Datong District

Longitude:25.066028,Latitude:121.515458
  • Source: Datong District Office,Taipei City
  • Date: 2010-1-11

Landmark of Datong District

Features
Datong District is located west of Taipei Basin and at the east shore of the Tamsui River. The southern part of the district was previously the site of Dadaocheng, one of the first settlements in Taipei. The northern part was the site of the village of Dalongdong.
The most notable of the district is the traditional Baroque-style architectures on some streets, especially on the Dihua Street. A traditional Shopping Festival has been hosted during the Lunar New Year holidays on the street every year. People purchase dried fruits, nuts, meats, seafood, snacks, and Chinese herbs, etc. selling at shops on the street. When you first walk into the Dihua Street, you will feel like coming to the gallery of Taipei City. Besides, Datong District has several specific commercial zones like the Taipei City Mall, the Railway Rear Station, etc. wholesaling and retailing inexpensive quality leather articles, decoration items, home appliances, etc. The district also has some well-known night markets like the Ningxia Night Market, the Yansan Night Market, the Dalong Night Market, etc. selling various kinds of delicious local foods.

Population
128,921 (Jan 31, 2013)
Male: 63,277
Female: 65,644

Area
5.6815 square kilometers
Number of Li: 25
Number of Lin: 502

History
The district was initially named Ba-lan-bong in the Qing Dynasty and renamed Da-long-tong in 1844 and then renamed Datong in 1946. In 1990, the original Datong District merged the former Jiancheng District and Yanping District and became today's Datong District. The culture of Datong District originated from Dalongtong, close to the crossover section of the Keelung and the Tamsui River.
Datong district was developed earlier than the most of other areas in Taipei City, so there are a lot of historic spots and old temples like the Confucius Temple, the Dalongtong Paoan Temple, Xiahai Zhenghuang Temple, etc. in this area. In the 19th century, after the Opium War between Britain and the Qing Dynasty, a port was opened officially in Dadaocheng along the Tamsui River for international trade, and many foreign companies was set up here for ex-importing of tea and other merchandises. Tradind of those foreign trading companies resulted in important influences to the development of the trade and culture of the district.

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  • Updated: 2014-3-12 14:42
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  • Source: Datong District Office,Taipei City
Longitude:25.066028,Latitude:121.515458