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嘉義英文

出版 中華文化總會
作者 中華文化總會
出版日期 2012/2/6
語言 英文
價格 300/本

 

Exploring the Smart Power of the “Loyal” City

Chiayi City is located at the northern end of the Chianan Plain. Bordered by Chiayi County, the Alishan Mountain Range lies nearby to the east. The city features two major rivers, the Bazhang River and Niuchou River, both of which run north and south. The Tropic of Cancer passes near the southern end of the city, while the city center features a flat topography with some slight hills on the city’s east side. It is a small but beautiful city.

Over the last 300 years, Chiayi City has alternated between major and minor city roles. In the process of these ups and downs, the city has been the site of many moving tales and captivating stories. By observing the city’s history and charm we can fully experience its vitality and beauty.

Chiayi was originally called Zhuluo. The city possesses a loyal and righteous character, stretching back to when Taiwan was under Dutch rule. In 1637, when the Dutch attacked Huweilong (today’s Huwei in Yunlin) from Fort Zeelandia(today’s Tainan City), the Zhuluoshan settlement sent hundreds of troops to join the allied forces campaign. When the Lin Shuangwen Rebellion broke out in 1786, Zhuluo City was beseiged for nine months. Both sides suffered many casualties, marking it among the fiercest battles fought on Taiwanese soil. The people of Zhuluo helped the Qing troops to defend the city, showing their loyalty and righteousness. Qing emperor Qianlong was moved to tears,and thus changed the name of the county from Zhuluo to Chiayi (meaning “praising loyalty”). From this name, we can see Chiayi’s traditional loyal
character.

The interaction between the elements of time, people, and space have intermingled to form Chiayi’s history. The different periods of Chiayi City’s settlement have all left behind their own distinguishing marks on the course of the city’s magnificent development, including Chiayi’s role as a lumber city, a Koji pottery center, an arts capital, the home of rice wine, and a symphonic music city.

Chiayi City exhibits a number of historical high points, which are the synthesis of Chiayi’s smart power: