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Wuqiu, Kinmen

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Wuqiu Chinese: 烏坵; pinyin: Wūqiū; Puxian Min: Ou-chhiu is a group of islands comprising two major islands, namely Greater Qiu Islet and Smaller Qiu Islet, in the Taiwan Strait Administratively, the Wuqiu Township Chinese: 烏坵鄉; pinyin: Wūqiū Xiāng is a rural township which is part of Kinmen County of the Fujian Province of the Republic of China It is the smallest township in Kinmen County


  • 1 Name
  • 2 History
  • 3 Administrative divisions
  • 4 Geography
  • 5 Demographics
  • 6 Culture
  • 7 Economy
  • 8 Infrastructure
  • 9 Tourist attractions
  • 10 Nuclear waste disposal site
  • 11 Transportation
  • 12 See also
  • 13 References
  • 14 External links


Its name means "black mound"


Wuqiu Township was originally part of Putian County in which many of its residents emigrating from the county After the end of Chinese Civil War in 1949, Wuqiu became disconnected from Putian In June 1954, the township was provisionally reassigned to Kinmen County Once the War Affairs Committee was founded in July 1956, strong and complete foundation for war affairs was built in the township Martial law was lifted from the township on 7 November 19921

On 29 January 1994, Wuqiu residents had their first election to elect the fourth head of Wuqiu Township And on 16 July 1994, the residents had their first election to elect the fourth village heads of Daqiu Village and Xiaoqiu Village

Administrative divisionsedit

The township comprises Daqiu and Xiaoqiu villages


Wuqiu consists of Greater Qiu Islet 大坵嶼, Dàqiū yǔ and Smaller Qiu Islet 小坵嶼, Xiǎoqiū yǔ with a total area of 12 km2, not to be confused with two islets 大坵島, Dàqiū dǎo and 小坵島, Xiǎoqiū dǎo lying off the north coast off Beigan in the Matsu Islands2

Greater Qiu Islet lies 9 nautical miles 17 km from Lusi Island 鷺鷥島, 12 nmi 22 km from Nanri Island 南日島, and 18 nmi 33 km from Meizhou Island, both in China's Xiuyu District of Putian, Fujian It is further from Republic of China territory; 72 nmi 133 km from Kinmen, 86 nmi 159 km from Nangan in the Matsu Islands, and 73 nmi 135 km from Port of Taichung on Taiwan3


There are 400 people with household registration at Wuqiu Township4


The dialect spoken on Wuqiu is a variety of Puxian Min, unlike the other islands of Kinmen


Due to its location surrounded by ocean, fishing is the primary source of income for its residents2


Drinking water is provided to the residents by using reverse osmosis equipment Generators are used to improve power shortages

Tourist attractionsedit

  • Wuqiu Lighthouse5

Nuclear waste disposal siteedit

Wuqiu, along with Daren Township in Taitung County, was proposed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as the candidate of the new disposal site of nuclear waste after the Lanyu storage site in Orchid Island, Taitung County This proposal however received heavy objection from the local Wuqiu residence6


Although part of the Kinmen County, there is no ferry service to the rest of the Kinmen County from the township Ferry connection is only available to the Port of Taichung on Taiwan

See alsoedit

  • Kinmen
  • List of islands of Taiwan


  1. ^ "Township Office" 
  2. ^ a b "Geographic environment" 
  3. ^ "Geographic location" at the Wuqiu Township website Retrieved 20 January 2012 in English
  4. ^ "Prospect" 
  5. ^ "Historic spot" 
  6. ^ http://taiwantodaytw/ctaspxItem=190987&ctNode=413

External linksedit

  • Wuqiu Township Office
  • Fujian Provincial Government website
  • Satellite image of the islands of Wuchiu and Hsiaochiu by Google Maps
  • Locator map of Wuqiu in Chinese

Coordinates: 24°58′59″N 119°27′00″E / 24983°N 119450°E / 24983; 119450

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