Culture of Hengchun

H engchun Township is located at southern tip id Taiwan. Archeological finding indicate the Old Stone Age culture had started to take place in Hengchun as early as 5,000 years age, and the unearthed sites of New Stone age culture indicate significant human activities. Most of the aborigines in Hengchun were the ancestors of the Paiwan tribe and the Siraya Pinpu tribe. The political center of these tribes is Tainan; however, since the Western Plain that’s north of Tainan is much more ideal for agricultural and tribal development. After the land was gradually saturated with previous immigrants, the more recent immigrants were forced to move from the Pingtung Plain to the Hengchun Peninsula. Even the Han people who were brought by the government from China to Taiwan avoided the Hengchun Peninsula. Since the 19th century, the northern regions of Taiwan continued to become more and more mofernized due to the government’s emphasis on the northern half of Taiwan, leaving Hengchun to suffer from issues such as declining industrial and commercial growth, residents moving to other regions, and insufficient educational resources, resulting in the stagnation of Hengchun’s modernization.

T hough Hengchun Township has been in a difficult situation for years due to natural, geographical or human factors, it is also free from the pollution and destruction that often come with modern civilization, a blessing that few other regions share. Hengchun Township is an unpolluted paradise and is full of hopes. Hengchun Township enjoys a landscape of being surrounded by the sea at three sides, dense forests, historic sites, well-preserved Hengchun Ancien City, and popular Hengchun folkores, which are all attractions for tourists.