Getting to know Liouying
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Getting to know Liouying

Regional History and Development

Liuying's old name is Chamuying (Camp of Field Inspection). Upon arriving in Taiwan, in order to focus on achieving self-sufficiency in feeding his men, Prince Jheng Cheng-gong emulat-ed the policy of Tuntian (military farms) to station his men throughout Taiwan, creating new farming settlements at the same time. Chamuying was established for the purpose of managing land surveys and distribution, and this camp eventually became the name of this District.

The area was originally under the jurisdiction of Tiesian-ciao Bao. During the 9th Year of the Japanese Emperor Taisho, the Gai-Sho administration system was adopted. Since the name of Chamu was considered rude by the Japanese, it was thus renamed as Liouying (劉營, Camp of the Liou Clan) given the large number of people belonging to the Liu clan in this ar-ea. As the character 劉 (Liou) shared similar vocal pronuncia-tion with 柳 (Liou, the willow tree) in Japanese, the District was thus again renamed as Liouying (the willow camp). An al-ternative saying mentioned that Prince Jheng Cheng-gong de-rived his strength from his navy. During the night, his sailors would look to the skies to find stars for navigation purposes. This practice was the origins of the Army of the 28 Constella-tions. Liouying Garrison was derived from the Liousu star (equivalent to the Hydra in Western constellation) and was stationed in this district. The area was thus named as Li-ousuying after the military garrison. During the Japanese oc-cupation, the district was renamed as Liouying, then Liouying Sho. In the merger of the county and city governments on 25 December, 2010, the area was given its current name as Li-ouying District.