Attractions along Antong Traversing Historic Trail

Danman, an Amis tribe, is located on the south coast of Wushibi. There were sayings that its ancestors migrated southward in the 12th year of Guangxu (1886) because they could not bear the oppression of the high mountains in the north of Hualien Port Office, or because of the small cultivated land, or because they were defeated in the battle with the Qing soldiers. 

When their ancestors arrived here, it was a dark night so they named the settlement tonman, which means night in Amis language. This was translated into Danman-she in Chinese. There is another theory that there is a deep ditch at the southern end of the settlement. The bottom of the ditch is covered with thatch, and it looks dark even during the daytime. “Dark” in the Amis language is toman or ta'man, so ta'man is the name of the settlement. Around the 34th to 35th year of Meiji (1901-1900), the tribe moved south from the Dingzailuoshe (Dingziloushe, Pacidal) of the Hualien Harbor Office in search of arable land. At the beginning, they lived with the Wushibishe in present-day Nanwu. In the foothill area above the Danman Bridge on the west side of the stone nose, people moved down to live on the coast in the early days of the Japanese occupation, and moved to the current site when the coastal highway was built.

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Aerial view of Danman
Aerial view of Danman
Aerial view of Danman