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Shanmei Hamlet

Shanmei Hamlet is located in Shanmei village in Alishan Township, Chiayi County. It was originally the location for Shamijishe, a small community of the larger Dabang group. It used to be scattered in the southern base of Mount Sapiji above the present site. However, due to a landslide in the early days of the Japanese occupation, the people moved south to Shamiji and lived close to the police post, where they continued to use the old name. At that time, there were only 2 households with 14 people. In the early post-war period, the number increased to 58 households with 260 people.  When the National Government established an administration hub, the name of the hamlet was directly transliterated into Shanmei village.

Today, Shanmei hamlet has schools, a police station, farmers’ association, offices, churches, etc. It is the center of Alishan Township.

Rinari Village

Rinari Village in Majia Township, Pingtung County, is located on a plateau stretching from northeast to southwest. It was originally the Majia Farm that belonged to Taiwan Sugar Corporation. Due to Typhoon Morakot in 2009, many villages in the mountainous area of ​​Pingtung were facing safety issues. Therefore, under the plan of the National Government, Majia Village, Haocha Village and Dashe Village, which were adjacent to Majia Farm, were collectively relocated to the farm for resettlement. World Vision then assisted in the construction of permanent houses for those residents. A total of 483 houses were built, and after a discussion from all who participated in this project, the village was named Rinari. Rinari village is Taiwan's second largest permanent residential base. 


Qulu (Kinuran) Hamlet

Qulu Hamlet in Wutai Township, Pingtung County, is located below Provincial Highway 24. The terrain generally descends from south to north. During the Japanese occupation, Qulu Hamlet only had 38 households with 197 people. It was a relatively small tribe. The traditional Rukai name for the hamlet is Kinuran. After the war,  the National Government renamed the hamlet and transliterated it as Qunu (“Nu” means anger). Due to the sloping terrain of the tribe and the inconvenience in transportation, some people moved to Sanhe Village in Majia Township. During an inspection in 1967, the chairman of Taiwan Province, Huang Jie, found the name indecent, and instructed to change it to Qulu. “Lu” means morning dew, that nourishes the earth. Sadly, Qulu Hamlet was hit by Typhoon Morakot in 2009 and is now relocated to Baihe permanent housing site in Changzhi.