Wanli District, New Taipei

Wanli District, New Taipei

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Wanli District, New Taipei

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Wanli District () is a rural district on the rocky seacoast in northeastern New Taipei City in northern Taiwan. Wanli is a popular tourist destination and the site of the Cape Yeliu Miocene Formation which features distinctive hoodoo outcrops. The "Queen's Head" outcrop is a Taiwanese icon and serves as an informal trademark for the township.


Wanli was inhabited by Taiwanese aborigines before the era of European colonization. The area first came under the control of the Spanish, who were then ousted by the Dutch. The Ming dynasty loyalist Koxinga landed his troops at Wanli in 1661 to expel the Dutch from their northern strongholds while their principal fortress in Tainan was under siege.

In 1683 following the Qing dynasty conquest of Taiwan the area was incorporated into Zhuluo County. When the Japanese took control of the island in 1895 Wanli (called Banri by the Japanese) became part of the Kīron (Keelung) district of Taihoku County, followed in 1901 by a reorganisation which saw Taihoku County split up into smaller prefectures, with Banri becoming part of Kīron Prefecture. In 1909 Kīron Prefecture was amalgamated into the larger Taihoku Prefecture, a situation which remained in place until the Kuomintang took over administration of Taiwan at the end of World War II. Taihoku Prefecture became Taipei County, and Banri Village became...
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