from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In China, an official at the head of the civil and military affairs of a circuit, which consists of two or more fu, or territorial departments; -- called also, by foreigners, intendant of circuit. Foreign consuls and commissioners associated with taotais as superintendants of trade at the treaty ports are ranked with the taotai.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A high provincial officer in China, who has control over all civil and military affairs of a tao, or circuit, containing two or more fu, or departments, the officers of which are accountable to him.
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No attention being given to his protest, though supported by the _taotai_ or local governor, a mob of riff-raff from beyond the limits burst into the settlement, put the foreign police to flight, and began to burn and pillage.
The local governor (taotai in Wade-Giles) declined the SMC's request for Chinese government investment in the construction of the new Garden Bridge, which replaced Wills Bridge in 1907.