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Hsinchu (Hokkien POJ: Sin-tek; Hakka PFS: Sîn-chuk), officially known as Hsinchu City, is a city in northern Taiwan. Hsinchu is popularly nicknamed "The Windy City" for its windy climate.

Hsinchu
新竹市
City
Hsinchu City
Skyline of Hsinchu
Flag of Hsinchu
Flag
Official logo of Hsinchu
Logo
Nickname(s): 風城 (The Windy City) or 竹市 (Zhu City)
Location of Hsinchu
Coordinates: 24°49′N 120°59′E / 24.817°N 120.983°E / 24.817; 120.983Coordinates: 24°49′N 120°59′E / 24.817°N 120.983°E / 24.817; 120.983
Country Republic of China (Taiwan)
RegionNorthern Taiwan
SeatNorth District
Districts
Government
 • MayorLin Chih-chien (DPP)
Area[1]
 • City104.15 km2 (40.21 sq mi)
Area rank20 out of 22
Population (2016)[2]
 • City434,674
 • Rank15 of 22
 • Density4,200/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (National Standard Time)
Postal code300
Area code(s)(0)3
ISO 3166 codeTW-HSZ
BirdEuropean magpie (Pica pica)
FlowerAzalea
Websitewww.hccg.gov.tw
Hsinchu City
Chinese name
Chinese新竹
Windy City
Traditional Chinese風城
Simplified Chinese风城
Japanese name
Kanji新竹市
Kanaしんちくし

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HistoryEdit

In 1626, after Spain occupied northern Taiwan, Spanish missionaries arrived at Teckcham (Chinese: 竹塹; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tek-khàm), where the Taokas Taiwanese aborigines lived. The city was first settled by Han Chinese in 1711,[3] during Qing rule. In 1878, Teckcham Subprefecture was converted into a district and renamed Hsinchu.[4] After Fujian-Taiwan Province was established in 1887, Hsinchu was a part of Taipeh Prefecture.

Empire of JapanEdit

By 1904, the city population was 16,371, ranked 7th, following Keelung and followed by Shoka. In 1920, under Japanese rule, Shinchiku Cho (新竹廳) was upgraded to town status. In 1930, the town was renamed as Shinchiku City, under Shinchiku Prefecture. In 1941, its administration district was expanded, annexing Kōzan village (modern-day Xiangshan), whereas Kyūminato village (舊港庄) and Rokka village (六家庄) became Chikuhoku village (竹北庄, modern-day Zhubei) under the same district.

Republic of ChinaEdit

In 1945, the incoming Kuomintang established the Hsinchu City Government to govern Hsinchu-Chou (Shinchiku Prefecture). In 1946, the Take Over Committee dissolved and Hsinchu County Government was formed. Hsinchu County Government was moved to Taoyuan. As the administrative districts were readjusted, it became a city, using the original Prefecture office as its legal office, with seven district offices. In February of the same year, representative congress was formed in every district. On April 15 the City Congress was formed. Provincial Representatives were elected from the city legislators, to become legislative bodies of different levels. On 16 August 1950, the administrative districts in Taiwan were re-adjusted once more, demarcating 16 counties and 5 provincially governed cities.

In June 1982, under the President's order, the Xiangshan Township of Hsinchu County would merge into Hsinchu City, and the new entity would become a city. The new government of Hsinchu was legally established on 1 July 1982 with the merging of Xiangshan, with 103 lis (villages), and 1,635 lins (neighborhoods). The City Government is located on 120 Chung Cheng Road, the former Prefecture Office.

In end of June 1983, there were three Bureaus (Civil Service, Public Works, and Education), four Departments (Finance, Social Welfare, Compulsory Military Service, and Land Affairs), four offices (Secretary, Planning, Personnel, and Auditing), and 49 sections (units, teams) under the City Government's organization to provide services for various urban affairs. Affiliate institutions include the Police Department, Tax Department, and Medicine and Hygiene Department.

By the end of 1982, the city was classified into East, North and Xiangshan districts. The East, North and Xiangshan district administration offices were posted on October 1 and then they were formally established on November 1 in the same year.

From 1994 to 1999, as Taiwan made its transition from authoritarian rule to modern democracy and the mostly pro forma provincial level of government began to be dissolved, regulations were established for formal Hsinchu City self-government. A deputy mayor, consumer officer, and three consultants were added to the city government. In 2002, the city added a Bureau of Labor and transferred Compulsory Military Service to the Department of Civil Service.

GeographyEdit

The city is bordered by Hsinchu County to the north and east, Miaoli County to the south, and the Taiwan Strait to the west.

ClimateEdit

Hsinchu's climate is humid subtropical (Koppen: Cfa). The city is located in a part of the island that has a rainy season that lasts from February to September, with the heaviest time coming late April through August during the southwest monsoon, and also experiences meiyu in May and early June.[5] The city succumbs to hot humid weather from June until September, while October to December are arguably the most pleasant times of year. Hsinchu is affected by easterly winds off of the East China Sea. Natural hazards such as typhoons and earthquakes are common in the region.[6][7][8]

GovernmentEdit

 
Hsinchu City
YearPop.±%
1985 304,010—    
1990 324,426+6.7%
1995 340,255+4.9%
2000 368,439+8.3%
2005 394,757+7.1%
2010 415,344+5.2%
2015 434,060+4.5%
Source:"Populations by city and country in Taiwan". Ministry of the Interior Population Census.

Hsinchu City is administered as a city. North District is the seat of Hsinchu City which houses the Hsinchu City Government and Hsinchu City Council. The incumbent Mayor of Hsinchu City is Lin Chih-chien of the Democratic Progressive Party.

Administrative divisionsEdit

Hsinchu has 3 districts ():

Map Name Chinese Hokkien Hakka Population (2016) Area (km²)
  East 東區 Tang Tûng 208,122 33.5768
North 北區 Pak Pet 149,300 15.7267
Xiangshan 香山區 Hiong-san Hiông-sân 76,836 54.8491

Colors indicate the common language status of Hakka within each division.

PoliticsEdit

Hsinchu City voted one Democratic Progressive Party legislator to be in the Legislative Yuan during the Taiwanese general election, 2016.[10]

EconomyEdit

The Hsinchu Science Park is home to 360 high tech companies including TSMC, Philips, United Microelectronics Corporation, Holtek, AU Optronics and Epistar. As a result, the city has the highest income level in Taiwan.

The purpose of the park is to attract high tech investment to Taiwan and to make the area the economic center for the information industry. The park is designed to cater for high quality R&D, production, work, life and also recreation. From its establishment in 1978, the government has invested over NT$30 billion on software and hardware ventures. In 2001, it developed 2.5 km2 (0.97 sq mi) of land in the park and 0.5 km2 (0.19 sq mi) in southern Hsinchu, attracting 312 high-tech companies' investments. Viewing the performance of Hsinchu Science Park in the past 21 years, it can be said that it holds a decisive position in the economic development in Taiwan, with international acclaim.

Although the semiconductor and related electronic businesses have been doing well, they face fierce competition from Japan, Korea, the United States and Singapore. This has resulted in lower profits and over-supply of some electronic products such as memory and semiconductors. Therefore, manufacturers, government, academia, and the R&D sectors all recognize the challenges faced by Taiwan's high-tech development. The government has endeavored to upgrade Hsinchu Science Park into a global manufacturing and R&D center of high-end products. They also plan to intensify the cooperation among the manufacturing, academic, and research sectors by introducing incubation centers, in order to elevate the technological standard in the park. Further, through the development of the northern, central, and southern industrial park and its satellite sites, it hopes to sow the seeds of high tech business in all of Taiwan, leading to a vigorous era of high tech development.

EducationEdit

 
National Tsing Hua University
 
National Chiao Tung University

Currently, Hsinchu City is one of the most focused educational centers in northern Taiwan. It has six universities in this concentrated area and among these universities, National Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua University are highly focused by government in Taiwan on its academic development. Other public and private educational institutions in the city included 33 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 12 high school and complete secondary school, National Hsinchu Senior High School, National Hsinchu Girls' Senior High School and National Experimental High School are prestigious.

International and American Schools (grade school and secondary school)

Elementary Schools

Junior High School

High Schools

Colleges and Universities

Tourist attractionsEdit

Name Feature Location
Chenghuang Temple Night Market Most of the old stands in Cheng-huang Temple are of 50-year-old history, the famous snacks here are Hsin-chu meat balls, pork balls, spring rolls, braised pork rice, cuttlefish thick soup, rice noodles, and cow tongue shaped cakes (quote from Tourism Bureau, MOTC, T.O.C.[15]) Cheng-huang Temple and fa-lian shrine square
Neiwan Old Street Traditional Hakka restaurants and shops serve ginger lily-flavored glutinous rice dumplings, Hakka tea, and Hakka rice cakes.[16] Hengshan Town

TransportationEdit

 
Hsinchu Bus Station

RailEdit

Hsinchu City is accessible from Hsinchu TRA station and North Hsinchu railway station.

CyclingEdit

Hsinchu City has recently created a series of cycling routes to help cyclists navigate the city more easily. Hsinchu is home to many cycling clubs

Notable nativesEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Hsinchu is twinned with:[17]

City Region Country Since
Beaverton Oregon   United States 1988
Cary North Carolina   United States 1993
Cupertino California   United States 1998
Richland Washington   United States 1988
Plano Texas   United States 2003
Okayama Okayama Prefecture   Japan 2003
Puerto Princesa Palawan   Philippines 2006
Fairfield New South Wales   Australia 1994
Chiayi City Taiwan Province   Republic of China (Taiwan) 2002
Airai Airai   Palau 2011

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "新竹市統計月報". 新竹市政府 (in Chinese). Retrieved 9 July 2016.[dead link]
  3. ^ Wang, Erika (October 25, 2007). "Hsinchu owns rich history, culture and natural resources". The China Post. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  4. ^ Davidson, James W. (1903). The Island of Formosa, Past and Present : history, people, resources, and commercial prospects : tea, camphor, sugar, gold, coal, sulphur, economical plants, and other productions. London and New York: Macmillan. p. 211. OCLC 1887893. OL 6931635M.
  5. ^ "Monthly Mean Days of Precipitation". Climate Data. ROC Central Weather Bureau. Archived from the original on December 3, 2005. Retrieved 2006-03-08.
  6. ^ "Rescuers hunt quake survivors". BBC. 1999-09-21.
  7. ^ "Recent Earthquakes Near Hsinchu, Taiwan, Taiwan".
  8. ^ "Earthquakes Today".
  9. ^ "Statistics > Monthly Mean". Central Weather Bureau.
  10. ^ "2016 The 14th Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and The 9th Legislator Election". vote2016.cec.gov.tw.
  11. ^ "Pacific American School". www.pacificamerican.org.
  12. ^ "Hsinchu International School". hc.edu.tw.
  13. ^ "Hsinchu American School". hc.edu.tw.
  14. ^ "Theme Tours - Department of Tourism Hsinchu City Government". hccg.gov.tw. Archived from the original on 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  15. ^ "Eng.taiwan.net.tw". taiwan.net.tw. Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  17. ^ "Sister Cities". Hsinchu City Government. Retrieved 15 February 2015.

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