Taoyuan District (Chinese: 桃園區; pinyin: Táoyuán Qū), formerly known as Taoyuan City (桃園市), is a district of Taoyuan City in northwestern Taiwan. The seat of Taoyuan City is situated within its borders. It is the most populous district among the 12 districts of Taoyuan City, and the second most populous among the many districts of Taiwan, with the most populous being Banqiao District in New Taipei City.
Clockwise from center: Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine, Hutoushan Park, Taoyuan Jinfu Temple, Taoyuan Wenchang Temple, Taoyuan Exhibition Center, Taoyuan Confucius Temple, Zhongzhen Road
|Country||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|• Total||34.8 km2 (13.4 sq mi)|
|• Density||12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)|
Taoyuan is the native home to the plains tribes of Taiwanese aborigines. Taoyuan's old name was Toahong (Chinese: 桃仔園; pinyin: Táozǐyuán; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Thô-á-hn̂g; literally: 'peach orchard') since there used to be many peach blossoms in the area.
After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China, it was reorganized as Taoyuan Town of Taoyuan County. On 21 April 1971, the town was upgraded from an urban township to a county-controlled city called Taoyuan City. On 25 December 2014, the city became a district of the newly formed special municipality of Taoyuan City.
- Area: 34.80 km2 (13.44 sq mi)
- Elevation: 157 ft (48 m)
- Population: 427,815 people (January 2016)
Taoyuan has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfa), with hot summers and mild winters. Precipitation is high throughout the year and is generally higher in the first half of the year. Due to the effect of wind from mainland China, Taoyuan is typically cooler than New Taipei, despite having a lower latitude.
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Within Taoyuan, there are 6 senior high schools, 14 junior high schools, 23 primary schools, and an "intelligence initiation school." Taoyuan is also home to a number of buxibans, or cram schools or language schools, which teach additional courses in mathematics, English, science, etc. There are also 10 universities located in Taoyuan.
Taoyuan was one of the host cities for the Taiwan European Film Festival in 2012.
Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit
Taoyuan is twinned with:
- Wu Ming-yi, artist and author
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