Hsinchu City (新竹市) also known as “The Windy City” is a city in the north of Taiwan, which is bordered by Hsinchu Country in the north, Miaoli Country in the south and Taiwan Strait to the west. The city is spread over 3 districts including Xiangshan District, North and East District. As of latest measurement Hsinchu City has a population of 420 thousand people.
With a known history of almost 400 years, Hsinchu is the oldest city in the north of Taiwan. Originally it was inhabited by the tribe Taokas who named the city Chuchang, the present name Hsinchu has been effected since the late 19th century. Nowadays the city is base for high technology industry, it houses over 350 high tech companies like Philips and TSMC, yet it’s also a cultural and historical travel destination with much sightseeing and additional attractions.
Getting around the city is easy, walking or public bus are the most common options together with taxi’s. The bus brings you pretty much within walking distance of any major sightseeing. Travel around and experience the following sightseeing’s; Eighteen Peaks Mountain, Hsinchu Botanical Garden, Green Grass Lake, Hsinchu Zoo, East Gate and the City God Temple. After a long day of traveling, seeing and experiencing Hsinchu City sit down in one of the many local restaurants serving Taiwanese specialty such as Hsinchu Style Ba wan, rice noodles and pork meatballs.
Regulations for visas to Taiwan can change frequently so it is best to consult Taiwanese embassies for the latest updates. For Americans, no visa is required for stays of up to thirty days. You must present proof that you are planning return or further travel. Your passport must be valid for at least six months.