Hsinchu City is a town with a colorful history. It is commonly known as Taiwan’s "windy city" because of its famous gusts. Presently Hsinchu is the technology center of Taiwan. From a geographical standpoint, Hsinchu is situated in a favorable location: the driving distance to Taipei is around 1 hour; Taoyuan International Airport is a 40-minute drive; and to the south, the city of Taichung is only 60 minutes away.
Neighboring the Science Park are two of Taiwan's top-notch higher education institutions, National Tsing Hua University and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. These internationally renowned universities cultivate a myriad of talent each year. The healthy competition between the two universities is often the talk of the town. For example, every March there is the Meichu Competition which heighten the campus spirit on both sides.
Hsinchu has a charming quality that can be best described as "old meets new," and a flavor that somehow mixes rural and urban culture. Many ancient architectural structures and artifacts remain intact in the city, gently painting an idyllic and down-to-earth background to blend with the city's technological glamour. In the center of the city lies the "Heart of Hsinchu", the ancient East Gate. Also downtown is the famous City God Temple (Cheng Huang Miao), where some of the best local delicacies are available. Other points of interest may be the harbor at Nanliao, the beach area to the south of Hsinchu, and the Museum of Glass. Even though Hsinchu is not a large city and carries a small-town atmosphere, the streets of downtown are adorned with fashionable department stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques.
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Established in 1985, the Hsinchu Science Park is divided into six satellite parks, namely, Hsinchu, Zhunan, Tonglu, Longtan, Yilan and Hsinchu Biomedical Parks, on a total area of 1,342 hectares and employing 150,000 people. Its main sector is the integrated circuit industry which accounts for 70% of the park’s total output value, as well as the computer and peripheral industries, communications, optoelectronics, precision machinery and biotechnology. Known as “Taiwan’s Silicon Valley”, it is also home to a growing biomedical sector.
Located in the northwestern part of Taiwan, the Hsinchu Science Park is surrounded by academic research institutions such as the Industrial Technology Research, the National Tsinghua University, and the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University.
In addition to the Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu is also home to the National Experimental Research Institutes, including the National High-Speed Network and Computing Center, the National Space Center, the Wafer System Design Center, and the Nano Component Experiment. Room, Instrument Technology Research Center. In addition, the Zhunan Science Park also houses the National Institutes of Health and the Taiwan Institute of Animal Science and Technology.
Constructed as a smart ecological science park, it works to promote entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development, to strengthen the integration of industry, government, and research, and to accelerate regional innovation.