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Welcome!

Welcome!  Or, as they say in Mandarin,

Welcome
which is pronounced “huan ying.”

 

Name of City: New Taipei City 

New Taipei City

 

Flag of City:

New Taipei City Flag

Country: Can be referred to as: Taiwan; or Republic of China (ROC); not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Capital of Country: Taipei City

National Holidays: The official national holidays of Taiwan include Founding Day (January 1); Lunar New Year's Day (January 1 on lunar calendar); Peace Memorial Day (February 28); Youth Day (March 29); Children's Day (April 4); Tomb-Sweeping Day (April 5); Dragon Boat Festival (May 5 on lunar calendar ); Teacher's Day (Confucius's Birthday) (September 28); Mid-Autumn Festival (August 15 on lunar calendar); Double Tenth National Day (October 10); Taiwan's Retrocession Day (October 25); Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Birthday (November 12); and Constitution Day (December 25).

Flag of Country:

Country Flag

Currency: the currency of Taiwan is the “New Taiwan Dollar,” otherwise known as the “yuán”. As today (May22, 2011) 1 $ = 28.852 NT$ and 100 NT$ = 3.47$.

Latitude & Longitude: 25° N 122° E

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Brief Introduction of New Taipei City

Geography: New Taipei City is a municipality located in the north of Taiwan. The administrative district of New Taipei City covers the northern tip of Taiwan and is the most populated municipality in Taiwan. New Taipei City surrounds Taipei City and is adjacent to Keelung City (northeast), Yilan County (southeast) and Taoyuan County (southwest). Surrounding Taipei City and adjacent to Keelung City on three sides, New Taipei City, Taipei City and Keelung City shape the Taipei Metropolitan Area and constitute a common living circle. The whole of New Taipei City covers an area of 2,052 square km (which translates to approximately 6% of Taiwan proper’s total area) and its coastal line runs a distance of 120 km. One can find a variety of topologies in New Taipei City such as mountains, hills, plains and basins.

Population: As of June 30, 2010, the population of residents in New Taipei City has reached 3,880,743 and this makes New Taipei City the largest municipality in Taiwan in terms of population.

Climate: The climate in New Taipei City is characterized as sub-tropical with seasonal monsoons with ample rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year. January is typically the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 12.4 degrees Centigrade; July is the hottest at 33.6 degrees Celsius in average.

Local time: Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of Cincinnati during the daytime saving time. Otherwise, Taiwan is 13 hours ahead of Cincinnati.

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History: The island of Taiwan has a long history; before the 17th century, it was inhabited by the indigenous Malayo-Polynesian people.  In the early 17th century, the tribes were driven into the mountains by invaders from both Europe and Asia, and immigration from China overwhelmed its shores.  Over the years, many of the indigenous people have become assimilated into the population. 

The Portuguese were the first to come to Taiwan, but the first base was established by the Dutch East India Company on the Penghu Islands in 1622, and they had extended their control to the southwestern coast of Taiwan by 1624.  Two years later, the Spanish started occupying areas in northern Taiwan.  The Dutch drove them out in 1642, and began establishing Taiwan as an important seaport.  The Dutch began importing Chinese laborers to Taiwan, increasing the Chinese presence on the island.  The Ming Dynasty rebellions in mainland China, meanwhile, further increased immigration.

The Dutch were pushed out by Ming loyalists who fled across the Taiwan Strait in 1662, and a mini-empire under Jheng Cheng-gong began.  It lasted 22 years, and marked the first time that Taiwan was ruled as an independent state.  Beginning in 1683, the Ching Dynasty (Manchu Empire) ruled China and Taiwan for two-plus centuries.  In the mid-1800s, Taiwan opened its ports to Western traders, and Taiwan attracted international attention, resulting in Japanese and French incursions.  In 1895, the Manchu Empire ceded Taiwan to Japan in a treaty, and Japan retained control of the island until the end of World War II.  At that point, Republic of China troops took over Taiwan, declaring it a province of mainland China. 

Four years later, the ROC government, which was ruled by the Kuomintang (KMT) party, was defeated by the Communist Party of China in the Chinese Civil War.  The KMT and ROC took refuge on Taiwan, while mainland China became the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  For the next six decades, each government claimed sovereignty over both territories, while coexisting as separate sovereign states.  The situation has caused many difficulties on the international stage in the years since.  In 1950, the United States dispatched a fleet to protect Taiwan from China; in 1958, the US and Taiwan proclaimed their solidarity.  However, in 1971, the PRC was seated in the United Nations, and the ROC was excluded.  In 1979, the United States cut off relations with Taiwan in favor of China.  Government sources from Taiwan claim that Taiwan and China “are distinctly different sovereign nations,” and that Taiwan is “one of the world’s freest countries.” 

Although the KMT ruled Taiwan from 1949-2000, in the 2000 election, the opposition party was elected into power in 2000 and 2004.  As of the 2008 election, the KMT is back in power.

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Administration of New Taipei City: New Taipei City (新北市) is the largest, the most populated city among the five special municipalities, which are directly under the jurisdiction of the national government of Taiwan. There are 12 administrative districts in the New Taipei City with their heads (區長) appointed by the Mayor. The budget of New Taipei City must be approved by the City Council which consists of 66 Council members.

The incumbent Mayor of the New Taipei City is: Eric Li-luan Chu (朱立倫), who earned a PH. D. degree in Accounting from New York University (U.S.A.), and was a Professor of Taiwan University before started his political career. Dr. Chu served as the Deputy Premier before he ran for the Mayor position of the New Taipei City.

Eric Li-luan Chu, Mayor of New Taipei City
Eric Li-luan Chu (朱立倫), Mayor of the New Taipei City

Business - Local Industries: New Taipei City boasts excellent industrial advantages and prospective strategic planning. Statistics from 2005 indicate that the total turnover for five major industries (IT, telecommunication, digital contents, biotechnology and precision instruments) came to NT$ 1.0638 trillion, which constituted 26% of the total turnover (NT$ 4.0619 trillion) for all sectors in New Taipei City. In addition, New Taipei City is among the top three cities in the global market in terms of IT product production volume, securing more than 50% of the global market share for products such as motherboards, notebook PCs, LCD monitors and CRT monitors. The total value of IT industries in New Taipei City comes amounts to NT$ 879.8 billion, which translates to 42.84% of the national IT sectors and places New Taipei City as the no.1 municipality in Taiwan in this area.

Solutions for Direct Foreign Investment:
http://foreigner.ntpc.gov.tw/

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Economy: The labor participation rate in Taiwan is 58.6%, and the unemployment rate is 4.1%.

Education: There are several universities in New Taipei City, including the National Taipei University, the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Ming-chi University of Science and Technology, and more.  Many students from Taiwan study abroad.

Religion: Taiwan has a population of approximately 23 million people, and around 11.2 million of them identify themselves as religious believers.  Over 75% of those identify as Buddhists or Taoists.  There are approximately 600,000 Christians, most of whom are Protestant.  Traditional folk religions also play a strong role in Taiwanese culture.

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Culture: Taiwanese culture reflects its varied history, as it exhibits a blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Western influences.   The indigenous cultures of Taiwan have a place in its cultural scene, as well – the island nation has a television network that solely promotes the indigenous cultures of Taiwan, and the Council for Cultural Affairs plans to revitalize indigenous cultures.  Each tribe is known for a different craft or tradition – woodcarving, pottery, dance, and music are all different.  Taiwan has more than 400 museums.

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Places to Learn Chinese in Cincinnati: Many colleges and universities – UC, Miami University, etc. – offer Chinese as a language option.  The Mason school district and Nativity School also offer Chinese language classes.  The Cincinnati Contemporary Chinese School is located on 9555 Plainfield Road in Cincinnati.  The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce occasionally offers lessons.  Several companies, like Berlitz () and Cincilingua also offer instruction in Chinese.

Sister City Activities and Events: Cincinnati has established Sister City relationship with New Taipei City (previous Taipei County) since 1994. Since then, there have been numerous visits; cultural exhibitions took place in both cities by different local groups and associations. Most recent activity was the visit to New Taipei City by our current Mayor Mark Mallory in November, 2010. Shown below are some pictures from this visit.

Mayor Mallory in New Taipei City, Tawiwan Cincinnati Mayor Mallory visits New Taipei City in November, 2010

Mayor Mallory in New Taipei City, Tawiwan Cincinnati and New Taipei City discuss sister-city exchanges

Mayor Mallory in New Taipei City, Tawiwan Group photo after discussion of sister-city exchange activities

Mayor Mallory in New Taipei City, Tawiwan The mayors meet with students at 2010 International Flower Show

Mayor Mallory in New Taipei City, Tawiwan
The mayors sing karaoke together at the farewell party

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Tour Information and Feature Sights at New Taipei City:
New Taipei City, Taiwan 夜太美/ The Night Is So Beautiful To See.:
林文嘉/ Lin Wen-Jia

New Taipei City, Taiwan 浪漫濱海步道/ Romancing The Coast:郭立人/ Guo Li-Ren

New Taipei City, Taiwan臺北港起飛/ Taipei Harbor Takes Off:任台生/ Ren Tai-Sheng

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Recent Headlines:
http://www.topix.com/world/taiwan
http://www.taiwanheadlines.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=1
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/index_en.php

Contacts:
Cincinnati - New Taipei Sister City Committee
8502 Market Place Lane
Cincinnati Ohio 45242
email: tac.sister.city@gmail.com

Sources:
Websites consulted:
State.gov
New Taipei City
New Taipei City Tourism
New Taipei City Business
Gio.gov.tw/info/festival_c/index_e.htm
Gio.gov.tw/
Wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Taiwan_dollar
Twgeog.geo.ntnu.edu.tw
Investintaiwan.nat.gov.tw/p>

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