New Taipei City Taiwan

Became a Sister City: September 12, 1994

Population: 4,008,113 (as of 2021)

Land Area: 793 square miles

Distance from Fountain Square: 7704 miles


歡迎 (Huan Ying)!

Welcome

Taiwan (see video Taiwan 4k. Cities, Sights and People), officially the Republic of China (ROC), was formerly known as Formosa. The largely mountainous island shares maritime borders with the People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Philippines. With an area of 36,188 km² (about the size of Belgium) and a population of 23.4 million, Taiwan is the second most densely populated country in the world (behind Bangladesh). Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and a global leader in press freedom, healthcare, human rights, and political freedom. The island's high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy, and ​it is among the most highly educated countries in the world. Taiwan has something for everyone: stunning natural scenery, rich traditional and modern culture, beautiful beaches, renowned hot springs and delicious food. Taiwan is also known for its friendly locals and for being a country that is culturally diverse and open-minded.

New Taipei City (video New Taipei City - A Metropolis Redefined) is the largest special municipality in Taiwan. It completely encloses the capital city of Taipei and is rich in traditional cultures and natural landscapes. It is especially noted for its tea culture, pottery and ceramics. As an international city with vast businesses and industries, there are many high technology industry, service industry and tourism industry, contributing a significant amount of GDP to Taiwan. The five major industries in the city are information technology (IT), telecommunications, digital contents, biotechnology and precision instruments. The 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, notebooks, LCD monitors and CRT monitors.

Since the establishment of the sister-city relationship in 1994, the two sister cities have held both official and grassroots exchange activities which include mayoral visits, as well as arts and cultural exchanges such as youth choirs, folk drum teams, and puppet shows. They have also had exhibitions and conferences such as the computer and pottery exhibition, the World Choir Games, and Municipal Development and Sustainability. Their municipal cooperation to join the two cities include the International Friendship Park and the International Flower Show. In addition to numerous official, cultural and musical exchange activities between Cincinnati and New Taipei City, the most successful exchange is the annual bi-directional high school student exchange, otherwise known as the Youth Ambassador Program. This program allows the youngsters to experience a new culture, local family life, make international friends, and expand their personal perspectives (See Facebook Student Exchange Program-Cincinnati and New Taipei City).

During the pandemic, the two sister cities exemplified the true spirit of “A friend in need is a friend indeed” through contributing timely critical PPE (personal protective equipment) and COVID vaccines to each other. This accomplishment was recognized by the Sister Cities International (SCI) in the article CINCINNATI, OHIO AND NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN - "A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED".

Inspite of the pandemic, we successfully organized an Online Camp-USA to invite local professionals, including high school principals and Cincinnati Pops maestro, to share Cincinnati history and culture as well as breakout sessions to discuss American slangs with Taiwanese students. We also cooperated with The Cincinnati Art Museum in organizing the Cincinnati Asian Arts Festival 2021 to celebrate the theme "Inclusion, Diversity, and Life" with the hopes of building a more vibrant, prosperous community through the power of arts.

Please visit www.ntcexchange.com

Janet Huston
Co Chair
jrhuston@cinci.rr.com

Jade Lin (蔡玉環)
Co-Chair,
jade.lin@uc.edu


Jack Chung (鍾俊賢) Honorary Chair, jack.chung.usa@gmail.com

Miao-K Cheng (魏妙圭) – Taiwanese Association of Cincinnati Representative, mkc9536@gmail.com