Hsinchu is a coastal city located in northwestern Taiwan. By car, the city is less than 90 minutes from Taipei, and around 40 minutes from the Taoyuan International Airport. By high-speed train, even less. Hsinchu is often referred to as “the Windy City” because of its strong winds throughout the year.
Hsinchu is known as Taiwan’s Silicon Valley. It is home to the Hsinchu Science Park, which is one of the world’s most significant centers for semiconductor manufacturing and industrial and computer technology development. The hundreds of companies in the Science Park provide thousands of job openings to recent university graduates each year, making Hsinchu a lively city with the youngest population in Taiwan. Hsinchu is also home to the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua University, both located near the science park, and both considered top universities in Taiwan.
Some of the tourist attractions in Hsinchu include the ChengHuang Temple, Hsinchu Zoo, 17km Coastline bike path, Green Grass Lake, and Big City Mall.