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Hsinchu ?? (also spelt Xinzhu) is a city in the north-western part of Taiwan.
Hsinchu is the hometown of a particular form of rice noodles, called Mifen (??). In 1980, the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park (http://www.sipa.gov.tw/) (more often called simply 'The Science Park') was founded. The park has been very successful, and hosts companies like TSMC, AU Optronics, UMC and numerous other semiconductor manufacturers. The establishment of the park was a major boost to the economy of the area and as a result, Hsinchu, despite its relatively small population (around 350,000), has some surprisingly high standard hotels and shopping complexes. The average wage of the citizens of Hsinchu is now the highest in Taiwan, surpassing even that of the capital, Taipei.
Hsinchu is definitely not a tourist city, but you may find yourself here on business or attending a conference. Also, the city is a good base to explore the mountain areas of Hsinchu County
Due to the constant gusts of wind that blow in from the Taiwan Strait, Hsinchu is often referred to as the 'Windy City'. While the wind keeps the city relatively pollution free, it also makes it a very cold place in the winter, especially around the time of the Chinese (Lunar) New Year celebrations.
Hsinchu is located on the main Taipei - Kaohsiung rail and freeway routes, and it takes about one hour and ten minutes to reach the city from Taipei. The nearest airport is Taipei CKS International Airport, which is about a thirty minute drive.
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Hsinchu has a large student population, many of whom study at the city's two most prestigeous universities, National Chiao Tung University (http://www.nctu.edu.tw/) and National Tsing Hua University (http://www.nthu.edu.tw/). The two universities are known for their strengths in electrical engineering and the physical sciences, respectively.
Hsinchu is a typical Taiwanese city containing thousands of restaurants, and, becaue of the relatively large ex-pat community, many offer international cuisine.
As in most major cities in Taiwan, vegetarian buffets are common in many neighborhoods in Hsinchu. The price at a buffet is estimated by the weight of the food on your plate. Rice (there is usually a choice of brown or white) is charged separately, but soup is free and you can refill as many times as you like. NT$90 - NT$110 will buy you a good sized, nutritious meal. The list below is for all-you-can-eat buffets (at these, there is a set charge, usually over NT$250, and the meal includes dessert and coffee/tea) or menu style restaurants:
...the beer situation in Hsinchu is rather dismal. Taiwan (brand) Beer, while not necessarily the worst in the world, is far from the best. Furthermore, most restaurants, pubs, and even high-class hotels carry a paltry selection, consisting mainly of Heineken, Kirin, Taiwan Beer and one of a variety of mass-marketed, mass-produced American beers (Budweiser, Coors, etc.). In some bars also the German Erdinger is available.
All the main chains are represented in Hsinchu, with a Starbucks and Barista located across from the main railway station. Cafes with more unique character are to be found throughout the city center, especially around Wen-hwa Road and San-min Road - just walk around, you'll find something to your taste.
The main shopping center meanders through the roads and lanes from the main train station to Bei-da and Min-sheng Roads. SOGO Department Store is on the corner of Zhong-hua and Mintsu Roads (directly across from the railway station), and the Mitsukoshi Department Store has a large branch next to the Ambassador Hotel.
Windance Mall is the largest shopping complex in Hsinchu (reputedly the largest in Taiwan) and includes a ten screen Warner Village cinema. Windance in located at 233 Zhongyang Road - tel:515 5252.
Another major shopping center is the Far East Department store (FE21) in Xi-da Road on the corner of Xi-men Street. There is plenty of parking and it also has a wide range of movie theaters.
For a wide range of high quality trekking and backpacking goods, check out Mountain Hardwear, 2F., 161 Zhong-hua Road, Sec. 2. Tel:535 0798.
The best place for English books is at the main Hsinchu branch of Eslite on the corner of Xin-yi and Da-tung Roads. There is also a small Caves Bookstore in Dong-da Road, but is a little far out from the downtown area and the selection is limited.
The area dialling code for Hsinchu is 03. From overseas, dial +886 3 XXXXXXX
City Information (http://www.hccg.gov.tw/index930402.cfm/)