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|Country||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|• Type||Taoyuan City Government|
|• Mayor||Cheng Wen-tsan (DPP)|
|• Deputy Mayor||Chiu Tai-san|
|• Special municipality||1,220.95 km2 (471.41 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,140 km2 (440 sq mi)|
|Area rank||14 of 22|
|• Special municipality||2,116,988|
|• Rank||5 of 22|
|• Density||1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)|
|• Urban[Note 1]||8,500,000|
|• Urban density||7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||National Standard Time (UTC+8)|
|ISO 3166 code||TW-TAO|
|Bird||Formosan blue magpie (Urocissa caerulea)|
|Website||www.tycg.gov.tw (in English)|
Taoyuan City (Hokkien Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Thô-hn̂g) is a special municipality in northwestern Taiwan, neighboring New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, and Yilan County. Taoyuan District is the seat of the municipal government and which, along with Zhongli District, forms a large metropolitan area. Taoyuan developed from a satellite city of Taipei metropolitan area to be the fourth-largest metropolitan area, and fifth-largest populated city in Taiwan. Since commuting to the Taipei metropolitan area is easy, Taoyuan has seen the fastest population growth of all cities in Taiwan.
"Taoyuan" means "peach garden" in Chinese, since the area used to have many peach trees. The city is home to many industrial parks and tech company headquarters. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, which serves the capital, Taipei and the rest of northern Taiwan, is located in this city.
The city of Taoyuan has been elevated to special municipality status since 2014 from the original Taoyuan County. At the same time, the former county-controlled city of Taoyuan was also promoted to Taoyuan District within the new municipality.
In ancient times, the Taoyuan plateau was the home of the Taiwanese plains aborigines. In prehistory, the Ketagalan people settled in Nankan . In the early years of Dutch colonization, Spanish colonization, and Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty, there were no large-scale cultivation or industrial activities. During the Qing era, a number of people from Fujian Province and Guangdong province began to immigrate into present-day Taoyuan to develop and farm the land. They planted peach trees, which, when fully bloomed in spring, were so beautiful that the people named the land Toahong (Chinese: 桃仔園; pinyin: Táozǐyuán; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Thô-á-hn̂g; literally: "peach orchard").
In November 1901, under Japanese rule, a local administrative office, Toshien Chō (Japanese: 桃仔園廳), was established in the area. In 1909, the number of cho were reduced and the local unit was renamed Tōen Chō (桃園廳). In 1920, the Tōen area was incorporated into Shinchiku Prefecture.
During the Japanese era, the staged migration policy caused Taoyuan to develop into a city with a variety of cultures. For example, temples and worship paths (currently the Taoyuan Martyrs Shrine) symbolized cultural systems. Butokuden (武德殿) were used to represent military systems, and the old Taoyuan City Office signified political systems.
In 1950, Taoyuan County was established by the Republic of China government. On 21 April 1971, Taoyuan City was made the capital of Taoyuan County. It had 6 cities, 1 urban township and 6 rural townships. Being located at the edge of the Greater Taipei region, this caused some structural and lifestyle changes within Taiwanese society. Trade prosperity in recent years and the proliferation of job opportunities helped Taoyuan develop into a major economic district in northern Taiwan and the population has increased ever since.
Taoyuan is located approximately 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Taipei, in northern Taiwan, and occupies 1,220 km2 (470 sq mi). It is made up of low-lying plains, interconnected mountains and plateaus. Its shape has a long and narrow southeast-to-northwest trend, with the southeast in the Xueshan Range and the far end on the shores of the Taiwan Strait.
Taoyuan has a humid subtropical climate, with mild to warm winters and hot summers, typical of northern Taiwan.
(The climate data of Taipei City is shown below for reference due to the city's proximity to Taipei.)
|Climate data for Taipei (1981–2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||19.1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||16.1
|Average low °C (°F)||13.9
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||83.2
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.1)||14.1||14.6||15.5||14.9||14.8||15.5||12.3||14||13.8||11.9||12.4||11.7||165.5|
|Average relative humidity (%)||78.5||80.6||79.5||77.8||76.6||77.3||73||74.1||75.8||75.3||75.4||75.4||76.6|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||80.6||71.3||89.6||92.6||113.7||121.7||179||188.9||153.7||124||99.4||90.7||1,405.2|
|Source: Central Weather Bureau|
|Source:"Populations by city and country in Taiwan". Ministry of the Interior Population Census.|
As of the rest of Taiwan, the Hoklo are one of the largest ethnic groups of Taoyuan, most of whom live in northern Taoyuan (北桃園), which comprises most northern districts of the city, including Bade, Daxi, Dayuan, Guishan and Luzhu, and the city seat of government, Taoyuan District.
The Hakka are the second-largest ethnic group in the city after the Hoklo, most of them residing in southern Taoyuan (南桃園), which includes Zhongli, Pingzhen, Yangmei, Longtan, Guanyin and Xinwu districts. With more than 785,000 Hakka people, Taoyuan hosts the largest Hakka population among all of Taiwan's administrative divisions.
After the Chinese Civil War, many people from mainland China (unaffectionately referred to as "Waishengren") settled in the then-Taoyuan County after the retreat of the nationalist government in 1949. Most of them live in military dependents' villages in Zhongli, Pingzhen and Guishan. Longgang is well known for its immigrants from Yunnan, featuring many Yunnan-style restaurants.
Taoyuan is one of the Taiwan's top industrial and technology city. High-tech companies including Quanta, MiTAC, Inotera, Nanya Technology, HTC, CPT and AU Optronics have all opted to build or expand their factories in Taoyuan. Taoyuan has now become a bastion of global electronics, optoelectronics display and semiconductor manufacturing. Over 200 of Taiwan's top 500 manufacturing companies have factories in Taoyuan. Taoyuan has also led Taiwan in terms of industrial output for nine straight years.
There are now 29 (registered) industrial areas with 3,696 ha (9,130 acres) of non-urban industrial land and 3,131 ha (7,740 acres) of urban industrial land. There are over 6,827 ha (16,870 acres) of land available for factories and industrial use in the city, representing the fact that Taoyuan's development bureau is based on industry and commerce. There are also 9 sites (57 ha; 140 acres) for mixed industrial-commercial use, the most of any county and city in Taiwan.
On March 26, 2010, China Airlines moved into its new headquarters on the grounds of Taipei Taoyuan International Airport and in Dayuan Township in Taoyuan County (now Dayuan District, Taoyuan). EVA Air maintains its headquarters in Luzhu District. Evergreen Airlines Services Corporation, Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp., and Evergreen Air Cargo Services Corporation, subsidiaries of Evergreen Group, are headquartered in Dayuan.
On December 25, 2016, The Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) was inaugurated in northern Taoyuan City, marking a significant step in government efforts to foster innovation, promote the Internet of Things sector and attract top-class technology talent. The Asian Silicon Valley project aims to transform Taiwan into an R&D hub for the IoT sector as well as a global center of entrepreneurship. It forms part of the government’s five-plus-two innovative industries initiative, a comprehensive program to promote economic restructuring and industrial upgrading.
Prior to its upgrade to become municipality on 25 December 2014, Taoyuan County used to have 6 county-controlled cities (Bade, Luzhu, Pingzhen, Taoyuan, Yangmei, Zhongli), 1 urban township (Daxi), 5 rural townships (Dayuan, Guanyin, Guishan, Longtan, Xinwu), and 1 Mountain indigenous township (Fuxing).
Shihmen Reservoir (traditionally spelled "Shihmen") (石門水庫) is one of Taiwan's major reservoirs. Once the largest water conservancy project in Southeast Asia, visitors may find many restaurants open near the reservoir serving fresh reservoir fish delicacies. There is also a three km-long (1.9 mi) bicycle track surrounding the back pond. Shimen Reservoir provides almost all of the water in Taoyuan, as well as to New Taipei City's Xinzhuang, Banqiao, and Linkou districts.
Daxi Old Street is one of the more famous Taiwanese old streets. It used to be a bustling hub for camphor and the tea trade, filled with diverse stores with façades designed in a Baroque style. The street also has the Daxi Wood Art Ecomuseum, which includes buildings such as Daxi Butokuden and Lee Teng-fan's Ancient Residence.
The Window on China Theme Park (小人國主題樂園) is one of Taiwan's earliest theme parks, established in 1984. The park consists of three areas: Mini World, Water Park, and Amusement Park. The park features numerous small-scale replicas of many famous world landmarks.
Lalashan (拉拉山) is one of Taiwan's "natural protection zones," including 500- to 2,800-year-old divine trees and the "No. 5 Divine Tree," which predates Confucius.
Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine (桃園忠烈祠) is one of the best-kept Shinto shrines outside Japan.
In 2001, Eric Chu of the Kuomintang defeated Democratic Progressive Party incumbent Peng Shao-Chin in the race for Taoyuan County magistrate. Peng had inherited the magistrate position after Annette Lu vacated the post to serve as vice president. Chu ran for re-election in 2005 and defeated DPP challenger Pao-Ching Cheng, CEO of the Taiwan Salt Company.
After the upgrade of Taoyuan County to Taoyuan City, Cheng Wen-tsan of the DPP won the 2014 Taoyuan City mayoralty election, on November 29, 2014, and became the city's first mayor, starting December 25, 2014.
|Independent||James Soong||Chang Chau-Hsiung||413,370||43.83%|
|Kuomintang||Lien Chan||Vincent Siew||208,881||22.15%|
|New Party||Li Ao||Elmer Fung||1,140||0.12%|
|Independent||Hsu Hsin-Liang||Josephine Chu||20,581||2.18%|
|Democratic Progressive Party||Chen Shui-Bian||Annette Lu||299,120||31.72%|
|Democratic Progressive Party||Chen Shui-Bian||Annette Lu||448,770||44.68%|
|Kuomintang||Lien Chan||James Soong||555,688||55.32%|
|Democratic Progressive Party||Frank Hsieh||Su Tseng-Chang||379,416||35.36%|
|Kuomintang||Ma Ying-Jeou||Vincent Siew||693,602||64.64%|
|Democratic Progressive Party||Tsai Ing-Wen||Su Chia-chyuan||445,308||39.85%|
|Kuomintang||Ma Ying-Jeou||Wu Den-yih||639,151||57.20%|
|Independent (or seen as PFP)||James Soong||Lin Ruey-shiung||32,927||2.95%|
The Taoyuan County Stadium, built in 1993, is a multi-use stadium which is used mostly for football matches and it also has an athletics track. The stadium has a capacity of 30,000 people. It is within walking distance South West from Taoyuan Senior High School Station of the Taiwan Railway Administration.
The Taoyuan Arena, also built in 1993, is an indoor sporting arena located in Taoyuan District. The concept of its roof structure was based on the bicycle structure, the outer ring (to bear pressure) and inner tire (to bear tensile strength) of the bicycle wheels are connected by cable wires. It occupies an area of 1.5 hectare with capacity of 15,000 audiences. It is used to host indoor sporting events, such as basketball and volleyball.
The rapid transit system is operational since April 2017. (See Taoyuan Mass Rapid Transit System.)
|Taoyuan Airport MRT||Taipei||Sanchong||4.1||53.5||In operation|
|Blue||Airport Terminal 2||Huanbei||17||25.4||In operation|
|Orange||Main Line||Shanzaiding||Huiji Jr High||22.7||Planning|
|Dingpu||Fongming Jr High||13.2||18.6||Planning|
|Fongming Jr High||Mayuan||5.4||Planning|
On 19 July 2016, a suicidal bus driver killed 24 tourists, tour guide, and himself.
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport at Dayuan District is the largest airport in Taiwan. It serves as the main international hub for China Airlines and EVA Air. Taipei Taoyuan handled a total of 25,114,418 passengers in 2010. It is the fifteenth-busiest air freight hub in the world and thirteenth-busiest airport by international passenger traffic. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport currently has two terminals which are connected by two, short people movers. A third terminal is planned, and a rapid transit system currently under construction will link the terminals together underground.
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