32 Facts About Taipei


The name "Taipei" can refer either to the whole metropolitan area or just the city itself.

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Taipei has been the seat of the ROC central government since 1949 and was the seat of Taiwan Province from 1887 to 1895 and again from 1945 until 1956 when the provincial government moved to Zhongxing New Village in Nantou County, it became the nation's special municipality on 1 July 1967 from provincial city status.

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Taipei is the economic, political, educational and cultural center of Taiwan and one of the major hubs in East Asia.

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In English-language news reports, the name Taipei often serves as a synecdoche referring to central government of Taiwan.

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In 1990, Taipei provided the backdrop for the Wild Lily student rallies that moved Taiwanese society from one-party rule to multi-party democracy by 1996.

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Region known as the Taipei Basin was home to Ketagalan tribes before the eighteenth century.

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From 1875 until the beginning of Japanese rule in 1895, Taipei was part of Tamsui County of Taipeh Prefecture and the prefectural capital.

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Subsequently, Taipei was established as a provincial city and a temporary Office of the Taiwan Province Administrative Governor was established in it.

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In 1947 the Kuomintang government under Chiang Kai-shek declared island-wide martial law in Taiwan as a result of the 28 February Incident, which began with incidents in Taipei but led to an island-wide crackdown on the local population by forces loyal to Chiang.

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The KMT-led national government that fled to Taiwan declared Taipei to be the provisional capital of a continuing Republic of China.

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Taipei expanded greatly in the decades after 1949, and as approved on 30 December 1966, by the Executive Yuan, Taipei was declared a special municipality on 1 July 1967.

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Taipei has a monsoon humid subtropical climate bordering no dry season humid subtropical climate (Koppen: Cfa).

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Foreign companies with offices or regional headquarters in Taipei include Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, HSBC, Citibank, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, JP Morgan, PwC, and many others.

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Taipei has more than 400 startups and numerous incubation centers, accelerators, venture capitals, and angel investors.

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Taipei has many top tourist attractions and contributes a significant amount to the US$6.

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Taipei 101's New Year's Eve fireworks display is a regular feature of international broadcasts.

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New venue, the Taipei Performing Arts Center, is under construction and slated to open in 2015.

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Taipei is known for its many night markets, the most famous of which is the Shilin Night Market in the Shilin District.

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Taipei maintains an extensive system of parks, green spaces, and nature preserves.

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The Taipei Zoo was founded in 1914 and covers an area of 165 hectares for animal sanctuary.

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Taipei has a variety of temples dedicating to Deities from Chinese folk religion, Taoism and Chinese Buddhism.

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The high point is the countdown to midnight, when Taipei 101 assumes the role of the world's largest fireworks platform.

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Taipei City is a special municipality which is directly under the Executive Yuan.

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The mayor of Taipei City was an appointed position since Taipei's conversion to a centrally administered municipality in 1967 until the first public election was held in 1994.

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Taipei City is famous for its effort in garbage recycling, which has become such a good international precedent that other countries have sent teams to study the recycling system.

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Taipei City is divided up into 12 administrative districts.

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Public transport accounts for a substantial portion of different modes of transport in Taiwan, with Taipei residents having the highest utilization rate at 34.

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Taipei Station serves as the comprehensive hub for the subway, bus, conventional rail, and high-speed rail.

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Taipei is home to the campuses of 24 universities and Academia Sinica, Taiwan's national academy which supports the Taiwan International Graduate Program:.

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Taipei Arena is located at the site of the former Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium, with a capacity of over 15, 000.

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Taipei Municipal Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that hosts football and track and field events, as well as concerts, both live and prerecorded.

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Taipei is a member of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21.

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