Hsinchu City is a town with a colorful history. It is commonly known as Taiwan’s "windy city" because of its famous gusts. Presently Hsinchu is the technology center of Taiwan. From a geographical standpoint, Hsinchu is situated in a favorable location: the driving distance to Taipei is around 1 hour; Tao Yaun International airport is a 40-minute drive; and to the south, the city of Taichung is only 60 minutes away.
Neighboring the Science Park are two of Taiwan's top-notch higher education institutions, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University. These internationally renowned universities cultivate a myriad of talent each year. The healthy competition between the two universities is often the talk of the town. For example, every March there is the Meichu Competition which heighthen the campus spirit on both sides.
Hsinchu has a charming quality that can be best described as "old meets new," and a flavor that somehow mixes rural and urban culture. Many ancient architectural structures and artifacts remain intact in the city, gently painting an idyllic and down-to-earth background to blend with the city's technological glamour. In the center of the city lies the "Heart of Hsinchu", the ancient East Gate. Also downtown is the famous City God Temple (Cheng Huang Miao), where some of the best local delicacies are available. Other points of interest may be the harbor at Nanliao, the beach area to the south of Hsinchu, and the Museum of Glass. Even though Hsinchu is not a large city and carries a small-town atmosphere, the streets of downtown are adorned with fashionable department stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques.