Situated in the northern part of Taiwan, surrounding the country’s capital; New Taipei City has an estimated population of over 3.9 millions and an area of 2052 km2. Since 2010, the city has become one of the newest cabinet levels of municipality of the Republic of China with the present Mayor being Dr. Eric Liluan Chu.
Given its location advantages, today’s New Taipei City is a major city of Business Industries second to Taipei City, with over 250,000 privately owned companies and 20,000 factories, which sums up to a total capital of NTD.1.8 Trillion. The High technology industry alone generates annual revenue of NTD.4.0 Trillion. High Technology, Service and Tourism are all part of the major industries in New Taipei City, attracting a high volume of job forces from all over the country with abundant employment opportunities. As a result, 70% of the population is from different part of Taiwan.
New Taipei City has been on a mission, stresses on the importance of raising global competitiveness by working closely on industrial, cultural, tourism, transportation and city developments in order to accommodate the global trend; transforming into an international city.
Within the region of city, the Taipei International Port has the capability of fitting container ships weight up to 80,000 tons, transporting 2 millions pluses of TEU annually. Up until now, the city’s public transportation route has accumulates to a total of 6 routes, 34 stops and 43.8km (excluding Taipei City). As an ongoing project, estimation in the year of 2021, grant goal of 146.14 km in length and 127 stops will be reached, along with the current construction of 5 routes, 65.34 kms, 59 stops, including the development of new MRT stations. These developments are the living proofs of the city’s current status of prosperity.
New Taipei City’s population is highly educated; with over 38% receiving education higher than university-level school, exceeding 1,890,000 labor forces thus attract frequent foreign and domestic investments.
Tamsui River is the main river flowing through New Taipei City, with its upstream being Xindian River, Keelung River, Da-han River contributing to the source. Currently, Tamsui River is still allowing touring ferry traveling back and through. Due to the rapid economic development of the country, the last 30 years of the river was heavily polluted by illegal industrial wastes. But it the past few years, the river has gradually restoring to its original condition and the nearby region has become a place for family leisure and newly constructed waterfront residential community. Adjacent to the skyrocketed Taipei City housing markets, cheaper lands and completion of developing district makes New Taipei City a probable alternative for citizens of the neighboring cities potential residency and company headquarters.
Prior to the Provincial administrative city upgrade back in 2010. New Taipei City was once named Taipei County. The era of Taipei County started in 1945. After the end of Japanese’s governance, the Republic of China (Taiwan) government turned Taipei City and Keelung City into provincial administrative municipality while making the rest of then Taipei region into Taipei County. Since this separation, Taipei City and County have officially become independent administrative bodies. The city’s region was once the Pin-pu aborigine’s early inhabitancy; with the earliest history of Mainland Chinese immigrants tracking back as early as 1620 A.D. Through later development and prosperity of the country, Tamsui district has become an international commercial port in 1850 A.D. British Consulate and stores were being established in the region which help promote the local tea business, resulting in massive export of the tea leafs to Europe.
As a city filled with cultural and creative industry, New Taipei City has variety of industries like pottery industry in Yingge, Liuli industry in Tamsui, Drums in Xinzhuang, the dye in Sanxia, Noble metal processing in Ruifang, Sky lantern in Pingxi…etc. 120 kilometer coast lines with famous natural parks like Yeliou and hot springs in Jinshan and Wanli makes New Taipei City abundant in tourism resource. The internationally famous annual Gongliao Rock Festival is also located in New Taipei City. Other historical assets left from the Japanese colony era like 600 kilometer coal mine track attracts large number of visitors each year. The sky lantern has quiet a history, and Pingxi area is the only legal area to light these lanterns. Tamsui has been through the colonization of Spanish, Dutch, Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty and Japanese. Its superior location drew long-term British settlement for business. Pinling and Shiding’s Wenshan Baozhong Tea is also world renowned, and was once widely exported to Europe.
Unique museums in New Taipei City are also worth visiting. The “Lin’s Mansion” possesses large collection of green buildings from Qing dynasty owned by Merchant Ben-Yuan Lin. “Yingge Ceramic Museums” has more than 2,500 pieces of delicate pottery. The Gold Ecological Park in Jinguashi and Shisanhang Museum are all free of admission and open to the public. Rich cultural and tourism resources attract more than 30 million tourists annually, and make New Taipei City one of the best pick for tourists.