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This article is about the special municipality formerly known as Taoyuan County. For former county-controlled Taoyuan City, see Taoyuan District.
Taoyuan
桃園市
Special municipality
Taoyuan City
Clockwise from top: Taoyuan International Airport, Nankan River, Window on China Theme Park, Taoyuan Shinto shrines, THSR Taoyuan Station, Daxi Old Street, Shihmen Reservoir
Flag of Taoyuan
Flag
Coat of arms of Taoyuan
Coat of arms
Taiwan ROC political division map Taoyuan County.svg
Coordinates: 24°59′28.6″N 121°18′51.58″E / 24.991278°N 121.3143278°E / 24.991278; 121.3143278Coordinates: 24°59′28.6″N 121°18′51.58″E / 24.991278°N 121.3143278°E / 24.991278; 121.3143278
Country  Taiwan
Region Northern Taiwan
City Seat Taoyuan District
District-divisions 13 districts
Government
 • Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (DPP)
 • Deputy Mayor Chiu Tai-san[1]
Area
 • Total 1,220.9540 km2 (471.4130 sq mi)
Area rank 14 of 22
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 2,058,328[2]
 • Rank 5 of 22
Time zone CST (UTC+8)
Website

www.tycg.gov.tw

Symbols
Bird Formosan blue magpie
(Urocissa caerulea)
Flower Peach blossom
Tree Peach tree
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Traditional Chinese 桃園市
Simplified Chinese 桃园市
(video) Taoyuan, looking down from the air.l

Taoyuan (Chinese: 桃園市; pinyin: Táoyuán Shì), is a special municipality in northwestern Taiwan, neighboring New Taipei, Hsinchu County, and Yilan County. Taoyuan District is the seat of the municipal government and that which, along with Zhongli District, forms a large metropolitan area, home to many industrial parks and tech company headquarters. 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," since the area used to have many peach blossom trees. Taoyuan is the native home to the Pingpu tribe of aborigines. It is also one of Taiwan's important industrial regions. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, which serves the capital, Taipei and the rest of northern Taiwan, is located in this city.

The current city of Taoyuan achieved its current form in 2014 when the former Taoyuan County was elevated to special municipality status. At the same time, the original county-controlled city of Taoyuan became Taoyuan District within the new municipality.[3]

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Anciently, the Taoyuan plateau was the home of the Taiwanese plains aborigines. In prehistory, the Ketagalan people settled in Nankan (南崁). 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 桃仔園 (pinyin: Táozǐyuán; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Thô-á-hn̂g; literally: "peach orchard"), which was shortened into the present name.

Empire of Japan (1895–1945)[edit]

Taoyuan Station during Japanese occupation Era.

During the Japanese occupation, the staged migration policy of the Japanese government 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. Wude Temple (武德殿) was used to represent military systems, and the old Taoyuan City Office signified political systems. The present Taoyuan District was a part of Shinchiku Prefecture during this time.

Republic of China (1945–present)[edit]

In 1950, Taoyuan County was established by the Republic of China government. 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. As part of the Ten Major Construction Projects pursued by the government in the 1970s, Taipei Taoyuan International Airport opened on February 26, 1979. With large numbers of passengers and increasing freight transport, Taoyuan International Airport is now the most important international gateway to Taiwan.

On December 25, 2014, Taoyuan County was reorganized from a county to become a special municipality named Taoyuan City (桃園市).

Geography[edit]

Overview of downtown Taoyuan

Taoyuan is located approximately 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Taipei, in northern Taiwan, and occupies 1,220 km2. 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.

There are many irrigation ponds at Taoyuan Plateau, which caused Taoyuan to earn the nickname "Thousand-pond Township" (千塘之鄉).[4]

Climate[edit]

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)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 19.1
(66.4)
19.6
(67.3)
22.1
(71.8)
25.7
(78.3)
29.2
(84.6)
32.0
(89.6)
34.3
(93.7)
33.8
(92.8)
31.1
(88)
27.5
(81.5)
24.2
(75.6)
20.7
(69.3)
26.6
(79.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 16.1
(61)
16.5
(61.7)
18.5
(65.3)
21.9
(71.4)
25.2
(77.4)
27.7
(81.9)
29.6
(85.3)
29.2
(84.6)
27.4
(81.3)
24.5
(76.1)
21.5
(70.7)
17.9
(64.2)
23
(73.41)
Average low °C (°F) 13.9
(57)
14.2
(57.6)
15.8
(60.4)
19
(66)
22.3
(72.1)
24.6
(76.3)
26.3
(79.3)
26.1
(79)
24.8
(76.6)
22.3
(72.1)
19.3
(66.7)
15.6
(60.1)
20.4
(68.7)
Avg. 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 76.61
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[5]

Ethnic composition[edit]

Han Chinese[edit]

Hoklo[edit]

As of the rest of Taiwan, the Hoklos is one of the largest ethnic groups of Taoyuan, most of whom lives 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, Taoyuan District.

Hakka[edit]

The Hakkas are the second-largest ethnic group in the city after the Hoklos, most of them residing in southern Taoyuan (南桃園), which includes Zhongli, Pingzhen, Pingzhen, Longtan, Guanyin and Xinwu sistricts. With more than 785,000 Hakka people, Taoyuan holds the largest Hakka population among all of Taiwan's administrative divisions.

Waishengren[edit]

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.

Aborigines[edit]

Most Taiwanese aborigines in the city live in Fuxing District, with most of them belonging to the Atayal people.

Economy[edit]

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 of non-urban industrial land and 3,131 ha of urban industrial land. There are over 6,827 ha 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) for mixed industrial-commercial use, the most of any county and city in Taiwan.[6]

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).[7][8] EVA Air maintains its headquarters in Luzhu District.[9] Evergreen Airlines Services Corporation, Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp., and Evergreen Air Cargo Services Corporation, subsidiaries of Evergreen Group, are headquartered in Dayuan.[10][11][12]

Administration[edit]

Taoyuan City Administrative Divisions

Taoyuan is divided into 13 districts.

Romanized name Land Area (in km2) Population
Bade District (八德區) 33.71 181,431
Luzhu District (蘆竹區) 75.50 151,354
Pingzhen District (平鎮區) 47.75 212,328
Taoyuan District (桃園區) 34.80 417,366
Yangmei District (楊梅區) 89.12 157,200
Zhongli District (中壢區) 76.52 381,449
Daxi District (大溪區) 105.14 91,887
Dayuan District (大園區) 87.39 84,531
Fuxing District (復興區) 350.78 10,913
Guanyin District (觀音區) 87.98 63,602
Guishan District (龜山區) 72.01 141,998
Longtan District (龍潭區) 75.23 116,211
Xinwu District (新屋區) 85.02 48,058

Tourism[edit]

Shimen Reservoir[edit]

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 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[edit]

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.

Cihu Mausoleum[edit]

Cihu Mausoleum (慈湖陵寢) is the final resting place of the former president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-Shek.

Window on China Theme Park[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine (桃園忠烈祠) is one of the best-kept Shinto shrines outside of Japan.

Longgang Mosque[edit]

The Longgang Mosque (龍岡清真寺) in Zhongli District is Taiwan's fifth mosque. It was originally built in 1967 to serve an area with many Taiwanese Muslims.

Government and Politics[edit]

Leaders[edit]

Further information: Mayor of Taoyuan
Cheng Wen-tsan, the incumbent Mayor of Taoyuan.

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.

In 2009, John Wu of the KMT defeated his DPP opponent, Cheng Wen-Tsan and became the Magistrate of Taoyuan County.

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.[13]

Presidential elections[edit]

1996 presidential election[edit]

A majority of Taoyuan County residents voted for eventual winner Lee Teng-Hui and Vice :resident Lien Chan.

2000 presidential election[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice President
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%

2004 Presidential election[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice President
Democratic Progressive Party Chen Shui-Bian Annette Lu 448,770 44.68%
Kuomintang Lien Chan James Soong 555,688 55.32%

2008 presidential election[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice President
Democratic Progressive Party Frank Hsieh Su Tseng-Chang 379,416 35.36%
Kuomintang Ma Ying-Jeou Vincent Siew 693,602 64.64%

2012 presidential election[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice President
Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-Wen Su Jia-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%

Education[edit]

Public universities[edit]

Private universities[edit]

Public high schools[edit]

Junior high schools[edit]

Further information: Education in Taoyuan City

Elementary schools[edit]

Further information: Education in Taoyuan City

Industry and environment[edit]

A former RCA facility is located in the city. The RCA facility is the source of significant trichloroethylene contamination.

Sports[edit]

Taoyuan International Baseball Field.

Taoyuan is home to the Lamigo Monkeys, CPBL, team, which plays its home games at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. The then-Taoyuan County is also the birthplace of Taiwanese professional golfer Yani Tseng and taekwondo athlete Chu Mu-Yen.

Transportation[edit]

TRA Taoyuan Station
THSR Taoyuan Station
The Skytrain shuttles passengers between Terminals 1 and 2, Taoyuan International Airport.

Rail[edit]

TRA Western LineTaoyuan - Neili - Zhongli - Puxin - Yangmei - Fugang
The Taoyuan Taolin Railroad is a railway branch line in Taiwan run by the Taiwan Railway Administration. It is located in Taoyuan and New Taipei City.
Taoyuan Station is located at the Qingpu (青埔) area, in Zhongli District.

Mass Rapid Transit[edit]

A rapid transit system is under construction. (See Taoyuan Mass Rapid Transit System.)

  • Lines and stations of the Taoyuan MRT System:
Line Termini Length (km) Total
Length (km)
Status
Taoyuan Airport MRT Taipei Sanchong 4.1 53.5 Under construction
Sanchong Huanbei 47.4 Under construction
Huanbei Zhongli 2.04 Planning
Blue Airport Terminal 2 Huanbei 17 25.4 Under construction
Huanbei Zhongli 2.04 Planning
Zhongli Bade 6.36 Planning
Red Fengming Zhongli 15.95 29.3 Under construction
Zhongli Fugang 13.35 Planning
Green Bade Dayuan 27.2 27.2 Planning
Orange Main Line Shanzaiding Huiji Jr High 22.7 Planning
Longtan Line Shanzaiding Longtan Planning
Brown Taolin Line Taoyuan Shanbi 12.5 24.5 Planning
Huilong Line Taoyuan Huilong 12 Planning
Taipei Metro:
Blue-Sanying Line
Dingpu Fongming Jr High 13.2 18.6 Planning
Fongming Jr High Mayuan 5.4 Planning

Road[edit]

National Highway No. 1 and 3 are nearby and connect via local highways to the city itself. National Highway No. 2 connects to Taoyuan International Airport.

Bus[edit]

Air[edit]

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.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Relative location[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/01/22/427128/Cheng-promises.htm
  2. ^ "Taoyuan City". tycg.gov.tw. 
  3. ^ "桃園縣103年改制直轄市 名為「桃園市」". The Epoch Times. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "農田水利入口網". coa.gov.tw. 
  5. ^ "Climate". Central Weather Bureau. 
  6. ^ "Overview of the Overall Industrial and Commercial Development".MIT Taoyuan.
  7. ^ "move.htm." China Airlines. Retrieved on 15 March 2010.
  8. ^ "China Airlines Inaugurates CAL Park at Taoyuan Airport." China Airlines. 26 March 2010. Retrieved on 26 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Evergreen Club." EVA Air. 24/28. Retrieved on 21 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.
  11. ^ "Contact Us." Evergreen Airlines Services Corporation. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Company Location." Evergreen Air Cargo Services Corporation. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.
  13. ^ http://vote2014.nat.gov.tw/en/TC/n300000000000000.html

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