HsinchuThe Windy City and Mountainous Towns
Located in northwestern Taiwan, backed by mountains, and fronted by the sea, Hsinchu is nicknamed “Windy City” due to the strong northeast monsoons. The famous gales, which are especially strong in September, serve as the most primary contributor to the city’s specialty food—rice noodles. Hsinchu used to be the home to Taokas (a branch of Plains tribes). Its former name Teckcham means “beach” in Taokas language. Taokas people started opening up the coastal Xiangshan area and then extended their territory along the northeastern terrain until they finally developed the whole Hsinchu plain. There are several small mountainous townships in Hsinchu. Along the road which connects Neiwan, Beipu and Nanzhuang, you will be appreciating the gorgeous forest views and the famous scenic areas, including Lion’s Head Mountain and Emei Township. The road also leads you to several Hakka villages. Hakka people are known for their diligence and frugality, which is well-reflected in their food culture, including traditional Hakka cooking, dried persimmon cakes and ground tea. The unique food culture is an important part of the experience when visiting a Hakka village.