About New Taipei City
New Taipei City is a special municipality and the most populous city in Taiwan. Located in northern Taiwan, the city includes a substantial stretch of the island's northern coastline and surrounds the Taipei Basin, making it the second largest special municipality by area, behind Kaohsiung. New Taipei City is bordered by Keelung to the northeast, Yilan County to the southeast, and Taoyuan to the southwest. It completely surrounds Taipei. Banqiao District is its municipal seat and biggest commercial area. Until 2,010, the area that roughly corresponds to the present New Taipei City was known as Taipei County. New Taipei City is located at the northern tip of Taiwan Island. It covers a vast territory with a varied topology, including mountains, hills, plains and basins. In the northern part lies 120 km of coastline with gorgeous shorelines and beaches. The Tamsui River is the main river flowing through New Taipei City. Other large tributaries are the Xindian, Keelung and Dahan rivers, sections of which constitute riverside parks. The tallest peak in the city is Mount Zhuzi, standing at 1,094 m and located in the Sanzhi District.
The Charm of New Taipei City
1. One of the safest places in the worldNew Taipei City, like the rest of Taiwan, is one of the safest places in the world to travel when it comes to crime. Muggings and confrontational crimes are rare, as is pickpocketing, and people are generally friendly, honest and kindhearted. However, that is not to say that robberies and theft do not happen; occasionally they do, so use common sense and make you less alert of safety.
2. Rich for the culture and historyNew Taipei City is rich in cultural resources. It's a major cultural county that hosts a rich variety of cultural activities. Come! Join us as we trace our cultural roots. The confluence of the Tamsui (Danshui), Xindian and Keelung Rivers gave rise to New Taipei City, which expanded gradually inland from the smallish river mouth to achieve its present scope. The meeting ground of the rivers stretches away in a scene of grandeur as the seashore, its terrain carved out by the hand of time, faces off with the low mountains standing peacefully in the distance of New Taipei City. The culture in Taipei is made even more interesting by the multitude of festivals and holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. It's also the home of Taiwan's Japanese-era mining and logging industries, nicely preserved for tourists and including the delightfully scenic Pingxi Branch Rail Line, connecting time-warp mining villages and some terrific all-abilities hiking.
3. A playground for nature loversNew Taipei City is a huge swathe of land that wraps around the capital, encompassing most of the northern tip of Taiwan. Beyond its urban core, this city becomes a playground for nature lovers, with historic mountain trails, river valleys teeming with waterfalls and great swathes of rugged, rocky coastline. The mountains and forests of New Taipei City offers excellent opportunities for hiking, but in some remoter areas, hikers have gotten lost, fallen off steep slopes, and even died. It is best to hike with others, and make sure you are fully equipped for the type of hiking you will be doing. There are at least ten species of venomous snakes that inhabit in the forested areas, including cobras, bamboo vipers, the Taiwan habu, and the banded krait. The Asian giant hornet is also a danger to be aware of.
New Taipei City Tourist Spots
1.Shifen WaterfallShifen is well known for the Shifen Waterfall, a 40 metre tall waterfall that creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake, widely regarded as the most scenic in all of Taiwan. The train station located down the river from the waterfall area, originally built for transporting coal, was built right alongside the Shifen Old Streets, and today stands as a reminder of Taiwan's history and culture. With the marketplace surrounding the train station and the openness in which people can freely cross the tracks running straight through the centre of town, the marketplace area of Shifen is definitely an interesting place for visitors to check out. The waterfall is located 30 minutes away from Shifen Old Streets by walking along either side of the tracks in the northeast direction.
2. KeelungPronounced Jīlóng in Mandarin, the city of Keelung was originally founded by Taiwanese Aboriginals and, with the arrival of the Spanish in the early 17ᵗʰ century, the city developed into a centre for military and commercial trade throughout the Spanish, Dutch, and Qing Dynasty periods of rule on Taiwan. With the arrival of the Japanese in the late 19ᵗʰ century, the port was further developed specifically for trade with Japan as Keelung is located along Taiwan's Northeast coast, eventually eclipsing Tamsui (Danshui) and Kaohsiung Harbours. By 1,984, the port had become the 7ᵗʰ largest container harbour in the world. This rich heritage of commerce and trade in Keelung has given birth to many historical and cultural sites, including Ershawan Fort, Heping Island, and Lovers Lake, not including the numerous relics and monuments scattered around the city. Given its proximity to the port, Keelung is the centre of Northern Taiwan's fishing industry hosting hundreds of fishing ships catching all kinds of fresh seafood from the sea.
3. Tamsui Fisherman's WharfOne of the most famous locations in Taiwan, the Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunsets, seafood, and, more recently with young people, its high amount of party boats. Within the past few years, the wharf has gone through a major renovation process, building several new buildings including restaurants, hotels, shops, and the Lover Bridge of Tamsui, completed in 2003. At night, the bridge illuminates with a wide variety of colours. Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf is a popular shooting location for Taiwanese serial dramas. If you are a fan of Taiwanese television serial dramas, you may recognise locations around the wharf! The restaurants around the wharf frequently host live bands to provide entertainment for guests. Party boats in Taipei generally depart from Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf. The wharf is home to the Tamsui Lovers' Bridge. The wharf hosts a ferry pier for ferries that operate the route along the Tamsui River. Ferries operate between the wharf and Tamsui Old Street, Bali, and Dadaocheng ferry pier in Taipei City (located next to Daqiaotou MRT Station) or Zhongxiao Wharf in New Taipei City. Simply swipe an Easycard and board the boat. It's a great way to avoid the crippling traffic of Tamsui during the afternoon rush hour, and a fun and unique way to return to Taipei.