Bundle Up And Celebrate
The Wind blows across the island and the city of Hsinchu is ready to swing into celebration mode. These cooling breezes, awesome most of the year, lend a chilling effect during this time. After all, they are coming off the Strait of Taiwan. Christmas trees appear throughout the city and the beautiful red busess are more than ready. The people of Taiwan are some of the happiest people and they love to celebrate.
Hsinchu City, Taiwan is one of the oldest cities in Northern Taiwan and was settled by the Han Chinese in 1711. This amazing Northern Taiwanese city has been known by several names. The Aboriginal Tribe of Taokas called this northern center of commerce Chuchang or bamboo barrier. During this time, the city was a bamboo garden. It was known as Chuchang until near the end of the 19th Century. It’s name was changed to Hsinchu in 1875 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu. This was during the time of the Qing Dynasty. Hsinchu or New Bamboo is a fitting name for this garden city. It is also known as the city of the New Moon and the Windy City. So many names for this urban Taiwanese city. Today finds this city a technology hub and a destination for many world wide technological conferences. It is this technological city that is more than ready to celebrate the holidays with a Taiwanese flare.
The stores remain open, for the most part, and are filled with decorated trees. Couples often go out for a special holiday dinner, and families make a Christmas feast. Food is the center of any Taiwanese celebration, and this is no exception. It is a fun time. The people are happy, music is in the air, and the island is filled with jubilation. Every building has it’s own Christmas Tree and there is a natural competition to see who has the best tree. Though year after year, the tree at the Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan seems to be the best of the best.
So if you are yearing to celebrate the holidays Asian style, consider Hsinchu, Taiwan. An ancient city celebrates…..a jubilate city with a purpose. It is time to celebrate!
See more about Hsinchu City Taiwan here.
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