Welcome to Hsinchu, a vibrant coastal city located in northwestern Taiwan. With a population of over 450,000, Hsinchu is the most populous city in nominal Taiwan Province. Its nickname, the Windy City, comes from the strong northeastern monsoon that blows through the area during the autumn and winter seasons. Founded by Han Chinese settlers in 1711, the city has a rich history that includes being the seat of Shinchiku Prefecture during the Japanese Era. Today, Hsinchu is a major economic hub thanks to its Hsinchu Science Park, a significant center for semiconductor manufacturing, industrial and computer technology development. The park is home to major companies such as TSMC and United Microelectronics Corporation, and contributes a major proportion to Taiwan’s GDP. Beyond industry, Hsinchu is also a cultural center with an abundance of heritage sites such as the Chenghuang Temple of Hsinchu, built in 1747. Other attractions include the Aqueduct Museum, Glass Museum, and the Eighteen Peaks Mountain Park. With its blend of history, industry, and cultural attractions, Hsinchu is a must-visit destination for any traveler to Taiwan.