With its rich 400 years history, Hsinchu region is the oldest city in North Taiwan. Originally inhabited by the Taokas tribe who named it Chuchang, the present name of Hsinchu was proclaimed since late 19th Century. Today, the city is famous for its technological industries as it houses more than 400 high-tech companies such as TSMC and Philips. However, it is more famous as a historical and cultural destination. The traditional culture and festivals in Hsinchu have been visited not only by domestic tourists but also by people abroad.
Knowing the local people’s norms and practices is important when traveling to Asian places, particularly in Hsinchu where traditional cultural norms and proper etiquette are generally followed. In Taiwan, the footwear are seen as dirty items of clothing, and as such, shoes must be removed prior to entry to any house or sacred places. Most homes have slippers placed near the doorway for visitors to use. The head is viewed as important and you should not touch other people’s heads even in casual interactions. When greeting someone, a simple nod is enough but during business meetings, handshakes are prevalent. Bowing is also a common expression of respect. [Read more…]