Founded in 1723, the district of Hsinchu, Taiwan covers an area of nearly 104 square kilometers. During the Qing Dynasty, the district was called Hsinchu and later promoted as a municipal city in 1982. Years after, it gained great prosperity as well as international reputation with the establishment of the science-based industrial park. Most Hsinchu attractions such as ancient buildings, temples and shrines can be found at the city center, attracting thousands of tourists every year. Several transport options are available when getting to Hsinchu. With the creation of international airport and fine railway stations, you can travel to this historical city either by land or by air.
Where is Hsinchu City? Situated at the northwest of Hsinchu, Hsinchu City lies at the middle of Hsinchu plains. It is bordered by small mountains, sloping upward on the east, merging into Niupu Mountain and Eighteen Peaks Mountain. On its west connects to the coast while the southwest ends into Chunan, Miaoli County. Hsinchu is about 91 km from Taichung City and around 78 km from Taipei City. Geographical coordinates are +24.833 and +120.000, with an elevation of 27 meters.
In getting to Hsinchu by air, the nearest international airport is the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which happens to also be the country’s busiest gateway. Formerly called the Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport, it is located in Taipei, which can be reached through thirty minutes drive from Hsinchu. Several airlines operating to/from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport include EVA Air, Angkor Airways, Mandarin Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and other carriers. China Airlines is the country’s flag carrier and runs a major hub on the newly opened Terminal 2.
If you to get to Hsinchu by land, you can travel either by car, by bus or by train. Actually, public transportation options in Taiwan are thorough and it is easier getting to Hsinchu through these land transport options. Trains and buses are the major transport mode and fortunately, Hsinchu has been a regular stop.
Majority of buses going to Hsinchu originate from Taipei. The How-Tai Bus Company has efficient and very comfortable buses with broad seats and personal video screens, operating from Taipei to Hsinchu. From Taipei, the buses depart every 15 minutes at the Taipei Bus Terminal from Bay 22. From Hsinchu, the buses leave at the Hsinchu Bus Terminal, just next to Hsinchu Railway Station. Oftentimes, it stopovers at National Tsing Hua University bus station while traveling to the freeway. In addition, the district of Hsinchu connects on the main Taipei – Kaohsiung freeway routes and takes nearly one hour and ten minutes to get into Hsinchu from Taipei when driving a car.
When getting to Hsinchu by train, the TRA or regular train is found in the city centre. It is a main stop on the Taipei-Kaohsiung railway route. The fare cost NT$114-180 and often takes about one to two hours to arrive from Taipei Railway Station. For a faster alternative, you can catch the Taiwan High Speed Rail. It is situated in the neighboring city Chubei and can be reached via 30-minute drive by taxi. Travel time from Taipei to Hsinchu is about 30 minutes.