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Taipei, Taiwan Province

    Taipei, situated at the center of the Taipei Basin of the Taiwan Province and to the right bank of Danshui River, is the political, economic, cultural and educational center of the province and Taiwan's biggest city as well. As early as four to five hundred years ago, it was a marshland covered with thick forests. After the Dutch colonialists were driven away by Zheng Cheng Gong, the policy of "Stationing Troops Among the Farmers" was implemented by dispatching troops to this area for reclamation of this vast marshland. In 1708 A.D. (the 47th year of Qing Emperor Kang Xi's reign), migrants from Fujian Province came to this place and set up villages. After 15 years, urban environment came into shape. In 1875 (the 1st year of the reign of Emperor Guang Xi of the Qing Dynastery), imperial commissioner Shen Bao Zheng made Taipei the government seat in order to place the whole Taiwan administration under control. Thus the name of Taipei has come to being ever since.
    Taipei City is the center of tourism in the northern part of Taiwan Province. Apart from the Yang Ming Mountain and Peitou Picturesque Scenic Spot, the Taipei Park is the biggest and the earliest ever built with a Total area of 89 thousand square meters and the biggest wood-fenced zoo in scale in the province. There are many other places of historic interest and scenic beauty, such as the Taipei City Gate, the Long Shan Temple, Bao An Palace and Confucian Temple, just to enumerate a few.
    Taipei has many special local products and specialties, typical of its kind, ranging from Sheng Da Zhuang Chinese brush, Shilin pocket knives, moulding picture, artistic pottery and porcelain down to stuffed dumplings made of glutinous rice flour served in soup, all of which attract the appreciation, buying and tasting of numerous visitors.

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