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A thriving hub for technological companies and universities, this city’s industries propel it into the future, while its heritage buildings anchor it to the past. 

Experience the excitement of Hsinchu, a bustling modern city along the Taiwan Strait. Although it is home to some of the island's leaders in technology and industry, this city manages to maintain a laid-back atmosphere. Explore some of its Qing dynasty-era buildings and venture outdoors to take advantage of Hsinchu’s beautiful parks and mountains.

Hsinchu is famous for its glass products. Learn more about the city’s history of glass making at the Hsinchu Glass Craft Museum. The museum chronicles the history of glass making around the world, with exhibits dedicated to intricate glass pieces and the opportunity to watch glass-makers at work.

Pay a visit to Hsinchu Science Park, which is modeled after California’s Silicon Valley. Now home to more than 400 tech companies, the Science Park has played a significant role in bringing Hsinchu into the modern era. Wander through some of this 2.5-square mile (6.5-square kilometer) area to see the surrounding man-made lake and public park.

Check out the Chenghuang Temple, also known as City God Temple, a much-loved city landmark that dates back to the 18th century. Be sure to stop for some street food at the numerous market stalls in front of the temple and try some of Hsinchu’s local specialties, such as savory meatballs.

Go for a swim in the natural cold springs in Beipu or cycle along the stunning Hsinchu 17 km Coastal Bike Path, which stretches across numerous parks, beaches and harbors. For an even more adventurous activity, hike the winding trail up Eighteen Peaks Mountain or explore the gorgeous alpine scenery in Shei Pa National Park.

Hsinchu can be reached by bus or train from Taipei or Taichung. The steady winds in Hsinchu help to cool temperatures in the humid summer but can make winters chilly. It’s best to avoid visiting the “windy city” during typhoon season, from July to October.

Where to stay in Hsinchu

East Gate which includes heritage elements and a city

Hsinchu City Centre

4/5Very Good!(19 area reviews)

Hsinchu City Centre is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Hsinchu City God Temple and Hsinchu Zoo.

Hsinchu City Centre
Xiangshan, Hsinchu, Taiwan


While visiting Xiangshan, you might make a stop by sights like Siangshan Wetland and Hai Shan Harbor.

East Gate showing a city

East District

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in East District, Hsinchu Zoo and Glass Museum of Hsinchu City are top sights worth seeing.

East District
City God Temple featuring religious elements

North District

If you're spending some time in North District, Hsinchu City God Temple and Hsinchu City God Temple Night Market are top sights worth seeing.

North District

Top Hotels in Hsinchu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Indigo Hsinchu Science Park
Hotel Indigo Hsinchu Science Park
4 out of 5
No. 111, Sec.2, Gongdao 5th Rd, Hsinchu
The price is NT$2,874 per night

Located in East District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of World Expo Taiwan Pavilion and National Tsing Hua University. National Chiao Tung University and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (108 reviews)


Reviewed on 2020/6/30

Hotel Indigo Hsinchu Science Park
AJ Hotel Hsinchu
AJ Hotel Hsinchu
3.5 out of 5
14F., No.168, Sec. 2, Fuxing 3rd Rd., Zhubei, Hsinchu County
The price is NT$2,208 per night

Situated in Zhubei, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Hsinchu County Stadium and within 6 mi (10 km) of National Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (362 reviews)

"Very clean and new, can use some extended stay."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/12

AJ Hotel Hsinchu
Howard Plaza Hotel Hsinchu
Howard Plaza Hotel Hsinchu
4 out of 5
178 Chung Cheng Road, Hsinchu
The price is NT$1,991 per night

Located in Hsinchu City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of East Gate and Big City Mall. Hsinchu Station is 15 minutes by foot.

4.2/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
Great location with kids playroom

"Convenient location, friendly staffs, nice breakfast. and with kids playroom, good for family trip."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/9

Howard Plaza Hotel Hsinchu

Popular places to visit in Hsinchu

Hsinchu City God Temple
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Hsinchu City God Temple

5/5(4 reviews)

One of Hsinchu’s most popular attractions is a centuries-old temple known for its beautiful architecture and the busy market on its doorstep.

Glass Museum of Hsinchu City
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Glass Museum of Hsinchu City

Watch skilled artisans at work and make your own glass object at a museum dedicated to one of Hsinchu’s most important industries.

East Gate
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East Gate

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Study the well-preserved remains of Hsinchu’s old city wall, an attractive 18th-century gate set in an elegant plaza.

Reviews of Hsinchu


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Jul 14, 2019

We went to the sea wall, the glass museum, the East Gate and Hukao Old Street.

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