Taichung City is located in central Taiwan, plays an essential role in both Taiwan's economic development and transportation systems. It is the hub for the major cities and counties in the central Taiwan region.
Following the merger of Taichung city and county on December 25, 2010, Greater Taichung has now become the second-largest among Taiwan's six special municipalities with a population of over 2,800,000 people.
Its land area is three times the size of Singapore and twice that of Hong Kong. Surrounded by the mountains and sea, it possesses the precious asset of rich cultures of numerous townships and districts. Thus, Taichung city has established an inclusive land, sea and air transportation network that is seamlessly connected to different parts of the city. The annual average temperature in Taichung is 23˚C, with a pleasantly mild year-round climate. Protected by the Central Mountain Range, it is rarely threatened by typhoons and is known as a city of sunshine, warmth and energy.
The city is made up of 29 administrative districts, each boasting unique distinctive cultural and natural landscapes. Therefore, a mixture of cultures slowly developed there during the Ming and Qing dynasties and Japanese colonial period. Over the centuries, people from different backgrounds migrated to Taichung and settled down, contributing to a great society of diverse cultures. You may see plenty of characteristic cultural groups, such as Fukien, Hakka and aboriginal in Taichung. Each year, Taichung city has held a great number of international and local cultural events.