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    -- March 29, 2004 --
    Taipei is the ancestral homeland of the Ketagalan people, who settled in the area before Chinese migrants first arrived at the beginning of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). During the early 17th century, both the Spanish and the Dutch began to occupy parts of Taiwan, and were replaced by Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong (also known as Koxinga). Until the Qing dynasty, the Taipei area was undeveloped and considered uninhabitable.
    Taipei's development first began in 1709, when some natives of Quanzhou, in mainland China’s Fujian Province, applied for permission to develop the area, starting with Mengjia (the present-day Wanhua District). Due to its convenient access to water and a natural harbor, Mengjia became the trading center of the Taipei Basin.
    In 1895, China ceded Taiwan to Japan, following its defeat in the Sino-Japanese War. In the subsequent decades, the Japanese tore down and redesigned Taipei three times, before it eventually took on the proportions of a large city.
    Following its retrocession to China in 1945, Taiwan was re-established as a province. Four years later, the Republic of China government retreated from China and relocated to Taiwan. The city gradually prospered, becoming the political, economic, educational, cultural, and transportation hub of the country. Forty years and two administrative reorganizations later, the city now proudly stands as one of East Asia's most important cities.

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    Convenient and Green?

    -- May 5, 2005 --
    Chen is the Commissioner of Taipei City Government's Department of Environmental Protection. He's held the post since July 2003. In that time, he has designed and executed many of the city's tough (some say coercive) waste policies—legislation that, for example, requires people in Taipei to purchase city-certified garbage bags and to sort their kitchen waste for recycling.

    The Definition of Taipei City's Green Corridor

    -- May 5, 2005 --
    (1) City Ecology: The existence of a green corridor in a city's central district provides many benefits. In addition to forming a comfortable walkway for pedestrians, it allows city wildlife to move between different blocks of habitat within the city. A green corridor makes a home for animals and plants and connects various “pockets” of habitat.

    (2) Scenic Value: A large portion of the green corridor is made of up green plants. It makes the city beautiful.

    (3) City Culture: Any city that prides its culture should take care of its historical sites. These areas are the city's cultural foundation; the government should use them to promote history and culture.

    Artwork by the Winners of "Imagine: A Cleaner Taipei"

    -- May 5, 2005 --
    The winners of "Imagine: A Cleaner Taipei," the art contest for young students, have been selected!

    There are a total of twenty-four winners in three age categories—Low (Grades 1 and 2), Middle (Grades 3 and 4), and High (Grades 5 and 6). In each category there is a first place, second place, third place, and five honorable mentions.

    Four judges appraised the artwork: Huang Tsai-lang, the director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Huang Kai-shan, a teacher from Dunhua Junior High School; Lin Li-ping, a teacher from Donghu Junior High School; and John Bucher, the chief editor of Taipei City Government's Department of Information.

    Overview of the 2005 Taipei Traditional Art Festival

    -- May 5, 2005 --
    The Taipei Traditional Art Festival (TTAF) is a major event each spring in Taipei. The festival, which began in 1988, runs for three months. This year, there will be more than forty performances of song, instrument, dance, and opera. Seminars will be held in conjunction with the performances.

    "Imagine: A Cleaner Taipei" Art Contest for Young Students
    A sunny sky

    -- May 5, 2005 --
    Are you an elementary school student in Taipei? Do you like to draw or paint? Do you want to make your city a better place? Do you want to win some great prizes and even meet the Mayor? Then get going! Enter the "Imagine: A Cleaner Taipei" art contest.