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Taichung City
Special municipality
Clockwise from top: Taichung skyline, Taichung railway station, Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, Nanhu Mountain, Wind farm in Taichung, Luce Memorial Chapel, National Museum of Natural Science
Clockwise from top: Taichung skyline, Taichung railway station, Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, Nanhu Mountain, Wind farm in Taichung, Luce Memorial Chapel, National Museum of Natural Science
Flag of Taichung City
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Official logo of Taichung City
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Etymology: Taichū (Japanese: 臺中, Taiwan center)
Nickname(s): Cultural City (文化城)
Location of Taichung City
Country  Republic of China (Taiwan)
Established 2010
Area
 • Special municipality 2,214.90 km2 (855.18 sq mi)
 • Urban 492 km2 (190 sq mi)
Area rank 6 out of 22
Population (March 2020)
 • Special municipality 2,816,667
 • Rank 2 out of 22
 • Density 1,271.6904/km2 (3,293.663/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,635,000
 • Urban density 5,356/km2 (13,871/sq mi)
Time zone National Standard Time (UTC+8)
Postal code 400-439
Area code(s) (0)4
ISO 3166 code TW-TXG
Bird Little egret
Flower Christmas Kalanchoe
Tree Palimara Alstonia
Website eng.taichung.gov.tw

Taichung is a special municipality located in central Taiwan. Taichung has a population of approximately 2.82 million people and is Taiwan's second most populous city, overtaking Kaohsiung in July 2017. It serves as the core of the Taichung–Changhua metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area in Taiwan. The current city was formed when Taichung County merged with the original provincial Taichung City to form the special municipality on 25 December 2010.

Located in the Taichung Basin, the city was named under Japanese rule, and became a major economic and cultural hub. Originally composed of several scattered hamlets, the city of Taichung was planned and developed by the Japanese. It was called "the Kyoto of Formosa" in the Japanese era because of its calm and beauty. The city is home to the National Museum of Natural Science, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the National Taichung Theater, the National Library of Public Information, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as many cultural sites, including the historic Taichung Park, the Lin Family Gardens, and many temples.

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