Foreigners heap praise on student’s Hsinchu video

TAIPEI (The China Post) — When tourists come to Taiwan, more often than not, they visit big cities such as Taipei, Taichung or Kaohsiung.

Most people don’t know that there are many hidden gems in Taiwan that are just as deserving of recognition for their beauty and culture.

One of them is Hsinchu. 

James Peng, a Taiwanese from Taoyuan, saw Hsinchu’s beauty and decided to capture it on film, making an “ad” to promote all the city has to offer.

In an interview with The China Post, Peng explained that he had been studying at the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU, 清華大學) and wanted to share the county’s “rich history and architecture.”

Peng opens his video with a shot filmed on the back of a local bus and asks his audience, “What is Hsinchu to you?” 

He then filmed at various locations including a local convenience store, food stands, small alleyways, and closed the small clip with an open-ended sentence: “Hsinchu is___.” for the audience to fill in the blank.  

After posting his short film on Reddit, many foreigners flocked to the comment section to praise Peng on capturing the quiet beauty of Hsinchu, and even some who haven’t been to Hsinchu wrote that the place looked like a great place to stop by and visit.

Responding to a foreigner who claimed Hsinchu is one of Taiwan’s most underrated cities, Peng said that after living there for four years, he still manages to find something new and interesting with every outing.