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    (1790- )
    Founded by a farmer from Fukien Province, China (1790)
    Prefecture of Taipei established (1875)
    Seized by the Japanese with the rest of Taiwan (1895)
    Returned to Chinese control after World War II
    Capital of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (1949- )
    Subject of massive industrialization during the 1960s
    Mildly impacted by an earthquake (1999)
    Home of the 1,674 foot world's tallest building, Taipei 101 (completed October 2003)
    The streets are congested with motorcycles.
    During its early history, the population, which was from different areas of China, fought amongst themselves, culminating in a major battle (1853).
    A substantial number of its roads were built under Japanese rule.
    It was the scene of massive riots (1947).
    Real estate is extremely expensive.
    The airport is about an hour and a half away.
    Even though it is densely populated, there are still substantially sized gardens and parks, as well as trees.
    It has a large number of high-tech industries that make products such as computers and TVs.
    No matter where you are in the city, taxis are available.
    It has an excellent subway system.
    There is a gigantic museum of ancient Chinese artifacts that was evacuated by the Nationalists from mainland China in 1949.
    It has numerous skyscrapers, some of which have viewing platforms of the entire city.
    It is one of Asia's major ports.
    There is a large night life scene.
    Home of the tallest building in the world: the Taipei 101 Tower, which is 508 meters (over 1600 feet) tall and was built in less than 5 years (completed 2004).

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