Mayor Ballard and a Taipei Tap Dance Troup Member in 2008.
In 2008 Indianapolis hosted a number of administrative and cultural delegates, and celebrated 30 years of friendship with Taipei. Taipei is Indianapolis’ first sister city relationship, having been established in 1978.
As the largest city in Taiwan, Taipei serves as an outlet for economic, political, educational, cultural, religious, and architectural development for the rest of the country. Influenced by American culture and investment in the country, it is home to Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium and Taipei Arena. Similar to Indianapolis these sporting venues have been host to numerous championship games for baseball and basketball over the years, but are also multipurpose, holding concerts, artistic or cultural activities, and other large events.
The culture in Taiwan embraces numerous ethnic influences, including people of Spanish, Dutch, Han Chinese, and Japanese origin. This has led to varied traditions of daily life for its citizens in which architecture, food, religion, music, and many other customs have been heavily influenced.
Taipei’s Website: http://english.taipei.gov.tw/MP_100002.html
Population: 2,607,428Major Industries: Textiles, Electronic products & components, Electrical machinery & equipment
Located on the Danshui River, Taipei is the capitol city of the island country Taiwan. Taipei is home to the world’s second largest skyscraper, Taipei 101, and 20 universities.