Hsinchu is a city in northern Taiwan, southwest of the capital city of Taipei. It’s known for its ornate Hsinchu City God (Cheng Huang) Temple, lined with food stalls. Close by is Yin Hsi East Gate, a 19th-century structure once used as an entrance to the city. Hsinchu Zoo houses hippos, Bengal tigers and Malay bears. Southeast of the center, trails cross the forested Shibajian (18 Peaks) Mountain.