Banqiao District in New Taipei City
|Country||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Special municipality||New Taipei City|
|o Total||23.1368 km2 (8.9332 sq mi)|
|o Density||24,000/km2 (62,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (CST)|
|Website||Banqiao.NTPC.gov.tw (in Chinese)|
Banqiao District (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a district and the seat of New Taipei City, Taiwan. It has the third-highest population density in Taiwan, with over 24,000 people per km2. Until the creation of New Taipei City, Banqiao (then transliterated as Banciao or Pan-ch'iao) was an incorporated county-controlled city and the former seat of Taipei County.
The district's old name was Pang-kio (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Pe?h-?e-j?: Pang-kiô; literally: 'timbered bridge'), which dates back to the Qing Dynasty during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735 - 1796 AD). A wooden bridge, locally called Pang-kio-thau (), was built for pedestrians to cross a brook located in the west of today's Banqiao,the modern day Nanzigou (, literally "Nanzi Creek"). The spellings Pankyu, Pankio, and Pankyo can be found in English-language works of the early 20th century.
In 1920, the Japanese government modified the name to Itabashi (, "planked bridge"). The same characters are still used today, but are read B?nqiáo in Mandarin. However, in Taiwanese Hokkien, the old name Pang-kiô is still the norm.
In the early 20th century, Pankyo (Pankyu) was a walled city and said to be owned by a landlord who had lived there "in feudal style", surrounded by armed retainers.
Banqiao is located in western part of the Taipei Basin of northern Taiwan, in the subtropical climate zone. Banqiao is surrounded by Taipei to the east, Sanchong to the north, Xinzhuang to the northwest, Shulin to the southwest, Tucheng to the south, and Zhonghe to the southeast. Banqiao is also bordered by two rivers, Xindian River to the northeast and Dahan River to the northwest.
Agriculture sector thrived in Banqiao in the 1950s. In the 1960s, manufacturing sector started to appear in the region and in the 1970s industries and commerce have developed. In the 1980 and '90s, finance and commerce grew in the area.
Banqiao is home to several universities, including the National Taiwan University of Arts. The National Banqiao High School is considered one of the top high schools in New Taipei City.
Banqiao has several sports facilities (including Banqiao Stadium), and the annual New Taipei City sports game is hosted in the city.
Banqiao is well served by multiple public transportation services. Banqiao station is served by THSR bullet trains and conventional rail TRA trains. Four metro stations are located in Banqiao on the Bannan line. All rails through Banqiao have been located underground since 1997. The future metro Circular line will also run through the district. Bus lines connect Banqiao with downtown Taipei and nearby cities.
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Pankyu. See Pankio