You can find on this page the Taipei old map to print and to download in PDF. The Taipei historical map and the vintage map of Taipei present the past and evolutions of the city of Taipei in Taiwan.
Han Chinese began to settle in the old Taipei Basin in 1709 (see Taipei old map). In the late 19th century, the Taipei area, where the major Han settlements in northern Taiwan and one of the designated foreign trade port, Tamsui, were located, gained economic importance due to the boosting foreign trade, especially that of tea exportation.

Taipei historical map

Map of Taipei historical

The Taipei old map shows evolutions of Taipei city. This historical map of Taipei will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Taipei in Taiwan. The Taipei ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

In the late 19th century, the Taipei historical area, where the major Han Chinese settlements in northern Taiwan and one of the designated overseas trade ports, Tamsui, were located, gained economic importance due to the booming overseas trade, especially that of tea exportation. In 1875, the northern part of Taiwan was separated from Taiwan Prefecture (Chinese: 臺灣府) and incorporated into the new Taipei Prefecture as a new administrative entity of the Chinese government (Qing Dynasty) as its mentioned in Taipei historical map. Having been established adjoining the flourishing townships of Bangkah, Dalongdong, and Twatutia, the new prefectural capital was known as Chengnei (Chinese: 城內), "the inner city", and government buildings were erected there.

From 1875 (during the Qing Dynasty) until the beginning of Japanese rule in 1895, Taipei was part of Tamsui County of the historical Taipei Prefecture and the prefectural capital. In 1886, when Taiwan was proclaimed a province of China, Taipei city was made the provincial capital. Taipei remained a temporary provincial capital before it officially became the capital of Taiwan in 1894. All that remains from the old Qing Dynasty city is the north gate as you can see in Taipei historical map. The west gate and city walls were demolished by the Japanese while the south gate, little south gate, and east gate were extensively modified by the Kuomintang (KMT) and have lost much of their original character.

As settlement for losing the First Sino-Japanese War, China ceded the historical island of Taiwan to the Empire of Japan in 1895 as part of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. After the Japanese take-over, Taipei, called Taihoku in Japanese, was retained as the capital and emerged as the political center of the Japanese Colonial Government. During that time the city acquired the characteristics of an administrative center, including many new public buildings and housing for civil servants as its shown in Taipei historical map. Much of the architecture of Taipei dates from the period of Japanese rule, including the Presidential Building which was the Office of the Taiwan Governor-General.

Taipei vintage map

Map of Taipei antique

The Taipei vintage map give a unique insight into the history and evolution of Taipei city. This vintage map of Taipei with its antique style will allow you to travel in the past of Taipei in Taiwan. The Taipei vintage map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

During Japanese rule, Taihoku was incorporated in 1920 as part of Taihoku Prefecture (台北縣). It included Bangka, Dadaocheng, and Chengnei among other small settlements as its mentioned in Taipei vintage map. The eastern village Matsuyama (松山區) was annexed into Taihoku City in 1938. Upon the Japanese defeat in the Pacific War and its consequent surrender in August 1945, the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) assumed control of Taiwan. Subsequently, a temporary Office of the Taiwan Province Administrative Governor was established in Taipei vintage City.

On December 7, 1949, the KMT government under Chiang Kai-shek, after being forced to flee mainland China by the Communists at the Chinese Civil War, declared Taipei as the provisional capital of the Republic of China, with the official capital at Nanjing (Nanking) as its shown in Taipei vintage map. Taipei expanded greatly in the decades after 1949, and as approved on December 30, 1966 by the Executive Yuan, Taipei was declared a special centrally administered municipality on July 1, 1967 and given the administrative status of a province.

In the following year, Taipei vintage City expanded again by annexing Shilin, Beitou, Neihu, Nangang, Jingmei, and Muzha as you can see in Taipei vintage map. At that time, the city total area increased fourfold through absorbing several outlying towns and villages and the population increased to 1.56 million people. The city population, which had reached one million in the early 1960s, also expanded rapidly after 1967, exceeding two million by the mid-1970s. Although growth within the city itself gradually slowed thereafter— its population had become relatively stable by the mid-1990s.