Taipei street names

I’ve finally put online here on this site my list of Taipei street names in Chinese characters and Hanyu Pinyin. The list includes versions both with and without tone marks, as well as in pure Hanyu Pinyin and the mix of Pinyin and English that is generally found here in Taiwan.

I’d like to say some more about this, but I just don’t have the time now.

5 thoughts on “Taipei street names

  1. Great list – thanks for your work on this. Questions:

    1. Why is ???? rendered as Dé-Xíng D?ng Lù and not Déxíng D?ng Lù? I understand why you hyphenate Shi-Da and Shi-Fu, so I must be missing a contraction of sorts?

    2. Shouldn’t Shàox?ngnán Ji? (????) be Shàox?ng Nán Ji??

    3. I know this isn’t your purpose, but it would be neat to link these street names to some online Taipei street map website.

  2. I just took your syllable quiz. Taking the instructions at face value, and not considering the meanings of the test items, then I think there are mulitple correct responses for the following:

    5. lianjiaoku could be: li an ji ao ku, lian ji ao ku, lian jiao ku

    7. xianangua could be: xia nan gua, xian an gua, xi an an gua

    9. xian could be: xian or xi an

    10. changan could be: chan gan or chang an

    and I didn’t even consider using ‘a’ as an independent syllable. Am I missing something?

  3. Joe:

    Mea culpa on Shaoxingnan Jie (and Shaoxingbei Jie, too). These should be Shaoxing Nan Jie and Shaoxing Bei Jie. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll get it fixed tonight.

    As for De-Xing vs. Dexing, I generally use the ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary as my standard. It gives the hyphenated form. OTOH, even some authors of Pinyin standards advocate using what might be called “compressed” forms on street signage; thus, a case could be made for either form.

    I should add here that “Bei Jie”, etc., rather than “Beijie” is my own usage and a rare case in which I diverge from what some authorities call for.

    I’d love to have more interoperability with map sites. Alas, I lack the programming skills to make it happen.

  4. Thank you. I’m from Hsinchu and speak very little Chinese, so the information is really helpful to give to a taxi driver.

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