[tahy-pey; Chinese tahy-bey]
noun Wade-Giles.
a city in and the capital of Taiwan, in the N part.
Also, Taibei; Older Spelling, Taipeh.
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Taipei or T'ai-pei (ˈtaɪˈpeɪ)
the capital of Taiwan (the Republic of China), at the N tip of the island: became capital in 1885; industrial centre; two universities. Pop: 2 473 000 (2005 est)
T'ai-pei or T'ai-pei

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Word Origin & History

"porcelain imported from China," 1579, from the country name (1555), probably ult. from Skt. Cina-s "the Chinese" (earliest European usage is in It., by Marco Polo), perhaps from Qin dynasty, which ruled 3c. B.C.E. Latinized as Sina, hence sinologist. The Chinese word for the country is Chung-kuo, lit.
"the Middle Kingdom." Chinatown first attested 1857 in California.
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Cultural Dictionary
Taipei [(teye-pay, teye-bay)]

Capital of Taiwan and largest city in the country, located in northern Taiwan.

Note: In 1949, Taipei became the headquarters of Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese Nationalists, who had been forced to flee mainland China.
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