Historically, people formed friendships by shoring up their martial arts skills. Now, this tradition has evolved into competitive sports, which allows people to demonstrate their physical strength and elegance.
Updated at 2022-07-08
Taoyuan is home to professional baseball team Rakuten Monkeys and professional basketball teams Taoyuan Pilots and Taoyuan Leopards. Together, these teams serve as an engine that markets Taoyuan and promotes Taoyuan's identity. During its many international exchanges over the years, Taoyuan has befriended many sports-loving cities! Let's take a look and see what sports are all the rage in our friendship cities!
The Netherlands is a cycling paradise, and the city of Utrecht is home to the world’s largest bicycle parking station. The parking station has an astonishing 12,000 parking spaces in a single space. Utrecht was poised to be the starting point of the 2020 Vuelta a España. It previously served as a stop on the 2010 Giro d’Italia and the 2015 Tour de France and would have become the first city in the world to host stages in cycling’s three grand tours if COVID-19 hadn’t forced the race to be rescheduled. The cycling jersey in the photo was used by Dutch cyclists in the Vuelta a España.
Gifted by Klaas Verschuure, Vice Mayor Utrecht
The Rocky Mountains serve as a physical border dividing bustling city life with endless desert. Located in the Mojave Desert of South Central California, Adelanto was a city of baseball. The High Desert Mavericks is the Minor League Baseball team that played its home games in Adelanto between 1991 and 2016. The team once set a Cal League record of attracting more than 200,000 fans in a single season. The Adelanto Stadium has since become home to the High Desert Elite FC of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).
Gifted by Rich Kerr, Mayor of Adelanto
Texas is located in the south-central United States and shares a border with Mexico. This sports-loving city is home to many professional football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey teams, the most successful being the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and MLB's Texas Rangers. Texas has a robust sports industry. Renowned MLB pitcher Chien-Ming Wang once trained at a baseball academy in Texas, later returning to the pitcher’s mound after recovering from injury. The baseball cap in the picture features an American eagle, which symbolizes America. The eagle also appears on the Great Seal of the United States, representing a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war.
Gifted by Fred Hwong, Chairman of the North Texas Collin County, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce