Línkǒu 林口 is a rapidly-growing suburb of Taipei 台北 located on the eponymous plateau at the western extent of New Taipei 新北. Decades ago it was the site of an American military base, the Shu Lin Kou Air Station, which was turned over to the ROC military in the late 1970s, and destroyed in 1996. The soil of the plateau is unsuitable for most forms of agriculture but tea can (and was) cultivated there, and there was also a thriving brick industry up until relatively recently, when industrial land was cleared for residential development. Nowadays, with direct MRT access to Taipei 台北 and Táoyuán 桃園 it has become a commuter town known mainly for its outlet malls.
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