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Historic Tainan

Old capital of Taiwan

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To get to Tainan, I took the high speed train which looks very similar to the Shinkansen in Japan. Comfortable journey and very easy to move around even with few signs in English.

Tainan is famous for its history and food. Based on what I read online, I was expecting an old city, with traditional streets and lots of history to discover walking around. I must say that Tainan was a bit disappointing, as what I found was a fairly modern city, only one traditional old street and most of the historic sights reminded me of colonial houses in South America. Although it wasn't what I was expecting, I still had a great time understanding the history and the influence of the Dutch, Japanese and Chinese in the area.

The main points of interests were temples, starting with the very famous Confucius Temple. It was being restored so I could not visit properly, but it's a very important cultural point as it was the first academy in Taiwan. It was also quite interesting walking around the city and seeing traditional Chinese temples and Christian churches around the city. It felt like the Christian churches didn't belong there as the architecture was so different from the rest of the city.

Shennong Street (Old traditional style)

Shennong Street (Old traditional style)

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple


Tainan Streets

Tainan Streets

Fort Provintia

Fort Provintia


Chimei Museum

Chimei Museum

I also visited Anping, the old district that is the former capital, where the Dutch based themselves (colonised) to trade with China in the 1600s. The main sights to visit are Fort Zeelandia (old Dutch fort), that has suffered a lot of transformation and renovation, but it's a good place to learn about the history and main events that happened in Taiwan (formerly known as Formosa) and the influence of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C), and the Japanese and Chinese for over 200 years.

Fort Zeelandia

Fort Zeelandia

In Anping I also visited the famous tree house which used to be a warehouse used by a distribution company that was later abandoned. After it was abandoned, the Banyan trees reclaimed the space and now all the walls are covered with roots and trees growing out of them. Quite interesting to walk around and also you can learn about the trading history of this part of the world.

Tree House

Tree House

After walking a lot around Anping, I went to see the sunset on a black sand beach on the coast of Anping. This place was quite crowded compared with how empty the city of Tainan was. Very nice walk and facilities.

Sunset in Black Sand Beach

Sunset in Black Sand Beach

Before leaving Tainan, I had to try a bit of the local food. I had the famous deep fried shrimp rolls, the delicious Dan Zai noodles, and the braised pork on rice. All the dishes were outstanding, so I have to agree that Tainan has great food.

Dan Zai Noodles

Dan Zai Noodles

Fried shrimp rolls and braised pork on rice

Fried shrimp rolls and braised pork on rice

Now my I continue my journey to Taichung, to have a full day in the very famous Sun Moon Lake.

Omar

Posted by omarp 04:41 Archived in Taiwan

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