About Tainan, Taiwan
Tainan City is located in the South of Taiwan. It is the fourth largest City after Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung. It has a population of 760,000.
This December 2010, Tainan County is merging with Tainan City to form a single direct-controlled municipality. Tainan used to be the former capital of Taiwan. There is a lot of history attached to the area.
Tainan is considered to be more “Traditional” than other Taiwan cities and Taiwanese is more widely spoken. Tainan is known for it’s delicious food and snacks.
Tainan has claimed to have the most Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan.
Things to See and Do in Tainan
Eternal Golden Fortress
Located on 16 Nanwen Rd., Anping District. A 19th century coastal fortress.
Opening hours are from 9 am – 5 pm.
Chikan Towers (used to be called Fort Provintia)
This was built in 1653 by the Dutch. There are tablets, stone horses and camels.
Opening hours are from 8:30 am until 9 pm.
National Museum of Taiwanese Literature
This museum is located in a restored colonial-era Japanese building. The display does not contain much English but it is still interesting to see. The museum has a coffee shop inside too.
Fort Zeelandia & the Famous Anping Tree House
Anping Old Fort is the oldest part of the city. In 1624, the Dutch established the Fort.
The Anping Tree House was originally a Tait & Co. warehouse during the Japanese occupation. The Taiwan Salt Company took control of the house after World War II in 1945.
According to retired employees, the Banyan tree’s twisted roots and branches have covered the warehouse since 1935.
Today, you can see the roots and branches wrapped round the house. The trees are said to be about 100 years old.
The fort and house are open daily 9 am until 5 pm.
Famous Tainan Food
Coffin Bread – Each loaf is fried and shaped like a coffin. It is filled with chicken, beans seafood, vegetables and a milk sauce.
Dan-zai Noodles – Yellow noodles served with meatballs
Other famous dishes include: Oyster omelet, Oysters and Thin Noodles, Rice Cake and Shrimp Rolls
Shopping in Tainan
Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store (Ximen Branch) has high end quality products. Luxurious brands and mainstream fashion is sold here. There is a movie theatre and two food courts inside.
Beimen Road is a popular place to go shopping especially for teenagers. Here you can find boutique stores with Japanese fashion and sport equipment.
The main train station and bus terminals are also located here. There are also many electronic shops.
Hotels in Tainan
Tainan is known for having great hotels. Some may currently be running special promotions: Check Hotel Promotions