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Asia : East Asia : Taiwan : Tainan

Tainan (??) is a city in south west Taiwan.

tainan Travel Guide :

Tainan

Understand

Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and was the capital during imperial times. It is famous for its temples and other historic buildings. The city is currently the fourth largest city on the island with a population over 400,000.

Tainan

Get in

Tainan

By plane

The closest international airport is in Kaohsiung. From there you can take a train, bus, taxi, or rental car for a 45 minute to one hour journey to Tainan.

There is a domestic airport in Tainan, and the flights from Taipei take about 45 minutes.

Tainan

By bus

Tainan has good inter-city bus connections with other cities in Taiwan.

Tainan

By train

Tainan is a major stop on the Taipei - Kaohsiung express line.

For more detailed information see get around on the Taiwan page.

Tainan

Get around

The best way to travel around the city is by car or motorcycle. There are taxis and buses (?? gong-che), but they are not so convenient.

Tainan

See

Tainan

Landmarks and Historical sites

  • Eternal Fortress (???? yi zai jin cheng), 16 Nanwen, Anping District - a 19th century coastal fortress. Hours: 9AM-5PM.
  • The ruins of Anping Fort (???? an ping gu bao), originally called Fort Zeelandia, was built in 1620 by the Dutch. Its commanding views of the ocean make it a popular place to watch the sunset. Hours: 8:30AM-5:30PM.
  • Chikan Tower (??? chi kan lou), originally called Providentia Fort, was built in 1653 by the Dutch. There are tablets, stone horses/camels and a row of nine turtle-borne steles with inscriptions. Hours: 8:30AM-9PM.
Tainan

Night markets

There are over two dozen night markets of various sizes in and around the city. Regardless of size, night markets all possess an abundance of stalls selling clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, food and drink. Some even have live entertainment.

Most night markets are only held on certain days of the week. Check before going.

Tainan

Do

Tainan

Buy

Perserved Plums(?? "Suan Mei")

Tainan

Eat

Tainan is often known as "the City of Snacks" (???). In addition to the wide variety of food available at night markets, the city also has an abundance of street vendors specializing in tasty and cheap dishes.

Tainan specialities are:

  • Coffin toast (??? guan cai ban) - fried bread stuffed with various ingredients, such as chicken, beans, seafood, vegetables and milk-based sauces.
  • Oyster omelette (??? hao-dz jia)
  • Oysters and thin noodles (???? hao-dz mian-xian).
  • Rice cake (?? wan-ke).
  • Dan Dan Nood??? dan zai mian)
  • Elite Cake (??? Zhong yuan gao)

Don't forget to try the shrimp rolls (zhou-shi) down along the canal! Incredible!

Tainan

Drink

Pearl milk tea (????, Zhen-Zhu Nai-Cha) is a must drink in Tainan. Look out for shops, where it is made directly to order!

  • Dirty Rogers is an excellent small bar. Used to be very hip, still very good! Every Music imaginable. It's close to the Railway station at Dongmen Rd.
Tainan

Sleep

Tainan

Get out


Tainan

External links


Official English Website of Tainan (http://www.tncg.gov.tw/kdefault.asp)


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