When in Taiwan, Tainan is a must-see city. Tainan has historical sites, beautiful scenery, and a variety of delicious snacks. In Tainan, you can also experience making traditional Taiwanese dishes!
Tainan used to be the seat of Dutch rule in Taiwan, so there are some buildings left from the Dutch period in Tainan. The most famous is Anping Old Fort, also known as Fort Zeelandia.
Constructed in 1624, Anping Old Fort was the first Dutch fort in Taiwan. Later, the Chinese came to Taiwan from China and drove the Dutch out. It also became a vitally important place for the Chinese to manage Taiwan. Come to visit Anping Old Fort and walk comfortably around the square to feel 300 years of history in Tainan. Anping Old Fort is a popular historical attraction, and it is a great place to embrace Tainan’s culture. You should not miss this.
In Anping, there are also some historical ruins left by the Japanese. Anping “Tree House” is one such place that has been covered with banyan roots and branches. It used to be a warehouse for Japanese salt production. After more than 100 years, many trees have grown in this place. The trees are so special that they have become a well-known tourist attraction. If you are tired of walking in Anping, you can come to Anping Tree House to appreciate the work of nature with a cup of coffee.
The Eternal Golden Castle was built during the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). At that time, Japanese soldiers were trying to invade Taiwan. So the Qing Dynasty sent a minister named Shen Baozhen to Taiwan to build some military fortifications. The Eternal Golden Castle was a military base from that time. You can see the place where the former soldiers were trained, along with cannons, ammunition depots, moats, etc. There is nothing like it elsewhere in Taiwan.
If you are interested in the history of the navy, you must visit the Teyang Navy Destroyer Museum. This is the first warship museum in Taiwan. You can tour the Teyang, a destroyer that patrolled Taiwan’s waters from 1977 to 2005. You can also learn about Taiwan’s history.
When you come to the Chi Mei Museum, you will find it very exotic. In the Chi Mei Museum, you can not only see Western works but ancient Asian antiquities and military weapons. If you like visiting museums, you must visit the Chi Mei Museum when you come to Tainan.
Guanziling is a hot spring area that was developed very early in Taiwan. Many people go to Guanziling to soak in hot springs, visit the old hot spring street, and see the special natural attraction, the Fire and Water Spring. The Fire and Water Spring is a natural phenomenon where water and fire appear at the same time. It is very special. You must come and see it.
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Tainan has a lot of delicious food. If you want to eat delicious food while watching some traditional performances, you must go to Eirakucho Drum Tea House.
Discover the Eirakucho Drum Tea House, a 140-year-old street house turned into a venue for theater and tea. Go on a journey through Tainan’s history with a live drum show and guided tour of the tea house. You can also enjoy traditional Tainan dishes and snacks. Traditional performances plus delicious food will give you a deep understanding of Tainan!
Do you enjoy Taiwanese food, or are you interested in cooking? There are many cooking classes in Taiwan that you can participate in! In the Mountain Village Cooking Class, you can experience the rural environment of Taiwan, collect the freshest ingredients yourself at a local farm, and cook delicious local dishes with the guidance of your professional instructor. Also, some teachers will teach you the most authentic traditional cooking methods and teach you to make super delicious Taiwanese food!
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We recommend you rent a scooter or rent a car, which is the best way of transportation in Tainan.