Tainan Travel Guide
Tainan is a famous ancient city that used to be the capital of Taiwan in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Thanks to modernization, ancient official residences, temples and time-honored western-style architecture scatter among new and tall edifices. Thus visiting historic sites in mansion forests will impress you the most. It is situated on the southwest coast of Taiwan Island, covering an area of 68 square miles (176 square kilometers).
The Confucius Temple was first used to memorize Confucius. Early in the Qing Dynasty, almost all the children in Tainan began to study in it. What’s more, the buildings here are all magnificent and grand. Every September 28th, the Confucius Temple Culture Festival is held.
Matzu is a guard goddess on the sea as well as an all-powerful goddess for the Taiwanese. Almost all of them believe in her. Thean Hou Temple, built in 1684, was a royal residence. Afterwards it was used to worship Matzu and was the first Matzu temple constructed by local authorities. The statues and the sculptures in it were all constructed by famous craftsmen.
Anping Fort at Anping District was built in the Dutch colonial period (1624-1662) and destroyed in the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). Only a wall built with red bricks remains and what we see now is a new castle constructed by the Japanese. At dusk, the sun and the castle enhance each other’s beauty, so watching the sunset here is really an enjoyment.
Eternal Golden Castle is a square red brick building built in 1876. The hollow in the middle was used for training the army. There is an emplacement on it which is the first western-style emplacement of Taiwan.
Ciaotou Beach Park is at the west of Tainan and the south of Four-Grass Bridge. There are many forests and beaches for people to spend their spare time.
Guanzihling Mud Hot Spring is one of the four most famous hot springs in Taiwan. It is located at Baihe Town and was caused by an earthquake. The water is dark gray with minerals and mud of underground rock stratum in it.
There are many other attractions worth visiting in the county, including National Museum of Taiwan Literature, Koxinga Shrine, Anping Tree House, Gubao Ancient Street, National Cheng Kung University, Chimei Museum, Chigu Salt Mountain, Shennong Street and Taiwan Prefecture Town God's Temple.
It is very convenient from Tainan Railway Station to these scenic spots by shuttle bus. Renting a motorcycle is also a good choice and costs approximately TWD 250-500 for a day.
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Tainan Railway Station Tourist Service Center: (+886) 6 2290082
Hsinying Railway Station Tourist Service Center: (+886) 6 6378821
High Speed Rail Tainan Station Visitor Center: (+886) 6 6008338
There are many post boxes on the streets. Send letters or postcards internationally via the red boxes. Green boxes are for internal, national post within Taiwan only. A stamp costs a maximum of TWD 12.
Success Road Post Office: (+886) 6 2267962
Address: No.6, Success Road
Anping Post Office: (+886) 6 2235402
Address: No. 149-1, Anbei Road