Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History (5)

Hi!! Still at Chikan Area; the old part of Tainan City.

If you have followed me in the previous post, I have just visited the Grand Mazu Temple. Walking out from small alley was another temple; Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple. Nope, I did not enter but I saw a group of people performing outside the temple.

 

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Here’s another temple near by; just across the street where I was.

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mmm… what’s this guy selling?

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Anyone can read?

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Well… it is like a sweet candy and you have the option to have the Chinese celery in it too. For me, it was a bit too hard for my teeth and also a bit on the sweeter side. The celery did give a slightly different taste though.

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Walking along the older part of Tainan city, you can see lots of temples. If you love the Chinese temple architecture, Tainan would be the place.

Here are some temples…..

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Want more? Well’s there more.

Just keep following me and see Tainan from my Iphone 4S lens. =P

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History (4)

Great!! You are still with me. So, let keep moving.

Before moving out from Chikan Tower, below is a snap short of brief history of Chikan Tower at the entrance to Chikan Tower ground.

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Anyway moving on, walking nearby, I cant help stopping at the nearest shop for a like meal. Well… this shop looks interesting.

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Had Lu Rou Fan (braised pork rice) for my late lunch

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mmmmm.. and this, I cant quite remember. Anyone?

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After my meal, I took a walk behind one of the allies near Chikan Tower.

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One of the temple behind the lanes; Grand Mazu Temple.

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Wow… looks at those giant winter melons!!! Guess they must be in season in Tainan.

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Entrance to the Grand Mazu Temple.

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Ok.. time to walk out from the ally and keep on exploring Tainan. Remember… stay close with me so that you dun miss out the fun. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History (3)

Thanks for staying with me on my trip to Tainan City, Taiwan.

Still in Chikan Tower. Below is the ‘Statue of Compromise between Zheng Chenggong and the Dutch’

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This is the Sea God Temple  and the entrance is the slabs which is the Turtle Monuments.

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Side entrance to the Sea God Temple which I had to climb the steps up.

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This is the Wunchang (God of Literature) Pavilion which is right behind the Sea God Temple.

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Entrance to Wunchang Pavilion.

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Beautiful wooden handcrafted architecture.

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Side entrance to the hall in the the Wunchang Pavilion. Nice shape right?

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Some of the literature books on display. All these were handwriting and the Chinese writing are so small. Yes, used by Chinese brush.

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Well, there’s more to come on my walk in Tainan city. Want to know what’s coming up next? If, then stick around and you will find out. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History (2)

Hi there!! If you have followed me on my previous posting. I am posting my trip to Tainan City, Southern Taiwan which is the oldest city in the country. It has left behind a very complex history but I will not dwell into that as I will not bore my reader with history lesson. =P

Back to the train.This is shot in the train… a long4 1/2 hr journey from Hsinchu by the normal train. If I recall correctly, there were  about 25 stops before reaching Tainan.

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Yup.. you could see that I was getting bored here. Taking weird shots. HAHA!!

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The view. The railway tracks is near the coast. So you could see lot of wind turbine along the way.

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… lots of open fields where farmers plating their crops. So, if you like to see the view of the country side, you could take this normal train and enjoy the slow ride.

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One of the stops along the way before arriving in Tainan.

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Ok… let’s skip and head to Tainan.

My first stop was to Chikan Tower or also known as Fort Provintia. It is among the most important historic sites in Tainan City as well as all of Taiwan and not to mention, also one of the prettiest.

Below is the map of the Chikan tower and it’s compound. Yup… it is right in the heart of Tainan city surrounded by the newer buildings.

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View from the entrance to the tower. You can see the stone slabs which is the turtle monument.

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Old quarters which is turn into souvenir shops.

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Like what you read and see? Well, dun stop. Follow me on my next posting to see more of Tainan through my  ‘íphone 4s’ lense. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip of History (1)

Welcome back!!

Yup. This is another series of my trip to Taiwan and this time, my visit will be Tainan. Took the opportunity to travel down south from Hsinchu to Tainan for the weekend break back in Apr early this year. Hope you will enjoy this series of posting as it will quite a long ‘e-trip’ journey here.

As usually, starting off from Hsinchu where I was at for my business trip.

This is a shot from my room view in the early morning before heading out to the Railway station.

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It was a last minute planning and also a wrong time as it was also the Tomb Sweeping weekend where everyone was traveling in Taiwan. Getting the train ticket for the time I wanted was practically none.

So I had to grab what was available even if it took 4 1/2 hrs slow train where an express train would only take 2 1/2 hrs. (High speed train only took  an hr trip but of course, the cost was double of the normal express train cost)

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Guess you have seen this before. This is the Hsinchu Railway station. A 15min’s walk from the hotel I stayed in.

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Waiting for my train to arrive. Snapping away to kill time. LOL!!

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The view of the Hsinchu Railway Station from the platform.

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One of the express trains passing through the station.

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Well.. here comes my train.

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Come let get on board and follow me on my trip in the slow train to Tainan. =)

Taiwan; Hsinchu Night Market (3)

Hi.. I am still in Hsinchu Night Market (not literally though) . My 3rd and final posting on my walkabout in the Hsinchu night market.

Guess the night market never fails to catch my attention time each time I visit Taiwan. Yup.. I am always scouting around for food to try and the happening environment. It is always different. =)

Ok. … let’s get back to the walk.

This food vendor is selling skewed food. Looks like hell of a long skewed stick.

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Stinky tofu but this is the wet version that comes with the soup. This is the type that I could not stomach. Next to that, is the fried oyster with flour and egg. It’s different from Malaysia’s fried oyster with egg. In Malaysia, there’s more egg and less flour. Guess you have to try it both yourself to see which you like most. (sorry… but my preference is the Malaysia’s fried oyster with egg. =P )

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Just look at the crowd!! Most of the tables were taken up but people come and go.

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Wow… what a cool concept to promote your food.

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and not forgetting for the children. There’s always kiddy rides for the young ones.

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Guess what’s this? Anyone?

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Again… look at the crowd. Guess you have to keep your eyes wide open to look for an available table to sit and enjoy your meal.

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More grilled food choices.

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Something light? Well, you can always have bread, pasty or cakes to choose from.

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Like what you read and see? Well… how about another night market in Taiwan? If yes, then follow me on my next posting. Wanna guess which one? =)

Taiwan; Hsinchu Night Market (2)

Welcome back! More on my walk about in Hsinchu Night Market.

Cooked prawns. Sold by the weight. Looks nice but I did not buy them as I wanted to save for others. =P

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Popsicle? Well.. it is grilled corn with toppings. You can choose the toppings that you like to be coated on your grilled corn.

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More games for the young and old.

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and if you do well in your games, you will get these……

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More skewed food too choose from.

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Strawberries in basket load. Yup, you buy by the basket load. Sorry,  you are not allowed to pick/select them one by one.

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More strawberries. Definitely I know I can’t eat the whole basket by myself. =)

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Strolling around and bumping into people along my path……

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More pictures to come……