Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (7)

Hello! Welcome back…. we are now at Anping Old street where Fort Zeelandia is this area. Yup we are still in Tainan, in case that you aren’t sure where we are. =P

By noon time, there are lots of street stalls selling food, accessories, cloths and others (while some are just setting up). Nice place to have a walk (provided if the weather is not too hot)

Saw this old huge cooking stove. Not sure it is for show or to used by one of the street vendors.  At the background, you could see the Fort Zeelandia walls or perimeters. This lane or street is still part of Gubao Street where I followed from the Old Tait & Co Merchant House.

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In Taiwan,they are famous for night market. Over here, the market even starts during noon time till night. Stalls on both side of the street.

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This stall is selling goose duck egg and they are really huge.

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Deep fried snacks…..

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Gotta watch out as motorbikes also as they share the road with the pedestrians too.

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Statues along Gubao Street showing the history in this area.

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One of the many small lanes in the Anping Old street that are interesting to explore. More pictures on these small lanes later on in my series.

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Want to see more of this place? Well, it is just started. Stay tune and keep following me. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (6)

Hi!! Time to move on. Still in Tainan but now we are heading away from Sihcao Ecological area to Anping Old Street. There are tourist shuttle buses; #99 (I know that for weekends, it is for sure they have this service and more also quite frequent) which you can catch at the bus stop outside the Dazhong Temple.

So, hopped on and got off Anbei Street; Tait & Co. stop and my walking journey in Anping Old Street begins.

Walked on the pathway and this caught my eyes; they had mosaic the important place to see here in stone. =)

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A statue of Zheng Chenggong in Anping also known as Koxinga. Who is he you may ask? It literally means “Lord of the Imperial Surname”. He was a Chinese military leader who was born in Hirado, Japan to the Chinese merchant/pirate Zheng Zhilong and his Japanese wife Tagawa Matsu, and died on Formosa. He led his troops on a landing at Lu’ermen to attack the Dutch colonists in Dutch Formosa. He was also the champion of the Ming in their struggle to maintain their dynasty against the surging Manchu Qing who would ultimately take over China and serve as its final dynasty before becoming a republic.

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Moving on, we moved to the Old Tait & Co Merchant House. With the expulsion of the Dutch from Taiwan in 1662, it  was not the end of European traders in Taiwan nor in Anping, but it took an Opium War to officially open the doors to trade. In fact, Anping was one of the four harbors opened to foreign trading on Taiwan as per the treaty of Tianjin signed in 1858. The company opened shop in 1867 and, together with Bains & Co, Boyd & Co, Wright & Co, and Julius Mannich & Co, made up one of the five main foreign trading firms in Anping. Only the company buildings of Julius Mannich and Tait remain from this era. The Tait & Company building is well-preserved and has been made into a mini-museum. I will show more in my next series. For now, it just an outside view. =)

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This is the main entrance.

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Walking along Gubao Street, there are mix houses of the old and new.

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Walking towards the heart of Anping old street, is the famous Fort Zeelandia (or also know as Anping Old Fort) which was built on the foundations of the Dutch stronghold .The fort was the anchor point of early settlements in Tainan for both the Dutch and the Chinese, and much of the settlement’s history lies in Anping’s old streets surrounding the fort.

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More? Well, join me on the next series to the Anping Old street walk about. =)

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

Welcome back!! Guess you wanted to see what  it looks like in the Dazhong temple in the Sihcao Ecological Park. Glad that you are back. =)

It’s really beautiful and detailed architecture (not to mentioned it’s really red inside too =) ).

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On the other side outside the temple, of course there’s food stalls and what’s famous in Tainan? It’s the oyster.

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For me, I wanted something light as I know I will be heading to another place where there’s even more food to try and eat. So, I have to leave space in my stomach and take it is easy here. LOL!!

What’s light? Well, the prawn tempura; lots of prawns on a piece.

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Deep fried oyster with chives

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Filled with oysters cook in deep fried coated with dough and chives.

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.. and my deep fried prawn tempura.

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That’s for making my stomach happy for a short while. Now, to head to my next destination. Where? Follow me and find out. =)

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

Hello!!! Well if you missed my early posting, it’s on my cruise to see the mangroves and also the wildlife along the canal.

In fact, this posting is on my trip back to the canal station or beginning point. Now I am enjoying the view from the opposite direction.

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Saying ‘hi’to the other canal cruise folks who is heading the opposite direction. I guess you can see why we were all wearing the straw hats. The sky is so clear with so little clouds. Yup…. it was hot!!

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This is a shot which I took after my canal cruise from a bridge across the canal where the cruise boat will go under.

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Next to the canal cruise, is a beautiful architecture of the temple; Dazhong Temple. It is a legendary temple with almost 300 years of history. In fact, Dazhong means “mass of people”. It used to be a temple for ancestors or unknown deaths around the neighborhood.

Shots from the front of the Dazhong temple.

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.. a closer shot.

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This is a shot from the side…

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In the temple, you will see many paintings on the wall and roof telling traditional Chinese stories and a beautiful caisson, a spider web ceiling, when you look up. There are also many other statues of deities and generals being worshiped in the temple.

Wanna see what’s inside? Then follow me on the next posting. =)

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

Hi there!! Sorry for slightly late posting on this series. Yup, I was in Taiwan again just last week (for business trip). Guess from the messages on these series that I have gotten, yes, this is indeed an interesting place. Something different from other countries.

So, still in Sihcao park in the Ecological area in Tainan on a canal cruise to see the mangroves.

A slow ride with tour guide explaining on the history and also on the mangroves and the wildlife in this area. Like I mentioned earlier posting, it was explained in Mandarin and also Hokkien (one of the Chinese dialects)

Beautiful mangrove forming an ‘arch’ across the canal with their bright green leaves.

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.. maybe not all of them have green leaves.

Anyway, let you enjoy the beautiful pictures. Guess they will tell a whole lot.

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At the end of the canal, where the flap gate controlled the coming in from the sea water into the canal.

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and…. now we are making a U-turn and heading back.

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So, what is after this? Where to? Want to know. If yes, then follow me and you will find out. =)

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

Thanks for staying with me on this e-trip to Tainan.

Let’s continue our trip in the Sihcao Green Tunnel  on a slow and guided tour boat ride; 30 min return trip.  I will not write much here as the pictures below will tell it all the beauty of the mangroves trees that grows here.

So, enjoy…..

Going through a low branches of the mangroves trees. At certain point you will have to bent down to avoid them.

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Lovely view..

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slow ride to allow visitors (people like me =P ) to enjoy and take lots of pictures

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Guess you have to be there to really enjoy the colour and sight of this place.

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Oh yes, if you keep your eye wide open you can see the nature habitats of the little crabs and also birds that live here.

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Well.. where to next? Anyone? If you want to know, follow me on my next posting on my trip of Tainan; Day 2. =)

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

Hi!! Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed my earlier posting of my 1st day History trip to Tainan series; Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip of History and also my walk in the night market; Tainan’s Flower Night Market

This series is on my 2nd day outside the Old Tainan City but still reachable by their public transport. On weekends, Tainan government provided a tourist shuttle bus; Bus # 88 and #99 which goes around the interesting places around Tainan City. These buses only runs during the weekends (and may less frequent on weekdays).

You can check out the map either from the Tourist Info in the Tainan Railway station or you can get it from the hostel. (I got mine from the hostel). Cost? NTS18 per sector.

So, I hopped in on bus from the bus stop at National Cheng Kung University and took a ride all the way up to Mangrove Conservation Area at Sihcao Ecological and Cultural Area for my first stop.

What is a mangrove? Well, it is the kind of plant that grows at the boundary of sea and river and is able to live in the highly salt-concentrated environment.

They had 2 different kind of raft route rides; Sihcao Green Tunnel and Taijiang Boat Ride. Taijiang boat ride takes you out to the shore to explore the coastline of the wetland (this I will take in my next trip here. =) ).

This place is called Sihcao Green Tunnel and it was once a salt canal. I was told that it is 750 meters long and 20 meters wide. This canal was used to transport salt products from the drying field to the storage back in the days.

It takes you into the canal to examine closely to the plants and the species along the way. The 30 minute raft ride through the well preserved mangrove with greeneries covering the sides and rare species resting randomly in the woods is very relaxing. Very educational (but the tour language was in Mandarin or Hokkien. I do not think they have any in English)

The hut where you can buy your ticket  and also to catch your raft tour.

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Ticket counter…..

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This is the Dajhong Temple which is next to the canal.

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Raft tour along the canal…..

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nice and slow…..

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oh yes… you will be sitting on small short little stools on the raft and wearing the rice paddy hat to protect from the scorching sun.

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Looks cute right?

Arriving at the ‘tunnel’….

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slowly going through….

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Want to know what’s the next pictures are going to be? Well… then dun stop here. Keep following me!!! =)