Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (15)

Wow!! It’s been a long ‘e-walk’ if you have been following me. Sorry if my ‘e-walks’ had been to slow for you. Guess I love to take my time and enjoy the culture and views. =P

Anyway, this is nearing the end of the day (and also this series, I bet you must be saying… ‘finally’).

Well, I am now heading out from Anping Old Street (but still in Anping area) and walking along its perimeter.

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As you can  see, the streets are quite narrow (and also a hot sunny day too)

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Another place where you can see people hanging high up all the oyster shells (or can I say.. their collections) and I mean lots of it. Guess, from the picture you can really see the real quantity they have shelled.

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Workers removing oysters from their shell. Yup, it’s a manual job and not auto.

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As I head out along Pingsheng Rd, I came to a fisherman’s wharf. Lots of the fisherman and their boats anchored to the jetty.

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From there you can take a stroll on Anyi Bridge which is one of the 3 bridges (maybe could be more) that were built across the Tainan canal for locals and tourist to get across from Tainan to Anping.  From this bridge you can look across to see Anping Harbour.

Next to the bridge I saw a long queue and as usual, my curiosity brought me there to see what is so good there.

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Yup, they were selling ice cream on a cone. Nice to have on a hot day.

Cute little mobile stall in shape of a cartoon character. That really do get the children’s attention.

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It was getting late. So, I had to head back to Tainan to catch my train back to Hsinchu. Catching a bus back was easy; #88 or #99.

Saw this robot made of scrap metal. Creative!

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Do stay with me on  my last posting for this series which will be coming soon. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (14)

Welcome back!! Hope you like this series so far.

We are nearing the end of the series (but not that near) of this 2 days trips on history (& food too)

Down the alleys of Anping, you can find lots old houses. This one is made of red bricks.

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Beautiful painting of Anping Sword Lions wall of the houses.

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Another temple in the Anping Old Street

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Anping Street map to help you find your way  around. It also shows you all the interesting places to visit there.

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Long queue for…..?

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Dessert time!! Here the menu. What do you like to have?

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Me? I had the Anping Black Tofu pudding dessert. Taste? It was yummy. =) Definitely I will have it again if I visited here (Which I did a few months later. More on this in my coming posting)

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Interesting so far? If yes, then just bear with me a little longer as we are near the end of this series. Just, keep following me if you haven’t to catch the end of this series.

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (13)

Hello! Thanks for staying me on my e-trip in Tainan, Taiwan.

I am now walking half way through Anping Old Street. Guess there are so much things to see and taste, that a walk that should take like 15 mins, took much much longer but it’s worth the slow walk. =)

Along the way, I saw this cultural and creative park with bamboo being the main material used to build the park.  The owner of this place has design elegant and ornate gifts and souvenirs based on Tainan’s mascot.. Mascot, you say? Yes, Tainan has a mascot.

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It is Anping Sword Lions which is believe can cast out evil spirits and bring blessings. It was originated from the local traditional culture. You can find the Anping Sword Lions everywhere in the park and also 13 other animals.

Below is one of them.. the red one…

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the blue one.

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This one, you can see it in the park too.

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Stalls selling gifts and souvenirs to visitors. Noticed that all the stalls are built by bamboo?

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A fountain guarded by the Anping Sword Lions.

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Walking out from the park, I detoured and walked along the small alleys in the Anping Old Street away from the busy street

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Want to see the little alleys? If yes, then, follow me on the next posting and find out what there. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (12)

Hello! Where are we you may ask? Well, we are still in Anping Old Street, Tainan, Taiwan.

If you have been followed me in my previous posting, you will get the direction where I am heading.

Still walking along this long street, slowly, as there were so much things to see, many short stops to do some food tasting at the little snack stalls.=P

Here  we see a stall where kids, and adults too cooking their own caramel cake (if I am correct, pls correct me if I am wrong here)

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Kids really enjoying this but of course, with their parents around to help them else the cake may be burnt or overcooked food.

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Long queue for……? Well, this stall is selling pickled fruits. Guess locals love eating them.

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Moving deeper into Anping Old Street……

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Stall selling drink….

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Prawn crackers. Lots of stall selling fresh made from crackers where they used machines to make them. Lots of different flavour to choose from.

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The end? Well… we are 2/3 there in this series. Want more? Well.. yes, there’s more. Just stay tune. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (11)

Hello!!! If it is your first time dropping in to my blog, welcome!!

This series of my posting is on my trip to Tainan, Taiwan back  on Apr 2014. It’s a 2 days short weekend trip to enjoy the history and, mostly scouting for their local food snacks. This is my 2nd day walk about. If you have missed  my earlier posting of my 1st day and my earlier half of my 2nd day, do backtrack on my older post so that you can be up to speed with me on my ‘e-walk’ =)

We are walking along Gubao Street heading to the famous old street; Anping Old Street where where all the happenings are.

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Now at one end of Anping Old Street……

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As it was a weekend, it was packed with people, walking in all direction. It was a human jam. At times, it could be standstill (just for a few minutes though =P )

Lots of stalls selling snacks to hot cooked food, to souvenirs and clothes and other stuff.

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hhmmmm what’s this?

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and this?

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.. guess there are way too much to choose from.

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This is another shot in Anping Old Street at one end. Yup, the street is narrow with stalls on both sides.

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Well, this is only part of Anping Old Street. Wanna see more? Then dun stop. Keep following me on my next posting. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (10)

Hi!! Glad you are still with me on this series. Yup, this is a long one. =) Hope I amnot boring you.

Anyway, still in Tainan’s Anping Old Street. By now, it is already mid noon in Spring and it is a bit too hot for me (even with bermudas and T), and already started to sweat. Guess Tainan is most further south and it can get a bit (or much more) hotter than Taipei.

Ok. Back to where I left off in my last posting. Walking along the alleys in Anping Old Street, you can find lots of nice and unique old houses that really captures your eyes.

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Walking further down towards one end of street, saw this old Catholic Church; St. Laurentius Church (1956). In fact, about 10% of the city’s population are Catholic.

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Mobile stall with wheels selling snack.

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Another temple in Anping area; Anping Matsu Temple

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That weekend when I was there, there had some martial arts performance for the locals and visitors.

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Martial art students getting ready for their performance.

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Walking down Anping road and Gubao Street, guess what I saw?

You must be wondering what’s all these basket loads? Well, there are oyster shells.

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Workers removing the oysters from their shells.

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… just look at the pile of oyster shells. Anyone wanna guess how many oysters are there in that pile? Imagine eating half a load of that!! LOL!!!

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Well… the journey does not end here. My series still goes on. If wanna to more, then keep following me on this ‘e-trip’. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (9)

Hi!! Thanks for staying with me till this far of my series. If you have missed my earlier half, pls do have a look so that you will be up to speed on my e-travel. =)

We are still in Anping Old Street, Tainan. Yup, in the middle of hot day, walking along the old streets of Anping on a weekend can be a challenge. It is getting more crowded as it gets further to the evening.

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Animal shaped pancake. Aren’t they cute?

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Colourful handmade handicrafts..

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I diverted from the Old street and walked along some the small alleys that lead to homes of the locals there. Once you are in there, it’s like a maze (Maze walker) . =)

Beautiful view of the old houses and structures.

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and not forgetting temples also.

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Reflection shot.

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Old banged up red door which is the entrance to someone home.

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Like it? Well, this is still not the end yet. More posting coming. Just stay tune and keep following me. =)