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!!! =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip; Day1 Tainan Flower Night Market (5)

This is my final posting on my walk in the Tainan Flower Night Market.

Lots of things to do, eat and also enjoying the environment around.

Everywhere I went in the market, it was just pack (maybe certain area it was not so crowded…. just slightly)

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Stall selling grilled giant escargots coated with cheese

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scallops……

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More wonderful looking sugar coated strawberries…

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Aside from food, there were also stalls selling toys and clothes.

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pickled clams….

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Kids (and adults too) loves this. It’s playtime.

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Fresh cut fruits all packaged up.

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mmmm… what’s this? Anyone?

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Anyway… I had a full stomach and now, it’s time to head back to the hostel. Yup… another an hour’s walk back (and no, I did not take the buseven though I could). It is always nice to take a walk and see what around and this is what I managed to see when I was heading back; a life Chinese opera show along the street side.

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So, what’s next? Well, catch me on my next posting where I will cover my 2nd day in Tainan and the places I visited. Wanna know which part? If yes, then follow me…… =)