Fengshen Temple (Wind God Temple)

Fengshen Temple (Fēngshén Miào 風神廟) If you can imagine how important the wind is to sailors, you can probably infer how important a wind god temple would have been in the port area of Taiwan’s main sea gate. Located in the historic Five Channels Cultural Zone, this temple is not only the only Wind God … Continue reading

Tainan High Speed Rail Station

Tainan High Speed Rail Station Traveling along Taiwan’s west coast is a quick and easy affair due to the high speed rail. The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation started service for their high speed trains in January of 2007, and the Tainan HSR Station has been part of that route since the beginning. Traveling at … Continue reading

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié 端午節) The Dragon Boat, or Duanwu, Festival is a long-standing tradition in China, Taiwan, and wherever Chinese culture has spread it. It occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. This year (2010), it falls on Wednesday, June 16th. In Tainan, the boat races are … Continue reading

Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store – New Life Square

Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store – New Life Square (Xīn Guāng Sān Yuè 新光三越) Shinkong Mitsukoshi is the largest of the upmarket department store chains in Taiwan. The company is a collaboration of the Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi Ltd. and the Taiwan-based Shinkong Group. The goal of this chain is to provide Taiwan with top … Continue reading

Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium

Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium (Táinán Shìlì Bàngqiúchǎng 台南市立棒球場) The Tainan Baseball Stadium is home to the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Catching a game there is a fun experience for any fan of baseball, or anyone who wants to experience local sports culture. Taiwanese love their baseball, and it is … Continue reading

Fahua Temple

Fahua Temple (Fǎhuá Miào 法華寺) The great buzz of activity that surrounds many of the Taoist temples in Tainan can easily be countered by the monastic calm of Buddhist temples such as Fahua Temple in the southern part of the central district. In the early morning hours you can hear a deep chanting emanating from … Continue reading

Dongyue Hall (East Mountain Temple)

Dongyue Hall (Dōngyuè Diàn 東嶽殿) If you want to make amends for misdeeds or talk with dead relatives, Dongyue Hall is the place to go in Tainan. Many people go there to pray for the deceased and sometimes to communicate with them through spirit mediums. Dongyue Hall translates to East Mountain Temple which is a … Continue reading