Chi Mei Museum

Chi Mei Museum (Qíměi Bówùguǎn 奇美博物館) “See the world while living in Taiwan” is the motto of the Chi Mei Museum, located in Tainan’s Rende district. Though the museum’s impressive art collection may focus on seeing the western world, the museum’s scope extends well beyond fine arts to include a truly international selection of antiquities, … Continue reading

Cigu Salt Mountain and the Taiwan Salt Museum

Cigu Salt Mountain and the Taiwan Salt Museum (Qīgǔ Yánshān gēn Táiwān Yán Bówùguǎn 七股鹽山跟台灣博物館) If you mention Cigu to most people, they will invariable think of salt. Due to the area’s long history of generating salt and its current contribution of over 60% of the nations salt production, it is pretty clear why the … Continue reading

Singda Harbor Fish Market

Singda Harbor Fish Market (Xīngdágǎng Guānguāng Yúshì 興達港觀光漁市) If you’re looking for a good deal on fish, or just an excuse for an excursion down the coast, you should head to the Singda Harbor Fish Market. On top of being a great place to shop for seafood, the market is a lot of fun and … Continue reading

Xinhua National Forest Arboretum

Xinhua National Forest Arboretum (Xīnhuà Guójiā Zhíwù Yuán 新化國家植物園) One of the quickest ways to get out into the forest and get some fresh air is to head out Xinhua (usually spelled Shinhua or Sinhua) Township and explore some of its nearby natural areas. Some of the surrounding land is designated as part of the … Continue reading

Baoan Railway Station

Baoan Railway Station (Bǎoān Huǒchēzhàn 保安火車站) The small town of Baoan just to the south of Tainan doesn’t have a lot of tourist draws, but it does get a name for itself due to its cute little Japanese-era train station. Taiwan’s railway line was started just before the Japanese occupation in 1895, however most of … Continue reading

Yanshui Fireworks Festival

Yanshui Fireworks Festival (Yánshuǐ Fēngpào 鹽水蜂炮) Once a year, the little town of Yanshui draws attention to itself with a big bang. Over the years they have found a real recipe to get noticed. If you want to call on the gods to come take notice of you, what better way than to launch a … Continue reading

Xinhua (Sinhua) Old Street

Xinhua Old Street (Xīnhuà Lǎo Jiē 新化老街) Throughout Tainan City you can find Japanese-era shop houses with Baroque-influenced facades. This was modernity to Japanese architects and the style spread throughout the region. While these buildings are randomly scattered throughout Tainan City, in Xinhua Township there is a two or three block stretch where almost every building follows … Continue reading