Tan Zuo Ma Li

Tan Zuo Ma Li Grill and Japanese Restaurant (tàn zuǒ má lǐ shāo ròu hé shí   碳佐麻里燒肉和食) Long may you wait. Even with reservations, you may find yourself lingering around the entrance of this extremely popular Japanese grill for quite some time. It seems the architects had this in mind while designing the building, as … Continue reading

Julius Mannich Merchant House

Julius Mannich Merchant House (Dōngxīng Yángháng 東興洋行) Foreigners were barred from trading in Taiwan for most of the Qing dynasty, but the 1858 Treaty of Tianjin forced open four harbors in Taiwan to foreign traders. Anping was one of them. The five big foreign trading companies of the time were Bains & Co., Boyd & … 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

Anping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln

Anping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln (Ānpíng Kēhuīyáo Wénhuà Guǎn 安平蚵灰窯文化館) There’s a well-known theory among Taiwanese that their traditional brick houses all have ants due to the cement used to mortar the bricks together. From as early as the 17th century and as recent as the 1970s, locals used a cement mixed from oyster ash, … Continue reading

Lin Mo Niang Park

Lin Mo Niang Park (Lín Mòniáng Gōngyuán 林默娘公園) In April of 2004, this two-hector park was added to the Anping Harbor National Historic Park. It sits on the south bank of the Anping Canal just at the spot where it opens into Anping Harbor. The park is dedicated to Lin Mo Niang, the human embodiment … Continue reading

Tait and Company and the Anping Treehouse

Old Tait & Co. Merchant House The expulsion of the Dutch from Taiwan in 1662 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. Anping was one of the four harbors opened to foreign trading on Taiwan as per … Continue reading

Eternal Golden Castle (Erkunshen Fortress)

Eternal Golden Castle (Yìzǎi Jīn Chéng 億載金城) Not long before Taiwan was handed over to Japan, this fort was built to increase defense against the threat of invasion from those very same Japanese. The Qing leadership began building the fortress in 1874 and completed it in 1876. They hired a French architect named Bordeaux to … Continue reading

Lakeside Water Bird Park

Lakeside Water Bird Park On the north side of Anping and along the south shore of the Yenping Estuary lies Tainan’s Lakeside Water Bird Park. Here you’ll find a long boardwalk and bike path that follow the estuary from Anping Treehouse to Sihcao Bridge. This is a place to get your feet wet in Sihcao Wetlands without really leaving the city. … Continue reading

West Tainan Development

West Tainan Development   For a long time I was trying to get my head around the fact that much of the Tainan that I know was once water. I knew from drawings and various information that high tide used to roll up to the doors of Fort Provintia and that Fort Zeelandia was on an island. … Continue reading

Anping Old Fort (Old Fort Zeelandia)

Anping Old Fort (Ānpíng Gǔ Bǎo 安平古堡) The center of any visit to Anping is the old fort. Anping Fort is built on the foundations of the Dutch stronghold named Fort Zeelandia. That 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 … Continue reading