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

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