By TraNews Reporter Chiu, Wei-Cheng
TAINAN, TAIWAN (TraNews) – Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and was the ancient capital of the island during the imperial times from 1662 until 1887 under Chinese supervision. Tainan is renowned for its history, temples, historic buildings and traditional snacks. The city’s complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals, as well as massive plantation of Royal Poinciana (dlonix regia) inspired its popular nickname “City of the Phoenix.”
Tainan was the focus of the island’s politics and economy until the late 19th century, and it thus boasts many historical sites and cultural heritage. The city has become more of a historically significant tourist destination than a cosmopolitan hub. In recent years, the city has undergone through a gradual transition, developing into a culture, history and food-oriented sightseeing destination.
The division of nine major cultural parks, including Anping, Chihkan, Confucius Temple, Dong-an-fang and more, is one of the most significant features of the city. Meanwhile, Taijiang National Park, the very first national park initiated by the local and civic organizations, is located at the junction between Tainan City and Tainan County.
As for cultural festivals, visitors to Tainan City would be able to take part in all kinds of tourist activities all year round, such as Ancient Capital Chinese New Year Festival, Mazu Cultural Festival Zheng Chenggong Cultural Festival, Chisi Arts Festival – The Coming-of-age Celebration, Confucian Temple Cultural Festival and other marvelous events.
Of course, visitors to Tainan City definitely would not miss such a great opportunity to experience non-stop eating in Garden Night Market! Being the largest night market in Tainan City, Garden Night Market features a dazzling selection of traditional and exotic culinary delights, attracting crowds of visitors and foreign tourists. The selections of top ten traditional delicacies and top ten local specialties are also the pride of Tainan. The distinctive food culture of Tainan also drawn the attention of international media.