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704, Taiwan, Tainan City, North District, 台南市北區
Night markets are a quintessential Taiwan experience. Young couples, families, retirees, and swarms of teenagers descend upon these markets to graze, gossip, flirt, play, and graze some more. Lately, the ones in Taipei have been over-run by...
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708, Taiwan, 台南市安平區華平里
During a recent trip to Taiwan, my husband, who is English, asked me why the Taiwanese--unlike Americans--don't seem to suffer high rates of peanut allergies. The question came up as I was scarfing down peanut brittle. Good point. Peanut is a...
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Tin Pan Alley is an artsy, laid-back bar and eatery set up in a building with no roof, allowing visitors to eat, drink, and dance under the stars. Located in the heart of Tainan City, the bar has been said to be one of the premiere nightspots in...
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Lane 370, Gongyuan South Road, North District, Tainan City, Taiwan 704
The Armory is a popular expat bar located in Tainan City, Taiwan. Once upon a time, an army post sat behind the building, hence its name. A few pieces of the old post can be found in the bar's interior. The Armory is a popular hangout for people...
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Tainan City, Taiwan
Golden Beach is the largest beach within Tainan City limits in the southwest of the city. It's a popular place for beach activities, recreational anglers and swimmers, and is home to the Tainan Kite Surfing Club. The beach is around 50 meters wide...
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No. 2, Nanmen Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
This historical site was Taiwan's first academy, built in 1655, for the purpose of continuing classical Chinese teachings and training civil servants on the island, which was at political odds with Mainland China. The building is prized for it's...
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Shennong Street, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan isn’t your normal city in Taiwan. Sure it’s modern and sure it’s beautiful, but there’s an artsy edge to it that makes it stand out from almost every other city in the island nation. The original capital of Taiwan, Tainan honors its past...
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No. 108, Gubao Street, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Originally an office and warehouse for the Japan Salt Company during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, after WWII the warehouse was abandoned and became overgrown with tree roots. The sight of the tree-engulfed warehouse is quite beautiful, if...
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West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
The Chihkan (meaning red-haired, not chicken) Tower is now partly a museum celebrating the Qing Dynasty's victory over the Dutch. As a teacher, though, I was more intrigued by the Wenchang Pavilion, dedicated to Kuixing (god of literature). Here,...
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Tainan, East District, Tainan City, Taiwan
In the Taoist Yaowang Miao (temple), dedicated to the god of medicine, a kneeling woman who kept throwing stones on the ground captivated me and I asked about her ritual. As it turns out, the temple houses a bunch of wooden tablets with different...
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741, Taiwan, 台南市善化區西衛
Markets offer great insights into a country’s culture, and in Taiwan the night markets are a mandatory stop for observing local life. Sometimes spanning entire city blocks, the markets are an amusement park of sorts—complete with a midway of...
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700, Taiwan, Tainan City, West Central District, Nanmen Road, 67號2F
Though tea is the drink of choice in Taiwan, the appropriately named Narrow Door Coffee has helped put coffee on the map in the city of Tainan. Walk by the unmarked entrance and you might miss your chance to squeeze through sideways and reach the...
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720, Taiwan, Tainan City, Guantian District, 66號
Tainan National University of the Arts has a beautiful lush campus set in a relatively rural region. There is a fairly large population of international visiting professors each semester. Campus highlights include a cafeteria with surprisingly...