Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exploring the Historical Tainan of Taiwan

As promised, I will be sharing more pictures of my recent trip or I should say, the unexpected heaven sent opportunity.

After the conference, the management of National Cheng Kung University was gracious enough to give us a city tour of Tainan. We were particularly toured to different historical sites. What I appreciate about Taiwan is their rich history, clean surroundings, and the very accommodating citizens. I braved Taiwan with no single Mandarin word in my dictionary. What I have are printed Chinese characters of my destinations armed with my dwindling confidence, shying bravery and the dream to have my first international presentation. Though most Taiwan nationals do not speak English, they were very accommodating to clueless tourists like me. Each street is likewise equipped with CCTV cameras so you feel safe, secured even with the less police visibility.

Our first stop was the Confucius Temple

Facade of the Confucius Temple
According to our tourist guide, the temple was built in 1665 and it served as a school or as they call it, training ground for intellectuals.
Inside the Confucius Temple
More pictures within the vicinity of the Confucius Temple

This three-storey structure is so unique because each floor has a distinct shape. The first floor is square, second floor is circular and the third is octagon.

Our second stop was the Angping Fort. This site became as a central site of trading between China, Europe, and Japan. History however relates that this originally served as headquarters which aimed to protect Taiwan from foreign invaders.

Can you see those "toys for the big boys"? Here's a closer look on them
 This is my first time to see soooo many Harley Davidsonsssss!

 Our last stop, Fort Provintia!

It was the Dutch who led the establishment of this site in 1653. Today, the open space (as shown in the first picture) becomes a regular venue for night concerts.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I haven't made any Christmas related post yet because I am so occupied with all the office and teaching works I left. When school is over and I have plenty of time with my family, I will share how me and my family celebrate Christmas.

Till my next post :)


  1. Oh Diane! Such great pictures. Makes me want to go there. Like I already don't want to go to enough places :)

  2. LOVE these pictures!!! You are so good with the camera. :) The Confucius Temple looks gorgeous and what an amazing place to be able to go to... gosh I can only imagine what it felt like to be there. and I love that three story building. Did you get to go in it or is it closed off? That is such a neat concept having each floor as a separate shape! and the Fort looks gorgeous too.... love this so much. I hope you are having a great day!!!!!

    - Amanda

  3. Hi Diane!Thank you for sharing your world with us! What beautiful pictures and so lovely!
    Thank you for your kind comments on my home!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Love your posts. They allow me to travel along with you. Those harleys look so out of place next to those beautiful buildings.

  5. This is so interesting! You got great photos. We have a lot of motorcycles here in Florida...and they don't have to wear helmets, which I think is crazy! Enjoy your week, dear name mate! ♥

  6. :) Thank you for the welcome back! :) Goodness, a road trip would be fantastic! Where do you hope to road trip to?? :)

  7. Great photos! Did you get to try any good food? :)

  8. OH, MY GOODNESS! I just today saw this! Really have had no time to surf the blogosphere, but just wanted to stop in quickly to say, CONGRATULATIONS! I'm soooooooo proud of you!

    Love ya!

  9. Hi, Diane! Wow, congrats on making the conference! I haven't kept up with blogging for the past month so I only saw this today. Glad to know everything worked out fine for you! And happy belated birthday too! Hope it was a blast!


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