Review: Northbound Hop – Exploring Tainan

Introduction
KA 432 HKG – KHH 333 Y
Ferry Ride Cijin Scenic Area to Gushan Ferry Pier
Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung
Exploring Kaohsiung
Jinzuan Night Markets
Exploring Tainan
Toong Mao Kao Shang Ching Hotel Kenting
Exploring Pingtung County
Kenting Street Night Markets
International Terminal Kaohsiung International Airport
KA 437 KHH – HKG 333 Y

On our third day we made a day trip into Tainan. The drive from Kaohsiung to Tainan was beautiful, as we passed farmers planting crops, valleys and the occasional hill. We arrived Tainan after an hour or so.

IMG_0004

Drive into Tainan

IMG_0005

Drive into Tainan

IMG_0006

Streets (and crops) of Tainan

IMG_0010

Streets of Tainan

IMG_0011

Buildings of Tainan

IMG_0012

Buildings and carparks of Tainan

Shortly after entering downtown we passed some, I don’t know what you call this?

IMG_0007

Hmmm

IMG_0008

Ar mi to fo…

Tainan wasn’t any less religious than Kaohsiung, and we passed (and visited) big and small temples along the way.

IMG_0009

Temple

IMG_0017

Temple

I had fun reading the names of the schools in Tainan…

IMG_0013

“Simen” Elementary School…?

Immediately after getting off the bus I was struck by the vibe of Tainan. It was like Hong Kong minus half the intensity.

IMG_0016

Good day

IMG_0015

What most of Taiwan is made of

We dove into the landmarks of Tainan, which included an old building that I forgot the name of. I think it used to be a German fort.

IMG_0014

Nice fort

We then drove to Fort Zeelandia, where we learned about Taiwanese history (though I think learned more about the Tainan skyline than anything else).

IMG_0018

Fort Zeelandia

IMG_0019

Random stairs in Fort Zeelandia

IMG_0020

Views over Fort Zeelandia

IMG_0021

Views of Fort Zeelandia

Speaking of the Tainan skyline…

IMG_0022

Tainan skyline

IMG_0023

Tainan skyline

IMG_0024

Tainan lake

There’s something charming about Tainan that really urges me to revisit. It could be the vibe…

Later we went over to a lake for a mangrove tour. I’m pretty sure they meant “birdwatching”, because it sure felt like it. “Look! A kingfisher!”

IMG_0025

Road near lake

IMG_0026

Mangrove tour

IMG_0029

Mangrove tour

Later we went to a salt museum then to a salt field to watch the sunset. The views were phenomenal.

IMG_0032

Salt field

IMG_0034

Sunset at Jinzaijiao Salt Field

IMG_0035

Sunset at Jinzaijiao Salt Field

IMG_0036

Mining Salt “Experience” 😛

IMG_0037

Sunset at Jinzaijiao Salt Field

IMG_0038

Salt Fields

That night we drove back to Kaohsiung.

I think I’ve explored nowhere near enough in Tainan City. I went with low expectations and went back to Kaohsiung stunned by the indescribable vibe (not necessarily so amazing it’s indescribable, but rather that I have a hard time describing it) and the stunning views. Now I know why Shangri-La chose to build their hotel here and not in Kaohsiung. 🙂

I think I am in need of a revisit in the future, just to absorb the real vibe and feel of the city. Sure, I know a lot about Tainan already, but there are definitely more places (e.g. Taijiang National Park) that I want to visit. I have the same things to say about Tainanese people and Kaohsiungese people (if those are words) – they are friendly and don’t beep their horns and kind of make the place feel like Denpasar.

Next up, Kenting!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s