The historic monuments of Taiwan’s oldest city, Tainan, make a great alternative to the skyscrapers of Taipei. Settled by the Chinese in 1590, Tainan was used by the Dutch as a trading center in the mid-17th century before being taken by the Chinese again, who long used it as the island’s capital.

Traces of all these phases are evident throughout the city. Must-see sites include Anping Fort and Chikan Towers, both originally Dutch fortresses, and the Eternal Golden Castle, built by the Chinese for the same purpose.

Tainan is also renowned for its elegant temples, including the extensive Zhuxi complex with its serene pagodas and sentry elephants, and the calm oasis of the Confucius Temple.

Practical Info

Tainan is in the south of Taiwan’s west coast. High speed trains connect the city with Taipei in under two hours, with shuttle buses from the station to the city center.

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4-Day Taiwan Tour from Taipei: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park and Hualien

Enjoy an amazing 4-day experience of Taiwan on this tour from Taipei. With your guide, visit beautiful Sun Moon Lake, see various monuments in Tainan and ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $582.99

Taipei Unlimited Attractions Pass

Choose from more than 35 of Taipei's top attractions for free entry plus additional benefits with your Unlimited Attractions Pass. Take a day tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: Varies

From USD $73.99

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