Daily Archives: September 16, 2018

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Tainan City

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Tainan is the oldest city of Taiwan, it was the island’s capital for 200 years under the Dutch, Koxinga and the Qing Dynasty rule. The city is also known as “the Phoenix City” because of its history of renewals. Tainan is also very rich in culture including the famous local street food, traditional cuisine and rich folk culture, extensively preserved Taoist rites and other living local traditions covering everything from child birth to funerals. There you’ll find the first Confucian school–temple in Taiwan, built in 1665, the remains of the Eastern and Southern gates of the old city, and countless other historical monuments. Tainan claims more Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan.

Tainan is a great choice if you are into history because you’ll see a lot of what the Dutch, the Spanish, the Chinese and the Japanese left during their rule. Tainan is also more laid back than busy Taipei, the city also has less foreigners so you’ll fully imerse in Taiwanese culture.

 

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  • Things to do in Tainan

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Kaoshiung City

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Kaohsiung is in the southern part of Taiwan, and it’s currently the third most populous city with approximately 2.77 million people.

Kaohsiung has an international airport and to get around the city you can take the public bus, MRT, the Mass Rapid Transit or Ubikes. Since the city is more spaced out, if you have the option, get an scooter, it will make your life easier.

For people who like less busy cities, Kaohsiung is a great option! There’s a lot of nature around and a beach you can reach by a short MRT ride.

As the largest municipality in Taiwan, the city has many newly built leisure areas/parks. These include parks, zoos, pavilions and a number of wharfs and piers, like the Central Park, Siaogangshan Skywalk Park, Fo Guang Shan, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, the Love Pier, Singuang Ferry Wharf and Kaohsiung Fisherman’s Wharf.

Kaohsiung is great for people who are looking for a more laid back vibe and a more immersive experience of the Taiwanese culture in a city with less foreigners.

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  • Things to do in Kaohsiung

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Basic Mandarin

1. Hello: Nĭ hăo/ Nĭn hăo (Pronunciation: Nee how / Neen how)

2. Thank you: Xièxie (Pronunciation: hsieh hsieh)

3. You are welcome: Bú kèqì (Pronunciation: Boo khe chee)

4. Pardon/Excuse me: Bù hǎo yì si (Pronunciation: Boo how eeh si)

5. How much?: Duō-shǎo-qián (Pronunciation: Doo oh show chee an)

6. I don’t understand: Tīng bù dǒng (Pronunciation: Teeng boo dong)

7. No problem: Méi yŏu wèntí / Méi wèntí (Pronunciation: May yo when tee / May when tee)

8. Where is it? Zài nǎli (Pronunciation: Zeye nah lee)

9. Bathroom: Cèsuŏ (Pronunciation: Tse sue-oh)

Cèsuŏ  zài nǎli? (Where is the bathroom?).

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Transportation

1. Getting around in Taipei

Easy Card: With this card you can take the metro, city bus, taxi or ship, rent the bicycle, and pay in chain shops.

Airports: Taoyuan International Airport and Songshan Airport

City Bus: The city has 300 bus routes and a one-section journey costs  NT$15. Sometimes you pay when you get on the bus and sometimes you pay when you get off, you’ll see the sign near the bus door.

Bike sharing service, Ubike: There are many Ubike stations throughout the city, you’ll need an Easy Card to rent one. It takes NT$10 every 30 minutes for the first 4 hours,  NT$20 every 30 minutes for 4-8 hours, and NT$40 every 30 minutes after 8 hours.

Metro: The Taipei Metro System is very convenient, and is the most efficient way to get around the city. A single trip costs NT$20-65 based on the distance and a one-day ticket coasts NT$200.

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2. Getting around in Taiwan

Long Distance Bus: The biggest bus center is in Taipei Main Station but you can also go to Taipei City Hall Bus Station. There are many companies you can choose from and the buses are very comfortable. The destinations include Kaohsiung, Tainan, Chiayi, Hualien, Taichung, which depart every one hour. The bus to Chiayi costs about NT$250 with the duration of 4.5 hours, to Tainan takes 5 hours and NT$350, to Kaohsiung costs  NT$500 with the travel time of 6 hours, and to Hualien takes 5 hours with the ticket price of NT$400.

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