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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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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.

Train: Taiwan Rail Line and Taiwan High Speed Rail, both in Taipei Main Stationtransportation

 

 

 


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Taiwan Visa

Foreign nationals, who hold ordinary passports or other legal travel documents and who intend to stay in Taiwan for no more than 6 months for the purposes of transit; tours; visiting relatives; undertaking visits; undertaking inspection tours; attending international conferences; conducting business; pursuing short-term studies; undertaking short-term employment; undertaking short-term missionary work; and engaging in other activities in the ROC as approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC.

  1. A passport still valid for more than six months with empty pages. (original and photocopy)
  2. Complete and sign the online application form at https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw
  3. Two 2″x2″ photographs (taken within the last 6 months, in color and with a white-color background)
  4. Certificates of enrollment and registration issued by the Chinese language school affiliated to one of the universities or institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education (original and one copy).
  5. An attendance record.
  6. A transcript of academic records.
  7. Proof of financial support.
  8. A study plan.
  9. A health certificate issued within the past three months either by one of the accredited local hospitals (list attached) or by a licensed foreign hospital or clinic.

For more details, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Website: https://www.mofa.gov.tw/en/default.html#http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2

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