5 28/04, Sat
After intercontinental breakfast at hotel, we set off for the tourism
center at Tainan Train Station, where we got information on how to travel
round Tainan City by their local bus, which has much info online too,
With the local bus guide (which shows you all bus stops of each bus),
we set off for one of Tainan's first class historic site (一级古迹), Old Fort
of Anping （安平古堡）. We caught the City Tour Bus 99 (1 hr interval) round
the corner of our hotel, which took only about 25 minutes to reach. Along
the way, the friendly bus driver pointed out to us many other interesting
sites as well.
（You can get "package" tickets at NT$60/pax, which allow you
to take any buses in the city for the day.）
(Do bring along your student ID and check for concession rates at tourist
Cannon at Anping Old Fort(Defense and last stronghold of the Dutch in
After the Old Fort tour, we spent the next hour miggling in the
old street at 古堡街, getting souvenirs for ourselves and our friends. Someting
not to be missed is also the smooth bean curd at 137 Anping Road, 安平周氏豆花。
They also served other desserts like 红豆冰 (Shaved Ice with Red bean and
Condensed Milk). Tasty...
|Souvenirs that are bought from 古堡街。
The small little embroided bags come with one of the following items
tied on it, a "knot", 八卦 and a gold coin, symbolises love,
safety and luck ($$$) respectively.
Our next stop was Chihkan Towers (赤坎楼), another first class historic
赤坎楼(Began as an administrative area by the Dutch...
1st place which fell to 郑成功)
After a morning at couple of historic
sites(since Tainan is the first City of Taiwan), we moved on to Kaohsiung高雄
Decided on DRC(区间), which is their local express, and takes slightly longer
and cheaper.... ....
Reached 高雄，got a map from travel info counter, and visited Liuhe night
market(六合夜市)(15mins walk away, and enjoyed some food!!
With my crave for toufu, got my 2nd serving of 臭豆腐 frm 六合, and from the
same stall that me and Sng(army pal) took 2 servings, 6yrs ago! Talk about
Giant Squid... Not a fan of seafood, but Corine
heard it was nice,
and went for a serving...
Turned out to be too chewy, even for her standards,
and kinda tough on the tooth.
Back to Tainan via 自强 train this
Next 4 days, Taipei, 台北!! Beitou-北投, YangMingShan-杨名山, Ximending-西门町,
on train ride in Taiwan were learnt today.
1) Trains like DRC(区间) and Normal Express(普通),
are cheaper by NT$30, and stops at more stop... and NO designated
seat, and feels juz like our MRT. Not too bad if you travelling
for 30mins or so, but standing for 50mins on a pack train can kill. Luckily
didn't buy those when we are on full backpack.
2) Tzeqiang(自强, zi qiang) and Chu Kuang(莒光,
chu guang)，are only slightly more expensive, butz most of the
time offers designated seat, and plenty of space fo lugagge.
3) If you buy tix from the automated
computerised machine, for those trains with seat, do take
note that seats are allocated before paying... Cuz actually they allow
tickets to be sold, without seat.
Happened to us, was buying tomolo's tix, and paid,
then recognised abt the prob. Butz
when to 高雄 station, approached the friendly officers, and managed to exchange
tix for an early ride, with nice comfy seats... almost 5hrs ride tomolo