By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei (Taiwan News)–As the slogan put forth by the Tainan City Government to
promote the city goes, “If you never visited Tainan, you never really visited Taiwan,” another slogan should be created to read like, “If you never visited Anping, you never really visited Tainan.”
Taiwanese history was initiated from Tainan, and Anping (安平) was the earliest developed district of Tainan. Therefore, abundant historic sites and structures can still be seen in the district. The following is a list that tourists visiting Anping should not miss. Visitors can take Buses 2, 88, and 99 from across the Tainan train station, and get off at Fort Anping. Visitors may either walk or ride a bike to explore every corner of the oldest area in Taiwan.
Tainan public bike rental T-Bike also has a station not far away from Fort Anping at Anyi Parking Lot on Anyi Road across the Anyi Bridge.
In 1624, the Dutch arrived in Formosa and established “Fort Zeelandia,” the construction of which was completed in 1634. The fort, which locals call Fort Anping, served as the administration center for the Dutch ruling Taiwan. Today, only a few wall ruins are left from the 17th century fort, which require visitors to pay close attention to locate. [FULL STORY]