Tainan is a city both filled with vibrant temples as rich as Beijing and city life as exciting as anywhere outside of Taipei. The city began as a dutch trading post and fortification used as a base for the Dutch to attack other sites, such as mainland China. Eventually the Dutch were given the boot and it then went through a series of Chinese rulers, came under Japanese control in the early 1900's and eventually became home to Chang Kai-Shek's exiled leaders, as with the rest of Taiwan.
Here is my journey south to Tainan City:
Train-side views rice fields, industry and homes live side-by-side. Say what you will about government involvement in city planning, but at times, it just makes sense. Rice and industrial waste - yum!!
In and amongst modern storefronts lie alleys and coves of building that have stood the test of time.
Taiwan tends to be a tea culture, but one can still find a good cup of coffee and a packed house.
Scooters and lights dominate the night - one cannot leave Taiwan without this image burned in one's mind.