Amongst many of my friends, even those that live in Asia, a trip to Taiwan has merited only a brief few days in Taipei. For those that have stayed a little longer, the whispers of Tainan’s charm has drawn them to venture south and explore this incredible city.
Tainan’s history is an interesting one and this accounts for a lot of its architecture. It was occupied by the Dutch during the 1600s and was once the capital of this little island, before the Japanese moved it to Taipei. As such, walking down its streets can equate to walking down a long road from China, to Japan and then to Holland. Expats tend to fall in love with this city, myself included, because of its rich cultural heritage, its beautiful temples and its seemingly forever sunny weather.
But there is one other thing that attracts locals and expats alike to this city and that’s quite simply the food. Tainan is rumoured to have the best food in Taiwan and the sweetest food throughout the whole of Asia. In fact, Tainan’s occupants hold the prize for the highest rate of diabetes in the whole of Taiwan and once you have a chopstickful of anything on any given street, you’ll immediately understand why. In fact, I have multiple friends dotted around Taiwan originally from Tainan and upon telling them I was going, the first thing every one of them did was send me a list of things to eat and where to find them. Continue reading “Tainan 台南”