Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tainan

For the longest time Tainan was the largest population center of the island. And as expected, with its has many many historic temples and forts, Tainan attracts tourists as Kyoto and Florence do. Initially we had the same feeling for Tainan as we did for Kyoto and Florence; that is, ho-hum. But it grew on us. We liked taking the tourist bus outside the city for some variety, attending seeing a presidential election rally in person, eating vegetarian hotpots, and chasing down historic architecture.

Sun-Ling spotting the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill (BFSB) in Cigu.
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Cigu salt pans.
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Oyster farming.
Oyster Farming - Tainan, Taiwan

Temple in the An-nan District.
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The Water Fairy Temple is surrounded by a market.
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A fortune teller at the City God temple.
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Huge outdoor election rally preceding the Jan 14th elections; complete with rock bands, flags, giant video screens, rousing speeches, and bus loads of senior citizens.
Rally - Tainan, Taiwan

One veggie hot pot for John and another for Sun-Ling.
Vegetarian Resturant - Tainan, Taiwan

The historic Fire Brigade building.
Fire Brigade - Tainan, Taiwan



2 comments:

Kathy said...

Looks like you're getting better weather than I did. The NYT says 200,000 expats are expected back in Taiwan for the election - hope you have your accommodation sorted!

Sun-Ling said...

I have been watching the weather and am expecting rain for the remaining nine days. I am dreading it. Today we took a room because it is superior for watching the rain.

Rooms have mostly been easy to come by. We have timed to spend the weekends at big or less popular towns. We cannot really tell the influx of expats.