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Tainan Information

Travel and Local Information Guide

The city of Tainan is the oldest in Taiwan. After the end of Dutch domination on the island, Tainan became Taiwan’s first capital under the Chinese supervision and remained as the capital from 1662 to 1887. The Japanese contributed a lot to the restructuring and urban planning of Tainan, at the start of the twentieth century. Since then, Tainan has developed into a historical tourist destination.

Based on Asian standards, the city of Tainan is very small and retains a small-town feel to it and this is the reason why people from Taipei, refer it as the countryside. Today, the city is known for its temples, forts, traditional snack food and traditional lifestyles. According to the recorded data, there are more than 500 Taoist and Buddhist temples within the city and these well-preserved temples reveal a lot about the city’s glorious past.

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Weather/Climate/Best Time to Go

Tainan has a subtropical climate so the winter is dry and mild. The winter in Tainan is also rain free. The month of November and December along with March and April are the best time to visit Tainan. During the months of January and February is not the ideal time to visit this city because the temperature often drops below 10°C. On the other hand, the summer months of May and June experience extreme heat and humidity. The Tainan summer continues till the middle of October. Frequent rain follows in between during this period. This is also the time for the famous typhoons in this part of the world.

Getting around Tainan

Adequate public transportation in Tainan is a problem as the number of buses in the city is very limited and taxis are only available in the busiest parts of Tainan. Also, there is no metro here. In addition, if you do not read Chinese, you will find yourself in real trouble while travelling around the city. Therefore, a personal mode of transportation is the best possible option of getting around Tainan and if you have a driving license, then renting a bike for just about 400NTD would solve your problem of getting around in this wonderful city.

Good to Know/Tips

Though the Government is making every effort to make Tainan as international as possible, there are still not enough bilingual signs in the city. However, tri-lingual (English, Japanese and Chinese) map-guides are available for free near the railway station.

You must be very careful while driving in Tainan. This is because if you injure someone while driving, you will have to bear the entire cost for his/her recovery according to the local driving laws.

The law of wearing helmets is only applicable for motorcycles and scooters, and not for bicycles.

You will find the Tainan tourist information booth with English speaking staff near the railway station.

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