Anping city, Tainan, Taiwan (安平城 – 台灣)

Anping city, Tainan, Taiwan (安平城 – 台灣)

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Our  first day in Taiwan, where we reached the airport at 5.30 a.m. and waited 3 hours for my husband and son to join us from Hong Kong.  My friend arranged for a tour company to supply us a driver to guide us all round Taiwan.

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Our first destination is Anping City in Tainan to visit Anping Old Fort.  The weather in July is humid and hot, it took about 2 hours from the airport to the Anping Old Fort. We were quite tired and our children preferred to sit out then walked in a old museum gallery.

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Fort Zeelandia  – 熱蘭遮城 was a fortress built over ten years from 1624 to 1634, in the town of Anping (Tainan) on the island of Formosa (present-day Taiwan), during their 38-year rule over the western part of that island. Although the site was previously named Orange City (奧倫治城), Anping City (安平城), and Taiwan City (台灣城), the current name of the site in Chinese is Anping Fort (安平古堡).

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During the seventeenth century, when Europeans from many countries sailed to Asia to develop trade, Formosa became one of East Asia’s most important transit sites, and Fort Zeelandia an international business center. As trade at the time depended on “military force to control the markets”, the value of Formosa to the Dutch was mainly in its strategic position. “From Formosa the Spanish commerce between Manila and China, and the Portuguese commerce between Macao and Japan could by constant attacks be made so precarious that much of it would be thrown into the hands of the Dutch.

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We had about 2 hours visiting times in this place  and then we went to the mo cho temple to do prayer. We stop at the restaurant for tea and enjoyed the local cuisine of King Prawn roll and then we drove to visit another gallery and the driver will drove us to our hotel to check in and at 7.00 p.m.  we will go to visit the night market  around Anping City.

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We had our dinner at the night market and stroll from stall to stall trying all the different foods. it is so cheap to eat and shop in Taiwan.  before we called a night, we found a massage palour and to massage our foots.  We have a fantastic foot massage from the staff. We only stay for a night a Tainan and bad event happened to the city where the night market was, the underground gas pipe burst and killing hundred of the locals and tourists a day after we left Tainan.  I would love to use my photos to tribute to those locals and tourists being killed in this unfortunate accident.

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