Beautiful, dusty, historic Tainan
A 400-year-old city of 1.8 million, established by the Dutch, just 30 minutes from Kaohsiung by train…
Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan. And it feels old. It’s hard to say why—it has some new buildings and plenty of life—but beautiful, dusty, historic pretty-much sums it up.
Think of languid summers. Rocking chairs on a creaking porch. Intriguing second-hand shops. Warm hues, good smells, bad wiring. Banyan trees. Lanterns. Rust. Tainan!
Last week, I joined a friend for a day trip to this special city. We caught a train from Kaohsiung Station to Tainan Station, where we rented a scooter for the day…