Recently my friend had gone south to Tainan to house sit for her parents. For a couple of days, I was invited to visit her and see her hometown for the first time. I caught the HSR and an hour and 40 minutes later I was there! As I got to the station, my friend informed me via text to hop on the free shuttle that headed downtown. She lived near the third stop in Da-Lin; sadly I didn’t realize I had to press a buzzer to get off the bus and ended up 15 minutes away @_@;;; It isn’t the first time I have done this in Taiwan (^_^) and luckily I was still able to find her Uncle who was picked me up!
My first thought of this city was that it had more of a neighbourhood feeling than Taipei.
One problem for me with Tainan is that it is a scooter loving city. There is no MRT which makes it a bit difficult to get around. There are some busses that run through the downtown area; however, my friend explained that a lot of the private bus companies that would start up usually ended up going bankrupt. Yep, getting around is definitely difficult for me seeing that I don’t ride a scooter or drive a car (@_@);;;
If you are to read up on Tainan, you’ll learn that it is the oldest and first city of Taiwan. The city is also well known for it’s ancient architecture and vast amount of temples or “miao”. Some temples will be sitting right on the street corners and others will be hidden away in the narrow alleys within the city. I only wish that I could have spent more time getting lost in this ancient place, but I shall just have to wait until my next visit!