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City Tainan in Taiwan – The Oldest City in Taiwan

Located in Southern Taiwan, the city of Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan. This city takes credit to more Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan. From ancient monuments, temples and cultural relics, this city is shrouded in mystery to any visitor. Explore some of the oldest streets and buildings that date back to the 17th century or before.

Accommodation Options
Tainan is safe and secure and pampers the guest with every possible type of accommodation options ranging from the pricey star hotels to inns, B & B, motels, Youth hostels and guesthouse. There are many low and medium budget accommodation options in and around Peimen Rd. The Youth hostels are the cheapest short-term accommodation options in this city. 3-9 people can sleep in a room, which will have a common bathroom. Hostels are cheap and fun and if you are not particular about privacy, these are the best staying options.

History
Tainan was set up in 1661 as the capital city of Taiwan, the title which it retained until 1887 during the Qing Dynasty. At present, Tainan City is a municipality of Taiwan Province under the administration of the Republic of China.

Popular Places
The Eternal Fortress, built by the French in 1875 is a land mark of this city and it makes a perfect shooting backdrop thanks to its parade ground, river views and the embankments. The Chihkan Towers built on the remnants of Fort Provintia, built by the Dutch in1653 is another essential stop over. These two tall towers built in authentic Chinese style offers a bird’s view of the city.

Getting Around
The easiest way to travel around the city is by car or motorcycle.  The travel guide also features taxis and buses as the other modes of transportation. Taxis are metered and the prices are fair however most of the drivers speak only Chinese, which might create some problems for the non-Chinese speakers.

Places of Entertainment
Tainan is famous for its many night markets that buzz with activities. The city is more popularly known as the “City of Snacks" in reference to the variety of snacks and grubs that are available at night markets. Check out the street vendors specializing in tasty and cheap dishes. The city has an interesting nigh life with many options to stay out at night. From pool games to beer taverns and bars and night clubs, your choicest activity is never too far in this city.

Currency
The currency of this city is New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Currency exchange facilities are available in banks and travel agents offices and the latest exchange rates can be accessed from the internet or financial news papers.

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