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To the southwest of Taiwan, the city of Taianan lies along the coast of the Taiwan Strait. It is the fourth most populous city on the island. The settlement is one of the central cities. From 1662 to 1683, it was the center of the state of Duninin. Then it was transformed into the capital of Taiwan. It retained its high status until 1887.

The ancient city is adorned by numerous architectural monuments. In 1624, the Dutch established the port of Daewan on its territory. Today it is called Anyin. Also, the Dutch masters built two harbors, Provincial (now Bashni Chikkan) and Zellandia. The defensive fortifications have remained in place to this day. They are joined by a European-style street, built at the same time.

Tainain was founded as Dundu (administrative center). It was chartered as its capital in 1661 by the famous Chinese pirate, Koksinga, who led the liberation struggle for the independence of the Forême (Taiwan). Thanks to him, the island was rid of the Dutch colonists. The descendants of Kokying ruled the Taiwanese kingdom until 1683.

In the second half of the 17th century, a wave of immigrants from mainland China came to the city. In a short time, Tainan grew in area and population. During the reign of the son of Jungong, the first Kon Kon Kon and schools were built on the island.

Currently, Tainan is the cultural and spiritual center of Taiwan. More than 200 ancient temples grace its streets. You can trace the fascinating history of the city by looking at them. It is now home to a number of chemical, textile, and sugar factories. During the period of Japanese occupation, Tainan was the worlds foremost sugar and rice exporter.

Highlighted among the ancient monuments is the Kononucheniya Shrine, built in 1665. It is called the First School of Taiwan. In the beginning, it was a series of school buildings. Later, during the reign of the Ching dynasty, parks and beautiful gardens were created here. One of the most popular memorials is the temple of the Celestial Altar, built in honor of the Nephrites Emperor.

The temple of the Celestial Altar was built in honor of the Nephrites Emperor.

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  • Air quality: 61 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Ambiguous
  • Population: 1,900,000 people
  • GDP: $24,577 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V60Hz
  • Internet: 16 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Taiwan Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: Except for bellhops and service personnel in International Hotels, tipping in Taiwan is generally not expected. For restaurants (especially in large hotels), if there is a tip to be taken, they will just add 10-15% to your check.
  • Apartment listings: AirBnb
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Uber
  • Online electronics shop: PCHome
  • Best short-haul air carrier: EVA
  • Best intl air carrier: Air Asia
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1250
  • Monthly costs for family: $2000
  • Monthly costs for local: $550
  • Meal: $1.6
  • Small Cola: $1
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.8
  • Coffee: $2.5

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