Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and was the capital during imperial times. It’s currently the fifth largest city on the island after New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei. Famous for its hundreds of old temples, historic buildings (including outside Dutch-built forts) and lively night food markets, it was here that Taiwan’s modern history began and where its traditional culture continues to thrive.
The majority of Tainan’s buildings are between two and three storeys high with just a handful being more than five to six storeys. Most of Tainan’s sights are concentrated around the city centre and the Anping District. Both areas are compact enough to explore on foot. A perfect day here can be spent exploring the quaint back streets for a peek into everyday local life, admiring the dazzling colours and carvings of the Xiaonan City God Temple, while also making a visit to the extraordinary Anping Tree House - an abandoned warehouse that has, post-war, become wrapped in the roots and branches of several banyan trees.