Bureau of Economic Development, Tainan City Government

Past and Present of Tainan Business Districts

Each business district has its unique and fascinating stories. People coming to Tainan should listen to these stories before traveling the places around.

Tainan, an ancient capital nurturing the Taiwanese culture, has gone through gradual development from the ruling by the Dutch, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Japanese, to now the Republic of China. With the formation of culture in different periods, commercial behaviors were developed accordingly. From the gathering of coolies in the ancient time to today's markets, bustling streets are always crowded where culture and business districts have been interweavingly developed. Because of culture, there have been businesses. Because of businesses, living culture has been formed. They are intangible.

What is the best way to interpret the development of business districts in Tainan? In fact, this is the development process of settlements. Transactions occurred in these settlements due to daily necessities of people. Diversified business districts have been developed accordingly. How can a business district be developed? Is it merely a gathering place of vendors? Aren't all business districts the same? During our interviews and from the past traveling experiences, we were touched by people not by beautiful buildings or diverse commodities. People present the spirit element of local participation and the historical trace of local life. In Tainan business districts, there are a great variety of things and objects, which are so abundant that we need to sort them out carefully in order not to miss any single person, thing or object.

Thematic linking of business districts is a selected direction of presentation after communications and discussions for many times and after the discovery of the most wonderful scenes in various places. Of course, there are numerous possibilities to be explored by visitors. Ride on a bicycle to travel around Anping, travel to Confucius Temple where civil servants once dismounted, or tour around the modernized campus of National Cheng Kung University. If you are accustomed to city travels, you can start traveling from the old cinemas on Jhongjheng Road, or Tainan's Ginza named in the old days, get off your bike at Guohua Youai to walk and shop, and stay for a while in Haian to feel the exotic hustling nightlife. Pilgrimage route sets off from 18 Rao in Sinhua, Beiji Temple in Yujing, Syuantian Temple in Siaying, and Lord Prince in Sinying. Any couple wishing to have a romantic trip can drive on Road No. 175 for the fresh air, and start the trip from cafe in Dongshan, to the densely located hot springs in Guanzihling, featured corridors in Shanhua Cattle Market, and the 12 Grandmas and Sisters in Madou. No matter which choice you take in which season of a year, these business districts will just impress you.

These 15 business districts have so many stories left to be told, and it is not possible to finish them in the 1,000 character introduction. There is a saying on the internet, "Travel is to walk out of a place in which you are tired of living, and go to another place in which someone else is tired of living." When you walk on each street of the Greater Tainan, you will be able to simultaneously watch every signboard closely, listen to the stories of the temples and the stories of local people, understand the heritage of the ancient time and people, watch the historical and cultural films produced by local historical and cultural workers, read the books written by them, and feel the careful management of the kindhearted people of different business district associations and community associations. The longer you stay in Tainan, the more wonderful stories you will be able to listen to. These stories will be told continuously.

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