Tainan.

One of the things David wanted to do was take a train in Taiwan. So, we decided to take a two day trip to Tainan – the oldest city in Taiwan. near its southern tip. Having just endured a 13+ hour flight from Seattle, we opted for the High Speed Rail versus the normal Taiwanese train; saving us quite a few hours of travel time. Tainan is famous for its street eats as well as its history due to a period of Dutch rule on Taiwan. Per usual, we did a lot of walking, exploring and eating, despite it being much too hot for my taste. We’re talking humidity and highs of 85 – 90.

We stayed at the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan, and it was one of the nicest I’ve ever stayed at. This place is definitely worth a splurge if you plan to visit.

Pack of stray pups.

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An Ping.

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What we ate:

Tainan is famous for its shrimp and fish cakes as well as Dou Hua. A Chinese soft tofu dessert.

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Fish cake.

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Rice noodles with meat sauce.

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Dou Hua with sweet green bean.

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Tainan’s famous shrimp rolls.

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Savory oyster pancake.

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Glutinous rice dumplings with shrimp and pork.

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Hotel’s pastry table at breakfast.

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Miniature Shen Jian Bao (pan fried buns).

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Taiwanese breakfast staples. Featuring lots of carbs and egg.

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Fried noodles with fresh eel. The eel was a bit too adventurous for me.

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