Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day Trip to Tainan

(According to the Ministry of Taiwanese Tourism Brochure) "Chihkan Tower is the landmark of Tainan and its most famous historic site. In 1653 the Dutch built 'Fort Providentia' in this area, and the Chinese named it 'Tower of Savages' or 'Tower of Red-haired Barbarians.' Chihkan Tower is its official name today. Even though Chihkan Tower has survived different historical periods, it retains its rich and graceful architectural aspects. Crammed with various kinds of steles, stone horses, weight lifting rocks, stone weights, and nine story tortoises carrying royal stele carved in both Chinese and Manchurian, the courtyard looks like an outdoor museum. Chihkan Tower is particularly attractive at night."

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