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Winter trip to Taiwan
full of history
27 January - 10 February

route by trains:
Taipei - Tainan - Anping - Taitung - Taipei - Tamsui

Amsterdam - Taiwan with China Airlines

Bakery near our hotel in Taipei

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek (31 October 1887 - 5 April 1975), was
a political and military leader who served as the leader
of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975, first
in mainland China until 1949 and then in exile in Taiwan.

1955 Cadillac

1972 Cadillac

Soong May-Ling (March 5, 1898 - October 23, 2003) and Chiang Kai-shek

Hello Kitty Kitchen And Dining

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Sun Yat-sen (12 November 1866 - 12 March 1925) was the
founding father of the Republic of China. The first provisional
president of the Republic of China, Sun was a Chinese physician,
writer, philosopher, calligrapher and revolutionary.

High speed train to Tainan, the warmer south

Zheng Chenggong, better known in the West as
Koxinga, was a Chinese Ming loyalist who resisted
the Qing conquest of China in the 17th century,
fighting them on China's southeastern coast.

In 1661, Koxinga defeated the Dutch outposts on Formosa,

Egg filled with fried rice for lunch

Fort Provintia or Providentia was a Dutch outpost on
Formosa at a site now located in the West Central
District of Tainan in Taiwan. It was built in 1653
during the Dutch colonization of Taiwan.

During the Siege of Fort Zeelandia (1662), the fort was
surrendered to Koxinga, destroyed by
an earthquake in the 19th century.

It was rebuilt as Chihkan Tower

Dutch surrender

Fort Zeelandia was a fortress built over ten years
from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC),
in the town of Anping (now Anping District of Tainan),
during their 38-year rule over the western part of Formosa.
The current name of the site is Anping Fort.

A sketch of Fort Zeelandia

Original wall of Fort Zeelandia

Young women in traditional Chinese Qipao dresses

Former Tait & Co. Merchant House
a British Trading Company that was found in 1867

Once the site of the Dutch-built Fort Utrecht

Eternal Golden Castle, built with bricks from Fort Zeelandia

The castle was built in 1874 and completed on 1876 by the
famous Qing official Shen Baozhen in order to safeguard
the coast and to defend the island against Japanese invasions.

Coffin Bread is one of the signature dishes from Tainan

"Tomb of the Dutch" behind the Sicao Dazhong Temple

In 1971, when the temple was being re-constructed, more
than 100 sets of skeletal remains with 30+ intact skulls
were uncovered. Local legends had long held that this area
was an ancient battlefield and a burial ground. And that
some of the remains were those of the Dutch soldiers.

Aborigine minorities in Taitung County

Political debates in Taiwan
so different compared to Mainland China

MiBaNai Aboriginal Restaurant, Taitung

Liyushan Park, Taitung

Wulongyuan Restaurant, Taitung City
(Wulon House)

Train from Taitung back to Taipei

Eartquake in the Hualien area
We passed Hualien by train

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial House

Fort San Domingo in Tamsui

Anthony van Diemen (1593 - 1645) a Dutch colonial governor.

Educational video about the history
of Fort San Domingo

The Fort San Domingo was originally a wooden fort
built by the Spanish in 1629 at Tamsui District,
New Taipei, Taiwan. It wasoriginally built in 1628
by the Spanish, who were the governor of northern
Taiwan during the era, and was named as
"Fort San Domingo".
However, the architecture was then destroyed by
the Spanish after losing the war to the Dutch
in 1642. After the war, in 1644, The Dutch had
managed to rebuild the castle in the original
site, and had renamed the castle as "Fort Antonio".

Former British Consulate Residence in Tamsui

Oxford College, Aletheia University, Tamsui

Hello Kitty shop
Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui

Helll Kitty Airport Store

Back home, souvenirs from Taiwan

including two interesting books:
- On the road to freedom: A Backpackers's Guide to
Taiwan's Struggle for Democracy
- The Real Taiwan and the Dutch
Traveling notes from the Netherlands Representive
(Menno Goedhart and Cheryl Robbins)

Decoration for the Year of the Dog

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