Tainan, Gem of Taiwan!
I have been dreaming about staying away from home and experiencing new things for a long time until I decided to join “Global Entrepreneur”, An internship program from AIESEC. Honestly, I’m super excited and a little bit nervous about my life throughout my stay in Taiwan because I couldn’t speak Chinese anymore and also this is going to be my very first time working in Marketing field which I had never done before. Hence, I have to say thank you a lot to Jia jia at west market hotel for your trust and accepting me as an intern here.
Tammy(Me) at Chikhan Tower
Eventually, I’m here in Tainan, I spent my first two days off to explore Tainan. I couldn’t believe myself that I made it. Let’s the first chapter of my Taiwan experience begins. Me and the fellow two interns, Emma from Thailand and Nive from France, went to Chihkan tower which is located at the intersection of Chihkan St. and Minzu Rd., Tainan. It was constructed by the Dutch in 1653 and was originally used as the administration center during the Dutch’s occupation. Chihkan Tower needed to be restored and repaired over the years. Thus, the Dutch style building also has added Chinese style architectural parts. In addition, other events have also caused different changes and restoration to the building of Chihkan Tower that altogether formed its appearance today.
Emma, Hotel Management intern from Thailand (Left)
Nive, Marketing intern from France (Right)
The Confucius Temple
Chihkan Tower T-Bike Station
The transportation in Tainan is quite convenient. Most of the public transportation has a stop in Tainan city. We travel around the city by cycling with “T-Bike” public bike service launched by Tainan City Government. It takes about 10 minutes ride from our accommodation to Chihkan tower.
Children were learning Chinese with their parents
Moving on to another tourist attraction which is The Confucius Temple. It was the only place of the highest official institute of higher learning in Taiwan. We walked into the temple and saw children were learning Chinese with their parents. In addition, this place seems like the area for elderly people to chill out and spend time listening to live music from traditional singers.
The Confucius Temple