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Tainan, officially Tainan City (Chinese: 臺南市; pinyin: Táinán Shì; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-lâm-chhī), is a special municipality located in southern Taiwan, facing the Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and also commonly known as the "Capital City" (Chinese: 府城; pinyin: Fǔchéng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hú-siâⁿ) for its over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan's complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname "the Phoenix City". Tainan was initially established by the Dutch East India Company as a ruling and trading base called Fort Zeelandia during the period of Dutch rule on Taiwan. After Dutch colonists were defeated by Koxinga in 1661, Tainan remained as the capital of the Tungning Kingdom until 1683 and afterwards the capital of Taiwan Prefecture under the rule of Qing Dynasty until 1887, when the new provincial capital was moved to Taipei. Tainan has been historically regarded as one of the oldest cities in Taiwan, and its former name, Tayouan, has been claimed to be the origin of the name "Taiwan". It is also one of Taiwan's cultural capitals, for its rich folk cultures including the famous local snack food, extensively preserved Taoist rites and other living local traditions covering everything from child birth to funerals. The city houses the first Confucian school–temple, built in 1665, the remains of the Eastern and Southern gates of the old city, and countless other historical monuments. Tainan claims more Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan.

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Facts and Stats for Tainan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Tainan

    Know the pollution level of Tainan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 63.64 (High)
    • Water Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 63.64 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.42 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 54.17 (Moderate)
  • Tainan: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Tainan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Tainan.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 27.78 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 30.56 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.11 (Low)
    • Attacks 27.78 (Low)
    • Drug offense 36.11 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 66.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 61.11 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 33.33 (Low)
  • Living in Tainan - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 66.01 (High)
    • Pollution Index 68.12 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 18.33 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 52.57 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 93.98 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.66 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 69.04 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Tainan

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Tainan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.18 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 19.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 67.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 84.85 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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