Tainan City

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Tainan City
台南市
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Tainan City seal

Abbreviation: Southern City (南市)

City nickname: the ancient capital city(府城/古都)

Capital districtAnping Dist.(安平區)
Region Southwestern Taiwan
MayorTain-Tsair Hsu (許添財)

Area

Ranked 17 of 25

 - Total
 - % water

175.6456 km²
(Percent water goes here)%

Population

Ranked 11 of 25

 - Total (May 2004)
 - Density

751,902
4,281/km²

Districts: 6
City flower:Royal Poinciana
Delonix regia
City tree:Royal Poinciana
Delonix regia
City bird:Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)
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Tainan (Chinese: 台南; Hanyu Pinyin: Tinn, Wade-Giles: T'ai-nan, Taiwanese: Ti-lm) is a city located in southern Taiwan and is the fourth largest after Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung.

Tainan was established as the ancient capital of Taiwan in 1661 by Koxinga after he took over the island from Dutch colonial rule. In 1684, the Qing Dynasty conquered Taiwan and established "Taiwan Fu" (Taiwan Government) as the first official local government in Taiwan. This was later renamed to "Tainan Fu" in 1885 when Taiwan was established as a province. Because it's the former capital of Taiwan, Tainan is also called Fu-cheng.

Historically it is regarded as one of the earliest cities on Taiwan, when the Dutch colonists developed a nearby port, called An-ping. Now, it is one of the cultural capitals in Taiwan, as it houses the First Confucian School/Temple built 1665 on the island, the remains of the Northern and Southern gates of the old city, and countless other historical monuments.

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Confucius Temple's Gate
A Buddhist temple round gate in Tainan
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A Buddhist temple round gate in Tainan

Tainan is known as the city with the most Buddhist and/or Taoist temples on the island of Taiwan. Tainan City (台南市) is administratively a municipality of Taiwan Province of the Republic of China. It is surrounded on north and east by Tainan County and South China Sea to the west and south.

Tainan has 6 district : An-ping, An-nan, East, Central and West, South and North district. National Cheng Kung University, one of the leading universities in southern Taiwan located in East Dist., Tainan.

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ja:台南市

pl:Tajnan zh:台南市 zh-min-nan:Ti-lm-chhī

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