The history of Taiwan’s development began at the Anping district of Tainan. This is where the Dutch built their stronghold in the 1620s, naming it Fort Zeelandia. Most of the old forts are gone now; the only bit left of the original is a piece of red-brick wall, elegant banyan roots growing down its sides. Visitors here like to climb to the top of the observation tower (of recent vintage) to view the sunset and watch the fishing boats that dot the vast surface of the Taiwan Straits. In the old days, this was known as one of the “Eight Great Scenes of Taiwan”.
- Location: 28 KuoSheng Road, Tainan
- Year erected: 1620s
- Opening Hour: 9am – 5pm