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Tainan

Tainan City
Administration
Full nameTainan
Official nameTainan City ·  
Native name 
Settlement typeSpecial municipality
Country 
RegionSouthwestern Taiwan
Government
CapitalAnping District (安平區)
MayorWilliam Lai
Geography
Total Area846 sq mi (2191.6531 km2)
Demography
Total Population1873681 (June 2010)
Density (pop.)854.917/km2 (2214.2/sq mi)
Other information
Districts37
BirdBlack-billed magpie
FlowerRoyal Poinciana (Delonix regia)
TreeRoyal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

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Tainan City (臺南市) is a city in southern Taiwan. It is the fifth largest after New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Taipei. It was formerly a provincial city, and in 2010, the provincial city merged with the adjacent Tainan County to form a single special municipality. Tainan faces the Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan's complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname "City of the Phoenix."

Tainan was initially established by the Dutch VOC as a ruling and trading base which called Fort Zeelandia during the period of Dutch rule on Taiwan. After Dutch colonists were defeated by Koxinga in 1661, Tainan was 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 Qing Dynasty established Taipei as the new provincial capital. Tainan has been historically regarded as one of the oldest cities in Taiwan, and its former name, Tayouan ( ), has been claimed to be the source 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 child birth to funeral. 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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