From Lin Department Store, go southwest on Zhong-zheng Road toward Fu-qian Road.
Once you pass Xinnan Bridge over Tainan Canal, head toward Zhong-hua West Road on the right side and then make a left onto Anping Road toward Fort Anping.
As mentioned in our Chinkan Tower article, Fort Anping and Chinkan Tower were the military and commercial centers in Taiwan during the Dutch colonial era.
City bus is facilitated for Fort Anping. If you drive, parking spots are easy to find. Head to the Fort Zeelandia Museum inside, and a miniature of the old castle is on display. The castle wall from the past is left intact outside.
There is an old well beneath the cannon platform. The Dutch relied on the well to replenish water supply during their 9 months of resistance against Zheng Cheng-gong's takeover. The lighthouse during the Japanese colonial era was reconstructed to become a castle lookout.
Go up to the lookout, and the beautiful seaport and the whole city come to view. It's no wonder Fort Anping was such a vantage point during the Dutch colonial era.
Foreign firms and Tree House
Tainan used to be the capital of Taiwan. Many old foreign trading companies in the vicinity of Fort Anping, such as Germany Julius Munich and Company and British Tait and Company, give testament to the 19th century Age of Discovery. Some of these old merchant buildings like the aforementioned two are now historic sites.
The tree house used to be the warehouse for Tait and Company. After many years of abandonment, the banyan tree overspread the roof, and aerial roots covered the entire brick wall, giving you a taste of Angkor Wat. After some works done to the interior, the place lightens up quite a bit.
You can take the stairwell to get to the second floor. The upstairs gives you the unique feeling that you are on a tree inside a house, which is quite opposite of a tree house!
From the second floor, the stairwell connects you to the bird-watching lookout. Use the telescope to observe waterfowls on the wetland. There is a Tree House Coffee outside the Tree House.
Zhou Shrimp Roll
Leaving Fort Anping, you can walk around Anping Road or Anbei Road. Fried Shrimp Cake shops are everywhere. We recommend that you check out Zhou Shrimp Roll and Anping Tofu Pudding. There are crispy Shrimp Roll and Milkfish Chowder with clear soup from Zhou Shrimp Roll.
Anping Tofu Pudding
The charcoal tofu pudding from Anping Tofu Pudding is very special.
Wenzhang Beef Soup
Tainan is renowned for its beef soup. Similar to what we mentioned in our Chinkan Tower article, there is the popular Wenzhang Beef Soup on Anping Road. They have a variety of beef dishes, including the freshly boiled beef soup. You can see chefs slicing the beef and ginger in preparation for the soup.
Eternal Golden Bridge
Located in southwest seaport of Fort Anping, Eternal Golden Bridge employed the first western-style cannon in Taiwan. It was developed by a French engineer, who was hired by Imperial Commissioner Shen Bao during Qing dynasty.
Though you can only find replicas of British cannons up there, the remains of the ammunition depot and the moat that surrounds the castle are still here.
Upon exiting the castle and crossing the street, there is a milkfish theme museum. It's a milkfish-sightseeing factory as well. In addition to various types of milkfish products, there is the ecological environment of milkfish inside that you can familiarize yourself with.