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  • Hi, everyone my name is Tong.

  • The old town of Tainan City

  • used to be surrounded by walls on all four sides.

  • And the only way in and out of the city was by the gates.

  • And right now I am at Kuang Fu Campus

  • of National Cheng Kung University. 光復校區

  • of National Cheng Kung University. 光復校區

  • And next to me is the Lesser East Gate of Tainan Old Town!

  • When people visit this gate for the first time,

  • they might wonder

  • why is the Lesser East Gate next to the Lesser West Gate?

  • The Lesser East Gate has been here all of history

  • and the Lesser West Gate was moved here in 1968

  • due to urban planning.

  • And right now the two gates stand peacefully next to each other,

  • forming this interesting juxtaposition.

  • Today we're going to walk through the East District of Tainan.

  • It is one of the most liberal, educational,

  • and cultural areas in Tainan City.

  • So, let's go!

  • National Cheng Kung University is the top-notch university

  • boasting the longest history in Tainan.

  • The sceneries and buildings uplift a cultural

  • and historical ambience on campus.

  • The university also owns

  • the first school-operated museum in Taiwan.

  • The building of National Cheng Kung University Museum used to serve

  • as the college's administrative office during Japanese colonization.

  • This place is full of history

  • and what's special about this place

  • is that each room is a different exhibition.

  • So when walking into the different exhibitions,

  • it's like entering different worlds.

  • This exhibition is about

  • the space race of the Soviet Union with the United States

  • and a lot of their developments through this time.

  • And here behind me,

  • you can actually see a lot of propaganda back then,

  • drawn so beautifully and in many different colors, bright colors,

  • to show their people how much they've achieved.

  • This exhibition here depicts

  • what life was like back in the days for old Taiwanese.

  • Here you have different traditional buildings, different furniture,

  • and even potteries and shrines.

  • I think it's very interesting to learn about my roots

  • and also what our ancestors were up to back in the days.

  • That was an exciting little tour at the museum.

  • But now I'm feeling very hungry!

  • Let's go find something to eat.

  • I am now at this local food stand.

  • This place is most famous for their dumplings.

  • Many people around the area come here just for their dumplings.

  • And I am so ready to try it!

  • It's so good!

  • It's the best kind of food for this cold, cold winter!

  • You can taste the green onion

  • and actually I think there's ginger inside too.

  • Not far away from National Cheng Kung University

  • and behind Tainan Railway Station,

  • you will encounter this building right here.

  • This is a very Baroque styled building

  • with a nicely-organized garden.

  • It was built during the Japanese colonization,

  • and used to be

  • the residence of the Japanese Magistrate who ruled Tainan City.

  • The Old Tainan Magistrate Residence was built in 1900.

  • It was the residence for Chiji,

  • the local governor, of Tainan Prefecture during Japanese Rule.

  • When Japanese Imperial Family members came to visit,

  • it served as the main residence as well.

  • In 1923,

  • Prince Hirohito, who was later Emperor Showa,

  • has stayed a night here.

  • After World War II,

  • the building served as several government offices.

  • It was designated as a municipal historic site in 1998.

  • In 2011,

  • after the renovation was completed,

  • the residence was opened to the public,

  • and soon became a popular tourist attraction.

  • Standing here on the second floor balcony,

  • it's hard to imagine how many royalties

  • and important people have stood here on the very same spot

  • and engaged in various different history and important events.

  • It's just so amazing.

  • Right beside the residence

  • opens up a totally different small world.

  • There is an embroidery store which preserves traditional techniques.

  • Embroidery master Wang Lan-zhen in her seventies

  • still takes on the traditional craft

  • which requires full attention and high technical skills.

  • Hello, masters!

  • Hello Hello

  • How old were you when you first started?

  • I started before I was married.

  • Since I was only a teenager. I stopped after I got married.

  • How much time does it take to finish this?

  • My part takes approximately half a month.

  • Half a month.

  • So it's about making the cloth more 3D

  • and more vibrant in colors?

  • After my talk with the craftsmen here,

  • I learned that her part of the work

  • takes around half a month to complete.

  • And before her part,

  • actually someone else does all the design and coloring.

  • And she makes them more 3-D

  • so like they're popping out to you.

  • And they're both very modest craftsmen,

  • and they were telling me that

  • they don't take any credit in finishing this piece of work.

  • But actually, this skill takes a lot of patience and dedication.

  • So it's amazing that

  • they've turned this great piece of art work

  • into something for the Gods would wear on special occasions.

  • That was quite a touching little visit I had in there

  • and I truly do hope that this art of embroidery

  • can continue to live and survive.

  • If you want to walk from Old Tainan Magistrate Residence

  • or the Embroidery House to Tainan Railway Station

  • then you can take a shortcut

  • from this pedestrian underpass right here.

  • But! Remember to slow down your pace

  • because there are some beautiful street arts in there for you to enjoy.

  • Walking in here pretty soon enough,

  • you will observe that

  • deersare the main theme of this underground passageway,

  • more specifically, Formosa Sika Deers.

  • The reason is that these deers used to be

  • of great importance to the Shilaya Aboriginal Tribe,

  • who resided in Old Tainan City

  • and they also existed in great abundance in this area.

  • After walking out from our shortcut,

  • you can really feel the hustle bustle of this city.

  • But if you listen very carefully,

  • you can actually hear music playing in the background.

  • And right in front of me is a street performer,

  • so let's go meet him.

  • Country Road, Take Me Home!

  • Hi, hi, nice to meet you!

  • Hello, nice to meet you, what's your name?

  • My name is Axel.

  • My name is Tong.

  • What's the best part about Tainan?

  • The best part about Tainan for me is the people.

  • They're friendly, just easy-going and slow.

  • And slow, really slow.

  • I don't like it fast.

  • I'm from Berlin.

  • Everything is powa-powa-powa.

  • But here it's like more relax

  • and they're not so up and about.

  • And I'm a vegetarian

  • and Tainan is a vegetarian heaven.

  • You can't find as many vegetarian restaurants

  • in all over Taiwan than in Tainan.

  • Even in small places,

  • if you go to Yong Kang somewhere

  • there's tons of vegetarian restaurants.

  • And I love it!

  • That's awesome and delicious!

  • My main objective is to make people happy

  • and when they're happy, I'm happy,

  • so I'm in a happy place all the time.

  • And really, I meet a lot of interesting people,

  • like I'm meeting you right now.

  • You're just a happy ball of sunshine!

  • You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,

  • you make me happy when skies are gray

  • like today

  • "You'll never know dear, how much I love you

  • Please don't take my sunshine away"

  • Just like Axel,

  • I'm really glad to meet such a positive person today.

  • And I really do hope you