Tainan was Once the Capital City

View of Tainan City from NCKU

Tainan was once the capital city of Taiwan. Only after 1887, the provincial capital literally relocated to Taipei during late Qing Dynasty rule.

However, in the latter years, Tainan Prefecture, as referred by Qing dynasty, continued to be the capital city for Japanese’s Occupation.

Some locals I have spoken shared that capital was officially relocated after 1895.

Whatever it maybe, Tainan remains as the birth place to Taiwan’s early establishment; the undeniable fact on the history.

Time flies like an arrow, and how recorded history can last for more than four centuries.

While modernization of Taipei city has become an area of continuos and congruent urbanization, Tainan city stays as a historical place to commemorate the important milestone of the bygone times.

The best thing about living in Tainan is having good convenience to immerse oneself to view old relics, spectacular temples, traditional culture and practices, snacky eateries in night markets and friendly locals.

On the contrary, if yo are interested in high-end fashion wear, shopping spree and discounts, concrete skyscrapers for financial banks, or modern infrastructure with rapid transportation, visiting Taipei would be the better choice.

View of Tainan City from NCKU
View of Tainan City from NCKU

Above all, as the journalist of The China Post, Dimitri Bruyas mentioned:

“…especially when you don’t need a passport to feel like you’re worlds away.”

~ Source: Tainan City — the elegant capital

In short, it’s the best of both worlds!

Below, I have outlined the early history at-a-glance, starting from late 16th century.

Hope it helps to provide quick references of the yesteryear of Tainan city.

  1. ~ 1590: Early Chinese migrants, prehistoric settlements.
  2. 1624 ~ 1662: Dutch colonized as trading base for China and Japan for 38 years
  3. 1662 ~ 1683: Chinese General Koxinga oust the Dutch and remained regime for 21 years
  4. 1684 ~ 1887: Became Taiwan Prefecture by the Qing Dynasty; General Koxinga was Ming Dynasty
  5. 1894 ~ 1895:  First Sino-Japanese War broke out.
  6. 1895 ~ 1945: Japanese’s occupation by Treaty of Shimonoseki
  7. 1945 ~ present: End of WWII, Republic of China led by Kuamingtang (KMT), became the governing party of Taiwan.

Facebook Integration with WordPress

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Things done and trying to learn as much as what’s the new trends in Blogosphere.

This piece of news interest me or to anyone who loves blogging. With the exceptional cause when useful plugin comes to WordPress blogs with more than 600 million unique visitors every month.

Facebook is trying to weave its platform more deeply into the fabric of the blogging universe, which is dominated by WordPress.

Read an article published on Forbes website, “Facebook Rolls Out WordPress Integration To Take Over Blogosphere”. It’s a new WordPress plugin integrating with Facebook.

The official news published in Facebook’s Developer Blog, written by Matt Kelly.

In the Facebook’s Developer site, its say

“TechCrunch, Buzz Media and The Next Web are already using the plugin to connect with their audiences while providing users with more engaging and personalized experiences.”

Wow! If I’m not getting this plugin, I may have missed the bigger pie of social blogging.

I made a search on new WordPress plugin. To my surprise, more than 25,000 users have installed, since 6 days plugin has lunched. Or I could have missed it during the preliminary trial.

I followed the instructions and installed the plugin without hesitation. Not gaining much on how-it-works comes later.

The first step on the setup is to create the Facebook app. Followed by some configuration with your self-hosted URL link.

The App is sort of a middle-person linking between WordPress plugin to Facebook.

Then there is sign up from Heroku Cloud Application Platform. I guess it’s the cloud service to connection between links-to-links application. I have yet to find out detail on this. Pretty new to me.

It is almost like a crash course with steep-learning curve. A bit of ad hoc and reactive.

Surfing and reading from links of information to another links of how-to.

I’ trying to put up this post to see it it works on my low-profile facebook page http://facebook.com/RedFlamy.

Facebook Integration for WordPress
Facebook Integration for WordPress (Screenshot)

Source:

  1. https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2012/06/12/facebook-integration-for-wordpress/
  2. http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2012/06/15/facebook-rolls-out-wordpress-integration-to-take-over-blogosphere/
  3. http://www.heroku.com/how

The Roads Nearby NCKU, Tainan

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Below describing some of the main roads nearby NCKU. I have based on the snapshot of map from Google, with one road edited its name as “DaXue Road or University Road

  1. NCKU is located in the East District of Tainan County. Sometime also refer as Dong District on print-out maps. The administrative district has the most dense population of 1.35 per 100 m2.
  2. The university covers an approximated area of 1.73 km2, including all 9 resourceful campuses. Naming a few are Kuang-Fu Campus, Cheng-Kung Campus, and Sheng-Li Campus.
  3. School compound has an estimated perimeter outlined by 4 major roads. Namely, 
    • DongFeng Road at North, 
    • QianFeng Road at West, 
    • LinSen Road on the East, and 
    • DaXue Road as the South boundary.
      Note: The latter is officially named as University Road in school academia address.
  4. Apart from the 4 distanced boundaries, there are also 4 cross-section junctions within. 
    • ShengLi Road and ZhangRong Road head in the direction of North-South.
    • University Road and XiaoDong Road take the lead in the East-West direction.
    • These 2 sets of roads, stretch almost parallel to each other, meet at the 4 junctions perpendicularly.
  5. To be more inclusive, my personal opinion is to have DongNing Road at further south of University Road. DongNing Road is not quite define as the outline, albeit student dormitories in Sheng-Li Campusdominates almost half of the area encompassed by
    • DaXue Road,
    • ShengLi Road at west, and 
    • ZhangRong Road at the eastern side.
  6. In north region of the map, traveling by wheels on XiaoDong Road is probably the more accessible way to reach the opposite site of the railway track. The train station located along Section 2, Bei-Men Road. 
    • The route will bring you through an underpass. The traffic along this road can be congested during peak-hours.
    • The Word “Bei” refers to North in Chinese pronunciation; similar to the word Taipei from second syllabus.
    • Tainan Park is located just at the T-junction of these two jointed roads.
  7. Making your first visit to the nearest school compound via Kuang-Fu Campus is almost next to your door step from Tainan Train Station. Use the Rear Exit of the station.
  8. Popular food lane, YuLe Street (read as “Yu-Ler”) is on a minor road nearest to Sheng-Li Campus and Kuang-Fu Campus.
    • For food and eateries, don’t miss out YuLe Street to have your tantalizing taste of Tainan. 
    • Most food stalls selling at student price. Ranging between NT$ 100 to NT$40 and restaurants NT$200-ish.
    • The word “YuLe”refers to ‘Entertainment’, but not referring to the bustling street with KTVs, Clubs, Bristo bar, or Pubs.
  9. More food can be found if you walk along ZhangRong Road.
    • Only difference is that most shops selling cooked-food are loosely situated apart.
    • Continue straight down to south along ZhangRong Road will see a supermarket to buy grocery.
    • Further down, if riding by scooter, is DaDong night market; the closest night market to NCKU.
  10. The university has an easy-to-remember GPS coordinates.
    • Latitude 22.99868°N, and
    • Longitude 120.21688°E.
    • (based on GPS Planner Online).
The Roads Nearby NCKU
The Roads Nearby NCKU