The Tainan City Government has decided that culture and tourism will be its policy themes next year.
Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (
Given its unique cultural and historical heritage, Tainan, also known as "Fu Cheng" (
Tainan was established as the capital of Taiwan in 1661 by the Ming Dynasty general Cheng Cheng-kung (
In 1684, the Ching Dynasty conquered Taiwan and established "Taiwan Fu" as the first official local government on the island.
In related news, Michael Coyet, a descendent of Fredrich Coyet, the last Dutch governor of Taiwan, visited Koxinga's Shrine in Tainan earlier this week.
Michael Coyet, a 14th generation descendent, was accompanied by his wife and 22-year-old daughter.
He said the journey was the final wish of his ancestor, who hoped his offsping could return to Taiwan someday.
Accompanied by Hsu, the Coyets toured historic relics of establishments constructed more than 300 years ago during and after the Dutch colonization.
Fredrich, a Swedish aristocrat, was named by the Dutch East India Company to serve as Taiwan's governor in 1657.