The day after going to the Salt Museum etc. I decided I still hadn't had quite enough and went on a walking tour of Tainan. I say "walking tour", but "forced march" might be more appropriate. Among other things, I decided that I wanted to see how far it actually was from the Cheng Kung campus to the Anping Neighborhood. Of course, I had taken the bus out there, and I know how to read a map, but it's hard to really get a feel for an area unless you hit the streets and walk it all.
It's pretty far. Google says 6.4 km (4 miles). Not ridiculous, but also a bit far to be walking in the heat of the day. Now I know.
Before all that though, I went to Wu's Garden. A rich guy named Wu built himself a fancy garden, and later the Japanese government added a public meeting hall since there was no large, public building that could serve that purpose until after the Japanese showed up. A Japanese style restaurant was also built next to the meeting hall.
The front of the Meeting Hall is preserved in its original form, but the back has this modern addition stuck on it.
This is just an apartment across the street from the Meeting Hall.
Here you can see a well and the basement-level windows used for circulating air in the building.
This probably looks like a gas pump, but it's actually a drinking water station. People in Taiwan don't seem to trust the tap water. I've read about it in different sources, and talked to different people, but ultimately it's still unclear to me just how safe or unsafe it actually is. It's definitely not horribly and immediately unsafe. You can drink the water without getting sick, and using it to brush your teeth or whatever is perfectly fine. I think people are mostly worried about sediment in the water from old pipes, so I guess you could use a Brita filter to get the same effect as whatever they're selling here. It's pretty cheap though at 20 dollars (less than 1 US dollar) for 20 liters (a little more than 5 gallons). Fortunately, my dorm has drinking water machines in it, so I don't have to go anywhere or pay any money for drinking water.
There were a bunch of fancy-looking condos like this on the south side of the canal. I bet they go for quite a bit.