Tainan Waterfront Walk

///Tainan Waterfront Walk
Tainan Waterfront Walk 2017-10-10T19:50:22+00:00

May 2017

City Organizer: Pina Wu
Walk Leader: Pina Wu
Text by: Pina Wu
Photographs by: Pina Wu and Joseph Young

台南是個靠海的城市,可是它的海邊與河岸風景往往被人所遺忘。這次散步,我們從古老的安平小鎮出發,四百年前,這是一個以捕魚、海運貿易為生的聚落,穿過彎曲的巷弄,爬上鹽水溪河岸,再沿著運河,一路走回市區。我們在初夏的炎熱中滴著汗水走著,發現因為缺少樹木、休憩的設施,河岸邊非常不適合人行走,也缺少有趣的親水環境,因此除了釣魚的人,幾乎看不到其他的活動。台南正在發展水岸城市,透過一趟實際的行走,我們感受到河邊區域還需要更多細緻人性尺度的設計,才能真正把人帶向河岸,讓我們親近城市的水岸。

Tainan is a city by the sea, but we often overlook the scenery of the waterfront and the river. On this walk, we started at the ancient town of Anping. Four hundred years ago, this was a fishing settlement engaged in maritime trading. We wended our way through the curved alleys of Anping, climbed the bank of the saltwater river, and then walked along the canal all the way back to the city. We walked in the heat of the early summer. We were dripping with sweat and discovered that the lack of trees and places to rest beside the river made for a rather inhospitable pedestrian environment. We didn’t see anyone else in the area except for fishermen. Tainan is developing into a true waterfront city, although our walk revealed a need for more human-scaled design that will actually bring people to the banks of the river and really engage with the city’s waterfront.