In 1486, Spanish navigator Bartholomew Diaz described Cape Town in his logbook for the first time. Table Mountain was named by another Spanish navigator, Antonio da Saldanha, and means “The table at the edge of the sea”.
Before this, the original name that the local Khoi people called it was Sea Mountain.
The close connection between Cape Town and Europe started in the year of 1652.
A Netherlands captain, Jan Van Riebeeck, and other employees of the Netherlands Eastern Hindu Company were sent to Cape Town to build a supply station for ships travelling to and from the Far East.
In 1679, the first delegated viceroy, Simon van der Stel, arrived Cape Town. He replaced Jan van Riebeeck to become the local leader. He emphasized in planting grapes and making grape wines, which helped build a strong foundation for today’s wine industry.
Cape Town was returned to Netherlands’ control in 1802 according to the Peace Agreement between France and Great Britain. However, three years later they went war again and Great Britain sent troops down to occupy Cape Town. The war between Great Britain and France ended in 1814, with Great Britain claiming victory.
Cape Town became one of the most enjoyable touring destinations after the independence of South Africa. Jazz, grape wine tasting, Cape Victorian’s historical buildings e.t.c, all gave the local tourism industry many strong cultural elements.
Since Cape Town had been ruled by Netherlands and Great Britain, the city’s buildings have a very strong European style. Besides some Netherlands’ buildings like the Grape Wine Museum built in 1685, and city hall with its Baroque style, there are many Victorian buildings standing in Long Street.
Cape Town is situated at the southern most point of South Africa, and is also known as “The Mother City”.
And just like a mother, she gently holds the citizens protectively from the sea.
She is the oldest city of South Africa and she is also known as the Pearl of Africa.
She has stunning scenery, the busy Table Bay harbor with its fishing village, vast grape vineyards, attractive coastal roads and beautiful beaches on both sides of the Cape Peninsula.
Table Mountain, with height of 1084 metres above sea level, is the signage of Cape Town. It is a flat-topped mountain and formed with sandstone, shale and phyllites and hornfelses. The thick layer of cloud that normally forms on the top, looks like waterfall that comes down to Cape Town CBD. Tourist can take cableway up to the mountain. The 360 degree aerial view on the cableway is magnificent. Only America, Swiss and South Africa have this type of cableway. Once you on the top, look to the west for the Atlantic Ocean and look to the east for the Indian Ocean and enjoy the feeling of being in the fairyland.
Cape Town CBD is facing the sea with Table Mountain at back. Table Mountain rose above sea level onto Cape Peninsula around 6 hundred million years ago, due to eruption of volcano. When you look towards the direction of Cape Point, you will see the mountain range forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. She looks just like a high mountain being cut off to form a flat topped table and waiting for someone for a fine feast.
Picture below shows the Hout Bay at the back of Table Mountain. This place used to be an important spot as it was once the marine harbor. Isn’t it pretty?
Green Point Stadium
The left circular building is Green Point Stadium. It was the one of the competition arena of Soccer World Cup 2010 in South Africa. This is a newly developed area
primarily filled with green plants. Cape Town is the legislative capital of the country with beautiful scenery all year round.
Abundant fish products
Cape Town is the base of deep sea fishing boats. Lobster, shark fin and abalone are abundant here.
Apart from running restaurants and hotels, the most common business for Chinese people is importing and exporting the fishing related products. Thanks to this rich mineral embedded land, our olive trees grow beautifully. The final olive oil product ship out to Taiwan from Cape Town Victoria Port.
Beautiful scenery and city
The cloud of Cape Town has various shapes with the blow of either gentle or strong wind. The color of ocean also changes with the color of sky. You can even see wide spread out red tide during season change.
The prosperous city is even more beautiful under full moon.
Under the influence of European and Netherlands culture, although architectural characteristics and people’s habits are different, there is one thing in common, we all love shopping. Below is the flea market at the foot of Table Mountain.
Cape of Good Hope (Good Point)
Here is the dream destination – Cape Point. Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean are just by your right and left.