The Classic Kaohsiung Guide

Kaohsiung is the second biggest city in Taiwan. Despite the fact that tourists might go to Taipei and skip Kaohsiung on their first trip to Taiwan, Kaohsiung has many tourist attractions worth visiting as a coastal city in southern Taiwan.


In the city, You can feel Kaohsiung by walking along Love River and stay at a café for an afternoon. To have in-depth experience, there are some cultural spots like Pier2 Art Center(駁二藝術特區). Tourists can feel young creative power and learn old local stories in it. To see the classical architecture and the historical path in The British Consulate at Takow(打狗英國領事館), which records the memories since 1865.


For those who love to have a stroll in the green space, Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum(佛光山佛陀紀念館) can be a good choice. The huge Buddha statue and serene temple may bring peace to travelers’ hearts. This museum also houses one of the tooth relics of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist faith. Lotus Pond is another tranquil destination known for the lotus plants on the lake and temples like Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔) and the Confucian Temple (孔廟). After wandering around, tourists can have dinner at Ruifeng Night Market(瑞豐夜市) where residents always go after work. You can find delicious stinky tofu, braised clam, and Takoyaki here. Don’t forget to have a cup of Huada milk tea after eating the greasy food.

kaohsiung’s famous tourist attractions – lotus pond

If tourists want to explore more cuisine in Kaohsiung, Liuhe Night Market(六合夜市) is the most popular night market among tourists. You can always find seafood like barbecued lobster and deep-fried squid and restaurants with beers at areasonable price here. After eating, don’t forget to try the papaya milk for its fresh and smooth taste.

To go outside, You can have a day trip by taking a ferry ride to Cijin(旗津) Island from Siziwan(西子灣). Witnessing the conflicts between Britain and France in 1720 at Cihou Lighthouse and the Cihou Fort, You may know why this island is attractive and has the historical meaning. Watching the sunset at Cijin beach, don’t forget to take a photo with the Rainbow Church installations.

To visit Kaohsiung in a classical way, you can check our Kaohsiung Night Tour . If you’ve fallen in love with coastal sites, Kenting and Liuqiu Island could also be the next destination for the beachgoers and ocean lovers.

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Things to Do with Kids and Elderly in Taiwan

While planning a family trip, there are always question for where is the best place for kids and the elderly to go in Taiwan. We try to find some attractions to relax and play in northern, central, and southern Taiwan.

In northern Taiwan, Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola is the best recommendation for those travelers with kids. Families could take a stroll for the penguin, koala, Formosan animals, and pandas. The cute pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan definitely cannot be missed. To view the nightscape of Taipei, tourist can take Maokong Gondola to the mountain. Apart from nightscape, Maokong is also famous for its tea and local cuisine. Another family-friendly tourist attraction is Huashan 1914 Creative Park. There are exhibitions held in Huashan 1914 Creative Park every week. Kids and the elderly can experience making the woodcraft in the workshop.

In central Taiwan, Cinjing Farm could be a good option for nature lovers. The sheep shearing show, DIY handicraft, and horse riding show are the unique experience that families can join together and make a stronger bond with each other. Another tourist attraction good for a family trip is Nantou Monster Village. Kids will absolutely fall in love with the cute monsters. Adults and kids can try some bread and desserts like witch’s finger or monster’s eyeball. If you still have the energy to go around after being scared by the monsters, don’t miss the nearby Sun Moon Lake. It is also a good famous place for the family to relax in the mountains.

As for southern Taiwan, Love River is a good place for the family trip with the elderly. Taking a ride of the boat, you can view the riverside slowly and chat with parents. There are also bars along the Love River. If tourists want to have some drinks, you can try some at the bars. For those who want to spend an afternoon to enjoy the river scenery, there are also Cafés for you. Drinking a cup of Cappuccino and chat with families, travelers may laze freely in Kaohsiung. In Kaohsiung, if you are interested in Taiwanese temple culture, Lotus Pond could be a great destination. Around Lotus Pond, there are Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Spring and Autumn Pavilions, and Confucius Temple. Kids can go through the Dragon’s mouth and out of Tiger’s, then they can turn the bad luck into good fortune. There is also Guanyin (Buddhist bodhisattva with compassion and veneration) riding dragon pagoda in front of Spring and Autumn Pavilions, which is also a knowledgeable classroom for tourists to learn the temple culture. Confucius Temple here is the largest Confucius Temple in Taiwan. Confucius is the great teacher of China, who is responsible for education. Built in the style of the Song dynasty, this solemn and majestic architecture welcomes all tourists.

If you are planning a family trip to Taiwan, these spots can be listed on your Taiwan tour. Also, Justaiwantour offers a customized tour for the family trip. Feel free to ask itinerary for the family trip.

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Find Sakura in Alishan

Alishan, also known as Moutain Ali, has unique scenery that only belongs to Taiwan like sunrise, cloud sea and sacred trees. Being a diverse scenic park, Alishan also has its own forest railway and the aboriginal tribe Tsou culture.

Never miss one of Taiwan’s hottest attraction— Alishan. Most trees will hit its full bloom in March and April. With the petal falling, have a good time walking in the breeze with flower fragrance in Alsihan. There are many types of cherry blossoms in Alishan, including Yoshino Cherry and Oshima cherry. The King Cherry of Alsihan, a big Somei-Yoshino Cherry tree predicting the cherry blossom of other trees, has already hit its full blossom this year. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter the The Whisper of Melody and Sakura—a music concert held by Alishan National Scenic Area. Most tourists will take the nostalgic forest train to appreciate the cherry blossom along the railway. The forest train was constructed to transport Red Cypress logs and carry supplies when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Now it becomes an integral part of the Alishan recreation facilities to bring tourist convenience and happiness.

Sunrise viewing is another activity you can try in Alishan. After taking Zhushan line train, Take a stroll along Sunrise Viewing Trail to the viewing platform. Standing in the mountains and catching the first light of sunrise are definitely extraordinary experience for you in Taiwan. Apart from the hazy sunshine, the cloud sea is also worth watching. When people watch the clouds going, tranquility may flow into their heart.

Chiayi, Taiwan – Alishan vintage train stop in main station for bring tourist people to see sunrise in the mountain ,chiayi ,taiwan.

 

Sacred trees are also the must-see scenery in Alishan. Being about 2000 years old, most Sacred trees are Formosan cypress. Taking a deep breath of the frosty air in the forest, you can smell a fresh aroma of the Red cypress. After watching sacred trees, you can visit the Sisters’ Ponds. Sisters’ Ponds are two adjacent ponds. According to the legend, there was a pair of sisters who loved the same man. To show the support to each other, they both committed suicide by jumping into the ponds.

The elder sister pond in alishan national scenic area, taiwan.

After such a long hike of cherry blossom, sunrise, and sacred trees, you may be hungry and exhausted. Take a full rest in Fengchihu. There are Taiwan’s most prestigious railway lunchboxes here. Fengchihu bento box is famous for its traditional cuisine and attentive selection of fresh ingredients consisted of rice, vegetables, and usually wild boar meat or chicken. Since having been to Alishan, why not explore Tsou culture in it? Having their own legend, Taiwanese indigenous people—Tsou has its own culture. In February, there is Mayasvi Festival (war ceremony) to pray for the warriors. And Tourists can experience Tsou wedding customs in Fo’na Festivals (Life Bean Festival) in October.

Standing in Alishan away from the busy life in urban, you can not only get real sense of Taiwan but also feel the pulse of the Earth. To explore the natural scenic attractions in Taiwan, this forest recreation area is generally advised for those outdoors enthusiasts. To have a more convenient and in-depth tour into Alishan, Justaiwantour’s private day tour is highly recommended. Our accessible private car service can help the tourists design a tour that more convenient and deep into the aboriginal tribes and attractions.

 

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