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.
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.