Kaohsiung City - What to Do and See
Welcome to Kaohsiung City
Located near the country’s Southern coast, is a city well-known for its scenic beauty, and a must-see for travelers. Try visiting the Longevity Hill Park, Zuoying- Lotus Pond, Banping Mountain, Lovers' River and other such scenic spots as Seawater Outdoor Bathing in the Xizi Bay with a snow-white fine sand beach and deep dark blue seawater. In the distance. Swaying palm trees stretch out their long branches, and the flamboyant trees with red blossom and evergreen foliage present a wonderful picture of a radiant and enchanting scene that keeps people returning to Kaohsiung.
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Night Markets in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung is host to many night markets. The two largest are Liu He Night Market located in downtown Kaohsiung, and the Rei Feng Night Market located uptown. Both of these night markets are easily accessible by the MRT. Liu He is open nightly, but the Rei Feng Market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For more information on these night markets and others in Kaohsiung, visit our Kaohsiung Night Markets page.
The Love River or Ai River (simplified Chinese: 爱河; traditional Chinese: 愛河; pinyin: Ài Hé)
The Love River is a long river (canal) in Kaohsiung. It originates in Renwu Township, Kaohsiung County, and flows 12 kilometers (8 miles) through Kaohsiung to Kaohsiung Harbor. Love River is the spine of Kaohsiung, playing a similar role to the River Thames of London. This lovely river is of great cultural significance to the people of Kaohsiung and plays an important role in its economy and kaohsiung tourism. A riverside park, the Love River Park, runs along the riverbank in downtown Kaohsiung City. A night market operates in the park, and there are three outdoor cafés, often showing live music and excellent bands. The famous Green Bay restaurant sits on the banks in the southern part near the Wufu bridge and is a nice place for a meal and drinks with friends on the outdoor porch. http://www.e/services/green-energy-boat-tours/solar-energy-bike-rental-genewu Solar Power Boats which hold about fifteen people take tourists up and down the river. The scenery is enhanced by attractive city structures near the river, such as the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Kaohsiung Bridge, and the Kaohsiung District Court. Cultural events such as concerts and the Lantern Festival and Dragon Boat races are often held along the river.
The Love River was heavily polluted many years back in the time raw sewage and industrial waste water flowed untreated into the river. Recent efforts by the local city government to divert the waste water to the treatment plant in Cijin District has resulted in significantly improved water quality.
Before the urban development of the area, the river flowed in a wide and flat channel, used for irrigation and surrounded by farms. In the Qing Dynasty, it was called the Takao River. In 1895, the Japanese dredged the river and turned it into a canal to transport lumber from Southeast Asia. Embankments (levees) were constructed on either sides of on the river and in 1908, Kaohsiung Harbor was constructed at the mouth of the Love River, replacing the mangrove forests. In 1945.
Lotus Pond (Lake)
Lotus Lake a man-made lake and popular tourist sightseeing destination on the east side of Tsoying District in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan.You won't see many lotuses at Lotus lake as you may come to expect. but there are surely plenty of spectacular temples to amaze your eyes! It is however, very famous for the abundance of pretty lotus plants on the lake. If you're passionate about temples, artistic pagodas and old buildings, you will be delighted and amazed in this area. Lotus Pond was opened in 1951 and has been a popular tourist attraction ever since. We suggest you try to plan an entire day to visit the main sites and have the time to explore the hidden back lanes and many unique little shops. Take along a camera and good footwear.
There are many different Chinese temples scattered along the shores of Lotus Pond as well as some real wild looking structures such as dragons and Tigers and pavillions, and the Spring and Autumn Pavilions , the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (See below). Park your car or scooter and take a stroll. It is a beautiful place to take an afternoon stroll and take some pictures.
Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋閣)
Two massive pavilions dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of War, the Spring and Autumn Pavilions were completed in 1951. In front of the pavilions is a statue of Kuanyin, who is riding a dragon. She is the Goddess of Mercy. According to legend, Kuanyin appeared riding on a dragon high above the clouds, signifying that her believers must erect an image depicting this event between "pavilions of summer and autumn": The present-day structures you can see here are a result of this vision.
Tiger and Dragon Pagodas (龍虎塔)
The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are located approximately 700 meters due south of the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. The dragon's throat is the entrance and the lion's mouth is the exit. Entering a dragon's throat and coming out a lion's mouth symbolizes turning your bad luck into good fortune. While strolling Inside, paintings depict China's 24 most obedient sons as well as beautiful scenes of heaven and horrible depictions of hell to inspire people to do good deeds during their lifetime, and to provide threatening visualizations of retribution bad deeds you may do and acts of sin .
Kaohsiung Harbor and Xiziwan
The Kaoshiung Harbor and Xiziwan port area are great ways to get spectacular harbor views of the city and the coastal areas of the city.
Xiziwan is an old area tucked next to Longevity Mountain at the entrance to Sun Yat Sen University. (Zhong Shan University)
Xiziwan is accesble by MRT and on foot. Bicycling is also very popular and it's become very easy to rent bicycles to ride around the neighborhoods and take a ferry to Cijin Island.
What to do at Xiziwan:
If your are on foot or have rented a bicycle, bring along your camera and explore the old seaside neighborhood. There are many vistas of the harbor and city as well as many boats, old building, and waterways.
When you get hungry, stop at any of the many food stalls or restaurants around the Cijin ferry pier. From snacks, to coffee, to ice, Xiziwan is a nice afternoon and evening destination to explore the older part of Kaohsiung City.
Getting to Xiziwan:
The Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line ends/begins at Stop #1 called Xiziwan. Walk out the exit and you are just a few streets away from the Cijin Ferry Terminal. There are touts with maps and bicycle rental rates all around the station.
FAMOUS ICE SHOP AT XIZIWAN: SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE WALL IF YOU CAN FIND ANY SPACE!!
EAT A GIANT BOWL OF FRUIT ICE AT XIZIWAN!!!
Zhong Shan University Entrance
Wind your way around the small water inlet at Xiziwan and you'll end up with a magnificent view of the Kaohsiung Harbor Entrance and the open waters of the Taiwan Straits.
There is a nice walking park here to enjoy a beautiful sunset or just a big blue sky and ocean breeze.
The former British Consulate Building of Kaohsiung
In the 1860's, Kaohsiung (known as Takao) was designated as a port for Qing Dynasty government overseeing Taiwan (Formosa). The British set up their consulate building high on a hill at Xiziwan overlooking the harbor.
The buidling still stands today and is a wonderful tourist attraction offering magnificent views of Kaohsiung, the harbor, and the Taiwan Straits.
What to do at the Kaohsiung British Consulate:
Walk up the stairs to the Consulate after parking in the parking lot below. There is a 30NT entrance fee which will be discounted if you buy food inside the consulate. The consulate building is a fine brick structure with pretty archways. It is now a museum of Kaohsiung's harbor/trading past.
The "Afternoon Tea" selections of coffee, tea, fruit juices, and other cold drinks along with small sandwiches and snacks is a relaxing way to spend a few hours along the coast.
Cijin island "Chee-Jeen"
Finished with Xiziwan? You're not done yet. Hop on the Cijin Ferry and head over to the "island" of Cijin.
Cijin island is a small island on the west side of Kaohsiung. It is long and narrow from the north to the south and it provides the protective barrier from the elements and mother nature for the Kaohsiung Harbor.
The island is also home to a strong fishing community where you can find some fantastic, fresh seafood restaurants at reasonable prices. Fresh catch of the day.
But the island also has a historic lighthouse, World War era military bunkers and artillery battery, as well as a nice promenade walk along the coast and cliff line.
All are within easy walking distance of the Cijin Ferry terminal.
When you arrive at the ferry terminal, look at the tourist map and begin walking.
The street market right off the ferry terminal is full of great snacks and inexpensive 100NT plates of seafood. Although open all afternoon, the market starts to get busy as the sun sets and the temperature cools.
Cijin beach is open and surfers and swimmers find time to cool off in the waters. The beach is great for walking, photography, and kite flying. The strong riptides make the waters dangerous at times. Heed warnings and swim only when the waters appear calmer.
Getting to Cijin: At the Cijin Ferry Pier, pay the 15NT price and walk on the next available ferry. There are usually 3-4 ferries making the 7 minutes trip across the harbor. There is also a space for bicycles and scooters.
Chai Shan/Shou Shan (Longevity Mountain and "Monkey Mountain")
The Kaohsiung City Zoo
Cheng Ching Lake
The local Taiwanese authorities seen the potential for growth and tourism and then decided it to be opened to the public in 1960. The area boomed and began to develop it as a beautiful lake to visit all year round. Cheng Ching Lake is named for it's peaceful ambience Cheng Ching Lake is also known as the ‘West Lake of Taiwan’.
Attractions at Cheng Ching Lake
- Bridge of Nine Turns (built in the 60's, running 230 meters long with a width of 2.5 meters, and the bridge has nine turns)
- Fukuo Island
- Chungling Pagoda (see above - Moon-gazing Building
- Chunghsing Islet
- Thousand Tree Woodland
- Youth Activity Center (complete with youth hostel, a training field, shooting gallery, and a swimming pool)
- Three Pavilions
- Kaohsiung Golf and Country Club. (Open to the public is a fantastic 18-hole golf course right next to the lake)
-President Chiang’s Administration Building ( Which has a library that containing many historical documents. including a very popular document of the declaration of surrender by Japan after a prolonged conflict of eight years.
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
This is another great tourist attraction where you can find tranquility from the noise of the concrete jungle. Set in the middle of a vast and quiet park, the museum displays both local and foreign artwork. It's probably the best venue to spend an afternoon on a rainy day.
Address: 20 Meishuguan Rd.;
Hours: Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm; free; bus 205
The Martyr's Shrine is a pure of classical Chinese architecture. Most of Taiwan's religious centers are often built in scenic tourist style locations and Martyr's Shrine is just that. The shrine rests high above the city on the southern slope of Shoushan. The area gives you access to lots of hiking trails.haddress:
Kaohsiung History Museum
Nothing overwhelming here in my opinion. The interior doesn't do justice to the building's amazing facade. The exhibitions aren't presented very well and there simply isn't a whole lot to see. But, if you are into history, you'll probably the area that explains the 2-28 incident and the second floor boasts a nice array sepia pictures.
Address:272 ZhongZheng 4th Rd;
Hours: Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-9pm
Kaohsiung Science Museum
Foguangshan Temple and Monastary
Kaohsiung Cultural Center
Shin Jue Jiang shopping area and Central Park