You have places where you can watch the sunset. What is impressive is that before this place, I had never taken the time in my life to watch a sunset from start to finish. It is one of the advantages of traveling, observing and having time for yourself. Indeed I discovered a great place in Kaohsiung to watch the sunset. There are probably many others elsewhere, but this is one of the places I chose to do it.
Several times during this stay in Kaohsiung, during the dry season, the weather is good almost every day. This means that it is possible to see the sunset regularly. This place is located in the district of Gushan, the district that I prefer of the city, quieter, at the edge of the water, the mountains in the background. About every other evening, I walk around this place to rest for an hour and admire the sunset.
There are several places to observe it, it can be the place, the port or even the mountain, the place I prefer is located along the coast near the beach. There are sinners there who finally have the chance to observe this every day in the same place. I enjoy going around this district regularly. I indeed take a T-bike from the city and I can walk freely in the surroundings. It is also next to this place that I can land regularly in one of my favorite cafes, a Startbucks with one floor, quiet, and an impressive view of the harbor in the evening.
Day trip to Gushan district. This is the district where I regularly go to Kaohsiung along the coast, but there is much more to do with the Gushan Hills. Indeed you can admire animals like the Taiwan monkeys. There is also the best spot in Taiwan with the view of the city. It is also possible to go further and come across some remote beaches. Easily accessible, I regularly take the self-service bike from Kaohsiung, which allows easy navigation in the district. I was able to drive a few kilometers to discover a small traditional fishing port at the water’s edge. In my opinion it is the best district of Kaohsiung to get away from the city, to appreciate nature and the ocean view, without being far from the city center.
When visitors arrive in Kaohsiung, they can not help but notice the great mountain that borders the western part of the city and creates a green wall between the city and the Taiwan Strait. This green wall is a combination of the longevity mountain called ‘Shou Shan’ and ‘Chai Shan’ or mountain of the monkeys as it is known to foreign visitors.
If you like to hike or if you just need fresh air, greenery and wildlife, Gushan is very nearby the city center, easy and convenient to find. Every morning, the two mountains are occupied early by hikers. At the end of the day new hikers will enjoy the sunset and the lights of the city. Indeed there is a magnificent view of the whole city as well as the coastline of this place. There are many trails, more or less marked, so it is easy to discover new path. However, if you want to stay in the main path, follow the stairs. Indeed the park has built a wooden stair circuit that is safe and easy to follow. It sometimes gets stiff, but you will not get lost if you stay on the stairs.
You can find the macaques of Taiwan. It is not for nothing that the mountain has such a nickname, but for the abundance of macaques from Taiwan who live in the region. There are so many that sometimes we can see them at the street level. It is quite amazing that you can be in a very urban environment for a minute and then walk among a family of monkeys shortly after. For the most part, these monkeys are harmless, but they become less and less shy as more and more hikers make their way through their territory.
The mountain is accessible within walking distance north of the Kaohsiung MRT Sizihwan Station. There is an entrance just east of Shou Shan Zoo, and another entrance next to the building of the College of Liberal Arts at Sun Yat-sen National University. You can take a bike to navigate easily in the district.
Back in Kaohsiung for several weeks during the sunny season. It is indeed one of my favorite cities in Asia where I can easily stay asking myself because I have landmarks and that it is a city that I appreciate. I think that when you travel it is important to have a few places that can be landmarks and where you feel good to stay for a while. I really appreciate the Gushan district located at the water’s edge with a marina and a wonderful walk to do. Japperçois and some of my first choices in terms of location were good choices since I am currently going back.
Indeed the climate in Taiwan is semi-tropical. So there is a winter, but I assure you the winters are not very cold. About 25 degrees in the afternoon and 18 degrees at night. The advantage of this season is that the weather is good almost every day and that at the same time it is not really hot. You can wear a t-shirt during the day and put on a little sweater during the evening. I still had the opportunity to experience some exceptional cool days with only 18 degrees in the afternoon, however, this is very rare.
Kaohsiung is my favorite city in Taiwan. It is a modern city where it is easy to move and settle. I would say that what I like is the proximity to the sea, so I regularly land on the water to admire the sunset. The other positive point is that it is easy to take a bicycle and to walk in many places in the city. This is my new discovery, the joy of moving around with the city’s self-service bikes.
Officially recognized as the 8th National Park of Taiwan in 2009, Taijiang National Park is the eighth national park in Taiwan. The other seven national parks in Taiwan are Dongshan, Kenting, Kinmen, Sheipa, Taroko, Yangminshan and Yushan. Located in the Anping District of Tainan City, Taijiang National Park covers a total area of 39,310 hectares, with 5,321 hectares of land covering the Yunshui River Valley to the shores of the River Valley Zengwen to Tainan.
Taijiang National Park includes five ecological protection zones, a special landscape zone, a historic sites preservation zone, a recreation zone and a general protection zone. The park is enriched with valuable wetlands, marine wildlife resources and distinctive ecological species such as mangroves, shorebirds and much more. Separate areas of the lagoon, wetlands, sandbanks, marshes and other tidal areas have brought a wide range of ecosystems. Nevertheless, cetaceans have been found here in recent years. The southwest tidal ground is also an important route for migratory birds for winter hibernation, as well as more than half the population of endangered species.
National Park Administration Center
After two years of construction, the 6.6-hectare Taijiang campus near the Sicao lagoon was inaugurated in 2016. This center was created with the aim of expressing the hope that the new premises would constitute a base solid foundation for environmental education, ecotourism, cultural learning and value-added industrial development. In addition to being an original style building on stilts over a pond, the design of the Taijiang campus used the concepts of courtyard and atrium to configure the building. The layout of the building creates an alley that functions as cooling ventilation shafts that capture and transport the southwest sea breeze. The thick walls to the north prevent cold winds in winter. In terms of biodiversity and green fabric, the building uses natural earthworks, the planting of trees and shrubs, as well as gabions to create a permeable habitat space. In terms of water base management, the campus uses a permeable pavement, which absorbs and transmits water for retention or slow discharge. It considerably improves the water storage capacity of the soil.
Sicao Green Tunnel
The mangrove reserve behind the Sicao Dazhong temple shelters primitive mangroves over 50 years old growing on both sides of the river drainage channel behind the temple which naturally forms a beautiful tunnel-shaped canopy. It is called the Amazonian rainforest by the local population. Tourists can also be brought to impressive sites of egrets, black herons or other birds on the banks of the river. The beautiful mangrove reserve behind the Sicao Dazhong temple is home to four different species, Rhizophora stylosa, Kandelia candel, Lumnitzera racemosa and Avicennia marin.
Sicao Dazhong Temple
Since Emperor Kangxi ascended the throne, the Grand Admiral of the Navy Chen You has been worshiped at Sicao Dazhong Temple. Next to the temple is the Sicao Battery, where a row of several round cannons in the wall tell stories from the oldest battlefield in Taiwan. The temple was built as an important naval base at the suggestion of Yao Ying, a Qing dynasty official in charge of defending Taiwan. The wall is now covered with old banyan branches, and the intertwined roots reaching deep into the seams of the stones bear witness to what happened in these battles.
Pleasant to visit in Tainan, Chihkan Tower also called Fort Provintia. It is easy to navigate in Tainan and to fall on hystory places. This one of the place of interest to not miss in Tainan. Affordable price like all places t visit in Taiwan with just 50 $ NT, that is just around 1,50$. Located in the center of Tainan, easy to reach the place by foot, bike or again bus. The place is interested to visit.
In 1653, the 7th year of Emperor Yongli’s reign in the Ming dynasty, Dutch invaders built Fort Provintia in southern Taiwan, across an inland sea from Fort Zeelandia in Anping. The Dutch made Fort Zeelandia the center of their colonial power, and Fort Provintia a hub of administrative and commercial activities.
Fort Provintia comprises three square-shaped bases joined to one another; upon each perches a Western-style structure. The walls are made of red bricks as the main material and a mixture of water, sugar, glutinous rice and oyster shells as the adhesive, for durability that has lasted more than 300 years, as exemplified by the remains of thick walls and arches. A phenomenal structure with upturned eaves and red tiles, Chihkan Tower has proved to be versatile over more than three centuries: it was a Western castle when Taiwan was under Dutch rule, a Chinese-style pagoda in the Qing Dynasty, an army hospital for the Japanese colonists, and currently a museum testifying to the past glory.
Discover Tainan, Taiwan’s history city. In the historical district of Anping. This area has many historic buildings, it is also where you can see the most tourist. A place not to be missed. It is easily accessible with the tourist bus 88 from Tainan City, it is also easily accessible by taking a bike in T-Bike service book. This is the choice I made to move to Tainan. The self-service bike is excellent, it’s freedom, you can move everywhere and cheaply.This neighborhood is nice, it represents perfectly the spirit of Taiwan. Traditional streets, times, shops and a market. There is also the ocean not far away. A traditional fishing port is also located in the historic district of Anping.
Anping Old Street was the first street in Taiwan to be given a name. More than 300 years ago this was the first street built by the Dutch in Anping. In the early days, the street was built solely for pedestrians and push carts due to the fact that the street was narrow and there was not that much space to navigate. Many tourists coming to Anping must visit this street, and the noisy and bustling environment of Anping Old Street is one of its hallmarks.
Anping Old Fort
In Kangxi Emperor’s regime of Qing Dynasty, Taiwan was included in the empire that the political center was transferred to Tainan City, causing the decline of the Fort. The red bricks of the Fort have been taken for construction of Eternal Fortress. During the Japanese occupation, the Dutch style buildings in inner fortress were completely destroyed. A square red-bricked step platform was constructed with a western style house on the platform, being served as dormitory for Customs officials, where the memorial hall now is located. It was named Anping Old Fort after Restoration of Taiwan and become an attraction for tourists. The remaining more than 70 meters long south walls of the outer fort with worn-out red bricks, accompanied by the old banyan roots, chanted its odyssey. The fort is the very historical replica over three hundred years.
Back to Taiwan to find some heat. Taiwan, a place that I am starting to know more and more. I had toured the main places, and I had seen several cities but I missed Tainan. So I took a direct flight from Sapporo to Kaoshiung, you even have direct flights between Asian city like that which are not capital cities, so this is an advantage. Direction Tainan, easily accessible by Train from Kaohsiung in 45 minutes.
Tainan is the ancient capital of Taiwan, this city is famous for having the largest number of temples to visit. It is also a city that represents the culture of Taiwan. The small disadvantage of Tainan is that there is no subway, however there is a good bus network and the possibility of taking T-Bike, self-service bikes Tainan.
The city is actually more traditional than the cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung, which are more modern international lives. They thus emerge a sense of historical Taiwan and simplicity. There are several interesting neighborhoods to see. It is definitely a city not to be missed in Taiwan.
I will start
with the cost of living. The cost of living in Kaohsiung is
attractive compared to the standard of living displayed. This is
valid in the city but also in Taiwan in general. Having compared many
countries in Asia I can tell you that the relationship between living
conditions, level of services, security, with the cost of living,
that Taiwan is probably my number 1. Indeed as I explained the
security and very good, which means that there is no scam as there is
no real risk of theft or aggression, on the same state of mind as
Japan . There is also extremely interesting and well developed
infrastructure. The transport network is good. Just to see in
Kaohsiung there are three lines to get around the city. And it is
very nice to use the metro or the circular tram. The standard of
living is good, the city is clean. Small supermarkets have everything
you need. There is no junk in the streets. In short we have
everything we need. But unlike a country like South Korea or Japan
you have a much lower cost of living. So understand that the
relationship between the proposed quality of life and cost of living
is really very nice.
have some cost it’s true. Although ultimately it is quite affordable
to find the right places. The food is cheap, whether in small street
restaurants, but also in more upscale restaurants. The price of
transport is very modest to walk by subway or take the train and
cross the country. There are many visits to do free, and when it is
paid the sums are very modest. I also find the price of cheap coffee.
The diversity of the environment
The other thing I like about Kaohsiung is the diversity of the environment. The city is big and there is even as much population as in the capital. However it is possible to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. The city center is quite noisy for sure with all scooters and cars. By taking the tram you can quickly get away from the city center and have a haven of peace.
You do not even need to go far, walk along the ‘love river’, there are no roads and there are trails for pedestrians. The opportunity to walk quietly and admire the view. In parallel to this the city is a large port area but also has a beautiful coastline. You can not find the best beaches in Taiwan here and you can not swim, but you can totally enjoy the ocean view and the beautiful sunset. I like to take the orange line and go to the terminus of this line to the station ‘Sizihwan’, from there I walk to the marina. The marina is also a very nice place. From the marina you can walk along the coastline, see many fishermen and enjoy the view. The environment is much quieter and you can easily go back to the universities of the city. This corner is very well laid out, there are sports fields and a nice beach. This is where I enjoy going at the end of the day, walk and ask me a moment at the end of the day while watching the sunset. You can also see many locals and students come here at the end of the day to admire the view.
There is also
an aquatic center. In this place you can also walk on the hills, the
opportunity to also make interesting walks and always enjoy the view.
North side you can easily access the Lotus Pond to walk or enjoy the
botanical garden. And conversely if you want to enjoy the city you
can go to the big shopping centers, enjoy the many restaurants, night
markets. There are also times to visit and many places to wander
around the city.
What I like in Kaoshiung, as in Taiwan, are the many cafes. Indeed we can find cafes on every street corner and it’s something important for months. For two reasons, the first is to be able to rest and drink in a pleasant and relaxed. It is always warm enough even if the few months of winter are pleasant, and we often want to drink something fresh. Fortunately there is always a nice place to sit and have a drink. The second reason is that there are also many interesting cafés to stay to work, read or study. So you will see many cafes with locals who are working, or people who are studying. The majority of cafes offer free internet access, which allows you to connect with your device. Another thing is to go to a cafe alone to work or study. This is valid in several Asian countries, and especially in Taiwan.
My favorite choice is the Startbucks located in Shaochuan away from the city center. I love this cafe for its rental. Indeed located right by the water with a great view over the whole of Kaohsiung Bay. It is as interesting to have the view during the day as the sight at night. Regularly I was going to ask myself at the end of the day in this cafe where I could work and relax, observing the bay. In addition I always have room in this cafe which is vast. The room is very nice. To get there I moved to the terminus of the orange line Sizihwan before making a pleasant walk of several minutes to reach the cafe. It is always a pleasure to cross the bridge that crosses the marina. Here again a very beautiful view. I can tell you that I went to this Startbucks almost every day. It allowed me at the end of the day to escape from downtown, to be in a quiet place while being a few minutes walk from the terminus of the orange line.
Pier-2 Art Center
I really like this part of the city and this famous Pier-2 art Center area. The first time I arrived in Kaohsiung, my home was located a few hundred meters from this area. This is the first thing I saw about Kaohsiung and it immediately charmed me. I found this area extremely rewarding, pleasant, original. I have traveled to many places but I have never seen a landscaped area this way. This abandoned industrial area has been completely transformed into the main art center of Kaohsiung City. At Pier-2 Art Center, one can see unusual and fashionable art exhibitions, as well as art installations. But it is definitely the whole of this zone which is pleasant. On top of that we can see the new tram crossing the area on a totally wooded space. It’s a great area to explore and you will not be bored for a second.
There is just too much to watch. With a light breeze coming from the ocean, a walk through the old warehouses will inspire the bizarre creative that lies dormant within you. And it’s really good to sit down and stay in the middle of all these shows. Among the popular installations I can mention Music of Chairs, a work of art illustrating memories of the past. The murals in this area are very colorful and inspiring. Look for the 3D station and the 12 zodiac animals. It’s really a crush and it’s among the best things to see in Taiwan.
Move in the subway
What I like about Kaohsiung is its transport network, including the metro. The first time I arrived I picked up the red line from the airport to stop at the ‘Formosa Boulevard’ station where the famous dome of light is located. I was impressed by the size of the resort with the impressive number of exits.The good thing is that the network is never full, which means that the size of the stations and the frequency of the trams makes that there is never any world and what is it pleasant to be able to take a transport when there is no world. I even thought it was a special day when people were not working because I thought the resort was surprisingly empty.
And to come
back to this to move, it is certain that it greatly facilitates
visits. So I could move very easily from one end to the other, and
especially for a modest cost because as I explained, the price of a
ticket is cheap. I also enjoy taking the tram to be able to observe
the view as one moves. The principle of the circular tram is very
popular and allows to definitely go to all places of Kaohsiung.
Back in the city of Kaohsiung which is one of my favorite cities in Asia. A week to review a few things that I had already seen and to find the same cafes. Although Taipei is nice, I still have a preference for Kaoshiung, the city is more relaxed, and I prefer the architecture of the city.
Also return to Lotus Pond, the ideal place to walk and relax in Kaohsiung, easily accessible by subway. Lotus Pond is the largest pond in Zuoying District in Kaohsiung. The name might mislead you, but the size of the pond is 42 hectares. It lies between two mountains and the water comes from the Kaoping River. The pond is famous for the view of the sunset with the reflection of the mountain in the pond. This pond was not so vast three hundred years ago. In 1686, a mayor built a temple near the pond and planted many lotus flowers in the pond. This is where the origin of his name comes from. After two enlargements, this pond is important not only for the view, but also for the irrigation of the surrounding farm.
The most interesting thing about the pond is that there are more than twenty temples worshiping different deities around the lake. The four most representative are the Confucius Temple, the Chunqiou Hall, the Dragon & Tiger Towers and the North Pole Pavilion. Legend has it that Guanyin’s statues about dragons were one of the miracles the Guanyin saw in the sky. The North Pole Pavilion venerates the god Xuanwu. The statue measures seventy-two meters and is one of the tallest buildings in the lake in Southeast Asia. South of the lotus pond, you will find dragon and tiger pagodas. To cross the mouth of the dragon and leave the symbol of the tiger symbolizes misery in luck!
I spend one day I spent a day at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. It was one of the places I absolutely wanted to see in Taiwan. Although located in the mountains, once again in Taiwan, it is very easy to find a nice bus to reach the site. Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Taichung to reach the lake.
Arrived there I took a bike. Indeed it is possible to go around the lake by bike because it is very well laid out, it is even what is recommended. So I traveled the 35 km of the track around the lake on a rented bike for about 8 € a day. There is plenty of beautiful place to see and it was really nice. In addition the lake is located in altitude, so it is cooler and during the hot season it is clearly felt. The tour is ideal for a day from Taichung. But it is also possible to rent a room around the lake and stay longer.
Sun Moon Lake is renowned for being the largest lake in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake must be one of the must-see destinations in central Taiwan. This lake is shaped like a round sun to the east and crescent moon to the west, hence the name Sun Moon Lake.
With its lush mountains and calm, sparkling waters, Sun Moon Lake is a place for serenity. Offering beautiful scenery, Sun Moon Lake is a breathtaking attraction that includes an island in the center of the lake, known as Lalu, known as a popular hub for couples to bond. In addition to incredible mountain views, Sun Moon Lake is also home to 7 hiking trails, and offers many outdoor activities and a pleasant year-round climate.