Thoughts of a Canadian Exchange Student

Kaohsiung (高雄)

Posted in Culture, Food, Night Life, Outdoors, Sightseeing, Taiwan, Transportation, University, Weather by J on December 31, 2008


Sunset watching at Sizihwan (西子灣) in Kaohsiung (高雄).

Kaohsiung (高雄) was visited: July 6 & 7, 2008

The moment the train pulled into Kaohsiung, we made a beeline for Sizihwan / Sizih Beach / Xiziwan / 西子灣 to try and see the sunset. (There’s a lot of variation on the English spelling of this place.) Located within Sun Yat-Sen University (even the university is hidden behind a tunnel), it’s not the easiest place to find. But! When we did find it, we were happy with what we found. It’s a lovely bay, except for the amount of people and garbage there.


Sizihwan (西子灣) in Kaohsiung (高雄)

Somehow, we were very lucky when we went to visit Sizihwan. That night was the opening night of the summer festival! A concert was being held that first night with many famous stars! For example, Mayday (五月天) would be playing (we didn’t get to see them), Kenji Wu (吳克群), Aska Yang (楊宗緯), Penny Tai (戴佩妮), Landy Wen (溫嵐) and more. The whole thing was sponsored by Tsingtao Beer (青島啤酒), so of course I wanted to support Taiwan by drinking some of their beer.

Tsingtao beer

Tsingtao beer (青島啤酒)

The best part of the whole experience was just chilling out on the beach for a few hours watching the sun go down (it’s what Sizihwan is famous for!) and listening to a concert playing out in the background. I loved the fact that there were police at the beach to make sure that Tsingtao drinking people didn’t want to go for a swim that they might never surface from. We left a bit early to avoid the crowds heading home and to check out Love River (愛河) before hitting the sack for the night.

Love River

Love River (愛河)

We stayed at a place called the International Friendship House. It’s run by Melissa, a Canadian ex-pat. Melissa is friendly and helpful – she knows Kaohsiung! And if Chinese isn’t your strong suit, you’re in luck because Melissa speaks English =). Although we only stayed long enough to grab a shower and get some rest in the dorm styled room, I really recommend this place if you’re looking for a nice, clean and affordable place to stay while you’re in Kaohsiung. Another plus is that it’s easy to access from Kaohsiung’s new MRT system.

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔) at Lotus Lake (連池潭)

The next morning, we raced against time to take a look at the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔) at Lotus Lake (連池潭). Inside both the dragon and tiger, you’re immediately surrounded by Chinese paintings. They’re of the fierce, folksy kind. Anyways, after entering through the dragon’s mouth, we practically ran to the top of one pagoda and came back down and exited through the tiger’s mouth. There really wasn’t much to see because they’re doing renovation work on Lotus Lake for the 2009 World Games that’ll be held in Kaohsiung in July. So, Lotus Lake was drained.

Next stop, Chiayi’s Alishan (嘉義的阿里山)!

Kaohsiung harbour

Bye-bye Kaohsiung!


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  1. […] nice sunrise in Alishan. Simply serendipity. And, that was the end of our trip visiting Tainan to Kaohsiung to Alishan. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Eating in Chiayi (嘉義), Taiwan. […]

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