Kaohsiung is a city in Taiwan which boasts over 2.7 millions inhabitants. It is the second most populated city in Taiwan after New Taipei. Kaohsiung is located in the south of Taiwan Island. The city is known for its harbor. The harbor is used more for commercial than tourism reasons in Taiwan.
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Best Season of Kaohsiung Tour
Taiwan enjoy both tropical and subtropical climate. There is no severe cold in winter and no brutal summer heat. Taiwan is located in the tropical zone and there have more rain than other areas. The average amount of rainfall is about 2500 mm per year, most of which comes in the form of a typhoon. The best time to visit Taiwan is July to September, without much rain and thundershower and the weather during these months will be relatively fine.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
It will be very hot in summer and not so cold in winter; autumn and spring are cool. Take some T-shirt and skirts in summer and a jacket for the other three seasons will be okay.
Always take an umbrella with you no matter in the rainy day or the sun; it will be a good prevention from both of them during the rainy season and summer time.
Accommodation of Kaohsiung Tour
There are various hotels for its visitors. Every city in the Island is equipped with hotels that can make the travelers satisfy. Hotel ranging from five stars to three stars are all available. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Kaohsiung
Referring to the airport, there are about eighteen civilian airports in Taiwan and two of which are international airports, those two are Chiang Kai-shek International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. The other sixteen are all domestic airports offering flights throughout Taiwan. The International Airports serves about ninety-seven international air routes, including America, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Passengers can get to Kaohsiung International Airport from Taipei Songshan Airport as well as from airports in Taichung, Ma Kung, Hualien and Kinmen.
Internal Transport: Taxi in Taiwan is also convenient. Most of them are equipped with a milometer. You can get a taxi easily in the city. It will be fast and convenient.
The public bus in Taiwan offers a convenient way for passengers to visit the sights in the interior parts of the island. The buses will surely leave visitors deep impression with tidy and clean carriages and quiet atmosphere.
Kaohsiung Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Kaohsiung and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: The flavor of Taiwan food is close to Fujian cuisine and Cantonese Cuisine. Local snacks are more popular than local dishes in Taiwan. Some nice snacks are nice dishes and snacks are: Fried Dried Radish Omelet, Braised Meat with Bamboo Shoot, Tai Nan-Coffin Shaped Bread, Chyn Kaan Coffin Shaped Bread, Tan Shui-Fish Ball, Yong Ho Soybean Milk and Chiayi-Chicken rice, etc. If you want to try various kinds of snacks in Taiwan, snack streets and night markets will be the ideal choice. You can also find some representative dishes of Chinese cuisines, but the tastes may be not as original as you had in the mainland. Some say that local snacks are more popular than the local dishes since they are featured in the local tastes and the local products.
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Taiwan has many natural and cultural resources within the Island hence it calledTreasure Island. With long-term history and good location Taiwan features many specialties with unique local flavor. Famous local specialties are Stone Carvign in Hualian City, Oil-Paper Umbrella of Meinong Town, Four Treasure of Penghu Island, Ceramics in Yingge Town, Dong Ding Oolong Tea and Seaweed Carpet.
·Where to buy?
Dream Mall is a good choice for shopping in Kaohsiung. The mall is quite nice and large and has a variety of shops and restaurants. The area around the cultural center is a hip shopping area. There are some small stores that offer amazing bargains, like Ginkoo outlet. Moreover, Bamboo Street has a few shops selling bamboo things, beautiful handicrafts and carvings are also sells here.
Festivals and Customs: Festivals in Kaohsiung is similar to mainland Chinese people. They have Chinese New Year in February, Lantern Festival in February, Tomb Sweeping Day in April, Dragon Boat Festival in June, Ghost Festival in August, Mid-Autumn Festival in September and Double Ninth Day in October.
Other festivals in Kaohsiung are Birthday of Kuan Yin in March, Birthday of Matsu in May, Buddha’s Bathing Festival in May, Birthday of Chenghuang in June, Restoration Day in October, Birthday of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in November and constitution Day in December.
Recreation in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung has many public places of entertainment staying open to midnight or being open round the clock to meet the requirements of all kinds of travelers and local people. Taking a cup of tea, sitting in a club, watching a movie and singing in KTV will make you feel comfortable and relax. Night market is a good place for shopping. As a distinguishing feature of Taiwanese nightlife, the night market is always the most favored place and an ideal choice to experience the regular daily life of the locals. Spr Coffee (No.167 Siwei Si Road) is a nice place to go for coffee in Kaohsiung city.
Must-see Attractions of Kaohsiung Tour
Kaohsiung Harbor: Kaohsiung Harbor is is one of the most scenic and peaceful spots in Kaohsiung. Lush mountains provide a jaw dropping backdrop to the idyllic setting. There are many fishing boats in the harbour, and fishermen down at the sea front. This area is not crowded at all, but calm and tranquil. Cijin Island can be seen from the harbour.
Kaohsiung Tower: Kaohsiung Tower is also known as the Tuntex Sky Tower, and 85 Skytower, it is the 2nd tallest sky scraper in Taiwan. At 378 m (1,240 ft) it has a mixture of office space, shopping, restaurants and a hotel. Aside from outstanding views of Kaohsiung City and its harbour, there are displays of art, classical music, and a small café.
Lotus Pond: Lotus Pond is a scenic man made lake sitting between Turtle Mountain and Half Screen Mountain. Within the lush and peaceful grounds there are several attractions to see such as the Cijin Temple, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, The New Confucius Temple, and Zuoying old City. The Cijin Temple is now one of the most visited temples in Kaohsiung’s Zuoying district. Other attractions in the vicinity are: Taichi Square, Tianfu Temple, Emperor Yuan and Beiji Arbor temple, Qiming Shrine, Qingshui Temple and some lovely waterfalls.