Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Located in the south of my home country of Taiwan, and dubbed the Harbour Capital, Kaohsiung is the second most populated city, after New Taipei. In addition to the abundance of business travellers, Kaohsiung has an enormous amount to see and do for visiting tourists.

Watch the sunset over drinks on the open terrace at the historic Old British Consulate

Visit Cijin Island and its famed Seafood Street - for the best variety and quality of seafood in Taiwan

Find peace in this bustling city at the Fine Arts Museum, which is set in a huge tranquil park

Meditate in front of the three giant buddahs at Yuanheng Temple on Shoushan Hill

Dagou Train Museum is a great quick visit, old documents and forms have been left where they were last used.

Take in the classic Chinese architectural beauty of Martyr's Shrine.

Visit Reifeng night market, one of the bigger ones in Kaohsiung and the fact it's packed with local shoppers is a great testament.

Visit the stunning Foguangshan Temple

Kaohsiung is made up of 11 different districts, each with its own unique character - the city is also one of the largest ports in the world. The first known inhabitants were Austronesians, forefathers of the modern Aborigines - they were great fishermen and farmers, which is how the current agricultural and fishing industries have become so important in Kaohsiung today - you really can get the best seafood in Taiwan here!

The Love River
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Kaoshiung Harbour
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Lotus Pond
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Chengching Lake
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If you're looking for idyllic scenery for some respite from the hustle and bustle of Kaohsiung city, Guanin Mountains are not a bad option, a beautifully hilly, lush green area just west of Kaohsiung. This place is adored by the locals, it's a secret haven... ssshhhh!

You can't miss the Dream Mall shopping centre for two big reasons.... one, there's a huge ferris wheel on the roof... and two, one of the buildings is shaped like a giant fish! There are department stores, arcades, a cinema and restaurants and it's so big and spacious it doesn't feel too busy.

Splendor Hotel - amazing views and easy to spot, this luxury landmark hotel is a great base right in the centre of Kaohsiung, known for it's incredible customer service and top notch facilities.

The newly opened Kindness Hotel - Is great for a more modest budget - close to the Tuntex Sky Tower, this clean and well kept accommodation has all the basic facilities you'll need for a comfortable stay and even offers bikes for hire on which to explore the sights of the city.

Travelhome Service Apartment - For a real home-from-home feel, Travelhome Service Apartment, is only a 5-minute drive from Liuhe Night Market and offers a spacious air-conditioned apartment with free WiFi and mountain or sea views from every room.

The Love River

Kaohsiung is famed for its Love River. Perfect for a relaxing walk, The Love River is lined with al fresco eateries and tranquil parks and the name really does say it all, it's the ultimate romantic destination!

Kaoshiung Harbour

Kaoshiung Harbour is next on my list of hotspots - this wonderfully bustling port has walkways, bike paths, cafes and beer gardens, plus some concerts and exhibitions and it's obligatory to experience a harbor cruise.

Lotus Pond

If you're passionate about archaic architecture, temples and pagodas then you will fall in love with the scenery of Lotus Pond, which has been a popular destination since the Qing dynasty. You can indulge yourself in the 20 or so temples dotting the shoreline and hidden back alleys.

Chengching Lake

Chengching Lake region has the largest lake in Kaohsiung, it's a manmade reservoir, which draws water from the Kaoping River and is host to many wonderful activities including fishing and scenic walks. Check out the Bridge of Nine Turns, which really does speak for itself!