Review: Northbound Hop – Exploring Kaohsiung

Introduction
KA 432 HKG – KHH 333 Y
Ferry Ride Cijin Scenic Area to Gushan Ferry Pier
Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung
Exploring Kaohsiung
Jinzuan Night Markets
Exploring Tainan
Toong Mao Kao Shang Ching Hotel Kenting
Exploring Pingtung County
Kenting Street Night Markets
International Terminal Kaohsiung International Airport
KA 437 KHH – HKG 333 Y

We spent two days exploring Kaohsiung, and while the weather wasn’t good, it didn’t rain that much. (It did rain a bit, though.) As much as I won’t detail cities, I do have a few things about Kaohsiung that is worth sharing.

As you might have noticed from one of the installments, we visited Cijin Scenic Area first. I have no idea how you classify this a scenic area?

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Cijin…scenic area?

I was expecting a fair amount of temples in Kaohsiung City, but not nearly as many as what I saw. Basically in every kilometre there’s at least one temple.

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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center

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Little temples at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center

The Love River, while not romantic, is a good place to take a few pictures and stroll around for half an hour. It’s not worth blocking half a day there, though, and the river looks best at night.

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Love River, Kaohsiung

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Xiziwan Kaohsiung

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Xiziwan Kaohsiung

One notable thing about Kaohsiung is that if it rains, it rains pretty heavily. I have had worse showers in Hong Kong, but it was still interesting to experience such a soak.

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Uh oh…

One night we visited the Formosa Boulevard Station for the MRT. For a normal MRT station it’s really awesome, but it isn’t really a tourist attraction in itself.

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Formosa Boulevard Station

Definitely, we drank more bubble tea than ever on this trip. Definitely nothing more pleasuring than a (plastic) cup of bubble tea per day!

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Best tea in the world (well, obviously)

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Kaohsiung grasslands

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Kaohsiung grasslands

On our second (and last) day in Kaohsiung we visited Meinong District, which is a Hakka district in Kaohsiung. The views were just indescribable, and the vibe of it was more relaxing than the rest of town as well.

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Meinong District

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Meinong District

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Meinong District

I bought a paper umbrella in Meinong, though I broke it in Tainan early the next day. 800 Taiwan Dollars gone to waste – at least it rained on our day in Meinong, which set all eyes on my beautiful umbrella.

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My beautiful paper umbrella…

Overall Kaohsiung is a nice city judging the views, though it’s the vibe and people that set it apart. We think Hong Kong is a social city, yet people are downright rude in here. In Kaohsiung, I mistakenly recognised a local as our tour guide and asked him a question about our next destination (which happened to be Meinong). Without hesitation (but with a flustered look – I was flustered too) he gave me a (brief) answer. In Kaohsiung the people are actually friendly. True, it’s a lot less crowded (no random pushing around), but being in Kaohsiung kind of felt like I was in Bali. The vibe was existent but quiet too. Never did I hear a horn beep in the street. It’s no Tokyo or Denpasar, but it was a hugely welcome change from my daily Hong Kong life. (That said, Taiwan has a “friendly” reputation, so it’s fair…)

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Liuhe district, where our hotel was located

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Views from the highway

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