海角七號之旅 I – Kaohsiung Journey

With Felicia and Elkan back in Singapore, I was expecting a quieter year end holiday this year. Thanks to my 2 Hong Kong buddies (Tracy and Harshad), we decided to spend the last week of 2010 outside Hong Kong. As this was a very last-minute decision, flight and hotel booking was a nightmare. There were limited destinations left to book. (The three of us have been procrastinating about our year-end vacation since August! We have changed our choice of destinations numerously – Italy, Hokkaido, London, Cairo, Paris, New York etc. In the end, we just gave up planning.)

In the end, we decided to fly to Taiwan as this was one place where Harshad hasn’t been. Instead of heading to Taipei to celebrate 2011, we chose Southern Taiwan. Both Tracy and I had been to Taipei numerous times and we wanted to explore the scenic southern coasts of Taiwan. We also wanted to avoid the chilly winter up in the north. We decided to visit the warmer southern cities – Kaohsiung (高雄), Pingtung (屏東) and the famous “Cape No. 7” (海角七號) sea-town, Kenting (墾丁).

Despite being Taiwan’s 2nd largest city, Kaohsiung (高雄) is a small city with only 1.5 million residents. It took us only 30 minutes to travel from Kaohsiung International Airport (by cab) to the city center. Coming from congested Chinese cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai, we couldn’t get used to the sparse-polluted space of Kaohsiung initially. It was very very quiet and empty for us. We visited their largest shopping mall “Dream-Mall” and KRT Central Station – it was like a ghost town. After a while, we began to love the big space. The city was so clam, peaceful, neat and clean. Strolling, shopping and transiting were such an enjoyment here. There was so much space for everyone here. There was no need to rush and fight for space.


Exploring the city attractions was a breeze. There were many free travel maps which we picked up at the hotel. Taxis and KRT Trains were very affordable and accessible. When we got lost, the ultra-friendly Taiwanese guided us to our destination.


Here are our Top 3 favorite Moments in Kaohsiung:

NUMBER 1 – PIER 2 ARTS CENTER @ LOVE RIVER
If you are an art lover and if you like the Beijing’s 798 Art District, you will like the Art Wharf at Pier 2 of Kaohsiung. Situated beside an old wharf along Love River, the resident artists transformed this old pier into an open art gallery. There were lots of installation arts, sculptures, art galleries and museums for art lovers to explore here.



NUMBER 2 –
FORMOSA BOULEVARD STATION (美麗島站)

Visit the world’s largest circular-shaped subway station at Kaohsiung Formosa Boulevard Station and make your way down to the “Dome of of Light”. This is also the world’s largest single glass artistic production. Consisting a combination of four thousand and five hundred glass panels, the Dome of Light is divided into four themes of water, earth, light, and fire to present birth, growth, glory, destruction, and rebirth. The masterpiece was designed and created by an Italian glass artist Narcissus Quagliata.


NUMBER 3 – LIOU-HE NIGHT MARKETS (高雄六合夜市)
Every Taiwan city has its own night markets. When in Kaohsiung, drop by the famous Liou-He Night Market to get your favorite Taiwan street food (Bubble Tea, Taiwan Sausages, Smelly Tofu, fried snacks) and other shopping bargains.

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