Situated in South Taiwan with 2.7 million inhabitants, Kaohsiung is second in size only to the capital Taipei in the north. With its relatively constant warm weather, outdoor activities can be carried out practically all year round. Its coastal location gives Kaohsiung some magnificent ocean and harbor views such as those from Xinguang Ferry Wharf, True Love Ferry Pier, No.13 Honorary Pier and Fishermen's Wharf. And boats are also a big part of the city's tourism: a ride on the Cijin Ferry or on Love Boat touring Love River to enjoy the subtropical exotic surrounding. Also Kaohsiung's newest ferry ride takes you for a 30-minutes crossing to Cijin Island. It can be taken from Xingguang Park, next to KEC. In addition, Horizon Marina with all the luxury yachts at Pier 22 on the harbor in front of KEC is something you don't want to miss. History lovers will enjoy the Confucian, Yuanheng Buddhist and Cijin Tien Hou temples, the former British Consulate at Dagou, Cihou Fort, Syongjhen North Gate and Cihou Lighthouse among others.
Furthermore, you may also find museums of different topics: from historical site tours to some of the most advanced technology exhibitions. The National Museum of Science & Technology is the premier museum of Applied Sciences in Taiwan and in its field is only second to the avant-garde Museum of Science and Industry in Paris.
Hakka is an important part of Southern Chinese culture and the Hakka Cultural Museum is a great place to understand and absorb it. The three-sided compound construction of red brick and ceramic not only presents a sizeable amount of artifacts but also shows the culture through regularly-held traditional events. History of the city can best be explored in the Kaohsiung Museum of History, while the Military Museum of the R.O.C. Air Force Academy presents a great collection of vintage R.O.C. military aircraft and related documents.
In recent years, Kaohsiung has undergone a dramatic transformation from a mainly industrial city to a service-oriented, cultural and creative one. The mixture of traditional and modern elements is enriched with various cultural sites. The Kaohsiung Cultural Center, Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung Film Archives, Da Dong Art Center and Kaohsiung Music Center are artistic highlights that definitely belong on your list.
On the city's wide avenues and footpaths you can also meet Kaohsiung's friendly people. Maybe an afternoon walk along the Love River, to Lotus Pond, or the Rose Basilica. If you prefer to bike, it's good to know that Kaohsiung was ranked by CNN Travel as one of the best biking cities in Asia, and the self-serviced C-bike rentals are readily available across the city.
Kaohsiung, a city full of vigor, culture and friends, awaits you.