One-Of-A-Kind Adventures Outside of Kaohsiung City

By Danny Lau

One-Of-A-Kind Adventures Outside of Kaohsiung City

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Kaohsiung may not be as popular as Taiwan’s capital but don’t let that fool you. There’s still plenty to do and see in the country’s second-largest city. These attractions are easily accessible via the city’s efficient public transport or you can always hire a car to get to your destination.

Lotus Pond

This is a man-made lake that is located about 40 minutes north of the city and famed for the lotus plants that can be found here. It’s a great place to gather one’s thoughts while strolling along the lakeside. Many temples dot the area including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and the Confucian Temple.

Adventures Outside of Kaohsiung City
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If you have limited time and had to decide on which temple to visit, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas comes highly recommended. When visiting the temple, be sure to enter the dragon’s mouth and exit via the tiger’s mouth for good luck.

Cijin Island

For those who have 24 hours to spare then a trip to Cijin Island is a must! This is a small island located 5 minutes away from Kaohsiung Harbour. It can be reached by a ferry which takes about 5 minutes or if you’re driving there’s a bridge located near the harbour. Be sure to visit the impressive Cihou Lighthouse while you are here. It was built by British engineers in 1883 but is now a major tourist attraction.

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The island is said to produce some of the freshest seafood so make sure to visit the restaurants here before you leave. Looking for a romantic rendezvous? Then Sizihwan Beach is your best bet as it is considered to be Kaohsiung’s most romantic spot.

Maolin National Scenic Area

The scenic area of Maolin District is perfect for those who love butterflies! There is a trail located here where visitors will have the opportunity to see purple-winged butterflies as they get ready for their annual flight to escape the chilly winter. It’s truly a spectacular sight and only happens between November to March.

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Meiya Waterfall is also located here and an ideal place to go for a dip and also for a picnic. Just be prepared to hike to the waterfall as there is no real footpath but it is still easily accessible.

E-Da Theme Park

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Get ready to be transported to Greece when you enter E-Da Theme Park. It is 30 minutes from the city and you will instantly notice that it borrows heavily from a certain Mediterranean paradise. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself staring at replicas of ancient Greek temples or the blue and white city of Santorini. But don’t worry, traditional elements of what makes a theme park fun can still be found here including a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and entertaining shows!

Though small, Taiwan is  a diverse island with many attractions and some of the best and unique things to do can only be found here in Kaohsiung. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip today and experience the uniqueness of this port city.

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Kaohsiung from Kuala Lumpur. For lowest fares and flight info, visit

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About the Author

Danny Lau

Danny Lau has been traveling the world since he was two years old. His first overseas trip was to Disneyland, California and since then he has made it his life’s ambition to visit all the Disneylands around the world. He is also a heavy consumer of pop culture, and his conversations usually revolve around graphic novels, movies or music.

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