Kaohsiung

Travel Guide
Kaohsiung which includes a city
Taiwan’s second-largest city is changing its industrial focus and emerging as a modern hub of entertainment and culture.

Taiwan’s largest port, Kaohsiung, is a well-planned city with an eclectic mix of beaches, trendy cafés and historic sites. Its wide streets and harbor-side parks make it feel less congested than the island's capital, enticing many travelers to stay for longer than they originally planned. 

Take a leisurely walk along the Love River, a former open sewer that has been transformed into a promenade lined with trees and sidewalk cafés. Check out the stores in Dream Mall, the second-biggest shopping mall in Asia. With an eye-catching Ferris Wheel on its rooftop, this massive mall is visible from almost all areas of the city. 

Catch a ferry to Cijin Island, a thin district projecting right into Kaohsiung Harbor. This area is home to a busy retail and dining strip, known for its fantastic seafood. Walk along the sandy shoreline, go for a swim and bike around the island. Don’t miss the views from the top of the lighthouse.

Save time for the remarkable collection of temples, pavilions and pagodas set on the edge of Lotus Pond. This man-made lake is surrounded by a group of brightly colored and unusual monuments, including the Dragon and Tiger pagodas. Visitors are advised to enter through the enormous dragon’s mouth on one side, and exit through the tiger mouth on the other in order to symbolically transform their bad luck into good.  

Head to the Old British Consulate in the late afternoon to watch the sunset. Set on a hill overlooking Kaohsiung Harbor, this 19th-century mansion has been converted into a pleasant café and museum. 

Travel just outside the city to Fo Guang Shan, one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist monasteries. This serene complex, perched on Fo Guang Mountain, is home to grottoes, gardens, pavilions and hundreds of Buddha statues. 

Kaohsiung is 4 to 5 hours away from Taipei by bus or 1.5 to 2 hours by high-speed rail. Metro and bus systems are available within the city, but it can also be enjoyable to explore by bike, with many special lanes allocated for cyclists.

Where to stay in Kaohsiung

Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
4.5 out of 5
202, MingSheng 2nd Road, Kaohsiung, 801
The price is NT$1,872 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kaohsiung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
Good value
"The hotel is old but very clean. Sound proof is poor, I could hear other room’s guests flushing toilets all night. I like the entrance and the hall way, I could see the glamor in the old days. The room is small but functional, love the good water output and the tub in the bathroom, bed was comfortable. ..."

Reviewed on 2022/1/16

Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Intercontinental Kaohsiung, an IHG Hotel
Intercontinental Kaohsiung, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No. 33, Xinguang Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung, 806023
Fully refundable
The price is NT$5,225 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kaohsiung. Enjoy free WiFi, an indoor pool, and 4 restaurants. Popular attractions Love River and 85 Sky Tower are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"It’s great to live"

Reviewed on 2022/5/27

Intercontinental Kaohsiung, an IHG Hotel
Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung
Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
311, Qixian 1st Road, Kaohsiung, 800
The price is NT$2,312 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Kaohsiung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, very convenient, my only slight gripe was the aircon, which I couldn't seem to get cool enough."

Reviewed on 2021/9/5

Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung, 802
The price is NT$696 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Kaohsiung. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a plasma TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (49 reviews)
Nice
"Super helpful staff and great window view"

Reviewed on 2019/6/25

85 Prague Homestay
The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
No.92-5, Chaoyuan, Meinong District, Kaohsiung, 843
The price is NT$5,309 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this campground in Kaohsiung. Enjoy free breakfast, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Jian Shan and Jiuxionglin Shan are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"去的時候剛好遇到寒流,但熱水溫度與水量相當充足。 自助吧結合當地食材做創意料理,也相當美味。 環境舒適貼心,也有免費出借桌遊供消遣。"

Reviewed on 2021/1/12

The Tale of Butterfly
Statt de Vallee
Statt de Vallee
2 out of 5
No. 130-72, Heping Rd., Liouguei District, Kaohsiung, 844
Stay at this campground in Kaohsiung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a conference center. Discover genuine guest reviews for Statt de Vallee, in Liugui District ...
Statt de Vallee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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