Kaohsiung

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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.

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Where to stay in Kaohsiung

WO Hotel
WO Hotel
4 out of 5
No.394, Qixian 2nd Rd., Qianjin Dist., Kaohsiung
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,160 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Love River, Kaohsiung City Music Hall, and Kaohsiung Museum of History. International ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,029 reviews)
Clean, Comfortable, Convenient
"Very clean and comfortable hotel in Kaohsiung city, highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 2021/3/1

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Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
The price is NT$1,455 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaohsiung City Music Hall, Kaohsiung Museum of History, and Kaohsiung Film Archive. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,300 reviews)
Highly recommend this place!
"Great location, with convenient access to MTR, River Love and stores. Courteous staff. Very nice stay overall! Highly recommend this place."

Reviewed on 2021/5/24

Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Harbour 10 Hotel
Harbour 10 Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 10, Hedong Road, Qianjin District, Kaohsiung
The price is NT$1,590 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Love River and Glory Pier. Central Park and Pier-2 Art Center are also within 1 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (503 reviews)
Welcoming
"Deputy manager Mr. Chen was exceptional. Assisted us prior and during our stay. Other staffs are well trained in hospitality. Always felt welcomed at this facility."

Reviewed on 2021/4/25

Harbour 10 Hotel
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85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is NT$649 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River and Central Park. Dream Mall and Liuhe Night Market are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (41 reviews)
Nice
"Super helpful staff and great window view"

Reviewed on 2019/6/25

85 Prague Homestay
Statt de Vallee
Statt de Vallee
2 out of 5
No. 130-72, Heping Rd., Liouguei District, Kaohsiung
Located in Liugui District, this campground is 7.5 mi (12 km) from Gangzi Shan and 8.2 mi (13.3 km) from Jingjiao. Yuandun Shan and Dajin Waterfall are also ...
Statt de Vallee
The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
No.92-5, Chaoyuan, Meinong District, Kaohsiung
The price is NT$5,309 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Meinong, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jiuxionglin Shan and Zhutou Shan. Jian Shan is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (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
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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