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Kaohsiung
Travel Guide

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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.

Kaohsiung Travel Guide Video

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No. 4 Zhongshan 1st Road, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung
The price is HK$645 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xinkujiang Shopping District and Liuhe Night Market. Love River and 85 Sky ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (704 reviews)
"Rooms were great. Wonderful view and great amenities."

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park, an IHG Hotel
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$388 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (1,371 reviews)
"Only choice when I visit Kaohsiung, excellent service and staff, highly recommend"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$484 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River, Liuhe Night Market and Pier-2 Art Center. 85 Sky Tower and Former British ...
4.3/5Excellent! (901 reviews)
"Nice place to stay,"

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2021

Ambassador 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.
The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
The price is HK$1,478 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Meinong, this campsite is within 1 mile (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 12 Jan 2021

The Tale of Butterfly
85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is HK$178 per night from 12 May to 12 May
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! (39 reviews)
Nice
"Super helpful staff and great window view"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2019

85 Prague Homestay
Statt de Vallee
Statt de Vallee
2 out of 5
Located in Liugui District, this campsite is 13.8 mi (22.1 km) from Maolin Butterfly Trail and within 25 miles (40 km) of Dajin Waterfall and Meinong Folk Village. ...
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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Reviews of Kaohsiung

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5/5 - Excellent

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30 Nov 2019

A great place to visit, friendly, safe and amazing food.

4/5 - Good

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21 May 2019

hot weather but a lot of place for sighseeing and good food

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Apr 2019

Go to Cijin Island.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Apr 2019

Although the government is clearly trying very hard to improve English proficiency and accessibility (you will find that public museums etc. generally have highly proficient staff), speaking some Mandarin will improve your experience.