Kaohsiung Sights and Landmarks Guide, Taiwan
Although Kaohsiung is the third largest container port in the world after Hong Kong and Singapore, being highly industrialized and commercialized does not hinder the city from maintaining its tourism value. In fact, the city government has been putting up measures in improving the city’s sight-seeing areas in order to make Kaohsiung more tourist friendly. Catch a glimpse of the best Kaohsiung Sights!
Kaohsiung Sights – Natural Scenic Spots
Its scenic natural views are some of the reasons that made Kaohsiung alluring to tourists. Amid high rise buildings and busy streets are many lakes lined with lively cafes and shops. With these panoramic views, one may always compare it with the Philippines' Basco Sights.
Love River. Also known as the Kaohsiung Canal, the Love River has been renowned as such because of its romantic scenery and atmosphere. The river serves as the spine of Kaohsiung as it has played an important role in the economy and tourism of the city. However, industrialization of the city has turned it into drainage. After years of efforts in reviving it, the river has regained its splendor.
Lotus Pond. The lake has been a famous attraction since the Qing Dynasty because of the many temples and other historical sites nestled on its shoreline. The invigorating fragrance exuding from lotus flowers during summer has given the lake its name.
Cijin Island. A half-day trip away from the mainland, Qijin is one of the oldest localities in Kaohsiung. Attractions on this island include the 17th century Matsu temple known as Tien Hou Kung Temple, the Cihou (Kaohsiung) Lighthouse situated on top of the Cihou Mountain and designated as third class historic site, not to mention the beach that runs along the west coast of the island which is popular among tourists in summer.
Kaohsiung Sights – Famous Landmarks
Kaohsiung offers sights that are not only historic or culture-rich but also architecturally interesting sights. These attractions range from the ones recently made to the structures as old as two hundred years.
Kaohsiung Harbor. Recently opened to the public, Kaohsiung Harbor has recently become an attraction if only to appreciate its huge size. The port is the largest in Taiwan and among the top ten biggest container ports in the world. The port also offers cruises for tourists to enjoy coasting along the harbor.
Fo Guang Shan. Founded in 1967, Fo Guang Shan is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The main attraction in this monastery is its 400-foot golden statue of Buddha along with four other shrines.
British Consulate at Takou. Located on top of a small hill facing the Hsizuhwan Bay, the former British Consulate is the first western-style building built on the island in 1865. It also acts as a museum as it houses valuable historical artifacts, earning it a designation as a second class historic site.
The majestic Kaohsiung Sights are indeed wonderful attractions to look at. A visit to Taiwan may be completed by visiting the equally beautiful and the breathtakingly wonderful Taipei Sights.
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