Happy Hotel Kaohsiung

No.221 Nanhua Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by listenandlearn

Hi there,
Our initial plan is to visit Taipei and as we were browsing through internet we found a promotional airfare to Kaosiung. Howeve we will still stick to our plan of visiting Taipei. If we book our flight to Kaosiung, is Taipei short distace, do we need to travel much? How far is Taipei. Would you recommend just flying directly to Taipei? thank you.

Re: We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by wwroam

Kaosiung and Taipei are at opposite ends of the island. Kaosiung is a nice enough place but is mainly used as the entry point to Kenting National Park which is quite beautiful. The airport is quite close to the centre of the city and taxis are relatively inexpensive. Taipeis airport is nearly an hours drive from the city ( depending on traffic congestion),and cab fare was $TWD1200., fairly expensive. Travel between the cities is on a fast train ( 1hr 36min) and cost about $TWD950, It is clean and efficient, just like Taiwan.

Re: We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by listenandlearn

HI Wayne,
Many thanks for your helpful advise. We were fortunate to find another flight which directly lands in Taipei. However, it really does not give us enough time to do some reading and studying about Taipei..of-course there are many tourists books on sale, however, nothing like hearing it from voices of experience specially from our team members of the VT'ers...
We now looking for reasonable or half way hostels in the city of Taipei, centrally located, clean and with access of a computer....again many thanks!

Re: We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by wwroam

My pleasre. You will enjoy Taipei.
I can't help with hostel information as I stayed at Brother Hotel ( 4*). If you are young , look for something near Ximen district. My hotel was next to Nanjing Rd. E. staion on the Muzha line. The only internet I saw in Taipei was very close to that station, but there may be some in Ximen

Re: We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by acmc

Hi,

I am going to visit Kaohsiung in early May and looking for cheap airfare flying from Hong Kong. Will you kindly let me know where you found the promotional fare and how much? Thanks.

The distance between Kaohsiung and Taipei is around 300km and you can easily get a high speed train to travel between these two cities. For single train fare, it is around NTD1100 and it only take 90 minutes for the journey.

Re: We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by listenandlearn

Dear Acmc,

We intended to fly in and fly out of Kaohsiung from Manila, thereafter, we saw another website (Cebu Pacific.com) which flies directly from Taipei which meant saving us few box on the speed train. We are not too sure if Cebu Pacific Airlines flies from H.K. to Kaohsiung, unless you want to visit that famous park in Kaohsiung, we would suggest you look into landing in Taipei, as there are many affordable buses from Taipei airport to the city.

As long as you do not fly during the holyweek we think you will find affordable airfares.

In the event Cebu Pacific.com does not meet your plans/or budget do look into checking: jetstar.com or air asia.com or tiger airways.com. Happy Traveling!
Good luck!

Re: We are city people and we found a cheap airfare to Kaihsiung

by TeresaLim

I stayed at 'Huai Ning Street' before quite reasonable price for a room and near very near to Taipei Main Station..

Travel Tips for Kaohsiung

Sports

by judyintaiwan

Saturday, April 23rd, 1:30-4:30 Access Kaohsiung is co-hosting a sports afternoon in the basement facility at the Bureau of Human Resource Development (801 Chongde Road). You will be able to play half-court basketball, badminton, table tennis, and pool/billiards. Come out and meet new friends while getting some exercise and having fun. While you're there, you can check out the information center with an English library, internet computers, and a bulletin board.

Cijin Island

by IreneMcKay

The most likely way you will get to this island is by taking the metro to Sizihwan Station on the orange line, exiting exit one and walking to Gushan Ferry Terminal where you can catch one of the very frequent ferries to Cijin. We did not do this because we discovered that a ferry went to Cijin Island directly from Love Pier on Love River. This ferry only runs at weekends and public holidays and runs every 40 minutes.

Going from Love Pier gives you quite a good view of Kaohsiung Harbour on the way. going from Gushan is fun because when the ferry unloads it is an unbelievable mess of motorbikes, bikes and people all exiting simultaneously from the same exit.

Cijin is a popular day trip for a number of reasons. It has a beautiful Tin Hau Temple - temple to the goddess of the sea. It has a street with lots of fish restaurants. It has a black sand beach. It is also possible to visit the remains of Cijin Fort and to visit Cijin Lighthouse (this closes at 4 and was closed by the time we got there). You can climb up to the fort then follow the path from the fort to the lighthouse.

We spent a lot of time walking from Cijin's main town to the windpower park. It took around 30 minutes and we got rather sunstruck on route. The park has seven wind powered mills and various models of sea creatures. These were not that interesting. More interesting, in my opinion was the sea which was really shooting up massive waves next to this site on the day of our visit, the myriads of kites being flown next to the site and the very colourful kite/windmill shops at the entrance to the site.

Just before you reach the windpower park you will come to the Cijin Peace Park which remembers Taiwanese soldiers killed overseas and overseas soldiers killed in Taiwan. There was a monument commemorating the American sailors killed on Japanese hellships during World War Two. These ships held prisoners of war in appalling conditions. The walk to the Wind Power Park is long and hot. It is probably better to cycle here or go when it is a bit cooler in the morning or evening. Part of the walk goes through the Cijin forested coastal walk. Pleasant shady areas with seats. A good spot for a picnic.

Cijin also had an indoor market selling lots of fish among other things, several beautiful temples and a good atmosphere on a Sunday when crowds flock there from Kaohsiung. On the Sunday we visited we heard live music and watched kids play in the dancing fountains and generally enjoyed the livliness of the area.

Revisiting Kaohsiung

by IreneMcKay

"City on the water"

Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan and one of its major ports. It is on the coast and its main sights include a river, lakes and an island, so it really is a city on the water. We first visited around ten years ago and I think in many ways Kaohsiung has improved since then. It is now easier to get around due to the new metro and some areas of the city have been beautified.

"Kaohsiung Atmosphere"

Kaohsiung is not a spectacular city, but it is a city that makes the most of what it has got. For example, its main river - Love River- which was once majorly polluted has been cleaned up; walkways and cycle tracks line its banks and several pleasant cafes and bars are situated next to it. Kaohsiung's new metro system is brightened up by art work, for example, The Dome of Light at Formosa Boulevard Station, rows of daffodil-like windmills and a waterfall at Central Park Station.

People in Kaohsiung are friendly and generally try hard to be helpful even when they don't know a lot of English.

Our overall stay was very laid back and relaxing. There were lots of great places to eat and drink and enough to keep us occupied for a few days.

"Typhoon Megi"

We were very lucky to get to Kaohsiung at all as there was a powerful typhoon bearing down on Hong Kong up until the day before our departure. It was expected to make a direct hit on Hong Kong and was expected to cause lots of damage. Then it veered away from Hong Kong and more or less burned itself out before hitting mainland China. It did cause large amounts of rainfall in Taiwan which luckily for us ended more or less on our arrival day.

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