Sun Bathing Paradise
This time i go to Tainan (south of Taiwan) - Kao Shiung and Kenting.
Kao Shiung looks more or less like Taipei city, just that Taipei city has more people. Kao Shiung is one of the busy cities in Taiwan where transportations never stops.
Once you leave Kao Shiung and spend 2 hours to Kenting. You will totally the difference. Kenting is a nice place to tourist, it is one of the tourism spots where you can relax and have fun for your holidays. Sun Shines and sea breeze. Stalls on the street at night, what a nice place to be.
FoGuangShan is one of the most influencial Buddhism temple in Taiwan. It was founded by Master XingYun, who come to Taiwan with KMY government on late 1940s. The place is big enough to accomdate one college, one high school, one dormitory for the prayer, and serval tourist shops. I have heard of this place for long time, but I came here with a non-buddhist. Lucky enough I could proudly introduce my religion to my friend.
This place locates in the remote area of Kaohsiung County, please take a bus 150, 151 here. It takes you more than an hour to arrive from KH Train Station.
Masters here are very friendly, if you are not a buddhist, it's okay, you don't need to pray with incense, but as a matter of politeness, please hold you hand and greet to the buddha statue. You are always more polite to greet if you enter someone's home.
Tuntex Skyscraper (Tuntex Sky Tower) (Kaohsiung 85 Tower) is the tallest building in Kaohsiung at 348 meters (1,140 feet) tall. It has 85 floors and has an observation deck, which I didn't visit. The shape of this building is noteworthy: the building is designed to look like the Chinese word Kao (高),the first part of the name Kaohsiung. Tuntex Sky Tower is the second tallest building in the Republic of China; when it was completed in 1997, it replaced Taipei's Shin-Kong Life Tower as the tallest on the island, and was the tallest building in Taiwan until 2003, when Taipei 101 surpassed it. Tuntex Sky Tower contains the second highest hotel rooms in the world, surpassed only by Shanghai's Jin-Mao Tower.
The Southern City
Kaohsiung was a brief stop for me, but since I had some friends and contacts here, I was immediately plugged in and able to capitalize on my time.
It is the second largest city in Taiwan, behind Taipei. But it is still a bustling city, with many of the things that make Taiwan famous. There is a strong financial center, temples, parks and one of the largest and busiest commercial ports.
Just to the south of the main city, is a small island of Cijin. It has been a center of fishing, fish markets and local recreation for decades.
It also has some reminders of the chaos that once was, with bunkers and fortifications towards the open sea for naval military invasions.
For some more general thoughts on my time here, feel free to visit my Taiwan page.
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